Rural Sunrise

Rural sunrise – Poolesville, Maryland

One of my many plein air watercolor paintings, this is one of the surrounding crop fields that we have here where we live – done in the spring when the colors are intense and vibrant.


Painting info:
Rural sunrise
Crop field
Poolesville, Maryland
April 1989
Daniel Smith Extra Fine watercolors
Lanaquarelle 100% cotton 140 lb hot press paper
4”x6”

What Color is Your Parachute?

What color is your parachute? – Washington, DC

This painting was a framed gift to a valued coworker that we were sad to see leaving our employer and moving to the other side of the country. She was a big fan of the self-help book by the same title – which was one of the current business fads of the late-1980’s – so it made sense as a gift that we all signed for her.


Painting info:
What color is your parachute?
Going away gift for a coworker
Washington, DC
June 1989
Winsor & Newton Artist watercolors
Legion Lanaquarelle 100% cotton 140 lb cold press paper
6”x8”

Sunflowers for a Friend

Sunflower – Poolesville, MD

Creating different iterations of this image has become a thing for me. I have painted variations of this same image of a sunflower repeatedly for friends when a close family member dies, as the cover of a custom-made sympathy card that I create for them. This specific painting (above) I finished a couple of days ago, for a friend whose mother died last week. I’ve done this several times over the past few years now, and – sadly – I’m getting better at it.

Why a sunflower? I want something that’s bright and not down, something that can lift someone’s spirits and not be trite, something that won’t intrude, something that can be beautiful and hopefully impart a sense of peace.

Sunflower – Poolesville, MD

Painting info:
Sunflower
Poolesville, Maryland
March 2021
Schmincke Horadam Aquarell watercolors
Fluid 100 100% cotton 140 lb cold press paper
4”x6”

Painting info:
Sunflower
Poolesville, Maryland
May 2019
M. Graham Artists’ watercolors
Fluid 100 100% cotton 140 lb cold press paper
4”x6”