Welcome to my little corner of the universe.

My journey into the world of art began by watching Mom. She could work magic with a bit of paint and a brush. I was fascinated by how she could transform a flat blank canvas into a beautiful work of art. Now, several years later, I'm continuing in the footsteps I followed as a child watching Mom. Thanks for your inspiration and guidance!!!!

"If you don't try - you won't know you can...." Marie (Mom) Janssen

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Finished: "The Guardian Angel"

I actually finished this a couple of months ago, but didn't post....????  Anyway, here is my completed version of  "The Guardian Angel". 

May he keep our children safe from all harm and danger. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

"Yucca" (18 x 24)

The yucca were in full bloom a couple of weeks ago.  Saw these beauties while driving through Western Nebraska on our way up to the Black Hills.  Think they are one of the most beautiful prairie wild flowers.  Finished this painting this morning.

Think I'll have Gary build a floating frame for this out of weathered barn wood. 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

CCAG Spring Art Show

I was very happy to have a 1st place in oils for "Lightening the Load"

Also a 2nd place ribbon for "Red Bucket Construction Company"
And Honorable Mention for "The Guardian Angel"
(photo to come soon...............)

Saturday, March 2, 2013


Have you ever found yourself in a "slump"?   Ideas floating around, but nothing really sparks?  That's how I'm feeling - kind of a "blah" kind of day.  I have several ideas for paintings, but not finding the motivation get into the studio and put brush to canvas.  Think it has something to do with the winter doldrums - that time between winter and not yet spring.  Maybe a brisk walk???  Kinda muddy - so maybe not .......... UGH ......... Maybe take a nap and see about studio time later .............  or not????

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Guardian Angel (18 x 24)

Almost there.  Here is progress from this afternoon.  I think the little girl's face is still in need of some work.  Also have to work on the hands of the children and angel.  Other than a couple other tweeks, think I'm just about finished with this. 

 In the original painting, the sky is quite dark. The sky I chose for this painting is of a clear, fall day. Unfortunately, the wings of the angel really don't show up very well against the light blue sky. Wonder if I should darken it up and make it a cloudy day???  What do you think???

Monday, February 11, 2013

"Guardian Angel" update

Still have quite a bit of work left on "The Guardian Angel"  Think I've captured the apprehensiveness of the little sister and the confidence of the older brother.  Still need to work on his hands, her clothes and hair and finish the wings and hands of the angel.  Coming together I think.....

Any comments/critiques/suggestions are very much appreciated!!!
Thanks for looking -

Friday, January 25, 2013

What's on My Easel

This 18" x 24" oil on panel is based on the painting of the Guardian Angel watching over children crossing a precarious bridge.  I did some research on the original painting and could only find that it was German - titled "Heilige Schutzengel" translated "Holy Guardian Angel".  I couldn't find much else out about it other than there are several variations and many people have a print of it hanging in their home.  I wanted to do a modern version of children getting off the school bus on their way to school.  The little girl is not quite sure about the whole idea, but her brother has a reassuring hand on her shoulder.  Behind them is a Guardian Angel to protect them from harm and danger.  Think this is starting out OK. 
If you have any information about the original painting, please let me know.  Also - all comments and critics of my work are always very much appreciated!!!
Thanks for looking


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Kiddos and Dino - (18 x 24) WIP

Think I'm finished.  The painting shows up a bit lighter than it actually is.  Any suggestions for improvement?????   Please let me know what you think. 


Saturday, November 24, 2012


Think I'm finished.  Please let me know what you think.  Any changes or suggestions for improvement are very much appreciated!!!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Commiission: Original Photo vs Roughed in Sketch

Original photo

Roughed in sketch - now need to continue with detailing and work on getting skin tones right.  Adding strong shadows will really make or break this painting.  \

Hope to have a lot of time this weekend to finish (or nearly so) 

Any comments or suggestions are definitely most appreciated!!!!!!!!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Commission Piece

Starting on the portrait of parents - thoughts???  Remember- this is still in the rough sketch phase.  Size is 16 x 20. 
Think it's turning out pretty good so far???

Friday, September 14, 2012

NWC Biennial Art Competion Submission: "Sky Watcher"

Theme:  "Art's window on the impact of weather on the human experience"

"The National Weather Center Biennale is the first exhibition of its kind - a national juried exhibition presenting art's window on the impact of weather on the human experience. The exhibition opens on Earth Day 2013 and is sponsored by the National Weather Center in Norman, Oklahoma, The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma, and the Norman Arts Council." 
see more info on the NWC website:  http://www.nwcbiennale.org/  Also check out the National Weather Center website:  http://www.nwc.ou.edu/  Great information!!!

