This Brings Me so Much Joy by Polly Castor

This Brings Me so Much Joy

This phase is an exclamation that our daughter utters often with glee, so much so I wanted to capture the effervescent, grateful feeling of it.

Confidence by Polly Castor


I asked myself, what does confidence look like? It is forthright, assertive, unassuming, secure, but with some flair. I set about painting the idea of confidence, and this is what it looks (and feels) like to me.

July by Polly Castor


It is an interesting challenge to visually sum up the essence of a month or time period without any representational images. In this painting you can see what July feels like to me, full of sun and water, periwinkle hydrangeas, marshmallows, ice cubes, bubbles, long days, cool evenings with dazzling night skies and fireflies, with lots of overlapping, joyful, restful activity. 

Serendipity by Polly Castor


This textural piece in oil catches the spirit of the happy coincidence. Paint was applied over time to created a layered feeling both literal and figurative to illustrate the meaning of serendipity– the development of events in a beneficial way.

Glad for Sun After Weeks of Rain by Polly Castor

Glad for Sun After Weeks of Rain

These are trees directly outside my office window, at a joyous moment of sun after literally weeks of rain, when the light seemed so much more profound than before.

Ocean Motion by Polly Castor

Ocean Motion

All that motion in the ocean is such a joy, full of cavitation, and the breath of life.

So Glad to Be Here by Polly Castor

So Glad to Be Here

Painted with dynamic freedom and a happy heart outdoors during my artist-in-residency on Long Lake in Maine.

Childhood Imagination by Polly Castor

Childhood Imagination

This depicts an inner landscape, rather than an outward one. Childhood play includes so much faith in the unseen, and this fact is universal and unifying across cultures.