left to right from top: "Irish shore", 2015, 24 x 39" oil on canvas; "Orchid after Heade", 2014, 10.5 x 13.75 in., acrylic on board; "Zelde", 2014, 24 x 24 in. "Amanda", 2014, 18 x 24 in., oil on canvas;  "Pumpkin still life", 2013, 16 x 16 in. oil on canvas. 

The Story Behind the Orchid
I began this painting "Orchid after Heade" in the 1990's (yes, really) when I was inspired by a magazine ad announcing an exhibit of Martin Johnson Heade paintings. I'd never heard of this man, but I loved, loved, loved this painting, it's romantic, hazy, voluptuous, sensual view of nature.                   
I tore the page out of the magazine and began to work on an homage. Amazingly, over this period of time, I moved at least a dozen times, but I managed to keep the magazine page and the unfinished painting together. I finally finished in summer 2014, and am released from over ten years of self-condemnation over my procrastination.  Those of you who know me know that I am not a procrastinator! so this was quite an achievement. Gratefully, it didn't take another ten years to sell the painting. It was purchased rather quickly after I announced its completion. 

Zelde and Amanda are available for purchase. Please contact me for further information.