Featured Art: Bette Miller at the Keyboard

Bette Miller painting by Patricia Lipe

“Bette Miller at the Keyboard” by Patricia Lipe, Jacksonville Branch (Florida)

Oil (20×16)


From the artist:

“We lost Bette Miller last January. She was a beloved and talented member of the La Jolla Branch. An avid pianist and composer, Bette participated in many NLAPW activities. I painted her portrait and gave it to her as a tribute to her participation and in respect for her accomplishments.”

Read Bette Miller’s in-memoriam here.

Featured art: Plum Blossom



“Plum Blossom” by Marcy Von Kohorn, Vero Beach Branch (Florida)
Watercolor on rice paper (22×30)


Artist’s Statement

Because I have to stay at home to avoid the coronavirus, I spend every day painting. I do Chinese watercolor, which makes the days pass quickly and happily. When I paint, I am lifted to another planet!

My art embodies traditional Eastern with contemporary styles of the Western world. I never use a pencil or plan my work. I work on a flat surface and warm up by doing Chinese calligraphy in ink. There is a discipline in Chinese brushwork. The brush is held like chopsticks and the artist stands while painting. The varying pressure on the brush gives the strokes the value and form. I paint on rice paper, silk, and gold leaf.

I have been a member of Pen Women for over 40 years and will be 95 years old this September.


Featured Art: Seeding




“Seeding” by Debra Collins, Diablo-Alameda Branch (California)
Cut charcoal paper, 16 x 20


“Seeding” is a piece that was shown on the Sierra Club’s national website early in 2020 for the organization’s online art show “Green New Deal.”

“I hope the piece conveys that the simple act of planting a tree seed has a great effect on our climate crisis,” artist Debra Collins says. “One seed becomes a tree that reproduces again and again to create a forest. A single tree is a habitat to so many creatures and cleans the air as well. Maybe my piece will encourage our Pen Women to plant a tree.”


Featured Art: Pansies

Pansies photo

“Pansies,” photograph by Shirley Franklin; Minneapolis Branch


Featured Art: Mediterranean Mermaids




“Mediterranean Mermaids” by Dianne Lynn Benanti, Palm Springs Branch (California); oil on canvas, 71×51; image embellished with digital art


Artist’s Statement

I am a self-taught artist. I started out with traditional portraiture, which lead to large-scale oils in contemporary form.

In January 2020, I was asked to be an art contributor to the the Academy of Motion Pictures of Arts and Sciences for my artwork in the tribute to Elton John at the Oscars. The portrait image and inquiry can be found in the portfolio section of my website, Benanti.com.

I am very honored to be a part of the National League of American Pen Woman. I have a page on my website dedicated to this wonderful organization.


Featured Art: Three’s a Crowd


Three's a Crowd by Susie Monzingo
“Three’s a Crowd,” 24×24 mixed media by Susie Monzingo, Fort Worth Branch (Texas)

From the artist:

I gather inspiration from the outdoors and all God’s beautiful creatures. I love to paint birds, animals and flowers. Oil painting is my medium, and often I add gold or silver leaf accents to the backgrounds. I want my paintings to recapture beautiful memories of life, and feelings of inspiration and joy for those who view and collect my work.

Featured Art: Group Therapy


Group Therapy by Autry Dye

“Group Therapy,” 26×20 acrylic by Autry Dye, Pensacola Branch (Florida)


Autry Dye began experimenting with painting watercolor on canvas in order to eliminate some of the weight and size of traditionally matted and framed paintings. This was especially important when shipping work for competitions.  

Dye sprays her watercolor canvases three times to make them waterproof before framing. She hopes that the image itself is more important than the presentation with mats and glazing, and that more watercolor societies will start accepting this method of watercolor painting.


Featured Art: Alison’s Cat

Alison's Cat by Doris Mady

“Alison’s Cat,” 10×7 oil by Doris Mady, Greenwich Branch (Connecticut)


From the artist:

I painted a picture of my dog, Kerry, about a year before he passed. I called it “Unconditional Love” and placed it in the local library’s art show in November. The day after Thanksgiving, I received nine commissions for Christmas gifts! Painting pets is now one of my favorite things to do. I love the attitudes of my subjects.

            Alison was looking for a Christmas gift for her boyfriend and wanted something other than shirts and ties. Here’s what Alison had to say:

            “I wanted a painting because I saw Doris’ painting of Kerry. We had just adopted Oxnard from the humane society and didn’t have many photos of him yet. I commissioned a painting of a photo I took of him relaxing on the windowsill in natural light. At the time, it was the only picture of him that had any color. Now the painting is hanging in our home and we show it to everyone who visits.”


Featured Art: Woman in White Chair




“Woman in White Chair,” acrylic, 27.5 x 22.5
By E. Marie Francis, Vero Beach Branch, Florida


From the Artist:

“Me Ladies” is the name of a series of drawings that I created over 30 years ago. The early pieces were simple pen and ink line drawings — rather abstract pieces. I later added watercolor paints in order to jazz them up. Over the last 19 years, I started using acrylic paint and a limited palette of white, black, red, and gold. Lately, the themes seem to be a little whimsical. Right now, a little whimsy is nice.  

The Woman in the White Chair

The woman in the white Queen’s chair,

had been reading her love poems with care.

Her thoughts have now carried her into

a dreamlike state,

putting a sweet smile on her face

completely unawares.


Featured Art: Pelicans Sitting in the Sun

Pelicans photo

“Pelicans Sitting in the Sun” by Judy Barnett, Golden Gate-Marin Branch, California
McAbee Beach on Cannery Row in Monterey, California

Judy Barnett expresses her creativity through jewelry design, fiber sculpture, wire and metal sculpture, and photography. She enthusiastically tries new media whenever she can. She recently purchased an iPhone 8 Plus and is having fun taking classes and learning about all of its features. 

“I like this photo because it looks like a watercolor painting,” Barnett says.

You can view her other art on Facebook.