This pastel was just sold during last weekends Los Olivos Quick Draw Art Festival. The person that bought this said it moved her because it brought about a fond memory and she had. I couldn't be more pleased.
August 20, 2014
August 12, 2014
This pastel was a recent demonstration piece for my "Landscapes in Pastel" class I teach at the Manhattan Beach Creative Art Center. A new session begins on September 11th.
The inspiration for this painting comes from Round Valley near
August 11, 2014
The Owens Valley of the Eastern Sierras is an area of contrast. It is harsh with much desert and the summer time heat can be oppressive. Within this desolation there are pockets of areas where it is lush and green buzzing with life. Down from the mountains comes snow melt as ice cold water in the form of large streams or tiny brooks. I enjoy painting these locations because they are beautiful and are also resting places that offer relief not only from the heat but also from the busyness of life. The warm and cool greens that contrast against the mountains are wonderful to see.
August 5, 2014
This pastel was a recent demo for my summer pastel landscapes class. The Fall session will be starting in mid September but sign up early because it will fill up.
Los Olivos Quick Draw 2014
Saturday 9am -7pm
Matteis Tavern, Los Olivos, California
Quick Draw 2014 is just around the corner and I am preparing my self for this event. I look forward to this because I sell my work in three ways here. The silent auction is a separate event that takes place during the quick draw. I also have a separate display of my work that I put up with my most recent paintings and they all sell rather quickly. If you can come by it would be great to see you.
short video 2013 Quick Draw and Auction
More info on Los Olivos Quick Draw 2014
June 19, 2014
June 16, 2014
June 15, 2014
Last year I happened to pass by someone's driveway and saw this scene. This time of the day the air begins to cool down again and the color becomes warm before nightfall.
June 10, 2014
June 1, 2014
This painting is from a location near Calistoga, California. I was fortunate enough to be in this area where the sun came out through the heavy fog.
This is on display at Jessel Gallery in Napa, California.
May 31, 2014
This pastel was one of the pieces painted during the Carmel Plein Air Festival. It will be on display at the Jessel Gallery in Napa during the month of June.
May 30, 2014
This painting is from a recent painting trip to the Napa Valley. It is on display at the
Jessel Gallery In Napa.
1019 Atlas Peak Road, Napa, CA
707 257 2350
May 24, 2014
This scene was inspired by a recent painting trip to Sonoma County. It will be included in my solo exhibition at Jessel Gallery In Napa. The show will hang throughout the month of June and the reception is June 6 form 5pm to 8pm.
May 20, 2014
I have just returned from participating in this years Carmel Plein Air Competition. Still hard to believe a year has passed. I was pleasantly surprised when the painting above received an Honorable Mention from this years judge John Burton. The camaraderie shared among the artists and talent I witnessed was exceptional.
May 7, 2014
I found this scene a couple years ago and completed a small painting while visiting North Carolina. I enjoyed the first painting and decided to paint it again with soft pastel.
May 6, 2014
March 10, 2014
March 4, 2014
March 2, 2014
This painting was inspired by one of the recent large wave swells we have had here in California. I watched as the whitewater would explode off of the jetty with a thunderous crash. It was an awesome display of nature's power. This painting is my attempt to
show that experience.
March 1, 2014
This scene is about 10 minutes north of the town of Mammoth Lakes in the Eastern Sierras of California. In December there was very little snowfall creating the patterns of snow in the foreground field. In recent days, there have been storms that brought a couple of feet of new snow on the ground and more in the mountains creating a completely different landscape and no doubt more inspiration for new paintings.
February 28, 2014
This character does not have any confidence issues. He makes it known that he is the boss, at least to all the other feathered critters in the barn yard.
January 21, 2014
I will never grow tired of this area and all the painting possibilities to come and although I am unable to travel to the Owens Valley as often as I would like, I can still visit through my work.
January 20, 2014
I recently painted this in Palos Verdes during the morning hours. It takes me a couple of hours to work on a painting on location. After that the light has changed too much and I stop or
begin a new painting.
Please contact me if you are interested in this piece.
December 24, 2013
"Rural Route" 12x9 Pastel
Dear family, friends, students and collectors. A warm and heartfelt "Thank You" to all of you for taking my classes, purchasing my work, emailing a kind word and allowing me to share my passion for painting with you. I am grateful for the many gifts of support that I have been given. They are all very much appreciated. May you have a Happy Holiday and be blessed with a Healthy New Year.
December 23, 2013
One of my favorite places to explore for new paintings is Foxen Canyon Rd. between Los Olivos and Santa Maria in Santa Barbara County. This scene is how I imagine old California might have looked and can still be discovered today.
December 22, 2013
Where I live, there are not many dramatic changes in weather or scenery from season to season. At least not like areas that get more obvious changes in temperature, weather and colors as seasons change. I travel to different locations to experience this. When I am home, I appreciate the changes just the same and seek them out however subtle they may be. If I am paying attention and sensitive to them, much more is always revealed.
This painting is 850. The location is in The Carson Valley of Western Nevada.
November 29, 2013
November 27, 2013
"October In The Blue Ridge Mountains"
I would like to take this time to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving with Peace and blessings throughout the Holiday Season.
November 24, 2013
November 19, 2013
Above painting is still on the easel 16x20 Oil
I will be opening my studio Saturday, November 30th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for an exhibition and sale of recent paintings. The last open studio was an enjoyable time for all and many folks walked away with new paintings. Please come by and bring a friend or two. There will be eggnog and goodies available for all.
