Friday, December 16

Holiday Hiatus

Merry Christmas everyone!

I am offline until the new year, but until then I thought I'd leave you with a wee preview of a huge canvas that I am working on, which is far from finished, as you can see. The eye belongs to my own little 10 year-old renaissance girl.


Saturday, December 10

Another little study

London Rain
8" x 10"
Oil on linen
Practice, practice...This is a quick little painting done up just to keep having fun in the middle of commissions. It's outside the National Gallery in London. In the rain (shock!). I love England, and really treasured my time at the National Gallery. They make fine coffee there, too.

I'm in the middle of painting a very detailed, complex truck, so to have something very basic to paint was refreshing. Nothing too complex about this guy.

This study is for sale. For purchase information, please visit the For Sale page, or email me at

Saturday, December 3

Boy from Arau

Boy from Arau
12" x 18"
Oil on canvas
My cousin Chris and his beautiful wife Jane live and farm in Uganda. When they were on their way home, they stopped by a local swimming hole where this boy was about to jump in.

I painted this one just because I had to. Sometimes I get this "pull" to paint something, and I couldn't shake the image of him, and had to get him on canvas.

This painting is for sale. For purchase price, visit the "For Sale" page, or email me at

Friday, November 25


20" x 24"
Oil on canvas
When my husband was in Ecuador, he snapped a photo of a mother carrying her baby on her back, with a few pieces of fruit in her basket.

I was captivated by the look on her face, her intensity, her struggle in life to just get by, and knew she needed to be painted.

This painting is for sale. For purchase information, please contact me at or visit the For Sale page.

Tuesday, November 22

Stay Tuned

It's been a while since I posted, but I have a ton of commissions on the go. Shortly I will post a new painting, and perhaps a sneak peek at one of the gorgeous trucks I have on the go.

Tuesday, November 8

10" x 12"
Pastel and charcoal on toned paper
This is Daniel. He passed away last year in a tragic accident. I was commissioned by the family to draw this gorgeous boy, and I am so honored to have done so. I really felt like I got to know him a little bit--his downy hair, his pudgy hands, and even the shape of his fingers--it was truly a journey of love and compassion for me.

I would really love it if you took the time to look at this little boy's life on YouTube. He was so beautiful, and I think it would be awesome to have his memory in the minds and hearts of many people. Please click here to view his life in pictures.

Thursday, November 3

Love my Palette Knife

18" x 24"
Oil on canvas
This piece is 95% painted with a palette knife, giving it lots of texture and lots of life. Loved doing this one!

This painting is for sale. If you are interested in purchasing it, just drop me a comment.

Monday, October 24

"La Vendedora de Ajijíc"
9" x 11"
Acrylic and oil on masonite
This is a little gift for some friends of ours in Mexico who did us a huge favor when we moved from Guadalajara to Canada. I really enjoyed painting this one, and I especially liked the brilliance of the colors.

Friday, October 21

Another Truck

There is something so cool about a big, shiny truck. I painted this commission for a collector's client. It was his first brand new truck, and to commemorate the occasion, he had this little gem painted up.

"A NEW Beginning"
11" x 14"
Oil on canvas

Monday, October 17

For Kayla

"The Way the World Could Be"
12" x 24"
Oil on canvas
I have the best family. I really do.

This painting is of my niece, Kayla, who went to Kenya this summer to minister to young girls. I wanted to show her how proud I am of her, and also to affirm that she is choosing that which more of us should: to serve. To give. To love.

Love ya, kiddo. Enjoy the painting.

Thursday, October 13


CA boy--Study
10" x 12"
pastel and charcoal on paper
I met this guy was walking down the street in Monterey, CA. He was walking barefoot, had dreadlocks, and had an adorable little puppy in tow, so of course I asked if I could take his picture to draw him sometime.

I'm much happier with his face than with the last posting. I guess I wanted to be the kind of artist that can quickly put together a portrait, but the fact is I need to spend the time going over and over the drawing. Hello, my name is Kim, and I'm slow...

Friday, September 30


12" x 14"
oil on gatorbord
I was in California for a week, intensively studying portrait painting and drawing, and this is the study I did in Scott Burdick's class. About 3 hours total work, set-up to clean-up.

