Sometimes it’s hard to keep trying; Sometimes it’s hard to keep believing. That’s when you need to ask yourself: When you’re 100 and look back on this moment, what do you want to see?
(M. Nicole van Dam)
“Cote d’Azur” is an artwork across 5 canvases completed in 2015. I wanted to capture a playful, colorful beach scene, showing people from all walks of life and body types, each contributing to the beauty of the whole. I grew more »
I just received the most FUN email today – I’ve been chosen as one of 5 “Creatives You Should Know” by the Creative Network Blog (sponsored by StudioVox). It’s such an honor – the article is so well written and more »
For “The Golden Gate” artwork, created in 2014, I wanted to capture the picturesque San Francisco city scape along with the watery excitement and beauty that surround the more »
Gondolier of Venice was inspired by the romance of the waterways of Venice, Italy. The water effects in this artwork were very important to me to get right and difficult to execute. I wanted Gondolier of Venice to have an more »
Bon Jour was inspired by the romantic Eiffel Tower and cafes of Paris, France. I wanted this artwork to have a soft, happy effect,and I also wanted it to be the sort of artwork that draws you in. As you more »
Bench at Giverny This artwork honors the Impressionist master Monet and his lovely gardens at Giverny. I wanted share my view not only of Monet’s gardens, but also of the vast waterway of creativity that Monet helped bring to life, more »
Lake of Dreams This artwork Lake of Dreams is also known as “Le Lac de Reves” and is one of my favorites. Inspired by quiet water features and the magical havens they create, as well as the lovely Mediterranean more »
Chef at the Farmer’s Market This lively artwork was inspired by my trips to the many weekly colorful, bountiful Farmer’s Markets along the California Central Coast region. Such beautiful produce! Wonderful flowers! Arts & crafts! I enjoyed painting the sunflowers more »
Shangri La Shangri La was inspired by the magic and abundance of Ojai, a magical small town in California nestled in a Valley embraced by the Twin Trees of Ventura, the Pacific Ocean, and the Santa Barbara hills (represented in more »
Inspired by the inlets, bays and waterways and byways and the beautiful flora of New Zealand, “Beckoning Bay” is a mixed media piece.
Inspired by lovely waterside retreats, peaceful havens from a busy world. Limited Editions available upon request.
Waiter at the Champs ElyseesThis lovely artwork was inspired by the famous people-watching, café-lovers paradise along the Champs Elysees in Paris, France. I wanted to achieve the effect of dappled light on the walkways as the café patrons enjoy watching more »
Jaaazzzz Jaaazzzz is my tribute to smokey jazz and blues clubs, where jazz emerged to influence modern music. I wanted to use smokey colors and big swirls, not just to mimic smoke, but also to show the music was flowing. more »
Mission at Santa BarbaraMission at Santa Barbara This artwork was inspired by the jewel of all the California Missions, the Mission at Santa Barbara, with its lovely twin towers, large water fountain feature, impressive gardens, and rosy colors. The Mission more »
Inspired by the thatched roof cozy cottages of the English countryside,with their adjacent farms and rose gardens, and the secret havens they create. Enjoy the bit of whimsy in the little black sheep grazing with his flock. All the artwork more »
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