Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Sylvia Sessions

Sylvia was married to Windsor Lyon, Joseph, Heber Kimball and Ezekiel Clark. She ended up moving to a large house in Bountiful and operated it as a hotel.  On her death bed she told her daughter Josephine that she was the daughter of the Prophet Joseph Smith.

Agnes Coolbrith

Agnes was married to Don Carlos, Joseph's brother, who was opposed to polygamy. In spite of his opposition, Joseph married her 5 months after his death. After Joseph's death she married George Albert Smith. She did not follow George to Utah, instead went to California and married William Pickett and left Mormonism.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Presendia Huntington Buell

Presendia is Zina's sister. She was married to Norman Buell when she married Joseph. She later married Heber Kimball. She was known as being very spiritual, almost mystic, blessing and healing men, women and children. Her last daughter drown in City Creek.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Zina Huntington Jacobs Young Smith

Zina was married to Henry Jacobs when Joseph approached her to become one of his wives, she was happily married and wasn't interested. Joseph then told her an angel with a sword was going to harm him if he he didn't obey. Zina reluctantly married Joseph and then Brigham. She ended up in Utah, she was a midwife,musician, involved in women's rights, the silk worm project, started a nursing school and the 3rd general Relief Society President.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Louisa Beaman

Louisa married Joseph in a grove outside of town  at night disguised as man with a hat and coat. She was known as Joseph's first plural wife for many years, but we now know that is not the case. She ended up marrying Brigham Young. The town of Parawon was first named Fort Louisa, to honor her as the first plural wife.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Lucinda Morgan Harris

Lucinda was married to the wild Captain Morgan, after he died she married George W. Harris. Lucinda married Joseph while being married to Harris. She left George and joined the Catholic Sisters of Charity.

Fanny Alger

I am going to do a series of Joseph Smith's wives. This accomplishes  two goals, my fascination with Mormon history and my love of portraits. I am excited to see if my skills improve by the time I am finished. This is  Fanny Alger, historians are mixed on Fanny, some say she was the first wife, some say an affair.  I am inspired by Cass Barney's style, but hopefully this will evolve into something more of my own.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Doris's Midway family house

It's been several weeks since I have done any watercolor painting, it is really hard for me to switch gears from acrylic and back. I will take it to class and see what suggestions my teacher has, and re-do it

Monday, September 29, 2014

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Yellow truck

Most of my paintings in the Castlerock Coffee shop have sold! Yay! This is my latest. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Clyde's truck

This was a class project in my new painting class with Colleen Reynolds . Her technique is new to me, I love how she has small classes and gives us a lot of one on one. This was painted for my BIL for his birthday. 

Monday, September 8, 2014


I painted this for my son Tracey's birthday!  Happy Birthday to one of my most favorite people on the planet! I love you! 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Happy Birthday Mitch and Mike

These guys are turning 60 ! I did Mike last night and Mitch tonight, quick and rough but fun!   I hope they will pin them up in the garage with thumbtacks! 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Class exercise on wet on wet technique

Just started taking a watercolor class from Colleen Reynolds , we will have instruction one day out of the month and work on our projects the rest of the month. We paint out of a gallery/studio in Sugarhouse.  

Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday, August 4, 2014

Would you like cream with your coffee?

12x12 acrylic  another piece for the Castlerock Coffee shop

Red Rock road trip

I painted this landscape while in Kayenta, I just added the truck, the coffee shop wants trucks! 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Girl and truck

Another painting for the Castlerock Coffee shop. I am happy 2 have sold.

Sunday, July 27, 2014


Another quick watercolor , I am re-reading Mormon Enigma, about Emma Smith, she is one of my she-roes in Mormon history!  I enjoy painting portraits, they are distorted and messy, but I always love them.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Watercolor self portrait

 Yeah I know, I post EVERYTHING, even the goofy stuff, this was a quick hour long sketch I did that should go into the rubbish bin, but it makes me laugh! 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Funday watercolor for Kate

Did this watercolor while listening to Gina Colvin interview Kate Kelly, both such great women. This one is for you Kate

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Seaview Tonga - watercolor

 The Seaview lodge and restaurant has been around since I lived there in the 80's, I was happy to see it is still there but unfortunately it is struggling and is for sale. It's a beautiful property,  I hope someone will buy it and keep this charming place going. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Mother and daughter quick sketch

Today I did two quick watercolor sketches, it was a good day

Granny's red truck-again!

I ended up selling the red truck I painted for my mom's Kayenta house and she wanted another one exactly like the original. I think I got it pretty close.


A quick watercolor of one my favorite places on earth, would love to be on the patio drinking one of their fabulous lemonades right now

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Joseph Emma Mary Patti Zina Agnes and Fanny

My silly Sunday sketch, I wanted to sketch all 30 something wives of Joseph Smith in honor of  Kate Kelly and Ordain Women, but 6 will have to do. Emma has the pink cowboy hat and pants, she was one of our first feminists. Emma rocks! Good luck Kelly and John.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Quinn in New York

A quick watercolor sketch of my niece who is heading off to college, she is brave and super awesome

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Waiting for grandma

I loved this photo of Zoe, all dressed up so cute waiting on the front porch for me to pick her up. It just melted my heart. I really don't have the knowledge or patience to do a portrait, but I have to start somewhere, so this is it. Oh how I love this sweet little girl.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Baby elephant

This little guy is a birthday present for my granddaughter Brienne. I learned that my Jana has a thing for baby elephants too. Acrylic 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Kayenta class with Carol

Took a private 90 min lesson from the owner of The Blue Raven Studio, I wish I could have spent more time with her, I picked up several tips that will be helpful

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Bye bye grandma - sketch

A quick watercolor study this morning of Noa watching grandma drive away, thank you Jana for catching this bittersweet moment

Thursday, April 10, 2014


I love this man's face and the limited color palette. Acrylic 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Whitmore Library Exhibit

I have 2 paintings in whitmore Library that will be on display for the month of April. The last few weeks I have struggled with my paintings, I have been impatient and it really shows, I need to get my head in the right place. I did a little Youtube lesson this morning and was inspired by a cute English woman and came away with a few new techniques, I needed a new fresh approach. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Truck in pasture

I am trying to get some paintings ready for the coffee shop in Torrey, this one will not be one of them, but it was good practice.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Palette knife study - morning practice

I tried something I haven't done in awhile, I need to work on using my palette knife more, I like the thick rough texture of the paint.