Sweet Dreams Little Octopus

I just finished a new painting, which is a great example of my more whimsical approach to Alaskan wildlife. I hope you find this as fun to look at as I had painting it!

Sweet Dreams Little Octopus

This little octopus is tucked in tight with his favorite toy shipwreck, snuggled under a kelp blanket, with his head softly cradled on sea sponge pillows. Angler fish is (begrudgingly) providing his night light. Sleep tight little one!

This painting is 24×30, highly textured acrylic on canvas. It will be added to the Gallery soon and available for purchase.

Twin Spruce: The Story Behind the Name

As you may have read in my “about” page, my family and I live on a lovely piece of property in a tiny village called Ninilchik, on the Kenai Penninsula, Alaska. The property is mostly wild, with a small area cleared for my garden, chickens, and ducks, and a small yard around an old log cabin which we are restoring.

The old cabin and the beginnings of a garden. Excuse the mess, we are just getting started.

If you look to the south of the garden, you see these lovely old Sitka Spruce trees.

Which, upon closer look, are actually two trees of the same age which have grown together into one beautiful twin spruce. I wish I had a better picture because this one doesn’t really show how they have wrapped around each other and joined not only at the trunk but also at several branches. (I will try to get a better shot in a few weeks when the snow is gone.)


We all have become quite attached to our beautiful Twin Spruce trees, and they happen to stand right in the dead center of our property, so they have become for us the natural symbol of our home here. And that is the story behind the name!

Just added to the gallery

I just added a new batch of paintings to the gallery. I will continue to add more as I get them photographed.

The above painting, “Denali Park Birches,” was inspired by a short hike I took with my family on a trail in Denali National Park in the fall of 2017. My husband and I try to spend our anniversary in the Park each year. (Some years we make it, some years we don’t.) That year was a particularly glorious fall for the birches and aspen in the Park and I remember standing at a trail side overlook and taking in this glorious scene. Of course I had to paint it! At the time I wasn’t able to , but I finally got around to it and here it is!

If you ever get a chance to visit Denali, I recommend going in early fall if you can— late August to early September, for fewer mosquitos, peak color and peak animal activity. Last time we visited we saw 23 grizzly bears in a single day!

But whenever you go, please do! It is truly a national treasure.