Thursday, October 18, 2018

Open Road

"Open Road"
30" x 30 "
oil on canvas

Available at Elizabeth Benefield Interior Design
(714) 708-2555

This was inpired by a road trip in the Santa Barbara Wine Country in Los Olivos.  It is a wonderful place of inspiration and beauty and of course, wine tasting.
"Open Road" was also a moment in time when the sun was going behind the coastal mountains and my husband and I were out and about driving gazing at the open land with freedom to our souls and possibilities behind every turn.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Fun In The Sun

oil on canvas
14" x 11"

oil on canvas
14" x 11"

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

My nieces so graciously and lovely modeled for me at Aliso Beach, CA

Friday, June 15, 2018

Recent Paintings

These are some new paintings available at Elizabeth Benefield Interior Design in Costa Mesa, CA at the Stonemill Deisgn Center.

40" x 30"
oil on canvas

"Peaceful Place"
24" x 18"
oil on canvas

"View from Salvador"
20" x 20"
oil on canvas
plein air 

"Water's Edge"
24" x 30"
oil on canvas

"Vintage Crystal Cove"
12" x 16"
oil on board
plein air

bottom left
"By the Bridge"
14" x 11"
oil on canvas
plein air

bottom right
"Laguna Wilderness Park"
14" x 11"
oil on canvas
plein air

"Warm Overcast"
22" x 26"
oil on canvas

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Local Coast

"Local Coast"
30" x 40"
oil on canvas

The inspiration for this painting is from El Morro Beach just below Corona Del Mar on the way south to Laguna Beach.
I wanted the atmosphere to feel simultaneously warm and cool by layering on the thin layers of opposing color tones to achieve this effect.
By using a pastel and natural color pallet my intent was to keep the painting’s overall edges softened with a bent toward the minimal for a serene and time standing sense of the place rather than a full visual description.

This painting is available at Elizabeth Benefield Interior Design in Costa Mesa, California at the Stonemill Deisgn Center
(714)  708-2554

Stonemill Design Center
Costa Mesa, California
(714) 708-2555

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Plein Air Paintings

"Warm Overcast"
11" x 14"
oil on canvas

"Corona Del Mar Bluffs"
11' x 14"
oil on canvas

"By the Bridge"
14" x 11"
oil on canvas

These are a few painting from the SouthernCalifornia Plein Air Painting Show at the Back Bay in Newport Beach, California.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Spring Plein Air Painting

Painting at the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

"Spring at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park"
14" x 11"
oil on canvas board

Monday, May 1, 2017

Spring Cleaning



Sometimes you just have to stop and clean up!!

Friday, March 17, 2017

"Keep It Green" 1 & 2

Acrylic on Canvas

Acrylic on Canvas

A little Green for your day!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Beautiful Holiday!

I loved this wreath on the decorative elevator shaft at the Bradbury Building in downtown Los Angeles.  
Merry Christmas!!!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Ponte Sant Anglo

"Ponte Sant Angelo"
oil on canvas
36" x 36"

This is a companion piece that goes with "Basilica".  It was commissioned by Kelly Ferm Inc. for her clients.
This painting is based on the Bridge of Angels in Rome.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Elephant Illustration

Watercolor on paper
Illustration Commission

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Basilica Painting

The "Basilica" painting is loading up and off to a wonderful family and beautiful home.  This piece was commissioned by Kelly Ferm Inc. for her clients.

oil on canvas
53" x 72"

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Paint San Clemente 2016

Plein Air Painting Contest and Show
July 18th through the 24th, 2016

Even though you could paint all week, I only painted a few late afternoons.
It was invigorating, and I got some plein air mojo back!

"Salvador's View"
20" x 20" oil on canvas
plein air painting

It was an afternoon in June when the haze creeps in along the coast with a lot of glare bouncing off the ocean.
This is one of the highest viewpoints in San Clemente.
I had to work fast as the light and shadows change rapidly this time of day.  Because of the time constraints and the size, I chose to work with a limited palette, using only four colors and a palette knife for rapid coverage.

This is a photo reference of the view.

12" x 12" oil on canvas
Plein air painting

This was the first one I painted.  The fog was rolling in up to the top of the ridge,  had to paint fast.

Oooppps, photographed my foot, brushes and bag.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Newport Harbor Home Tour

Thursday I went on the Newport Harbor Home Tour.  It is an annual fund raiser for the local high school.  There were six homes to tour through, lunch and a reception at Barclay Butera's Interior Showroom afterwards where everyone chats over a glass of wine and refreshments about what inspired them.
Many of the local designers, architects, florists, landscape architects and local home stores participate with beautiful tablescapes and floral arrangements of the latest design and style in architecture and interior design.

In the last home we toured, upstairs in the guest bedroom in a very tastefully done home by Julie Hovanian of Hovie Interiors, were two of my paintings hanging on the walls.  I was very excited to see them hanging there and participating in the lives of those who live there.

Thursday, April 21, 2016


This is my almost completed.  I am still anticipating putting some green/blue tones to cool the overall effect.  I also want to add a few more finish details.

This is the underpainting for the Basilica Painting commission I am working on.  I am ready now to jump in with extra subtle color, texture and shading.

Monday, April 18, 2016


So excited to have two of my paintings in Kelly Ferm Inc. gorgeously designed Dining Room for the 2016 Pasadena Showcase House of Design.

Now Available at
at Kelly Ferm Inc.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Sitting on My Easel

This is still in process, but I thought I would show what I am working on.  Keep you posted!

Monday, February 1, 2016

"Laguna Setting"
30" x 40"  oil on canvas
Available at Elizabeth Benefield, Costa Mesa, Ca

" Glowing #1"
20" x 20"  oil on canvas

"Glowing #2"  
20" x 20" 
oil on canvas

These are the Glowing series hung at Elizabeth Benefield showroom in Costa Mesa, CA on gold leafed wallpaper.

Eleizabeth Benefield Desgin Showroom and owner Laury Barnes is located at The Stonemill Design Center in Costa Mesa, Cailf.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Landscape Paintings

"Light into Dark"
30" x 40"  oil on canvas
This painting has been sold.

"Morning Fog"
22" x 28"  oil on canvas
This painting has been sold.