Handcrafted Quality

The Cayuse

22 x 28" oil on linen.  Part Arab, part Spanish Barb, these sure-footed, sturdy ancestors to today's wild Mustangs were highly prized by the Native American tribes who made their home on the vast North American plains.


Every once in a while I have the pleasure of working with my Daughter, Michele Ann Lacy, on a fun artistic project. Shown, are the four dryad models we, together with artist, Doreen Lazzano, body-painted for Rhonda Richley's Bare Naked Trees show at City Arts Factory, Orlando Florida.

Michele designed the fabulous headdresses our models are wearing, while I created their  complimentary, flowing skirts.

Not for reproduction

Available for sale. Gallery framed 

28 x 22" original oil on linen.

​                       Chorus Line.

Not for reproduction


Not for reproduction

Not for reproduction

The power of suggestion on an artist can have some unexpected results.

Recently, I wanted a break from the detailed wildlife I so often do and asked a photographer friend, Macey Sigaty, if I could use one of her photographs as the subject of a new painting.  Macey said, "Yes, of course I could use her windswept tree image."

I had just completed a rough wash of the tree's outline on my canvas, when my husband walked into the studio. 

"Oh," he said. "A running buffalo." 

"Ah... No," I replied. "It's a tree."

"Oh. A buffalo coming out of a tree."

"Ah... No???"

And there it was.  The thought and image embedded into my creative brain cells in a nano second. I had contemplated a surreal work when I began, but never imagined the form the final image would take, let alone the awesome responses after posting a work in progress pic on social media.  I began receiving orders for prints of Tatanka Wanagi Chun before the painting was even finished.

2019 is turning out to be an inspiring year.

The year began with an invitation to take over the position of President of the Royal Highlands artist group. With much support, we have come a long way in a short time. First, we have a new name. I initially asked for suggestions on what to call our reorganized group of 'artistic souls.' Someone kindly pointed out 'Artistic Souls' was perfect, and so we are.

Second, we organized and presented a very successful Art Expo in March, featuring 25 artisans in mixed genre. The exhibition was open to the public and well attended. Plans for our 2020 Art Expo include an evening social gala followed by the Saturday exhibition. This future show, to date, is already more than half filled. 


The year so far has presented two exhibition opportunities with my artist Daughter, Michele Ann Lacy. The first, at the Orlando Museum of Art June First Thursday exhibit, "Indigenous Futurism" and featured  Michele's stunning mixed medium portrait titled, "Nina Panamanian" together with my portrait of a Navajo storyteller titled, "The Elder."

Sold at a recent art show was this 16 x 20" original oil titled After the Storm. The painting will make its new home in New England. 

Not for reproduction

Gallery Show Project

Two weeks later, our Mother and Daughter duo, together with assistance of artist Eugenie Rojas Garcias, did a body paint on model Leslie Logue-Vapons for the 2nd Annual Alive show held at the newly renovated City Arts Factory in downtown Orlando FL. The theme of our body art was rebirth. Beginning on our model's back was death, represented by a figure turned into stone and crumbling back into the earth to nurture in turn, the delicate Pinks and Queen Anne Lace flowers growing up her legs. Above the stone figure, is their heart, now silent, but from which has emerged their soul, represented by a phoenix. On our model's front are painted traditional symbols of rebirth and life, represented by unicorns, orbs and butterflies.  

​Michele also did a painting of a peacock, Beauty Multiplied, for the Alive show. 

Opening night. Rhonda Richley's Bare Naked Trees

From the artist - Below are a few of the paintings from my new collection of American wildlife. Big horn sheep, coyote, cougar, mule deer, owls and water birds,  mustangs and wolves will be some of the animals depicted.  The completed collection is scheduled for exhibition in Jackson, Wyoming.


Tatanka Wanagi Chun -

Buffalo Spirit Tree

Low Country Bound 

22 x 28" oil on linen depiction of five Rocky Mountain Bighorn rams.