Ode to Peonies

Peonie Print

by Mary Oliver

This morning the green fists of the peonies are getting ready
to break my heart
as the sun rises,
as the sun strokes them with his old, buttery fingers

Love Birds

Love Birds, Lillibridge, Dakota 1966, Burlington, Vermont

This painting was a rare commission when someone walked in off the street and wanted a painting for his wedding gift. His fiance had seen my work at Art Hop a year prior and she had regretted not picking up a card of mine. She couldn’t remember where the studio was and didn’t know my name. So, he just started hunting for me and found the studio by remembering the vines leading up the staircase. I only had a few days to get the painting done and he gave me a lot of creative freedom. He paid me in cash and I don’t remember his name. I hope they are enjoying the painting.

A Few Of My Favorite Things…





I care less and less about “stuff” as I get older and really want to eliminate the objects that no longer interest me. So, it has prompted a look at my collections with a curatorial eye. These are 4 flea market finds I love that I won’t be discarding soon.

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” —William Morris

Industrial Beauties

Red Green chairs, industrial, Lillibridge, Dakota 1966

I saw these chairs at The Barge Canal shop on Pine Street in Burlington, VT. I am so drawn to these colors together. They hit so many notes—children’s book illustrations, vintage fabric prints and postcards—yet this combination looks truly modern together as well.