As a farmer's wife and science teacher for 30 years, I've always been facinated with meteorology.  Watching the changes in cloud formations is a favorite of mine.  I'm really excited for the NWC event.  I submitted "Sky Watcher".  Cross your fingers that it will be selected for the show.  The inspiration for this painting was a demonic looking wall cloud and my husband (a wheat farmer in Northeastern Colorado). We were actually spared that evening, but our neighbor wasn't as lucky. When you study the cloud (though not intentional) you may see the image of a several creatures ready to devour the field. I came up with three. How many can you see? (Thanks husband Gary for pointing that out)

 Farmers live on the edge, never knowing what this year's weather will dish out;  hail, drought, flooding, tornado etc...  Their lively hood is dictated by the weather.   We have lost several wheat crops that had the potential to finally enable us to show a profit devastated in a matter of minutes. Then, have to wait an entire year for the possibility of a harvest.

Show entry deadline is Oct. 1, 2012.  Hoping "Sky Watcher" is selected.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Finally Finished????

Think I'm finallly finished with this. Let me know what you think...  Debating about a title: "Skywatcher" or "Defiance".  


 I will be entering this in the The National Weather Center Biennale show in Norman, Oklahoma.  "Art's window on the impact of weather on the human experience"  Cross your fingers that it will be selected for the show. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

"Sky Watcher" (36 x 24) WIP

Here is this morning's progress.  Starting to take shape.  Have more to do on the cloud, details on Gary, and details on the wheat field.

(I'm thinking of changing the name to   I Dare You!!!   Is that too presumptuous?)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

"Sky Watcher" (24" x 36") WIP

Started this a couple of days ago - thought is was ok to show progress at this point. 

I'm using a reference photo taken from our deck, looking west, as this horrible looking bench cloud moved it's way across our nearly ripe wheat field.  I am going to superimpose husband and wheat farmer - Sky Watcher, into the blank vertical white space below the cloud looking up.  Have to decide if he's going to be raising his fist - shaking it at the cloud in defiance, or hand on cap in disbelief that this cloud may have the potential of wiping out yet another year of work.  Thankfully this particular cloud skipped over us, but we were pounded a couple of days later by a less ominous looking weather cell.

What do you think?  Comments and critiques very much appreciated!!!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

"Where We Goin'?"

Just about finished - have to work on darkening some shadows and finish the gallery wrapped edges.  Hope to have it done in time to enter the Wray, CO art show first weekend in May. 

I'll have to say, this is one of my favorites.

Monday, April 2, 2012

CCAG Spring Show

Unbelievable!!!  How can this be??? 

As I walked into the CCAG spring art show Sunday to pick up my art, I was greeted by a couple of my fellow artists.  We visited for awhile and finally was told that "In Their Footsteps" had been sold.  I was in disbelief - and yet saw the blank spot where my painting had been hanging.  I never in my wildest dreams expected to sell anything.  I'm very honored that someone liked my painting enough to buy it.

I was also honored with the People's Choice award for this painting. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Phillips County Art Show

Had a pretty good showing at the Phillips County Art Show in Holyoke, CO this past weekend. "The Banjo Player" was awarded Best of Show First Place,  "In Their Footsteps" was Peoples Choice, "The Apple Peeler" was second place in oils and "Scottish Highlanders" was awarded third place in oils.  WOW - what a great feeling - couldn't believe that my paintintings showed so well!!!!  What an honor!!!!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Please Help Me Decide

The Apple Peeler

I'm thinking about getting giclee prints made of some of my artwork that can be offered for sale at a much lower price than an original.  Please help me decide. Vote for your favorite piece using the poll on the top right.  Thank you very much for your input.
 Suggestions?  Please leave a comment to this post.
Our Daily Bread

Scottish Highlanders

In Their Footsteps

Red Bucket Construction Company

Sunday, February 5, 2012

"Our Daily Bread" (24" x 18")

Finished with this still life.  Originally I had a kerosene lamp in the place of the candle, but didn't really like it so I took it out.  I do plan on using the lamp in a different painting. 

Think this will be a nice complimentary piece to "The Apple Peeler"