“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?

Waiting For His Kiss

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“Waiting For His Kiss” Colored Pencil on Stonehenge, 17×12″ Framed to 24×19″

“Waiting for His Kiss” is a colored pencil drawing done on Stonehenge paper with Prismacolor colored pencils. This toad was kind enough to pose for me in my kitchen. The title, of course evokes the fairy tale “The Princess and the Frog.”  In pop culture the princess kisses the frog to turn him into her prince. In the old tale, the frog demands to sleep with the princess in return for a favor. In some versions, the princess throws the frog against the wall in disgust. In others, she submits to his desires and frees him with a kiss.

I admit, I was only very loosely thinking of this motif as I drew this toad. Is he a prince waiting for his kiss, or a princess waiting for the kiss of her soulmate and savior? Either way, the lowly toad is a beautiful and intricate creature when you get down to studying the details!

This original art piece is available. Contact me for more information!