Ottawa at Monroe (#1)


My goal with this large painting was to do an abstract with lots of white, connecting black lines, and a few splashes of color thrown in for good measure. I used the scene at Ottawa and Monroe as merely a vehicle--a good composition--for achieving this idea I had in my mind.

Acrylic on 40"x30" gallery-wrapped canvas. This painting is SOLD, but you are welcome to contact me HERE for inquiries or commissions.

Ottawa at Monroe #2

This intersection in downtown Grand Rapids intrigues me. My first interpretation of it was vertical and much more abstract, so it needed another form of expression.

Acrylic on 30" x 40" gallery-wrapped canvas. Available for purchase by contacting me HERE.

The Farm



There's a lot to see in this large (36"x48") painting. The close-ups below allow you to appreciate some of the moments that make up the emotions of the entire scene.

Acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas. Available for purchase by contacting me HERE.




Living Room



There is a lot of palette knife action here. I showed great restraint, however, and let many sections of the tonal foundation show through, such as the table on the right, and the drips on the back of the sofa.

36" x 48" acrylic on canvas by Karin Nelson Art. Available for purchase; contact me HERE.

Barn on Canal Avenue #2


Another view of my favorite barn, taken later in the day when the light was hitting a different plane. Oh, how I love to paint that luscious edge where light meets shadow. 

18"x24" acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas. SOLD.

Autumn Birches


I love to walk through the woods in the fall. This painting celebrates my memories of thousands of similar scenes. Acrylic on 30" x 48" gallery-wrapped canvas. SOLD.

Barn at Sunrise


There's a brief moment of time in the process of the sun rising, where the sun is known to create some amazing effects, such as this golden haze on the grasses. Just a few minutes later, it was gone. I would like to be able to take credit for capturing this amazing phenomenon, but this purely-artsy night person has only been out to see a sunrise a handful of times in my entire life! So my wonderful friend, Mary Hilldore, who is also artsy but apparently not afraid of mornings, shared with me the amazing photo which inspired this painting. She actually went barn hunting on her vacation up north as a special favor to me. I am blessed with some really amazing friends.

Acrylic on 16x20 canvas. Available for purchase.

Mid Morning Barn

This is my third painting of my favorite barn of all time. (One of these days I'm going to keep one all for myself.) Each painting has captured a different angle of the sun, and I'm glad there are still many angles left to discover.

Acrylic on 24" x 30" wrapped canvas. Available for purchase by contacting me HERE.

November Sunrise


Because of this painting's extra large size, you need to zoom in to see the detail: palette knife texture, background layers and drips, etc. I listened to Pavarotti's Nessun Dorma for 90 minutes straight while I began this painting, which I consider to be my most passionate interpretation to date.

Acrylic on 36" x 48" gallery-wrapped canvas. SOLD.

Little Shed on the Prairie

This shed is on an old farm not far from us. Although it's not technically a prairie, the sparseness of it took me back to the show, "Little House on the Prairie."

This painting was accepted for the MI Arts Exhibition, showing at the Holland Area Arts Council from Sept. 11 through Nov. 30. Acrylic on 36" x 48" gallery-wrapped canvas. Available for purchase. Contact me HERE.

Behind the Old Art Building


At the "Leland Air" 2014 plein air painting event, one of the organizers/artists commented excitedly that, "Nobody has ever painted the BACK of the Old Art Building before." I was happy to be the first! The smell of pine trees and woodsy earth was so rich and amazing, I didn't want to leave this spot once the painting was done.

20"x24" acrylic on canvas. Just SOLD.

Ottawa at Fountain Street


Acrylic on 30" x 40" gallery-wrapped canvas. This close-up view of a favorite building on Ottawa Avenue has many layers of texture, while allowing the tonal foundation frequent opportunities to shine through.

Available for purchase by contacting me HERE.

CITY and BUILDINGS

Look on the Bright Side (Award Winner)
A visitor to my art gallery asked why I included the stoplight in this painting. I almost didn't know what to say, because it seemed so obvious to me!

I am honored that "Look on the Bright Side" won a Purchase Award from Warner, Norcross & Judd. It is exhibited at the UICA through mid-August, along with two other paintings of mine, as part of the Regional Exhibition of the Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts.

Acrylic on 24x36 gallery-wrapped canvas.


