Original Paintings

A full listing of all currently available original watercolor paintings.

White Spotted Char I - Original Painting ($55.00)

Amemasu - Original Painting ($195.00)

The Japanese name for this fish, Amemasu, means “rain trout”, and they inhabit rivers and lakes of Honshu and Hokkaido. It is said that they are shape-shifters that can take on the form of a beautiful woman. In this alluring form, they seduce young men leading them away to never be seen again. But the glamour can be pierced by touch, for their skin is cold as that of their fish nature. The Ainu know that ancient Amemasu are guardians deities of lakes. These old ones grow so big that they can span the width of an entire lake.

UT 27 - White-spotted Char - Original Painting ($195.00)


WHITE SPOTTED CHAR - 6.5x6.5 inches $195.00 (available)
Amemasu - 6.5x6.5 inches $195.00 (available)
Char I - 3.5x4.5 inches $55.00 (available)
Wishful Thinking - 4.5x7 inches $140.00 (SOLD)
Contact stephlaw@gmail.com if interested in these original drawings.

Highlighted Species: Salvelinus leucomaenis japonicus

Status: Endangered

The Japanese name for this fish, Amemasu, means “rain trout”, and they inhabit rivers and lakes of Honshu and Hokkaido. It is said that they are shape-shifters that can take on the form of a beautiful woman. In this alluring form, they seduce young men leading them away to never be seen again. But the glamour can be pierced by touch, for their skin is cold as that of their fish nature. The Ainu know that ancient Amemasu are guardians deities of lakes. These old ones grow so big that they can span the width of an entire lake.

Moon Fragment II - Original Assemblage ($250.00)

Alchemy of a Thought - Original Assemblage ($275.00)

UT 16 - Ring-tailed Lemur - Original Painting ($180.00)


RING TAILED LEMUR - 6.5x6.5 inches $180.00 (available)
Lemur - 3.5x4.5 inches $45.00 (SOLD)
Contact stephlaw@gmail.com if interested in purchasing.

Highlighted Species: Lemur catta

Status: Endangered due to habitat destruction and pet trade.

A Mahafaly man captured a tortoise one day, and brought it home to his two wives. As the first wife was preparing the tortoise for dinner, the second wife spied her. Jealousy flared in the second wife for her husband had not given the tortoise to her! She took a wooden spoon and began to beat the first wife. Under the beating, the first wife was transformed into a ring-tailed lemur. Angry at her aggressor, she snatched the spoon from the second wife and beat her back, and the second wife was transformed into a sifaka.

This story, telling of how these two primates were once humans and hence related to mankind, and the very human-like qualities of lemurs with their long fingers and expressive faces, is thought to be the reason why killing them is taboo and may bring bad luck to those who commit the crime.

More about this story at: https://www.researchgate.net/figure/Mahafaly-origin-myth-The-first-wife-now-in-the-form-of-a-ring-tailed-lemur-grappled_fig11_242198127

Croaking Frogs - Original Painting ($175.00)

Why frogs have croaking voices: Agni is the Vedic fire god of Hinduism, and he is also a messenger. As such, when Shiva and Uma*s relations threatened to destroy the world, the other gods begged Agni to intervene. He did not wish to do so, and instead fled into the water to avoid the duty. Agni*s fiery heat set the waters churning and steaming, boiling in his wake so that the creatures who dwelt in the normally cool and dark depths swam away in fear. The frogs swam to the surface and told the other gods where Agni was hiding. Angered at that betrayal, he cursed the frogs to croaking voices in retribution for their wagging tongues, so that no one would be able to understand them.

Dudleya Frank Reinelt - Original Painting ($1500.00)

NOTE: Prints of this item are on pre-order and will not ship until Mid-June, 2020.

Fancy Feathers - Original Painting ($400.00)

Lilies and Koi - Original Assemblage ($650.00)

Lilies - Original Assemblage ($650.00)

Original painting is watercolor and gold leaf, in a custom designed wood lasercut frame, and sealed with resin.

Echeveria and Hummingbird - Original Painting ($950.00)

Chinese Witchhazel - Original Painting ($700.00)

Loropetalum chinense

Air Potato - Original Painting ($250.00)

Discorea bulbifera

Cape Cowslip - Original Painting ($350.00)

Lachenalia viridiflora

Meconopsis Lingholm - Framed Original ($750.00)

Tacca chantrieri - Framed Original ($900.00)

Cats Whiskers

Diplacus aurantiacus - Original Painting ($1500.00)

California native.

