Black Velvet Santa

Black Velvet Santa

Mermaid Garage Mural

Bagara aka Mr Black Velvet

My latest painting is of our ol’ black cat, Bagara, who is often referred to as “Mister Black Velvet”…only seems appropriate that I paint him.

The painting, much like Bagara, looks varies quite a bit depending on lighting. I based this painting off this photo of Bagara.


2012-05-20 13.34.51

Rob’s Rooster

My husband asked if I would paint a rooster on the hood over our stove.  I’ve never painted a rooster before or on gecco board since I’ve primarly just been painting on black velvet (lucky me!).   Here’s my “draft” painting.  Now that I’ve gone back to this draft to finish him, I’ve learned that I should start with a background and then paint my subject.  It’s challenging to paint around this fella’s feathers.


Here is the rooster above our stove which, pre-rooster, was plain ol’ white.



And here is the final Rooster. He looks different depending on the lighting. Morning light streams into our kitchen which is when Rob’s Rooster seems to look his best.


Now I’m pondering if I sign him or not… do you sign your art if it’s painted above your kitchen stove”,/p>

Housewarming Gift for “The Tim” of Seattle Bubble


I am honored that “The Tim”, author of the Seattle Bubble, selected me to help him with his mortgage when he and Jeni decided to buy their first home. And…I’m tickled pink he likes his painting!

Vintage Wine Woman on Black Velvet

Wine Woman on Black Velvet

JP Patches


Welcome to my art blog

I’m so excited that I recently picked up a paint brush again. It’s been close to 25 years since my last painting or drawing. The combination of buying acrylics for my niece’s Christmas present and stained glass for my son brought my “art bug” back.

During the day, I’m crunching numbers as a mortgage originator in greater Seattle.  I look forward to evenings and weekends when I can dig into a painting.

My thoughts with this blog is to share “my journey” of re-discovering painting.