The Fab Five!

Turns out these paintings are quite difficult to photograph because of the Art Resin top coat…I am pleased to report that the wizards at Nocerino Editions did a phenomenal job of capturing the images and I couldn’t be happier! They are not cheap but worth every penny! Here are my favorite that I have been able to capture thus far - Enjoy!



24” x 24” acrylic on canvas with Art Resin top coat




24”x 24” acrylic on canvas with Art Resin topcoat




11” x 12” acrylic on canvas with Art Resin top coat


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Seeing Red

12” x 36” SOLD



12” x 24” SOLD

Go With the Flow Opening Reception: Friday, 8/3: 5PM - 8PM

Please join me August 3rd for some First Friday Festivities on Santa Fe in downtown Denver!

Art, Wine, and Fun at Core New Arts for my opening reception. Everyone is welcome - tell your friends!

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I have spent so many hours on these beauties and I cannot wait to share them with you all for my FIRST SHOW EVER. For the past 12 weeks, I have been working at my "real job" during the days and kicking over to my painting in the evenings until (sometimes) the wee hours of the morn. Out of ALL the trials and test pieces, I am so excited to share my select favorite creations in person - the interweb just doesn't do them justice!

Looking forward to seeing you on Friday!

Go With the Flow will be featured in The Annex of Core New Arts

AugusT 3RD - AugusT 19TH

Can't make it to them opening on 8/3?

Join me for my Closing Reception: Friday, 8/17 from 5PM to 8PM


Acrylic Pours on Negative Space

Happy Friday all! These are turning out to be my personal favorites! Still just testing new techniques, you'll have to come to my show August 3rd, 2018 in the Annex at Core New Arts on 8th & Santa Fe in Denver to see the ACTUAL pieces I've done/am doing ;)

Both are 17"x 17" canvas w/ acrylic

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Untitled 4 - DONE!

So excited! Just sold this to one of my best friends and her fiance for their new home! I started working on a different piece for them and then the idea came to me for this one!

They love traveling and every picture of them is either on a beach, on a boat, or consisting of similar blues and tans. I wanted to use those colors as inspiration for this painting.  Once I got the basis of what I was doing, I added in some details that are prevalent in other works...

This is watercolor, so I love adding in the texture that cheesecloth provides. In addition, since I am a drawing FREAK I added in a lot of detail in the bottom and top of the painting with pen and pencil. I make these little abstract city-scapes and try to create these fictitious landscapes. 

A lot of my inspiration comes from just pure color and line quality but also plays on the beautiful lines seen in Shel Silverstein's drawings or other illustrations that share that simplicity.

I will also make a limited number of prints of this piece - so others can enjoy!