I am in awe of the variety and scope of untamed animals and wildlife here on our planet. We invade their habitats, destroy their food and yet nature endures.

How To Do Rustic Right

Urban Rustic is one of the hottest design trends today. Its based in the past, and yet it has the edgy and trendy look of contemporary design. Urban Rustic blends the new and the old, the hard with the soft. Tip: Always add contrast to every design element. If you feel you have gone too contemporary, warm it up with a painting or print reflecting old time values or if it feels too rustic, then jazz it up with a more contemporary print or art like an animal print or cityscape.

Your Luxurious Living Room: Small Changes You Can Make Today for Big Impact

Small changes make a big difference in a room, especially when they're a part of something you use on a daily basis. Tip: Change Your Switch Plates--Switch plates are usually white or a pale neutral, but they're a great place to take a risk with a bit of shiny metal, color, or a pattern . You can use 3M adhesive strips for hanging Art or attaching wallpaper so you don’t damage the walls when you remove it. Put a small piece of art in a corner or a nook. Prints and other décor items from Fine Art America can be ordered in any size you need to fill a small space. Turn a throw pillow or a shower curtain into a work of art. Practically every room in the house could use a throw pillow.

How to Bring the Outdoors Inside

The outdoors has a natural appeal to us. Images of earth, water, and sky make us feel restored and calm. How do we get elements from the outdoors inside of our home? The easiest way is to bring in art illustrating these elements into your living space. Tip: Use Natural Fibers, Textures and Patterns: Wicker, Rattan, Hemp, and Jute are all inspired by nature. Tip: Use colors that are reflective of the outdoors: Green reminds us of the earth, grass and plants. Blues are inspirational like water and the sky. Yellows evoke a sense of cleanliness, like the sun and fresh flowers. Neutral tones like white, tan and beige will give your interiors a natural feel. Use these colors on your walls, window coverings, and bedding. Try adding Paintings and Prints of these elements if you don’t have the real thing on hand. Tip: Decorate with fruits and vegetables: The latest interior décor trend is to decorate with food. Use lemons, limes, and mint or still life paintings of these things for a visual and aromatic outdoor inspiration!

                                    GHOST TOWN

I did the research for this painting “Ghost Town”, when we traveled to Arizona the year my mother died. This is actually a composite of two different towns, the buildings come from a re-constructed ghost town just outside Kingman, and the burros are from Oatman, a now defunct mining town near the Arizona/California Border. The town has converted to tourism and holds gunfights for the amusement of visitors. The burros are descendants of those brought in by the miners and allowed to run wild. They are very friendly and despite being no longer domesticated, quite tame. This mother burro and her colt were dead center in the middle of the street and we were all expected to walk around them.

Ghost Town won an Honorable Mention at the 2009 Clovis Art Guild Old West & Rodeo Art Show.