Thursday, September 1


12" x 16"
Oil on canvas

Meet Rosie. She is a darling little 4 year-old who has a long story already. When she was very young, she was taken by child services into foster care, and her grandmother fought for custody of her. Even though her grandmother was dismayed by the seemingly impossible process and the huge cost involved, the impossible finally happened, and Rosie returned to her family.

In their house, there is a word hanging on the wall: "miracle". Rosie's grandmother is sure to emphasize to her what that word means--it means Rosie came home.

This painting is available for purchase.

Friday, August 19


Pastel and charcoal
9" x 12"
It has been a long few weeks. My husband and I have been traveling, including a week-long trip to Mexico where we sold all our earthly goods (we used to live there), then the day after returning, hub had a massive knee reconstruction surgery.

So, while waiting for him to come out of his drug-induced stupor, I drew this friend of mine. Her name is Imaculata, and she's from Brazil.

Tuesday, August 2


15" x 20"
Conte and charcoal on toned paper

In a desperately poor part of Santiago, Dominican Republic, a pastor's wife runs an after school program so the kids will have somewhere to be for part of the day. There, they give the kids meals and teach them about God and other life skills.

This little girl had to stay at home that day to take care of her younger siblings. One of 13 kids whose parents were both working, she scooped up her little brother to comfort him.

This was one of the first pieces that completely involved me emotionally. I just loved the place where she smooshes her smile into his baby face, letting him know that it's all fine. I just kept thinking that we all need a sister like this one. Someone to scoop us up when we fall, and smile into our wounds the loving words that she'll carry us for a bit, that it will be all right.

This piece is for sale. For pricing info, please check the "For Sale" page.

Monday, July 18


8" x 11"

Here's a page from my sketchbook.

I'm on vacation this week, also gathering some reference material while we are away. So, I'll just be a week or so...

Saturday, July 16

11" x 14"
Acrylic on Canvas

I did this commission for my brother-in-law, who happens to work for Peterbilt. He drives Peterbilt, and has for many years, and now he gets to work for the company. This was an absolute blast to paint. It was relaxing, and it made me smile.

Thursday, July 14

Cowboy #3

"Cowboy #3"
6" x 6"
Oil on masonite

The last of the cowboys...

Tuesday, July 12

Cowboy #2

"Cowboy #2"
6" x 6"
Oil on masonite

This is cowboy #1's (Mark's) son. He works on the ranch with his dad, and my impression of him was that he really likes what he does for a living.

When we were visiting the ranch, we got quite a show from him and his dog, separating calves from cows, pairing up calves and cows, and just generally getting everyone sorted out.

Monday, July 11

Cowboy #1

6" x 6"
Oil on masonite

In honor of Stampede week here in Calgary, I've painted some cowboys. This is Mark, one of my husband's first bosses when he worked out on a ranch in northern British Columbia.

It also happens to be my first go with oils. Painted in under an hour, I just wanted to get the feel of oil, and instead, I got a whole lot more. I got this "click" a lightbulb moment, where I just understood it. I loved it, so I painted two more cowboys in oil. I may never go back to any other painting media.

Saturday, July 9

Experiment #2

11" x 14"
Conte crayon on paper

I'm doing everything I can to push myself as an artist. This was an experiment, where I allowed myself three colors of conte crayon, sanguine, sepia and black, chose a picture, and went from there.

The method is called "trois crayon", ironically enough, and I think it's been invaluable to teach me a lot about what I see, and how to interpret it. This is a very rough sketch, but I loved it. It forced me to think "value", not realistic color. The brain sees it right, even if it is an orange person.

The photo comes to me courtesy of my friend Gem (a very worthy site to check out, by the way!). Thanks, Gem! I love his brooding look. It was a picture that I would like to do again. In the photo, his t-shirt says "born to make your life hard", and based on the look he's giving, I believe him. He's Dominican, and I would assume that his life has been hard already, that he has seen things that little boys should not see or know about. Poverty like what he knows is something many of us cannot even fathom.

Thursday, July 7

Aspiring Artist

"Twinkle in a Ruby"
8 1/2" x 11"
Acrylic on canvas paper
by Sydney "Joey"

There is another artist in our household! This young lady painted a ruby-throated hummingbird with such flair, don't you think? She put "emotion" into the clouds, as well as movement, and has mixed all of the colors herself.

The painting was done 'alla prima', with fluid, free movement, with much care for composition and highlights (as demonstrated in the eye). And the artist is only 9.5 years old.

