THE NATIVE AMERICAN MAN
I drew this picture in 1996 of a Native American man for my advanced art class in high school. The medium used for this illustration was white charcoal, which creates an intriguing contrast with the black drawing paper.
YELLOW TULIPS IN APRIL
Growing up in the San Bernardino Mountains I always yearned for April when the tulips would bloom. I painted this picture with acrylic paints in April of 1996, and it was based on the tulips I looked at each day outside of the kitchen window. To this day I have fond memories of watching our cats frolic in between the tulips and the daffodils.
MAXX THE KITTEN
I drew this picture of Maxx the kitten in October of 1993. Sketching pictures of my pets is one way I have always commemorated their lives.
THE PINK IRISES
Here is a picture of pink irises that I painted with watercolor paints back in June of 1998. This painting is based on a bouquet of irises I picked from my backyard.
THE TREES AROUND UCR
I created this ink drawing for an art class I took at UC Riverside back in 1998. The eucalyptus trees with their hanging leaves are my favorite part of this composition.
THE GEOMETRIC COLLAGE
I created this geometric collage for an art class I took back in 1997. The collage was painted with watercolors, and my favorite shade in the composition is the light blue.
THE SPECKLED COLLAGE
At one time I was not a fan of collages, especially back during my college art courses when I was required to paint several. However, over time I have come to appreciate the way collages look, and this painting reminds me of a calico print on a dress, especially with the black speckling on the green shape at the top-center of the collage. This piece was created with watercolor paints.
THE BLACK AND WHITE WORKSHOP SILHOUETTES
I created this series of ink drawings for an art class I took back in January of 1998. The silhouettes for these silhouettes came from a cluster of tools that were set up in our art class. Recently, I have come to regard this piece as “The Black and White Workshop Silhouettes”.
THE WINDSWEPT HAWAIIAN SUNSET
Here is a windswept Hawaiian inspired sunset that I painted in 1993. I used acrylic paints to create this piece, which reflects my love of the Pacific.
GAZING AT THE FISH TANK
I painted this picture with watercolor paints back in May of 1999. At that point, I was no longer taking art courses, and I just decided to paint this for my own enjoyment. This painting is based on the view of my roommate’s fish tank, which was a nice distraction from studying.
MERRY CHRISTMAS CAT CARD 2009
A few years after college I started working on my artwork again, but this time around I approached things differently. My new goal was to create pieces that spoke to me, and not to worry about what others wanted all the time. The “Merry Christmas Cat Card 2009” reflects my love of felines, and this is a mixed media piece using both acrylic paints and markers.
MERRY CHRISTMAS CAT CARD 2010
In 2010, I drew another picture of a cat for my Christmas card, but this time I used colored pencils. This illustration is based on a picture of a kitten named Sweety, which I photographed next to a planter to use as a reference photograph for my sketch. I decided to turn the planter into a Christmas themed one with a candy cane.
In March of 2007, I sketched a picture of Lady dog sitting on a bed, as she often did when no one was home. I always indulged her by allowing her to creep up on the bed, which inspired this posthumous sketch of my dearly departed pet. Over the years, I have sketched many pictures of my dogs and cats to keep their memory alive in my heart.
This is a picture I drew of my cat Snoopy with colored pencils. He was named snoopy for his propensity to sneak into cabinets and grocery bags.
NATASHA AND THE SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAINS
In March of 2010, I drew a picture of my childhood dog Natasha with colored pencils. I used the San Bernardino Mountains as a backdrop for this illustration – as this is where I grew up with my dog. I have found memories of Natasha, and use my artwork as a way to commemorate my dearly departed pets.
SCOTTY DOG IN OIL PASTELS
In the summer of 1999, I felt stimulated during my summer break because I was no longer taking art classes, and I could actually draw what I wanted. One day in July I decided to get out my oil pastels and draw a picture of a Scotty dog because I enjoy creating pictures of four-legged animals. Much of my artwork includes pictures of dogs and cats.
THE LEOPARD AND THE SPOTTED TREE
I have always had an interest in drawing African animals, which was the inspiration for “The Leopard and the Spotted Tree” composition that I created in October of 2007. A friend told me this piece reminded her of something by Matisse, which was a compliment that truly flattered me. Honestly, I just love using vibrant colors in my drawings, which is the main compulsion behind my artwork. Hues appeals to me, and I rarely ever do just plain pencil drawings anymore.
THE BIRD ON A BRANCH
In January of 2008, I drew a bird on a piece of wood with a pencil and used a pyrography tool to wood burn on the image. For this piece I used acrylic paints, which is a medium that is vibrant and dries quickly.
In June of 2008, I drew this hummingbird picture on the front of a birthday card I made for my niece. The illustration was created with colored pencils.
THE HAWAIIAN SUNSET
I created this illustration of a Hawaiian sunset with colored pencils in March of 2008, and displayed it at the launch of website Sweetbearies Art Tips. This sunset was inspired by my love of Hawaii, which is prevalent influence on my artwork.
This sketch of Diamond Head was created with colored pencils in November of 2010, which is based on a photograph I took during a 2002 walk along Waikiki Beach. There is something tranquil about Diamond Head in the early morning, before the crowds arrive.
THE PINNACLES 2010
In July of 2010, I drew this picture of the Pinnacles based on a photograph I took on a hike. This colored pencil illustration captures the vivid colors that can be seen among the boulders and the brush of the Pinnacles, which are in the San Bernardino Mountains.
THE PINNACLES 2011
This is a picture I drew of the Pinnacles in December of 2011. I used colored pencils to capture the view I used to look at every day when I was growing up. There are a few more houses in the real foreground, but I decided to only add a barn to create more of a rural mountain scene for this illustration.
I created this colored pencil giraffe illustration in February of 2011. From a young age I have always enjoyed drawing pictures of African animals, but this was one of my first giraffe illustrations.
The View of Mount Baldy Sunset Drawing
This is picture I created in July of 2011 with colored pencils. I have always been enchanted by the view of Mount Baldy at sunset, so I decided to draw a picture of this scenic locale.
THE CAT AND THE IRIS
This is a painting of a cat next to an Iris planted in our garden. A photo I took a few years ago inspired this painting I created in August of 2007. Although oil paints can be very smelly and take along time to dry, I prefer how this medium looks on a canvas.
MAXX IN HIS CRADLE
This is a picture I drew of Maxx in his cradle with pencil and markers. This illustration is based on a picture I took in 1993, but I created the drawing in March of 2011.
THE MORNING GLORY KITTEN
This kitten painting was created with acrylic paints in October of 2010, and is based on a picture I took of Sweety cat in a mountain garden. I added the morning glory as these flowers were in bloom during the morning I photographed this cute little kitten.
BUSTER THE PAINTING
I created this oil painting of Buster in November of 2009, which is based on a photograph I took of him seven years earlier.
BUSTER THE DRAWING
In May of 2011, I created this drawing of Buster with colored pencils. It is based on the picture I took of him on a deck back in 2002, which is the same reference photograph I used for the Buster painting. Buster was always such a ham for the camera, which makes it quite enjoyable to draw pictures of him from reference photographs.
Here is a picture that I drew of Bobby Cat for Halloween on a Brown paper Bag in 2009. Later I framed the picture and hanged it on my wall.