November 8, 2013
This was one of the high country tarns I visited last summer. It's amazing to find a place you can call your own for an afternoon where all you see and hear is nature at its finest. Then of course there is the challenge of capturing it with wet paint and a brush. Even the scrapers are memorable because it was time so well spent observing and absorbing it all. Nature is always the best teacher for an artist.
November 3, 2013
November 1, 2013
October 29, 2013
Every Fall I make sure that I get up to the sierras to see the aspens and cottonwoods changing.
Before leaving I watched the weather forecast and clear skies were predicted for the time I would be there. Oh well, I cant always have it my way and have snow showers and beautiful dramatic skies to compliment the drama already happening on the land. On the final morning I spent in the high country I was up early once again. When I looked outside I noticed a breeze and a few pink clouds floating by. My excitement level was rising. I was meeting a couple of friends to paint and now we might have a few clouds to ad as we paint. I made my way from my cabin out toward the lower corral at Rock Creek where the sky is open and the view is spectacular. At this point the clouds were building and looking more dramatic with each passing moment. I was ecstatic. Everything I love to paint was unfolding before me in a perfect rhythm. I took a moment to thank God for this wonderful gift. I let that feeling carry me through the difficult stages of blocking in the scene and after about an hour into it, the snow started falling. Not enough to be a deterrent but adding to the whole experience. The sun would hide for long periods then come out long enough to reveal something I had missed before. The snow came and went leaving a crystal clear sky with beautiful white and grey cumulus clouds floating about reminding me of the ever changing weather. It was a perfect morning.
October 27, 2013
I recently returned from a trip to the Eastern Sierras where I had a wonderful opportunity to tour some areas of ranchlands that were previously not available to me accept from the road. This is one of the first paintings that has come from this inspiring trip.
I will be opening my studio on Saturday November 30, once again to show some of my new work. Come by early for the best choice. The time is 11am to 4pm.
September 5, 2013
This has been an amazing summer. I have been very busy painting with new plein air and some studio pastels and oils. The above pastel is one of them. I recently returned from this years Los Olivos Quick Draw and The Labor Day Art Festival In Mammoth Lakes California which both proved to be successful events. I received the third highest bid at this years Quick Draw and sold well in Mammoth. I made some new friends and visited with the old friends that came to support me once again to which I am very grateful.
June 3, 2013
May 21, 2013
May 20, 2013
I just returned from a very busy four days at the Carmel Art Festival. For the most part weather managed to cooperate for the artists and the sun came out for most of the while. This was one of the most picturesque areas I have ever been and it is easy to undersand why an artist would call this area home. The painting above was one of four I completed during the two full days of painting.
May 10, 2013
This pastel was a recent demonstration for my pastel class. This was another wonderful session and when you have students as good as mine, teaching is easy. Another session begins in June. I am now preparing for next weeks Carmel Plein Air Festival. I am a bit nervous as it has been awhile since my last plein air event. I am looking forward to the challenge to paint the best pieces I can. No doubt there will be plenty of subject matter to paint.
This pastel was accepted into The Segil fine Art Summer Show.
May 6, 2013
I have been doing more plein air painting with oils recently and I want to continue this trend so last Friday I drove to Palos Verdes to paint. I did not have a lot of time to search for a new vantage point or discover a new location so I drove to a familiar place. This was merely about practicing and seeing if I could do more with a familiar subject. I like to go to places that I have painted before to test myself to see if I have grown and learned since the last time I painted there.
This painting was accepted into The Segil fine Art Summer Show.
April 29, 2013
I recently had the opportunity do some plein air work in Laguna Beach.
This is a view from Heisler Park looking south.
This painting was accepted into The Segil fine Art Summer Show.
April 6, 2013
This pastel was recently completed for the Pastel Society Of Southern California members exhibit.
The show opens Saturday April 6, with a reception from 6-9pm at the
Manhattan Beach Creative Arts Center.
March 2, 2013
This little painting is part of my studio exhibit happening today from 11am - 4pm. Come by and say hello if you are in the area.
756 36th st. Manhattan Beach Ca. 90266
February 17, 2013
"High Country Spring" 14x11 Pastel
I am pleased to announce I will opening my studio for another
exhibit and sale of my paintings. Please come by for a visit.
Saturday March 2, 11am to 4pm.
Friday preview available by appt.
The above pastel painting was a recent
demonstration given at the Palos Verdes Art Center.
February 8, 2013
Late Autumn In Olancha 20x16 Oil
Remembering Sonoma 16x20 Oil Sold
The two pieces above were chosen as part of the Salon International 2013 Art Show. This show received over 1,000 entries and only 374 pieces were juried in. This exhibit is held in San Antonio, Texas and hosted by The Greenhouse Gallery.
December 21, 2012
This is another piece that will be on display at my Saturday Year End Studio Sale.
The sale begins at 11:00am and will run until 4pm. Get here early for the best selection.
December 17, 2012
"Summer Evening" 18x24 Oil Revised
This piece has been spruced up a bit to hopefully sell at my studio exhibit this weekend. It really needed to be lightened up. I also added a bit more color in the clouds. It feels like a new painting now. My studio sale is Saturday Dec. 22 11am 4pm. Some of the proceeds will be donated to
The Sandy Hook Support Fund.
December 14, 2012
In October some friends brought me to the Chalk Bluffs outside of Bishop, California. As we hiked up to the top, the view seemed to get better and better. I especially enjoyed seeing the Owens River as it snaked its way through the valley. To see familiar mountains from a new perspective felt a bit like I was rekindling an old friendship.