Tuesday, November 22, 2016


16 x 20
Oil on Raymar Panel

Continuing my hat series...This is my brown bowler.  It is one of my favorite hats and one of the first hats I bought.  It is symbolic that the hat is either being put on or taken off.  My hat is the last thing I put on before I go out and usually the first thing I take off.  I wear one primarily to protect my eyes from the sun.  I had cataract surgery many years ago and have done all I can to protect my eyes ever since then.  I have lots of hats and always wear sunglasses when outside. 

I called this one "Cover" as a nod...or tip of the hat...to my military ties.  A hat in the military is called a cover. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

We Can Do It!

We Can Do It
16 x 20
Oil on Canvas

This is a continuation of my "Rosie the Riveter" series.  These amazing women took over when the men were called to serve overseas.  They held jobs traditionally held by men...not glamorous...but they saw and need and rose to the occasion.   

The war touched everyone's lives in many ways.  My Grandfather, Uncles, Aunt and my Dad were all active duty service members during World War II.  My grandmother wore this blue star pin. 

It has one star for every family member she had in harms way.  While the men, and some women were fighting overseas my aunt Adrienne worked as a mechanic...along with scores of other women picking up unglamorous jobs that had to be done.  Everyone did their part for the war effort.  I do find it amusing that my Aunt Adrienne could fix and engine but never got her drivers license!

I feel it is important to remember how much these women did during the war, they sacrificed, worked hard, and kept our county running...doing their part to help win the war.