The Midwest ... Taos, Rocky Mountains, Kansas Plains & More

I'll always be a woman of the plains, where I grew up appreciating the beauty of Kansas landscapes. Through the years I've come to appreciate beauty everywhere I go across the Midwest--from Wisconsin, to Colorado, and Taos, New Mexico--where I became a student once again.

Taos and the Rocky Mountains

The Mighty Rio Grande, Taos 36 x 12, oil on canvas
Walking Rain Over the Gorge, Taos36 x 18, oil on canvas
Midnight Moonlight12 x 12, oil on canvas
As a student in the Art Studio Program, University of New Mexico, Taos, one assignment was to choose a landscape and make a painting there in morning, afternoon and night time light. What happened is that I fell in love with this wonderful cottonwood tree standing next to the lane and probably made over a dozen painting of it.
Late Afternoon Sunlight40 x 30, oil on canvas
Blue Sky Day & My Cottonwood Tree12,x 16, oil on canvas
The Road to Taos, Cottonwood Fall Beauty20 x 16, oil on canvas
Aspens & Snow, Fall in the Mountains above Taostwo small watercolors painted in plein air
Late Fall Sky, Taos18 x 14, oil on canvas,

The Sacred Mountain is distinctive among a chain of mountains found on the east side of the Rio Grand River and the village of Taos. The Pueblo Indians have long honored this mountain as it has sustained those who have lived in the pueblo at the foot of the mountain for centuries with food and water.

The Sacred Mountain in Winter Sky24 x 18, oil on canvas
The Blessing of Rain (after a drought)20 x 12, oil on canvas
The Million Dollar View from My Driveway in Taos20 x 12, oil on canvas
The Sacred Mountain18 x 24, mixed media, in collection of the artist
Cottonwood Trees Line Road into Town18 x 14, oil on canvas
The Herd (Below the Sacred Mountain)20 x 12, oil on canvas
The Chamisa Field, below the Sacred Mountain12 x 9, oil on canvas
Sangre de Cristo Mountain Sky12 x 9, oil on canvas

Together Taos and Ranchos de Taos, located on the northern plateau of the Rio Grande Valley, have for centuries been a destination for artists from many cultures. Today this area has become a beacon to a cadre of more well-to-do lovers of the world of art ... while the presence of the Art Studio Extension Program of the University of New Mexico draws young (and oldsters like me) for classes and camaraderie.

The Church of Ranchos de Taos36 x 24, oil on canvas
Taos Light8 x 10, watercolor on paper
The Ranchos de Taos, Sunset Light After the Rain12 x 20, oil on canvas
Arroyo Seco, Village Scene12 x 9, oil on canvas
Arroyo Seco, Favorite Local Transportation18 x 14, oil on canvas, in the collection of the family
House with The 'Taos Blue' Door14 x 11, watercolor
The Knit Shop, Arroyo Seco10 x 8, oil on canvas
Rio Grande, Below Los Alamos 12 x 9, oil on canvas
The Arroyo Seco, Rio Grande Valley20 x 16, oil on canvas
In the Canyon12 x 9, oil on canvas
Sunset in the Canyon9 x 12, oil on canvas
Pillars to Heaven, Ghost Ranch9 x 12, oil on canvas
The Small Chapel at the Old Mission6 x 6, watercolor on paper
The Open Door12 x 16, watercolor on paper
At the Border, The Screen Door16 x 12. watercolor, in collection of the artist

Oak Creek, Sedona, AZ

Oak Creek, Sky Shapes8 x 10, oil on canvas
Fall Aspen Glow, Oak Creek7 x 5, oil on canvas
Oak Creek, Sedona10 x 8, oil on canvas. Check 'Works for Sale'
Quick watercolor sketch of the unique Sedona rock formations
The Hacienda, on the Border16 x 12, oil on canvas. Check "Works for Sale"
Snowy Day in the Forest8 x 10, monoprint (original print)
Winter Sunset in the Rockies12 x 36, oil on canvas
Snowy Day in the Forest8 x 10, monoprint (ghost print)
Fall Beauty in the Back Yard, Greenwood Village, Colorado11 x 14, oil on campus, in the collection of family
Tree by the River9 x 12, oil on canvas
At Twin Ponds, Evergreen, CO8 x 10, oil on canvas, in collection of the family
Forest "Bathing" Behind the Cabin16 x 12, oil on canvas
The Aspen Grove14 x 11, oil on canvasCheck 'Works for Sale'
Rocky Mountain Aspens12 x 24, oil on canvas
Fall Colors in Snowy Mountains, 12 x 9, oil on canvas
Path to the Meadow8 x 10, oil on canvas
Fall Mountain Grandeur 24 x 18, oil on canvas

Kansas and the Plains ... fields, beautiful skies & sunsets, trees and lakes ...

