wildflower watercolor

   My emotions turn a little bittersweet at this time of the year. Autumn is an exuberant time of color and temperatures cooling down. However, it means the growing season is closing and gray skies will figure in our future. Wanting to hang on to this waning season, I painted the piece I titled Illumined. It’s a celebration of the annual bloom of Balsamroot and Lupine wildflowers we experience in the Columbia River Gorge. It will be available to the public in the future, but I’m currently enjoying this exclamation of life in my home.

Illumined, original watercolor, 28″ x 31″

National Watercolor Society 99th International Open Exhibition

The National Watercolor Society 99th International Open Exhibition opened October 3 and will continue through November 17. The opening reception will be October 19 at the National Watercolor Society Gallery in San Pedro, CA. I’m thrilled to have my painting “Standing Close to Momma” accepted into this marvelous show. An appreciative thanks to the Jurors of Selection: Jean Elaine Daily-Birbaum, and Frank Eber!

2019 National Watercolor Society International Open Exhibition

October 3-November 17 at San Pedro, CA

Mary Rollins grew up on a farm, and cattle were a part of her daily life. She expresses her ongoing affection for them by employing the vivid hues and dramatic values found in watercolor. Mary aspires to portray the unique personality within each animal.

Staying Close to Momma has been accepted into the 2019 National Watercolor Society International Open Exhibition, October 3-November 17 at San Pedro, CA.

Staying Close to Momma, watercolor, 29 x 37.

Watercolor Society of Oregon Fall 2019 Exhibition

October 5 through December 6, 2019

The Watercolor Society of Oregon will have their Fall 2019 Exhibition in Bend, Oregon this year.

My painting, Contemplating Van Gogh, has been juried into this show. The opening reception will be at the Rotunda Gallery, located in the COCC Barber Library, 2600 College Way, Bend, OR.

If you’re in the area, stop in for the Artists Reception on Saturday, October 5th from 4 to 6 pm.

The entire show will run form October 5 through December 6. The twenty award-winning paintings will then travel the state and hang at select galleries.

The Dalles Art Auction

Sun on Badger Creek

The Dalles Annual Art Auction will take place this Saturday, November 3, doors opening at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center at 6 pm. Come support our wonderful non-profit art center and enjoy a delicious meal, the entertaining silent and oral auctions, and take home your own art treasure. I am donating Sun on Badger Creek, watercolor, 35″ x 25″. My source material is from the Badger Creek Wilderness area, located on the southeast side of the Mt. Hood National Forest. I hope you can join us!

Bird Nest

As the air warms, some birds in my area have begun to searching for good nesting sites.

We have a pair of nesting Great Horned Owls in a nearby Douglas Fir. What a wonderful treat to listen to the male call to his mate as she incubates her eggs, and hear her response.

Remembering a backyard nest, and memories of Easter egg gathering motivated me to paint this subject.

Hidden Nest, watercolor, 21″ x 21″. It is for sale, and may be seen at my home during the Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour on April 20-22.


Red Poppies

Mornings are still quite chilly in The Dalles, Oregon, but I definitely have springtime on my mind. Pruning roses and fruit trees, cleaning up the perennial flowers, and replenishing the raised beds occupy my time as weather allows. When I can’t dig in the dirt, I head back to my painting table. Red Poppies, watercolor, speaks to the coming explosion of floral color. This painting will be part of my collection for the Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour on April 20-22.

Cattle on My Horizon

Nothing brightens a winter day like finishing a painting of a flashy Longhorn heifer. The added bonus is how well her name, Chex My Girl, works as the title.

This handsome animal dwells at the Fey Longhorn Ranch, in the Willamette Valley.

Chex My Girl is an original watercolor, 29″ x 31″, and it will be included with my body of work for the Gorge Artist Open Studios Tour on April 20-22.

I plan to paint more cattle as the year progresses. Watch for future posts!