Thursday, June 28, 2012


If, by chance, a painting comes back to me after exhibiting in a gallery for a period of time, I will often reevaluate the work according to my abilities now compared to then.  If I feel like I can add to them or change them in some way that will preserve the idea of the piece, but improve the technique or idea, I will do a rework before it goes back out again.  These are three pieces that I have done this with.  With each of these three, I pushed the light a bit further.  The contrast has been increased in subtle ways making the light in them appear brighter, stronger.  They are all three pieces I have really been proud of and I like them even better in this state.

Duck Creek Aspens, 30x20 oil on canvas

Illuminate, 24x30 oil on canvas

Last Light, 40x30 oil on canvas

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Island Park Abstract Landscape

This is a 14x14 oil on board piece called Island Park.  Anyone out west knows that Island Park is just west of West Yellowstone.  For such a peaceful place, there is so much volcanic activity going on - almost as much as Yellowstone.  The landscape and wildlife are very similar without the thousands of tourists!

Friday, June 8, 2012

In the spirit of Monet

Here is a little study I quickly painted today of a lily pond out at the Ogden Nature Center a few years back.  I am honored to be asked to do the poster painting and donated original for the yearly fundraiser for the Center.  This is a beautiful nature center, educational and a little preserve in the middle of city limits.  This study will eventually lend itself to a 20x30 of the same image.  I wanted this one to have spontenaity, abstractness and a freshness of color.  What do you think?