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, June 6, 2017


"Aboretum at Davis"
14" x 11"
oil on canvas

I went here last year with my niece touring colleges. This painting is from the vantage point of standing on the bridge and I snapped a photo thinking how lovely to paint someday.  Yesterday was that someday, yeah!

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

Magenta Sky

"Magenta Sky"
24" x 24"
oil on canvas

This painting is about the color magenta with a fusion of blue into the sky and is based on real and imagined images.

Painting available at Elizabeth Benefield Interior Design at the Stonemill Design Center in Costa Mesa, California.

Beautiful Holiday!

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

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Painting at Mayfair House

"Low Light"
oil on canvas
30" x 30"

Inspired by the cooling colors of low light after the sun has set.
It was the last chance to see and take in the scenery before darkness becomes night and the sight is gone to a remembered experience.

This is the new Mayfair House design showroom in the Stonemill Design Center in Costa Mesa, California.
Owned and established by Laury Barnes of Elizabeth Benefield, a design showroom two doors up.  It has a casual, eclecctic and world adventure vibe worth checking out!

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.