Every Day, oil on canvas, 26x40 Even though I’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest for over 30 years, I’m still in awe of the natural beauty of the landscape. [...]
Going into Town, oil on canvas, 22x40 I painted this view because it is a quintessential image of the West. I originally hail from Michigan, and we always talked [...]
I love how gentle undulations of land create swales that hold seasonal waters and invite migrating birds to stop and replenish their energy. This swale was in the central [...]
I was drawn to the serenity and simplicity in this little gem of a scene. It conveys the peace and satisfaction that comes at the end of the day: work’s been done, the yard is mowed, and the low-angled sunset sends a subtle message of hope. Each shed gave off an air of having its own personality, and I attributed that to when they were built and the personality of each builder.
The arresting composition of this view spoke to me. It had a strong design that was simple and believable even at a small size. The colors and the mood were alive and the strong yellow-white barn was lit up like it was on fire.
I could do a whole series on driveways. They seem to be as individual as fingerprints. Some are welcoming, while others seem to say, keep out! “Neighbor’s Drive” was [...]
I love the contrasting views on this road in Idaho. You can see the difference that water and light make on the landscape. The slow melting snow waters the north facing sides of the mountains provide for growing a forest and the south facing side is barren because it melted too fast.
I was drawn to this view along the Oregon Coast because of the moody lighting and color subtleties where a creek feeds out onto the sand and disappears at the edge of the Pacific Ocean. My aim was to pull viewers into the scene and then draw the eye to its details—the rocks, trees, leaves, water, reflections—and reward a closer inspection with the interplay of a myriad of colors and textures.
The soft colors in this view felt like a portal to Spring. My goals were to play up the soft colors of the spring blossoms without making them saccharine [...]
It’s always about lighting. The right light can transform an everyday scene into something magical. There are several places I stalk regularly in the hopes of catching it in [...]