Friday, December 8, 2017


Oil on Linen, 20" X 20"
Juried into the Best & Brightest art show at Scottsdale Artists School

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Plein Air Grand Canyon Painting

"Mather Point - Grand Canyon"
Plein air piece - June 2017
Oil on Linen, 10" X 8"

A plein air piece from a recent painting trip to the Grand Canyon.  The day started out sunny, but as the day progressed it became cloudy.  I almost did not paint, but wanted to try a close in composition.  The sun light was peek-a-boo.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

From Beginning to End

This is my reference material.  I was hiking at "Jewel of the Creek Preserve," part of the Desert Foothills Land Trust, near Carefree, Arizona.

In the studio I did a simple sketch onto a canvas.

This has been heavily cropped.

Here is the final piece.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

December Morning

" December Morning"
Oil on Panel
12" X 24"

This is from my trip to Wyoming this past December.  Yes, very cold and of course much colder than Arizona.  I got up early one morning and wandered around, crunching on the snow.  Very intense light with all the snow.  I wondered if I could paint that kind of strong light.  I love the red chimney.  The old house has been abandoned for many years.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Cemetery Painting - Colorado

Oil on Linen
12" X 16"

Certainly not everyone's choice in a painting, however, I was intrigued by this old pioneer cemetery in Colorado.  And I just could not resist the composition.

From Plein Air to Studio Painting

Final studio version of the previous post which is the plein air version

My work is based on studies done in "plein air" and then transformed into larger studio pieces.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Plein Air Study
Painted at Lost Dog Wash Trail Head, Scottsdale, AZ. on Feb 20, 2016

I have always been interested in figuring out how to paint on Ocotillo bush, which when in leaf and backlit are amazing plants.  I think this one is fairly successful.  I painted the bottom half as one solid form and then added darks and lights and some peek-a-boo rocks in the background.