Sunday, December 27, 2020

First Snow on ShakerMill Pond

First Snow on Shaker Mill Pond - Pastel 10 x 10

There nothing more exciting than the first snow storm of the season. It is even more exciting when the sun shines so bright the next day that it creates a fairyland, particularly on my favorite local pond.

Wishing all my friends, loyal supporters and followers a healthy, prosperous and happy New Year.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

The Gift of Art

Holiday Sale!

Brighten your Holidays with the gift of art to yourself, your friends or family members. I will not have my annual Open House this year to celebrate a year of painting with friends, students and collectors but I do have a holiday sale now until the end of December. Look for discounted paintings here and browse through my website for newer works as well. Receive a free painting booklet with any purchase above $125.  Contact me at if anything strikes your fancy. Wishing you a safe, healthy and peaceful holiday season.


Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The Barn Across the Street


The Barn Across the Street - Pastel 9 x 12

A class demo on shadows and light for my online students.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Last Crop


Last Crop? - Pastel 8 x 10

Grow it, paint it, eat it! What can be better than that? I am grateful for the inspiration and joy that my garden has given me this summer. It has been a haven in an otherwise turbulent world. In spite of a light frost - confirming the change of seasons - there are still a few more vegetables to pick and enjoy as both food and painting subjects.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020



Diversity - Pastel 9 x 12

When nature reminds us that beauty comes in all shapes and colors...

Sunday, September 6, 2020

 Ready for Garden Chores - Pastel 9 x 12

There is still much to do in the garden. As fall is approaching, it is already time to start cleaning, re-arranging and planning for next year. The garden boots are ready...

Friday, July 31, 2020

First Crop

First Crop - Pastel 12 x 12

It is really satisfying to watch your vegetables grow. This is the first batch of tomatoes ready to pick. They were planted in pots before our enclosed garden got built. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Done for the Day

Done for the Day - Pastel 8 x 10

I have always enjoyed gardening, mostly tending to flowers. This year, we are growing vegetables and it has turned into a real job. Boots and weeding tools are always at the ready...

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

A Gardener's Bouquet

A Gardener's Bouquet - Pastel 10 x 10 - Sold

These boots are not meant for walkin...I had fun with this little vase bought years ago in a garden shop in Maine. The perfect vessel for some garden flowers. Available

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Complimentary Beauties

Complimentary Beauties - Pastel 9 x 12

I started this painting en plein air until the relentless bugs got the better of me. I took several pictures before being eaten alive and finished it in the studio while looking at the irises from a distance.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Shakermill Pond

Shakermill Pond - Pastel 9 x 12

A favorite spot to watch birds and beavers activity.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Marsh After the Rain

Marsh After the Rain - Pastel 6 x 9

This was done as an online demonstration for a student new to pastels. We explored it step by step: wet underpainting, layering, adjusting and correcting. It may still benefit from a couple of small adjustments... or not.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Reaching Out

Reaching Out - Pastel 8 x 8 - Sold

When in need of color, there is nothing like the poppies of Provence to cheer you up. I will miss them this year. 

This is my 4th painting for sale for $200 under the #artistsupportpledge initiative. As I get closer to my goal of selling 5 paintings, I pledge to purchase another artist's work. Please message or email me if you are interested, or reach out and share with your friends. Stay safe!

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Super Bloom

Super Bloom - Joshua Tree Nt'l Park - Pastel 8 x 10

Remembering that this time last year, I was lucky to enjoy a spectacular super bloom in Joshua Tree National Park.

This is my 3rd painting for the #artistsupportpledge initiated by Matthew Burrows. I am offering a piece of artwork for $200 +shipping until I reach a $1,000 to purchase another artist's work.See details on Instagram #artistsupportpledge on my page Email me or message me if interested.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Forsythia Jungle

Forsythia Jungle - Pastel study 8 x 10 
Forsythia comes in many shapes, sometimes trimmed in square, round or cone shapes but I like it best wild and unruly like this cluster I walked by a few days ago.
This painting sold through the #artistsupportpledge. When I reach $1000.00 in sales, I pledge to purchase another artist's work.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Spring Row on Still River Road

Spring Row - Pastel 6 x 9 - Study

It has been a cold April but the forsythia is cheering up our neighborhood. I caught this row of spring yellow with the Watchusett mountain in the distance on the only sunny day this week.

I have joined the emerging artist pledge initiated by Matthew Burrows to support one another during the health crisis by buying each other's work. See details on Instagram #artistsupportpledge on my page

I pledge to offer a piece of new artwork for $200 +shipping in the next few weeks until I reach a $1,000 to purchase another artist's work.  It is a great way to support working artists who, with many others, have been hit hard financially by this crisis. Spring Row is my first painting for this initiative. Email me or message me if interested.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Slowly Fading

Slowly Fading - Pastel 8 x 10

The last painting in this mini series as I watch the lanterns slowly fade and turn a light shade of greenish brown and pale cream. Soon to be replaced by the next flower crop from the garden.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

The Color Orange

The Color Orange - Pastel 10 x 10

My palette was already out, I wanted to try my UArt 500 black sanded paper and felt like painting more Japanese lanterns, aka Physalis alkekengi. So I did...

Friday, April 10, 2020

Japanese Lanterns

Japanese Lanterns - Pastel 12 x 12

I have been isolating and social distancing for over 3 weeks and looking for inspiration around the house to paint on cold and rainy days. Japanese lanterns are a winter treat, soon to be replaced with spring blooms from the garden.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Country Ride

Country Ride - Pastel 9 x 24

A scene from the not-so-distant past, this antique car was driving around the normand country side dressed in its spring glory. Timeless! 

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Normandy Spring

Normandy Spring - Pastel 9 x 24

For the first time in many years I will miss the beautiful poppy (coquelicots) fields in bloom in my native France. But... I have enough memories all the way from my childhood and photo references to keep painting them. Here is to spring, hope and renewal!

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Drenched in Light

Drenched in Light - Pastel 11 x 14

No travel in sight for some time but there is plenty of painting inspiration around town. At sunset, the intense western light turns this white house at the edge of the Audubon into bright golds and oranges.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Bennetts Brook in Winter

Bennetts Brook in Winter - Pastel 9 x 12

No need to go far to find my painting inspiration in winter. Another favorite area in town for my daily walks is the Shaker Village that takes you to the Bennetts Brook at the end of the road.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Barn on Prospect Hill

Barn on prospect Hill - Pastel 16 x 20

I walk or drive by Prospect Hill Farm, dedicated to volunteer farming for hunger relief, in my town every day - The light and shadows on one of the barns were striking on this particular winter day.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020


Backlit - Pastel 10.5" x 8.5"

I was teaching a pastel class when the late afternoon light came through the trees adjacent to the property. Everyone stopped their work, grabbed their phones and snapped away. This is my own interpretation of a precious moment. 

Friday, February 7, 2020

Winter Day's End

Winter Day's End - Pastel 11 x 14

I walk this path through a corn field almost every day regardless of weather. The late afternoon winter glow makes it all worthwhile. 

Tuesday, January 28, 2020


Huddled... - Pastel 8 x 10

A new year, new resolutions and new painting subjects. I am embarking on a long term personal painting project that seems to involve a lot of sheep at the moment....

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Leading the Way

Leading the Way - Pastel 7 x 9

Yesterday, my husband said "No sheep today?". So, today I obliged with another scene from the Normandy coast.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Grazing on the Meadow by the Sea

Grazing in the Meadow by the Sea - Pastel 9 x 12

From another glorious morning on the Normandy shore.