Still Life with Apple Jar

Still Life with Apple Jar

“Still Life with Apple Jar” Caran D’Ache Luminance on Stonehenge

The idea for this piece was pretty simple; use the snake and apple motif in a still life. I bought the apple jar on Etsy and it has sat on my piano ever since. I did have to do some coaxing to get the snake in there.

This piece is the first I have done with a light background in a while. I originally had the background completely white, but added a greyed lavender to the back in the end. I liked how it turned out so much that you might see a trend in the pieces I have completed after!

“Still Life with Apple Jar” is available as prints and the original is also available, framed in a white frame with a nice thick mat. Contact me for details.



“Shiraz” Prismacolor and Caran D’Ache Colored Pencils on Paper

“Shiraz” is my first work using a lot of the Luminance pencils and they hooked me! This piece is available, framed in a black frame with white mat at 18×21″. Contact me for more details!

The Wrong One

The Wrong One

This is by far my most popular piece. It’s a fairy tale study in kissing the proverbial frog.

“The Wrong One” is a fully Prismacolor work on Stonehenge. I created the piece for a contest Prismacolor was having to decorate their colored pencil tins. My piece didn’t win, but it did make it into the Colored Pencil Society of America’s 20th International Expo. I am honored to have this piece in the company of the best colored pencil art in the USA.

I have also re-created this theme for a book cover. Check out Gianna Rosewood’s book “Are you Still Kissing Frogs?”

This original work has sold, but prints are available in my Etsy Shop!



“Reflection” Caran D’Ache Luminance and Prismacolor on Stonehenge 13×12″ framed to 20×19″

The same toad who posed for my drawing “Lipstick” later posed for this piece for me. I was interested in the reflection I got in “Lipstick,” and so I set up a dressing-room style three way mirror. This was great practice drawing and seeing the same toad from different angles.

“Reflection” is available for $550. Contact me for details.



“Lipstick” Colored Pencil on Stonehenge Paper 15×11″ framed to 23×20″

“Lipstick” is about beauty. I always have felt like putting makeup on what I’ve got just looks like makeup on what I’ve got. It doesn’t improve anyone’s chances of being mistaken for a supermodel. Does it help this little toad? I’ll let the viewer decide.

I am proud and honored to say that this piece was juried into the Minnesota State Fair’s Fine Art Show in 2011. Prints are available at my Etsy Shop! The framed original is sold.

The toad model I used for this piece was very cooperative and looked in the mirror for a good amount of time.  No actual lipstick was applied to the toad. Heck, if I don’t like to wear it, why should he have to?