Iris douglasiana - Original Painting ($1500.00)

Iris Pacific Coast Hybrid Lavender.
California Native.

Echeveria Chihuahensis - Original Painting ($295.00)

Echeveria Afterglow - Original Painting ($295.00)

Stewartia pseudocamellia 2 - Framed Original ($2500.00)

Japanese Stewartia

Transcendence - Original Painting ($3000.00)

Papilio phantasma 5 - Original Assemblage ($600.00)

Papilio phantasma 4 - Original Assemblage ($600.00)

Papilio phantasma 2 - Original Assemblage ($1250.00)

Papilio phantasma 1 - Original Assemblage ($1250.00)

Weightless - Original Painting ($750.00)

Ammonites - Original Painting ($550.00)

Intermezzo - Original Painting ($550.00)

Greenovia diplocycla ex LG-Alojera - Original Painting ($250.00)

Mountain Rose

Under the Live Oaks - Original Painting ($1200.00)

Original painting is sold fully framed. See the Detail photos below for the framed image.

Yexian - Burdens to Bear - Original Painting ($995.00)

Yexian of the Chinese Cinderella story.

On the Darkest Night - Original Painting ($4000.00)

Faery festivities

The Misted Cliffs - Original Painting ($750.00)

Cover illustration for a book by Catherine Asaro, sequel to "The Charmed Sphere."

Eight of Pentacles - Original Painting ($750.00)

A craftsman, patience, care for details, aborbed in a project, seeking knowledge, pursuing a higher understanding.

With diligence and patience, the Spider crafts her gossamer web. Dawn dusts an array of dewy stars across the threads.

weaver weave a pattern:
weave a dream of summer musk;
weave the drape of autumn dusk.

weaver weave a fate:
weave a life's frail anchored line;
weave the pale moon's waxing signs.

weaver weave a web:
craft each silky precious thread,
artist's inhibitions shed.

Six of Pentacles - Original Painting ($600.00)

The extremes of those that have and those that have not; giving and receiving.

Five of Pentacles - Original Painting ($600.00)

Spiritual poverty, material troubles, insecurity, hard times, neglecting the body's needs, being ostracized and excluded.

Three of Pentacles - Original Painting ($550.00)

Teamwork, functioning as a unit together, competence, achieving beyond the expected.

King of Cups - Original Painting ($1250.00)

He is wise and understanding. He knows the meaning of patience. Like the sea turtles that swim at his side, he guides the way with a steady calm through the ever-shifting uncertainties of the vast ocean depths. He reads the knowledge of the centuries that has been etched into the patterns on their shells, and drinks in that gift with every breath taken of the water that flows in and around them all. The waters grow still and peaceful in his presence.

The seahorse is a symbol of the power of Poseidon, and is imbued with the tireless strength of the sea. He is a patient creature, swimming through the swells at his own fluid and graceful pace. That grace is armored by the spines of its exoskeleton, and the male seahorse is the protector of the young.

Knight of Cups - Original Painting ($1000.00)

The Unicorn is a child of the sea - born of foam and restless waves, surging with the wild abandon of the surf. The Knight of Cups is her companion on the eternal quest.

He is the knight of the Round Table on the grand quest for the Grail. He is the romantic who seeks where his heart and emotions lead. He is the artist and the musician and the poet whose eyes see into the unseen nether-realms of imagination. He is the idealist who will not let physical laws stop him from riding with reckless abandon across the wavetops on his journey.

Ten of Cups - Original Painting ($950.00)

Serenity, peace, lasting success and happiness, attainment of the heart's desires, family support and bonds, enjoying the blessings of life.

Nine of Cups - Original Painting ($875.00)

Pleasure of the senses, satisfaction and wish fulfillment, success, assured future, bounty, and health.

Eight of Cups - Original Painting ($1000.00)

Delving within for personal discovery and answers, turning away and disengaging from the material for the spiritual, moving on, letting go, weariness, drain.

Seeker of the Seas, dive down, dive deep. Plumb the sapphire waters so dark that they pulse with the nacreous gleam of black pearls. Slice through the waters, O Seeker of Truth; slide with lithe body through the currents and undertows; turn away from the sunlight of the world up above that blinds with its too-sharp brilliance. Like the delicate luminescence of the deep sea life, there are some things which can only be seen when the eyes grow enlarged in the dim netherlit otherworld. Dive down, Seeker of the Seas!

