Thursday, January 4, 2018


 "Available Space" (16x20) oil on linen

I am excited to be starting off the new year with the LA Art Show opening at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Wednesday, January 10th running thru Sunday the 14th. This painting, "Available Space" (16x20) and another, "Autumnwood" (30x40) will be featured at the Maxwell Alexander Gallery booth # 824.

(pencil sketch)

If you are unable to make it to this venue, I will also be having a solo show at the Maxwell Alexander Gallery this spring; details to come...

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Night of Artists at the Briscoe Museum

"Whitewall Canyon" (12x12) o/p

This painting will be one of three to show at the 2018 Night of Artists at the Briscoe Museum in San Antonio, TX in March. It will have a nice, hand-carved 22k gold frame by Mayen Olson Framers, and I am thrilled to be invited to show with so many great western artists! 


Friday, December 15, 2017


"Autumnwood" (30x40) o/c

This painting will be exhibited (along with another, smaller piece) in the Maxwell Alexander Gallery booth at the 2018 LA Art Show, Los Angeles Convention Center, January 10-14.

This piece was a composite of references from field paintings, plein air sketchbook drawings and photos. I wanted a subtle "period" feel with the girls dress and hat, but for that to play second fiddle to the surrounding landscape. I spent some time this fall in Northern California (before the fires started) and did quite a few studies of dying trees, dead leaves and grass, combined with the late-day sunset where everything is in much more harmony palette-wise than any other time or season. 

The light source is weaker then, so I was mindful to keep the value range between light and shadow much narrower. I also chose the direction of light so that the ground shadows would direct the eye to the horse and rider yet without any direct sunlight on her face. This helps keep the composition working as a whole, integrating the landscape without over-emphasizing an obvious focal point...

The feeling I wanted was a 'contemplative pause'...the falling leaves and overall palette suggest not only a change in season, but perhaps a pivotal time in the young woman's life; a last ride on a favorite horse, or a farewell to a familiar place...whatever the situation, she has paused to consider it. 

Being in my fifties, I pause a lot more than I used to, season-to-season appreciating the beauty around me while contemplating the best use of whatever time I may have left...hopefully many more seasons and thoughtful autumns to come!

Thursday, November 30, 2017


 (Untitled) Final Drawing 6x8"

I was recently commissioned to do a 36x48" southwest desert scene painting for a public space in Oklahoma city... Not exactly mid-western fare landscape-wise, but the client's vision for the space required some "western" atmosphere, and of course this is a subject I can really get into~

I first did about 10 thumbnail sketches based on my plein air paintings and sketchbook doodles from a trip to southern Utah and Maynard Dixon's homestead/studio last year...

After reviewing the pencils and using examples from previous paintings on my website and social media, we agreed upon an amalgamation of several of my thumbnail roughs into the final design (at the top of the page)...


Here are the final canvas stained and ready to paint (background) and a 16x20 "test" painting (with altered composition) under way to make sure I've got my colour palette working...

So far I've done about a dozen drawings and 4 colour studies in various never can do too much homework before undertaking an important commission!

Saturday, November 25, 2017


 "Fertile Valley" (9x12) o/l

Thank you to my collectors and Maxwell Alexander Gallery yesterday for giving homes to these 3 paintings at the their Black Friday sale -- all 3 sold in the first hour!

 "Autumn Song" (9x12) o/l

These miniatures were done specifically for the sale, but also serve duel purpose in functioning as studies for larger paintings in progress~

"Desert Run" (9x12) o/l

VERY thankful this holiday season for the privilege to do this for a living, and for the support of my family, my galleries and all who find my work worthy to own -- Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Is it done yet?

 "When Work Is Done" (20x24) o/l

This new piece, "When Work Is Done" will be featured in March at the 2018 Night Of Artists at the Briscoe Museum in San Antonio, Texas.  

When I was invited a few months ago I began this painting, and since it was the first finished of three that I will send, I had extra time to scrutinize it. I painted it rather quickly and tried to not finesse it to keep it's freshness, but after looking at it off and on I've noticed things that needed changing... Its always nice to have a period of time to consider work before it goes out the door as often the little nuances that need to be added, deleted or corrected are not immediately obvious...

(Original background colour)

For instance, I realized I wanted more colour harmony between the background wall, the porch floor and the guitar -- this necessitated bending the wall colour toward a much warmer tone by scumbling over it with some of the peach tones I used in other areas, while not completely obliterating the green underneath. I also loosened up some of the shadow edges, and added some fall leaves to give it  extra depth as well as a few more colour notes to key the whole palette together.

One of the reasons I don't particularly care for alla prima paintings (single session painting) is that fact that I always want to go back in (or over) areas of a composition later to create a better outcome; this is partly due to the effects I prefer that cannot be accomplished wet-into-wet. Working into wet paint of course affords immediate gratification with blending, etc., but there are textures that can only be achieved when the initial foundation layer is at least tacky on the surface. More time between sessions on a painting also lends sufficient time to contemplate the work thus far, and decide if it is indeed time to stop or not. 

As a famous artist once said,  "A painting is never finished, just abandoned"....of course as painters our goal is to abandon them at the optimum time~

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Recent California Sketches

 "Laguna Canyon" (9x12) o/c 

Here are a few small paintings and studies I did on my two recent road trips to southern & northern California... In August we went down to L.A. for the opening of my solo show, "End of the Trail" at Maxwell Alexander Gallery, and also for family vacation time that took us to Mexico to visit my folks...

 "California Light" (12x12) o/l

In September I drove back down for the Sonoma Plein Air event, which I enjoy immensely for it's beautiful hill-covered vineyards and rugged coastal scenes. I also got to paint with friends I only see once a year...

 "Blue Eucalyptus" (8x10) o/c

Painting in Sonoma is a kind of California "fix" for me as I miss my roots living in the northwest part of the country now; anytime I can get down to my home state (especially to paint) I take it!

"TwilightMoon"(6x8) o/l

 Laguna Beach is another favorite place for me having visited there since I was a kid in the 60's and 70's and then rented studio space in the 80's. It's not quite the same as back then, but still has a charm and beauty unlike any other on the west coast...

"Three Arch Bay" (9x12) o/l

I was fortunate to hook up with a childhood friend who now owns a quaint little beach cottage in Three Arch Bay (a very exclusive and hard-to-get-into place with it's own secluded beach). We were able to spend a couple of days there, swimming and painting; it was a beautiful and memorable visit -- thanks again Danny, see you next time!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Show Opening August 19th~

"Smugglers" (30x40) o/c

My new solo show, "End of the Trail" opens next weekend, Saturday, August 19th at Maxwell Alexander Galley in Los Angeles, CA.  This show will include 13 new oils ranging in size from 16x10 to 30x40. 

These paintings are all within the western genre and revolve around the metaphor of the "trail" (our life's journey) with it's various experiences, and emotions... Reception times are 6:30 to 8:30pm, and catalogs are available thru the gallery~

Hope to see you there!