If you are interested in buying this gem, the artist has informed me that she is accepting bids starting at $20. Please email me for more information. ;)

Monday, July 4


8" x 10"
Watercolor on cradled claybord

This is another experiment, using a media I am not comfortable with, and using a surface I have never used before. I thought I knew how to paint, but this claybord is challenging me on multiple levels. Plus, I worked in watercolor, which denies many painters success, but I was intent on at least experimenting with it, and I think that in the end, it worked. (That's her ear on the right hand side beside the braid, by the way.)

This is my daughter's amazing hair: one of the two braids that she tossed over her fur-collared shoulder. And if you think her hair is beautiful, you should see her perfect pixie face!


Yesterday was a BIG day for me. I went to deliver one painting, and ended up selling three more! These are the ones that sold:

"Cuna Native"
Pastel on toned paper
8" x 10"

Acrylic on canvas
10" x 10"

Acrylic on canvas
16" x 20"

"Planted by the River"
Pastel on toned paper
14" x 16"

Monday, June 27

Sneak Peek

When an artist starts feeling "dry", uninspired, we often turn to another subject to paint, or we try another technique, medium, or SOMETHING!! Anything to help get that feeling of motivation back. Sometimes it just falls in your lap, like this latest commission that I have.

I am painting the front grill of a Peterbilt truck. I am SO enjoying it: straight lines, no guesswork, no subtleties! So here is a quick preview of part of the truck. (I'm so ignorant, I don't have any idea what it is I'm painting, just that when all the bits and pieces are put together, they add up to a truck.)

Saturday, June 18


15" x 10"
Pastel on paper

This is the last of the commissioned portraits. "Andrea" was so fun to render. A challenge, but fun. I would like to get a picture of the kids with their portraits, actually. (Just for my sake.) I feel like I got to know these kids through drawing them!

On an unrelated note, I might be taking some time off of blogging as I am struggling with some major tendonitis issues in my drawing hand. I'm hoping for just a couple of weeks of recovery, as I have so many commissions in the queue.

Tuesday, June 14


15" x 10"
Pastel on paper

This little girl has quite a story to tell already. Her biological mother was a drug-addict, and although she knew she was pregnant, did not know that she was expecting twins. When the girls were born, they also were drug-addicted.

This is where my clients enter in. They are amazing people--gentle, funny, caring--and they are also foster parents. They were the first parents in the twins' lives, and they will be the only parents! We recently celebrated their official adoption into this incredible family, and we also celebrated the fact that they They were always meant to be in this family.

It was my pleasure to draw part of this story. A very beautiful part of this story.

Saturday, June 4


20" x 20"
Acrylic on canvas

I tried something new. I needed to try something "looser", and I was dying to paint this beautiful girl, Ayo. Granted, it wasn't the easiest of compositions, being that her face was in shadow, but I gave it a shot anyway, and managed to use bigger strokes to get it done.

Detail of shoulder

The headdress was the most fun, but her face was the most spiritual thing to paint. She has these lion-like eyes that I wanted to capture.

Detail of face

Ayo is from Nigeria, and her name means "joy". She is appropriately named! (Her middle name, I think, is Sunshyne. Isn't that awesome?) When I asked her to pose for me, she asked if she could bring her traditional clothing for the shoot, and I was thrilled. She was the perfect model. The poor girl was up till 3 a.m. taking out her braids afterwards, though! I felt so bad, but I loved painting her. (Thanks, Ayo!)

Nigeria has been in the news lately, with tragic events involving girls in the sex slave trade. When I look at Ayo and her gentle, beautiful spirit, I think about the other Nigerian girls who are awaiting freedom. It's a global problem, and unless we are willing to acknowledge that it is happening, there will not be any change.

Thursday, June 2


15" x 10"
Pastel on paper

This is portrait #2 of the kids I was commissioned to draw. Isn't she a beauty? She's also precocious. After sending the photo of the drawing to the client for approval, I got a little message from this sweet girl saying that I had spelled her name wrong! Oops. Sorry, sweetie. I've got it right now...I double checked.

Sunday, May 29

Charity Art Auction

I thought I would plug my cousin's fundraising event for cancer research. He's racing to raise awareness and funds for the Alberta Cancer Foundation. I've donated a painting to the cause in the hopes that it would raise as much money as possible.

