I have a box of canvases that are paintings that I started but never finished. Every so often I like to go back to this box and revisit the forgotten “bones” of a previous work to see where a fresh perspective might take it. Here are a couple that I completed this week and uploaded to Fine Art America so they could be converted into textiles or larger, framed reprints.


Chalk Cat’s Companion

I agreed to do a commission painting to recreate Chalk Cat, which was already sold. I knew the biggest challenge would be getting the values and colors right so instead of throwing paint around to see what achieved the desired results I decided to begin with a companion piece to use for experimenting and any mucking about I required. The companion is the same composition only a slightly older girl.  I am only 24 hours into my work so it doesn’t look like much yet, but I can already see how it is going to come together. While Chalk Cat is a 24×36 canvas I decided to paint the girl on a 48×24 canvas. Instead of drawing a cat I think she’s going to be doing physics;)


With the close of 2017, I have to admit that the year for me was a mixed bag. While I could dwell for hours on all that went awry, like my fragrance allergies and my skin cancer diagnosis,  I will instead focus on what an amazing year 2017 was for me as an artist!

By the close of 2017 I estimate that I sold over 25 paintings during the year, one of which was sold to a private collector in Australia.  My debut in the land down under. We will see what 2018 brings, whatever that is, I’ll just20170626_170526 keep swimming.

Portrait Study Jan 2018-Revised

Sunday mornings, coffee, quiet and I paint. Like someone threw the window of my soul open after a long week at work and for awhile I remember who I am. A moment in my week when I am no longer defined by my health, my job or external circumstances.

Additional note 1/15/18
I think I’m finally done with revisions. She reminds me of growing up. I loved pretty clothes and fancy hair but then I’d walk to school though the swamp because it was more interesting than the view from the streets. My poor mother. My poor shoes.



More Spills


I’ve been working on a coupled of very, very large oil paintings over the last several months. While these works have been in process I’ve created a series of abstract paintings in acrylic. The resulting work always lends itself to beautiful prints and textiles.

Originals may be purchased directly or through Vango.
Textiles and prints are available though our “Spills” collection on Fine Art America.

Playing with Images


Since I returned home from Duluth I’ve spent a considerable amount of time editing the photos I brought back with me. I took pictures of somewhat odd object that I felt drawn to and I’m glad I did. I love them as tonal framed artwork but they also look amazing  when converted to fabric on throw pillows. The physical objects are almost indistinguishable among the more pronounced shapes and lines. The very antique settings in the photographs are transformed to images that appear very modern.



Lighthouse Beacon Photos

While visiting Split Rock Lighthouse I took several photos of the lighthouse beacon which was rotating in the upper most area of the tower. The beacon was casting a transparent shade of phthalo green and I thought it was beautiful. I finished editing 2 of the photos and paired them together as artwork in a bedroom. I’m totally smitten..ohmyprints-24062017-165435

Re-Homed Artwork

I received a call mid-march from Heidi Schneider owner of La Petite Boutique, a downtown St. Cloud shop located in the Regency Plaza building.   She invited me to display during the March 24th St. Cloud Art Crawl and I gladly accepted!

The Regency Plaza building is located directly across the street from the Paramount Theater and La Petite’s storefront faces an art gallery across the corridor. The location was fantastic and allowed me to set up a larger display. The store owner was a thoughtful, fantastic host who even purchased one of my paintings! It was the first time I was able to actually display a grouping of paintings rather than a few here and there. During the event I sold 6 paintings and in the days that followed 2 more paintings sold to customers who picked up my business card.

It was fun to answer questions and discuss my work with art lovers but with any successful event it also meant that I parted with some paintings that I treasured. The benefit of making the sales in person rather than online was knowing that the new owners of my artwork, treasured my  paintings as much as I did.

Below are photos from the March 24th Art Crawl and also a photo of the painting Chalk Cat displayed with its new owner.

Man in the Moon


I started this painting ages ago but was never happy with it. I picked it back up a couple days ago and finally finished it. My grandchildren would be thrilled with the amount of finger painting that went into the final edits. Its title is Man in the Moon because in creating the moon I accidentally ended up with a face…which I decided to keep.


This work was made possible by a grant from the Five Wings Art Council with funds from the McKnight Foundation.

Petite Pear Paintings

petite-pear-i-jody-scott-olsonLast year I tried painting on these small 4×4 canvas, most didn’t turn out and I ended up scraping the paint off. While at home on my “staycation” yesterday during a closet cleaning stint I found a box with the scraped canvas’. When I finished reassembling the closet I sat down to try it again a full year later. Loved every minute.

SOLD Insomnia Poppies



Medium: Mixed Media

Subject Tags: nature-inspired, textured, mixed media art, abstract flowers, abstract expressionism

Media: acrylic, collage on canvas

Size: 10″W x 20″H x 0.5″D

Ready to Hang

When I can’t sleep things get weird. Titled Insomnia Poppies. Mixed media. Acrylic and paper on canvas. Finished edges, ready to hang. Varnished with high gloss. Signed, comes with certificate of authenticity.

Matching throw pillows also available

Joyful Noise *SOLD*

Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: vibrant colors, colorful painting, colorful abstract, abstract expressionism, abstract painting, abstract art

Media: acrylic on canvas

Size: 36″W x 12″H x 1″D

Ready to Hang

Fun, vibrant and joyful acrylic painting. 12×36 ready to hang. Protected with high gloss varnish. Comes with certificate of authenticity.

The original of the painting is sold, canvas reprints, framed reprints and pillows are available. Contact seller for details.

SOLD- Royalton Grain Elevator


I love old abandoned buildings. This one is in Royalton, Minnesota, a city I lived in for 7 years. After I started painting I photographed it knowing one day I would use it as the subject but I was stumped as to its execution. I didn’t want to do a traditional landscape. I decided to play with the scale of the building contrasted by the scale of the canvas to make it feel modern.

This painting is 36x12x 1, gallery canvas. The work has been protected with high gloss varnish. Edges are finished and hardware is installed for easy use. All paintings come with a certificate of authenticity.

Woman in Green



Original oil painting 12 x16 on canvas $300.00.  Vibrant portrait of a woman emerging from behind a bright curtain wearing green. Like many of my paintings there is a vintage quality to this work. Edges are finished, the painting has been protected with high gloss varnish. It is signed, has hardware installed for immediate use and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Thank You Rush Boutique!

2I wanted to extend a very warm thank you to Suzy and the staff of Rush Boutique in St. Cloud for hosting my artwork during the June 12, 2015 Art Crawl!

I typically do commission paintings, so this was my very first public event. I felt unbelievably intimated but I had a wonderful time visiting with art lovers, and a few of my favorite paintings even  found new homes.

Rush Boutique has invited me to return for the St. Cloud Art Crawl in October and I have accepted. I’m especially excited about the time frame because it will provide the perfect venue to display the 5 works funded by the Five Wings Arts Council!