Monroe Center (Award Winner)
I am honored that "Monroe Center" won a Purchase Award from The City of Grand Rapids. It is exhibited at the UICA through mid-August, along with two other paintings of mine, as part of the Regional Exhibition of the Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts.

Acrylic on 24"x18" canvas.



Award winners, "Monroe Center" and "Look on the Bright Side," framed and shown together. 



City Bridge

A view of the walking bridge in downtown Grand Rapids. Acrylic on 30"x40" gallery-wrapped canvas. Just SOLD.


Grand Crossing

A fantasy view/version of the walking bridge in downtown Grand Rapids. Acrylic on 24x18 wrapped canvas. 
Available for purchase; contact me HERE.



Finding Their Way

A couple of these structures are trying a little harder than the others. Acrylic on 36"x48"gallery-wrapped canvas. Just SOLD.



A Quiet Lunch

A quiet scene from Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids. Acrylic on 16"x40" gallery-wrapped canvas. SOLD.



Choices

"Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, 'This is the way; walk in it.'" Is. 30:21 

Acrylic on 30x40 gallery-wrapped canvas. Just SOLD.



Manor and Trees

Neutrals are wonderful because of their soothing, calming effect. This 30"x40" acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas is extremely textured. Available for purchase; contact me HERE.


Barn on Canal Avenue (Selected for Exhibition)


Every time I drive by this barn on my way to church, it beckons me to paint it. I have a feeling this will be just one of many views/paintings of this timeless building.

I am honored that "Barn on Canal Avenue," along with two other paintings of mine, will be on exhibit at the Regional Exhibition of the Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts, through mid-August. The exhibit is located at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts this year.

Acrylic on 20"x24" wrapped canvas. SOLD.

Late Afternoon Lighthouse #3


I can't stop painting versions of this lighthouse, and I get looser with the brushstrokes on each successive painting. Acrylic on 30"x40" gallery-wrapped canvas. SOLD.

Mary's Boats

Many thanks to my lovely friend, Mary Hilldore, the amazing photographer who allowed me to paint my interpretation of her photo of the "Flying Juniors." 

Donna Wotton writes, regarding the painting: "These boats belong to the Northern Lake George Yacht Club in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. They are the "domain" of many children - generations in fact - who have learned to sail in them, made their best life-long friends in them, and all share the most special memories of their magical teenage summers. They are a part of our community fabric and you have captured them beautifully." (Thank you, Donna!)

Acrylic on 30x40 gallery-wrapped canvas. SOLD.

"Resilience" - Winner of 2014 Tulip Time Poster Competition


For those who are curious about the experiences relating to my Tulip Time poster win, visit the Tulip Time tab on my website. There are videos and photos, describing this amazing, fun, and crazy event in my life!




"Resilience" is represented on note cards, elegant coffee cups, posters (2 sizes) and limited edition, numbered giclees (2 sizes), all of which can be ordered at Tulip Time's website: CLICK HERE or visit the Tulip Time office on 8th Avenue in downtown Holland.



Feb. 6 Art in Bloom Banquet, when "Resilience" was announced the winner.


TREES

Yellow Forest, #12
Acrylic on 24x48 gallery-wrapped canvas. SOLD.


Forest Cathedral, #7
I continue to be inspired by this path in Johnson Park. Acrylic on 30x40 gallery-wrapped canvas. Available for purchase.

COUNTRY

M-22
Where does this huge painting take you? (36"x48") Just SOLD.



Country Series #1

Acrylic on 11x14 canvas. Available for purchase; contact me HERE.



Sunday Afternoon Drive (Video)

My dad told me about some beautiful country scenery south of 108th, where I found this hilly dirt road. From the photo, I painted it upside down in my studio. There is a wonderful video HERE which shows the process.

Acrylic on 30x40 gallery-wrapped canvas. Contact Canterbury Cottage in Holland, MI to inquire about purchasing. CLICK HERE FOR CANTERBURY COTTAGE'S WEBSITE



Awakening

Hebrews 1:10   Acrylic on 36x48 gallery-wrapped canvas. Available for purchase; contact me HERE.

LAKES AND LIGHTHOUSES

Waking Up
This painting started as a photo taken on a blizzardy winter day in Holland, MI. I used my imagination to bring it to life.

Acrylic on 16x20 wrapped canvas. JUST SOLD.

South Haven Lighthouse


Acrylic on 36" x 48" gallery-wrapped canvas. Placed in a grand and beautiful Parade Home on Lake Michigan in South Haven. SOLD.

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