Another Happy Client – Ed & Piper

Piper and Ed

Piper and Ed

Pipers portrait was completed using a pallet knife with bright contrasting acrylic colors. The pallet knife used with a thick gel created the feel for a denser canvas surface. Many Layers were created to enhance additional dimension.

Another Happy Client

I met Verna and Josh at the 2015 Boulder City Art-in-the-Park and immediately knew I’d love doing their portrait of William.  What a fun couple and sweet little boy.

Save-The-Date for the 2015 Boulder City Art in the Park Festival

Art in the Park

I’m excited to be selected as one of the artists in the 53rd Annual Boulder City Art in the Park Festival on October 3rd & 4th.  Stay tuned for more details and a sneak peak of a couple, original paintings that I’ll be selling.

Happy DoGust

Happy DOGustEveryone has a birthday…but for shelter and rescue pets that day is usually unknown.  So in 2008 the North Shore Animal League of America declared August 1st the universal birthday for shelter and rescue animals everywhere!

Wishing every shelter and rescue dog and cat a very Happy Birthday!


July 15th is National Pet Fire Safety Day

fire_safety_dayFollow these tips to keep your four-legged friend safe from house fires. Thank you to the American Kennel Club and ADT Security Services for providing this valuable info.


  • Extinguish Open Flames – Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even a fire in your fireplace. Ensure your pet is not left unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before leaving your home.
  • Pet Proof the Home – Take a walk around your home and look for areas where pets might start fires inadvertently, such as the stove knobs, loose wires and other potential hazards.
  • Secure Young Pets – Especially with young puppies, keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home.
  • Keep Pets Near Entrances – When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them.
  • Practice Escape Routes with Pets – Keep collars and leashes at the ready in case you have to evacuate quickly with your pet or firefighters need to rescue your pet.
  • Since Pets Left Alone Can’t Escape a Burning Home – Use monitored smoke detectors which are connected to monitoring center personnel that call the fire department.
  • Affix a Pet Alert Window Cling – Write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static cling to a front window. This critical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets. You can obtain a free window cling by going to or at AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days events. Details are available at
  • Keep Your Information Updated – Firefighters are familiar with pet alert window clings so keep the number of pets listed on them updated. Knowing the accurate number of pets in the house aids rescuers in finding all of your pets.


Z-Day finds a Home

Z-Day was on exhibition at the 2015 Celebration of Life Show at the Charleston Heights Arts Center in Las Vegas.  When the reception was held, Bourke knew he had to have Z-Day for his office.  I will miss her but so glad she is going to a wonderful home with Bourke and Ginette.

Ginette and Bourke with Z-Day

Ginette and Bourke with Z-Day

Bourke and Bert

New Mother’s Day Portraits

The Henderson Mother’s Day Art Festival was wonderful again this year.  The Welcome to Las Vegas sign was very popular for custom portraits, as well as my signature vivid colors.  Here’s just a few.

New Pastel Portrait of Leah



Art from your Old House to New

Dear Gail: I just moved into a new home and have no idea how to hang my artwork. I bought everything to fit in specific places in my last house and now nothing works. Where do I start?   Lynn Ann

Dear Lynn Ann: This is a question I get a lot; it’s sometimes hard setting up a new home when the architectural is different. I want you to think out-of-the-box that you’re not going to hang you artwork the same way or in the same places as you had before. So I want you to separate your art into groups based upon the theme of the art, and then by size, not what room you had it in before. To get your creative juices going, I’m going to show you a couple different ideas to hang artwork. And for those of you who have been in your home for years, maybe it’s time to switch things up.

When you have multiple pieces, look to create wall galleries. All the frames do not need to match; they just need to coordinate. When laying out a wall gallery, think of it as a jigsaw puzzle. You start by finding the corner pieces and then fill in the rest. In the gallery hanging over the table, we starting by placing the two largest pieces diagonal from each other and then filled in with the smaller pieces. We kept it balanced by using both the medium and small sizes in each opposite corners.

The gallery over the sofa was created with multiple sizes as well as shelves and accessories. We started with the largest piece, then shelves and filled in with the rest.

Look beyond that the pieces are identical. What do have that is similar in size and copy the layout?

When you have a lot of small pieces all the small size, use them to create chair rails and columns. Look at your architecture and follow what is already there, as in the pieces stack up the fireplace flue. When hanging art this way, it works best if all the pieces are the same size and framed the same. This bathroom is a great example of how a chair rail was created by using pictures from their vacations.

When working with more than two pieces, remember the frames do not need to match. What’s important is that when you’re stacking pieces, the bottom piece is to be the largest or the visually heaviest. In this grouping a square was created with three very different sizes of art.

Going up a staircase, the bottoms of the art should step up with each step. Staircases are not my first choice for family pictures, but if you hang them low enough, it works.

Lynn Ann, I hope these pictures have given you some ideas, to get your artwork up off the floor and onto your walls.

By Gail Mayhugh of GMJ Interiors

Another Happy Client – Lisa & Angel

Lisa and Angel