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One of the things I love about Spring besides the fact it signals the end of Winter, is the bright array of fresh new flowers and bushes in bloom. The red azaleas on this church property are spectacular and their size indicates they are quite old. This watercolor is another in my series of churches in my local area… Continue reading… 0 comments

If you know New Jersey, you know Califon is a rural area. This house says "rural" to me .... complete with a large porch to enjoy quiet country days. I see myself in a rocker with a cool glass of lemonade on a hot summer day… Continue reading… 0 comments

I freely admit I prefer painting snow to shoveling it. We experienced our first snow of the Winter during the weekend of January 23rd, with a total of over 24" here in Berkeley Heights. One week later at least half of that had melted due to warmer temperatures. February 1st had a high of 55 degrees. Mother Nature liked us for Christmas: 72 degrees Christmas Eve and 66 on Christmas Day… Continue reading… 0 comments

A few years ago, I received a commission to paint two watercolors ... one of an existing building and another of the building as it existed some 50 years prior, when the business opened its doors. That business was started by one generation and carried on by succeeding generations. The watercolor shown here was commissioned as a business anniversary gift from the staff for the owner. This watercolor could also be reproduced for notes or other promotional material… Continue reading… 0 comments

Not the typical house portrait, but a challenging change of pace. This watercolor was painted in a larger than usual size as a retirement gift for one of the Banco Popular officers. It was eventually matted and framed by the clients for a beautiful presentation to the retiree. I don't usually mat or frame, preferring to leave what I feel is a very personal choice to the customer. I am always grateful when offered the opportunity to see my work framed. It is amazing how many choices of framing are out there ... many of them combinations I would not have thought of myself ..… Continue reading… 0 comments

This watercolor was painted for a community service organization, and note cards were created as well. Many times a house portrait is just the thing to honor retiring staff members or someone who has a record of outstanding service. I have also been asked to create a house portrait as a group gift when one of the families in a neighborhood is moving away. It is an excellent remembrance of friends and memories made… Continue reading… 0 comments