You see, my dad was just diagnosed with leukemia--chronic lymphocytic leukemia to be precise--and I would love it if you could even donate a few dollars to ending cancer. Even if it saves just one person's life, it's worth it. If it would help my dad, I would be eternally grateful. I love him with all my heart, and I hate to think of him hurting. I know you would feel the same way if your loved one was diagnosed with cancer.

Here's the art auction poster and a link to where you can donate to the Ride to Conquer Cancer directly.

Click HERE to donate.

Friday, May 27


15" x 10"
Pastel on toned paper

This is the first of four kids that I have been commissioned to paint in pastel. His name is Brendin, a good-looking kid with a beautiful smile.

Saturday, May 21

I did it!

36" x 48"
Acrylic on canvas

I'm DONE!! After many months, this beast is delivered to her owner, my sister-in-law, Karla. I must say, I have a feeling of great relief that I was able to push through and get 'er done. I'm pleased with the result, too. I've posted a picture of me with the beast (in painting attire and with "painting hair") just to get an idea of the size.

Thanks so much for believing in me so much, Karla. I hope you are blessed for many years to come with this painting.

Friday, May 6

Thai Lady

"Thai Lady"
11 1/2" x 12 1/2"
Pastel on toned paper

I must have bought a bad sheet of paper. I fought on this drawing too, but this one (unlike the Thai baby) I'm satisfied with.

This Thai lady comes from a group of photos my friend sent me. She is of the Karen tribe, a large tribe that spans China, Thailand and Burma. There are numerous ethnic divisions within the Karen, the most famous being the long-neck Karen, where the women wear neck rings.

The Karen had an oral tradition that they had lost their ability to read and write long ago, and that they would one day recover that gift when a foreigner would come and restore their language and story to the written form. The hill tribe (where our lady here comes from) had its first convert to Christianity in the late 1800s, and they felt that this prophecy had been fulfilled with the coming of missionaries to their tribe, who were able to translate their oral language to a written language.

Since then, some of the Karen have kept Christianity as their belief system, and the lady drawn was a believer who came for the opening of a Karen Bible School.

Want to buy a piece of original art? Interested in having a loved one drawn? It's more affordable than you think. Contact me at for more information.

Monday, May 2

Work in Progress

I'm working on a big painting for my sister-in-law for what seems like an eternity. This is me working on "the hand". I'm getting to the last stages here, finally.

Tuesday, April 26

Thai Baby

Thai Baby
11"x 14"
Pastel on toned paper

One of my dearest friends lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She has a great eye for photos, and I asked her to send me some pictures, and she graciously uploaded an entire album for me!

Every New Year's in Thailand, there is a giant water fight. This sweet little girl was with everyone standing around throwing water on the cars and people going by, and she decided she was cold, and climbed into the bucket to stay warm!

I struggled with this painting. The paper seemed to grab the pastel in chunks, and I could not layer it up like I usually do. I don't know if it was the paper, the new pastel pencils I was using which seemed more waxy than before, or what, but I really fought the drawing this time. So, in the long run, I decided that I had brought up the image enough, and retired it to the archives. You win some, you lose some.

Wednesday, April 20

La Mirada

"La Mirada"
Pastel on paper

This was a commission that I just completed and had the privilege of presenting to the mother of the eventual owner this afternoon. What an experience for me. This was my first completed commission from contract to payment, to delivery!

I loved the process: I got up early in the mornings to work on this precious girl, and then I would take an hour in the afternoons, then after the kids went to bed I would work again on her, all the while praying for the young lady to whom it would be given.

I have a friend, Gem, who is a gifted photographer, and a while ago I asked if I could use this photo as a future reference for a drawing or a painting. What a gift!

The little girl she froze in time in the photo is from a poor part of Santo Domingo. Gem was able to catch such a soulful look in her eyes, and I hoped to capture her in the painting. It's the eyes that draw you in, so I called it "La Mirada" (The Look). I hope you enjoy her as much as I do.

Sunday, April 10


Pastel & Charcoal on toned paper

My friend Cynthia has the most photogenic kid. This little guy was the gift of a lifetime to his parents. They had waited for a long time for a child of their own, but then Liam came into their lives, born from different biological parents, but so destined to be Cynthia and Doug's. He even looks like Doug! Liam is a precocious, sweet little guy who knows that he belongs in his family, and that he is a treasure to his parents.

