April 22, 2016

"Mayflies and Mosquitoes" 16x12 pastel


This scene caught my attention on a walk last summer in the high sierra. After dinner my wife and i took the pond loop, as it's known near Rock Creek Lodge. A short hike that takes you through forest and meadows around a small lake in the Eastern Sierra. As i checked to see if there were any trout in the water I became aware of a mayfly hatch and of course from a flyfishing perspective, it was an entertaining little display with an occasional mosquito interruption. It was a wonderful little bit of slowing down just enough to appreciate natures simple beauty.

April 6, 2016

"Storm Surf" 14x18 pastel


I have enjoyed working in the studio on larger paintings these past weeks. This painting was my attempt to capture the drama I experienced while visiting the coast during stormy weather.  

April 3, 2016

"October In Round Valley" 20x16 pastel


Last October I spent some time painting in the Eastern Sierra. The time is always well spent but never long enough. I once again experienced perfect weather. For me that means partly cloudy blustery weather with dramatic skies. I love this time of the year because the of the complimentary color palette and longer shadows. It is also a time of transition between summer and winter. It seems that time slows just a bit and that is comforting to me. A time to take stock and be thankful for the simple things that bring joy.

February 1, 2016

January 31, 2016

"Winter Break" 14x11 pastel


This pastel is another example of my excitement for breaking waves. They have such a wonderful variety of light, form and color. 

January 30, 2016

"December Light" 11x14 pastel

 As a youngster I was always drawing waves. In school I was the artist in the class and was continually called upon to help with drawing something and when it was a wave as often was the case, I was delighted. Growing up close to the ocean has had a profound effect on my ideas for paintings.

November 27, 2015

"River Of Fire" 6x6 Oil

This is a view of the upper Owens River in The Eastern Sierra. A new small painting for the Small Works Show at Judith Hale Gallery in Solvang Antiques, Solvang, California. 805-686-2322.
I will be demonstrating on Saturday, December 12, 2015.

October 20, 2015

"Color Of Autumn" 14x11 Pastel

800. framed
I recently taught a workshop in Bishop California. A fun time with great folks! 
This was the demonstration painting. Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing this.

September 16, 2015

"Golden Morning" 11x14 pastel

This is a scene located in Rock Creek Canyon in the Eastern Sierra. 

August 30, 2015

"Sunshine and Shadows" 16x8 Oil on linen

 I'm looking forward to The Mammoth Lakes Art and Music Festival next Labor Day weekend. This is a new one painted for this show.

August 3, 2015

"Sunrise On Mount Whitney" 14x11 Oil

I travel up highway 395 a few times or more each year and if my timing is right, I manage to pass through the town of Lone Pine at sunrise. It's amazing to witness the High Sierra waking up.

August 1, 2015

"Storm Approaching The Lower Corral" 24x16 Pastel

 This painting will return shortly.

This pastel is a scene I revisit every year in the Eastern High Sierra. This year and last I have been fortunate to experience some thunderstorms while in the area. The clouds and ever changing light provide lasting inspiration.  I hope to communicate that through my work.

June 16, 2015

"Mid-Winter" 14x11 Pastel

A recently completed pastel of a scene in the Carson Valley.

June 9, 2015

"Along The Coast At Palos Verdes" 11x14 pastel


One of the many beautiful areas to see in Southern California is the Palos Verdes Coastline.
 This is Pt. Vicente

June 5, 2015

"Passing Showers" 11x14 Pastel

This new pastel on display at Amore Vino in Old Town Torrance. A combination of 15 oil and pastel paintings. This exhibition will be up until the end of June.

June 4, 2015

Carmel Plein Air 2015 "Morning On The Carmel River" 12x16 Pastel

1750. Sold

I was so happy to find this location this year. I have been looking for a scene but did not know the area well enough. This year has opened up many possibilities for next year as well if I am fortunate enough to participate again.

June 3, 2015

Carmel Plein Air 2015 "Afternoon At Coal Chute Point" 16x12 Pastel

1700.  Sold

I recently returned from participating in this years Carmel Plein Air Festival.
This painting was completed on the first afternoon. Although I had not been to this exact location before, I have thought about painting it for some time. It was a race to finish it before the clouds came in
 and I was lucky.

May 8, 2015

"Spring Renewal" 16x12 Pastel


This pastel was inspired by weather and clouds we are finally getting today. Clouds always provide a source of inspiration for me.

May 7, 2015

"Morning Glow" 8x10 pastel


A small painting about the light in Wine Country.

May 6, 2015

"River Of Light" 11x14 pastel


The Salinas River at sunset.

March 25, 2015

"San Diego Surf" 14x11 Pastel

My wife and I recently spent New Years Eve at Sunset Cliffs in San Diego California. This piece was inspired by that time. This pastel is on display at Southern California Pastel Society Members exhibition.
 The Show is being held at
 The Lexus Center 
24777 Crenshaw Blvd. Torrance Ca. 90505.

March 16th through May 9.

March 24, 2015

"Prelude To Evening" 18x24 Pastel

A new pastel "Prelude To Evening" 18x24 being displayed at the Pastel Society Of Southern California Members Exhibit.

January 29, 2015

"Round Valley" 11x14 Pastel

This scene is of The Eastern Sierras west of Bishop. A favorite area of mine with limitless
 inspiration for any painter.

January 27, 2015

"Sunset Cliffs San Diego" 16x12 Oil

On new years eve my wife and I spent some time in San Diego. We were treated to a beautiful sunset at "Sunset Cliffs" and it could not have been a better way for us to end 2014. This painting reflects the time spent there. Please contact me if interested in this painting.
"Due to the the large wait list for my last pastel class in Manhattan Beach,I am offering a new 
 "Landscapes In Pastel" class.
A four week session of three hour classes on Tuesday mornings from
9am -12pm.  185.00

Limited to 10 students per session.
The first class is February 3rd. Please contact S
ue Kuuskmae.
email -Kuuskmae@me.com

"Destination Art" Artist Studios and Gallery
1815 W. 213th Street, #135, Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 742-3192

January 9, 2015

"Above Sonoma Valley" 11x14 Pastel

Last September I had the fortunate opportunity to attend a wedding reception in the Sonoma Valley. It was located at Kunde Winery on top of a hill. I brought my camera just in case. Although I missed out on half of the dinner,  I was treated to some incredible scenes and this was one of many that I plan to paint.