Lost Springs, Santa Fe Trail, Kansas8 x 10, oil on canvas
Flinthills of Kansas8 x 10, oil on canvas
Prairie Back Road12 x 12, oil on canvas
Hay Bales in Morning Light12 x 9, oil on canvas
The Milo Field's Red & Green12 x 9, oil on canvas
Historic Stone Bridge, Chase Co, KS12 x 12, oil on canvasCheck the 'Works for Sale'
Curious Cows12 x 9, oil on canvas
Light & Shadows at Carol's Farm12 x 9, oil on canvas
Sunset on Main Street, Lindsborg, KS12 x 9, oil on canvas
Gathering Storm in the Prairie Skies30 x 40, oil on canvas, in the collection of the family
The Milo Field by the River12 x 9, oil on canvas
Country Road in Summer12 x 9, oil on canvas
The Heron12 x 6, oil on canvas
Road to the Fishing Lake9 x 12, oil on canvas
Field of Sunflowers14 x 11 oil on canvas
Valley Patchwork Farm14 x 11, oil on canvas
The River at Dusk12 x 12, oil on canvas
The Old Bridge12 x 12, oil on canvas
Summer Storm A-coming20 x 16, oil on canvas, in the collection of the family
Golden Field of Wheat20 x 16, oil on canvas, in the collection of the family
Summer Sky Over the Field14 x 11, oil on canvas
Flint Hills Sky & Land12 x 9, oil on canvas
Lindsborg Sunflower Field20 x 16, oil on canvas
Historic School House, Lebo, Kansas8 x 6, watercolor on paper
Hoarfrost, Early Morning Light24 x 6, oil on canvas
Hoarfrost, Early Morning Light24 x 6, monoprint
Midwest Wheat Field12 x 9, oil on canvas
Cornfield Melody12 x 9, oil on canvas
Geraniums in the Window 12 x 9, watercolor on paper
Sunset over the Wheat Field 20 x 16, oil on canvas
Last Light at the Farm20 x 16, oil on canvas
Classic Kansas Sunset, Newton, KS24 x 24, oil on canvas

. . . and other places around the country

New Sails in Western Sky18 x 14, oil on canvas. This painting is of agricultural fields in SW Minnesota. It was the new wind turbines scattered across a planted field. that caught my eye. The painting hangs currently in the Napier Common Room, on the Pilgrim Place campus, in support of the Napier program's goal, 'Care for the Earth.'
Wintertime, in Wisconsin18 x 14, oil on canvas. I have the best reason to enjoy Wisconsin: my children live there and I have loved visiting as often as possible since I left there in 1985. It is a beautiful state at any time of the year.
Entryway, Shawnee Mission High School a small watercolor. This is my high school just a few blocks from the (back then) cornfield where my dad built our home. I was asked to make a painting to print on the program for a special anniversary of our graduation as the Class of 1958. Shawnee Mission, Kansas,
River Magic 24 x 12, oil on canvas. This painting comes from a scene nearby a bridge spanning a broad width of the Wisconsin River nearby where my daughter lives, in Spring Green, Wisconsin. This river offered a playground for me during my six years in Madison, not far to the east from this place.


Jane's Beach 14 x 11, watercolor on paper. My daughter, Gaile, says this painting should be titled 'Gaile's Beach,' after her...because she was the one who took her elderly friend, Jane, to this beach in Florida for many years.
Alaska, Tripping with Nieces20 x 16, oil on canvas, in the collection of family
Lake County Hiking Trail, Minnesota 30 x 40, oil on canvas Every two years for the last two decades my college roommate and I have gathered with around 15 of our other college suite-mates, for a gab-fest. We have chosen spots throughout the country from the Atlantic to Pacific coasts, and sometimes in between. such as in the beautiful lake country where we hiked on this trail. I made this painting at the request of my collage roommate, Gay.