Seven of Cups - Original Painting ($750.00)

Indulging in fantasies, having too many options to chose from. Too many desires, some within the realm of reality, others...not so much. Unlimited possibilities.

Her head is lost in the clouds. She has stars in her eyes as she looks to the castle in the sky, unaware of their precarious perch. Meanwhile, he is a little more grounded, eyes on the castles that are on the ground and within reach, however obscure the arcane symbols on his map may be.

Five of Cups - Original Painting ($675.00)

Regret, loss, rejection of pleasure, feeling sorrow, wishing for what might have been.

Four of Cups - Original Painting ($700.00)

Being unaware and self-absorbed, isolated and seeking within, disengaged from the world, dreamy, contemplative.

Knight of Swords - Original Painting ($1200.00)

The Knight of Swords is the brave hero who rushes headlong into conflict to defend his beliefs. He is blunt and comes directly to his point. He is domineering, a seeker, slicing through the skies with his sword and his wings. A storm gathers in his wake, borne of the turbulence his winged army creates, and he is lifted high above it all to pierce through the chaos. The sword is a beacon.

He calls out to the night's abyss:
Lift me up spirits of Sky
grant me keen sight of Hawk
swiftness of Sparrow
grant me insight of Raven
brave heartbeat of Hummingbird
bear me up with grace on wings of Swan
guide me with visions of wisdom from Owl

Nine of Swords - Original Painting ($650.00)

Suffering from anguish, fear, anxiety, guilt, uncertainties in the night.

Stormcrows herald impending dissolution
with voices cawing raucous absolution
round and round and spiraling ever near
one future sought - one future feared

The funnel of the sky stretches up to the heavens; an ominous tower of storms with but the hope and glimmer of light high above at the eye of turmoil. "Come to me, come with me," the voice of the Stormcrows whispers to him from nearby. "Let me guide you through." With anxious eyes, he gazes upwards, away, oblivious to the proffered guidance through the night of the soul. He clutches sheathed sword close for security, rather than grasping bright blade aloft to light the way!

Eight of Swords - Original Painting ($650.00)

Wasting energy on the trivial, frozen in crisis, restricted, confused, feeling powerless, trapped by circumstances.

The Brambles Crone lives among the blackberry hedges where the fruit is tempting and sweet, but even the leaves have wickedly curved thorns to catch and hold. The little hummingbird may flit and navigate with ease among such treacherous tangles, but the noble and grand elegance of the Swan with the arcing spread of her wings is not for such tangled and thorny corridors.

Seven of Swords - Original Painting ($650.00)

Escaping responsibility, making away with that which is not yours, uncertainty, keeping something to yourself, dishonor, being two-faced.

He hides his face behind a mask, shrouding his true nature, and he smirks in a rather satisfied way that he has managed to steal one of the swords that the Swan Guardian oversees. He thinks the Guardian is oblivious, but she is in fact watching him with one eye. "What have you got there? Shiny bauble! Shiny bright!" the blackbirds demand, drawn to the sullen gleam. He turns his back to them as well; for he is the cleverest Blackbird to have been able to draw this Sword from the Stone.

Five of Swords - Original Painting ($700.00)

Concentrating narrowly on one's own self-interest, power play, battle, sacrifice of integrity.

Four of Swords - Original Painting ($700.00)

Solitude and rest from strife, inner contemplation, exile.

Three of Swords - Original Painting ($500.00)

Heartbreak, receiving little solace, lonesomeness, isolation, betrayal.

Two of Swords - Original Painting ($650.00)

Denial, blocking off emotions, avoidance of and not seeing the truth, stalemate, impasse.

Pisces - Original Painting ($1000.00)

The Fishes. Visionaries and dreamers, subsumed self sometimes in the care of others. Spiritual seekers, looking for the answers to the mysteries of life.

Scorpio - Original Painting ($1000.00)

The Scorpion. An intense personality, and this focus carries to everything they do, whether for benefit or detriment.

Aries - Original Painting ($1000.00)

The Ram. Impulsive, takes the initiative, and determined. The sparking flame of assertiveness.

Maestro of Birds - Original Painting ($1500.00)

From fallow field and verdant vale,
from sun-bleached shores with diamond grains,