Head Shots


“A daughter is a gift of love, a little girl who grows up to be your best friend.”  ~Author Unknown (and revised by me)

My daughter was raised and educated in Texas (with a short stint in the UK).  When we moved to Pennsylvania for a few years she refused to spend her summer college breaks there.  Being the adventurous spirit that she is, she applied for a nanny position in Croatia and went there instead.  The following summer break she worked as a nanny in Honolulu where she met her now husband.  During the years of their courtship they traveled the world together and wherever they were they would send me a head shot of the two of them taken with some beautiful or historic scenic spot behind them.  After they were engaged I sent them two hats – one for the bride and one for the groom.  This watercolor is the result of one of their head shots sent to me which they took while wearing their hats overlooking Hanauma Bay, on the island of Oahu where they now live.   I miss having her close but am happy that she is looked after and cherished by such a loving man.


I enjoyed painting this watercolor, forming clouds and portraying the Bishop Museum emblems on the t-shirt (if you visit Honolulu visit the Bishop Museum – it’s very well worth the time).  My biggest challenge with this painting was the bill of the hat and the sunglasses.  If you look closely you can see my daughter’s eyes through her sunglasses and her husband’s arm and camera reflected in his sunglasses.  They are on a bluff overlooking one of my favorite places in Hawaii where we have spent some wonderful days together snorkeling and relaxing.

This is the reference photo I used for my painting.  I really do not think anyone can capture the beauty of Hawaii (or these particular subjects) in photo or with paint.


“But in a little while it may strike you as a small miracle that you have someone in your life, whose taste you admire (after all, this person loves you and your work), who will tell you the truth and help you stay on the straight and narrow, or help you find your way if you are lost.
Bird By Bird, Anne Lamott

I am one of the lucky ones.  Lucky enough to have found in my husband someone who sees inside of me and who nurtures me in a way no one else can.  When he looks at my attempts to create art in different mediums he doesn’t see elementary attempts to create, he sees masterpieces.  For the last few years I have dabbled in watercolor and pastel very non-prolifically.  Creating, entering local shows, meeting colorful characters in the art community and learning – always learning – has become a mild passion of mine.  I hope you enjoy accompanying me along my journey.


I drew this little girl from a photo I found on the internet years ago.  After a few attempts it was put away in the closet for a few more years and brought out about a year ago to work on as a class project.  I never bond with or like my art at the beginnings and this one was a bit too washed out for my taste, but after bringing in the darks and a little help with the tears I find myself very fond of it.  I especially like the light on the straw hat and the beads on the shoulders and neck.   Girl in a Hat is used as the background for this blog.

Igniting the Creative Spark Within