Category Archives: Framing Grace

Commissioned and New Waterscape Paintings

Commissioned Waterscape Abstract Painting No.4 36″ x 50″ x 2.5″ SOLD

Last month I finalized several paintings within my Waterscape Series.  Above and below are the largest piece which was commissioned by a client overseas.  Because I use 100% plywood frames manufactured at TC Millwork, my paintings are nearly indestructible.  Plywood frames, versus canvas, allows me to layer and texture to my hearts content while I work and guarantees these beautiful artworks will endure several lifetimes for their owners.  Clients shipping abroad can be reassured their art will arrive unscathed.

Commissioned Waterscape Abstract Painting No.4 36″ x 50″ x 2.5″ SOLD

Photographing these paintings is a real challenge as the hyper glossy topcoat which is designed to give the appearance that the painting is forever immersed in water, catches light reflections from every angle.  These pieces truly must be seen in person to be fully appreciated.  The three below may be viewed at Framing Grace Gallery in the Regent Village.
Waterscape Abstract Painting No.3 18" x 30" x 2.5" $800

Waterscape Abstract Painting No.3 18″ x 30″ x 2.5″ $800

Waterscape Abstract Paintings No.5 and No. 6, 24" x 24" x 2.5" $1,000 pair, $600 individually

Waterscape Abstract Paintings No.5 and No. 6, 24″ x 24″ x 2.5″ $1,000 pair, $600 individually

New Work and Artist Reception at Framing Grace Gallery

Get your Black Friday fix at Framing Grace Gallery!  There will be a welcome reception tomorrow evening for recently arrived to Provo oil painter Charlotte Readhead in addition to new work from many resident gallery artists.  I will be debuting my first sculpture series; “Drift”:

Drift No. 4 base 6″dia x 37″h

 Drift No. 1 base 6″ dia x 21″h

Drift No. 2 base 6″dia x  27″h

 Drift No. 3 base 6″ x 29″h

Drift No. 5 base 5″dia x 16″h

Drift No. 6 base 5″dia x 20″h

Drift No. 7 base 6″ dia x 41″h

I also have a hot off the press abstract waterscape painting that will be shown for the first time in public (pictured below).  Please join us from 6-8pm for martinis, meet the artists, and holiday cheer!  The Regent Village will be aglow with holiday lights and  Flowers by Environmental Arts will have  open doors for the celebration so there will be plenty of lovely around to look at!  We hope to see you there!
Waterscape 36″w x 50″h x 3″d


A few images from the evening!

Neighboring Environmental Arts Flower Shop filled with goodies and heavenly scents for the holidays.

The gallery reception was even better attended than expected, there were moments when crossing the room simply wasn’t an option!  So nice to have so many people come out in support of our local art community, the room was absolutely abuzz with conversation.

Many thanks to all my friends who came to show their support!

Congratulations to Joelle and Neil on their beautiful new space and wonderful location in the Regent Village and many thanks for hosting such a great evening at the gallery!

Commissioned works and modifications

The above painting sat idly at Framing Grace Gallery for several months, when all of the other paintings within this series flew off the wall as fast as I could finish them.  Gallery proprietor Joelle Behlmaier and I agreed to modify the colors from less emerald and royal to more tiffany box blue based on the feedback from gallery guests.
As I primarily paint on finished plywood frames, I am able to quickly sand layers away and add new without the risk of damaging canvas.  I wanted to soften this piece overall and also add more life to the bottom corner that felt a bit empty before.

This piece demonstrates nicely that with my paintings, the work is never set in stone! Clients are more than welcome to provide input throughout the creation of a commissioned work.  Texture, design, layout, and color can all be modified to meet your every expectation.  Even in the case of part time residents who are not able to visit the studio, progress reports and photographs may be corresponded through e-mail.

Framing Grace Gallery

Image by Pepper Key Stacie
Hands holding blossom painting by Jen Maude, monstera leaf duo by Pepper Key Stacie
Framing Grace is the Turks and Caicos Islands newest gallery, a delicious little haven set in the fringe of the shopping district on Providenciales, just opposite Sunshine Nursery in the lovely Grace Bay Court.  Upon a browse inside one would find a sprinkling of antiques and handcrafted jewelry, as well as an impressive selection of paintings, photography, and prints from local and international artists.  But Framing Grace isn’t just a gallery; beyond the interior wooden arched door lies the framing workshop, the bones of the business.  If you are a home, condominium, or resort owner in the islands desiring to embellish your space, Framing Grace is the place to select the art that suits it best, and then custom design the way in which you choose to present it on your walls.   The adorable proprietor, Joelle Behlmaier, took a few minutes to chat with me
PKS:Where are you from?
JB:Annapolis, Maryland, US

PKS: How did you first become introduced to the Turks and Caicos Islands?
JB: Summer of 1992, School for Field Studies, South Caicos

PKS: Wow!  What was that experience like and what was the lasting impression?
JB: Spent the summer marine mapping for the fisheries department.  Diving the pristine waters completely spoiled all future diving experiences, creating a yearning to return to such an amazingly beautiful paradise.  I am super excited to start diving again, this time with my 15 year old daughter who will be certified next week.

PKS: What or who influenced your move to the TCI?
JB: I am an island girl at heart!

PKS: Has your career always included the arts?
JB: Always! I love making things beautiful whether it be a piece of paper, canvas, furniture, a room, or an entire home…

PKS: Who is your favorite artist or favorite artist of the moment?
JB: Stacie Steensland Gaudet of course, I am patiently waiting for her latest to enter the gallery.

PKS: Awesome answer but which artist would you dream about having a piece of work hanging in the gallery or in your home, in an ideal world?
JB: I would love to have “Almond Blossom” by Van Gogh, painted to welcome the birth of his nephew, hanging over a soaking tub in my master bath.

Vincent van Gogh’s Almond Blossom (oil on canvas,29×36-1/4 inches) hangs in Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum.  Image from

PKS: What is your favorite medium?
JB: Oils, I love texture

PKS: What do you like best about the Framing Grace business?
JB: I love to see the finished product, especially a piece of child’s art beautifully matted and framed into a piece that anyone, not just the parent, would adorn.

PKS: What aspect do you appreciate the most about living in the Turks and Caicos Islands?
JB: The ease of living allows for much more time to spend with my children.

I encourage everyone to visit the gallery and have their own chat with Joelle!  Summer Hours Monday Friday 12-2pm or by appointment 649.333.1339