Monday, April 4

Myrna's Boots

Acrylic on canvas

Last week we were in Prince George, B.C. and we visited a ranch where my husband and brother-in-law used to work. We called it a "field trip" for the kids, but really, I think I was more excited even than they were.

Then we went and visited an old friend, Howard, and his wife, Myrna, whom we had never met before. They have a number of head of cattle (and a calf born 10 minutes before we arrived!), and Myrna runs a horse ranch. We heard a story that Howard offered to build her a bigger house, but she refused, saying she wanted a horse arena instead. So cool.

Anyway, as soon as we arrived, I noticed Myrna's boots, and asked her if I could take some pictures of them for a painting. She wanted to go and change into her new, clean boots, but I wanted the dirty, loved, full-of-character boots with the long spurs!

Thanks, Myrna. Your boots are awesome, as are you!

Friday, April 1

La Indígena de Veracruz

So it's been a long time since I last posted. A lot has happened--a quick couple of trips, an art show, and lots of ideas getting tossed around in my mind--all adds up to not much blogging.

Anyway, this is a drawing I did for a very good friend of mine. It was a thank you for a sweet friendship, one that has lasted years, mostly through Facebook. Paola is Mexican, beautiful, and as generous as she is pretty, and I needed a drawing to thank her for her faithful "amistad". Love ya, Pao.

"La Indígena de Veracruz:
3" x 5"
Pastel on toned paper

Tuesday, March 8

See, Dad?

"So There!"
11" x 16"
Pastel on toned paper

While talking to my dad the other day, I mentioned that there is a family interested in commissioning me to do a portrait of them. He asked where they lived, who they were, etc. and said, "Hmmm...have you ever drawn white people before?" Snicker.

So, I put the Turkish ladies on hold, and found this fella on in a piece about hockey players over 80 years of age. I drew him to show Dad that not only can I draw white people, I can draw old guys, wrinkly guys, guys behind glass visors, and with missing teeth! So there!

On a serious note, this one was really fun to draw. He had me smiling along with him the entire time.

Wednesday, March 2

Cuna Native

"Cuna Native"
8 1/2" x 11"
Pastel, chalk

This beautiful girl is a Cuna native, from a relatively large tribe in both Colombia and Central America. Only 500 tribe members were surviving in remote, dense jungles of Colombia as of the mid '80s, and because they are a band that survives solely on agriculture and selling elaborate hand-made canoes, they have had to fight "progress" for their land and way of life.

The Cuna are a matriarchal society, where the groom will go and live with the bride's family when they wed. Hmm....I think I like this kind of society...

Anyway, next drawing is of a Turkish lady, so you don't think that all I do is one genre. ;)

Friday, February 25

Companion Piece

Niño Colombiano
14" x 16"
Pastel and charcoal

Well, I'm coming to the end of my Colombian reference material. Isn't this little guy a cutie? It's actually a companion piece for "Planted by the River".

He's a coastal kid, from a fishing village, and his story is very similar to "La Minera", with a distinct African heritage. The post he's hanging on to is on a dock.

On another note, today is my birthday, and I'm very excited to say that my birthday present from my hub is a trip!! Yes! I can't wait to take piles of pictures of people for new reference material. Oh to have a telephoto...

Tuesday, February 22

Planted by the River

"Planted by the River"
Charcoal and pastel
14" x 16"

I was (graciously) asked to do a picture for a celebration of Psalm 1, and this is what came of it. I really wanted to paint a child by a river bank, symbolizing the faith of a little kid. It's just what I picture in my head when I read the psalm.

I find that if I can "see" what I am reading, if I put myself into the story, then it sticks. Drawing the passage makes it a part of me.

It ended up being a kind of dark picture in the rendering, (which worried me!) but a crisp white matting and a clean black frame really set it off.

Thursday, February 17

New Drawing

"La Minera"
9" x 12"
Pan pastel

This is a picture of a girl from a mining town in rural Colombia, who worked in the mines. The picture intrigued me: is she sad? Tired? What is she thinking? I really loved rendering her.

Along the coast in Colombia, there is a large population of people with African heritage, arriving centuries ago as slaves. It's so sad to think about the slave trade history of Colombia, and of the world, really.