Thursday, October 29, 2009


Here's another small commission image of Cassie, tried to get her out of the water for this one!

I've got to get some more boards cut, I sure like the smooth surface better than canvas for these small paintings where one little stroke can make or break the likeness.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Cassie, Wet

Back to the dogs... here is another commission piece of Cassie, I was happy with the "wet" feeling. This is a companion image to one called "Joyful Noise" I posted awhile ago. I have one more to do and it will make a nice grouping for the owners of this well loved k-9.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

America's Second Best Idea

This is an essay I wrote for the Nat Parks Conservation Assn. I actually got carried away and wrote 2 of them (with attached images) I'll post the other one tomorrow.

In 1916 the US Congress created the National Park Service with a mandate to; "conserve the scenery and natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of same in such a manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations." It would have been simpler for them to just say; "save it for the artists." Keep it for those who will remind us what America is all about when we forget. Creating the Artist in Residence Program in the National Parks must have been America's second best idea. Artists were integral in selling the NPS idea to the public and congress back in 1916. Today the artist advocate and interpreter has a similarly vital role in reintroducing us to our wilderness heritage as pressures of expansion, commercialism and climate change push against the NPS mandate to conserve, protect and leave unimpaired. It is the blessing and burden of artists' to remind people that they don't have far to go to find the sublime landscape. A National Park near you is a good place to start. The nooks and crannies of paradise are waiting to be rediscovered by the artist in us all.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Caribou Country

One more arctic inspiration finishes a poster collage I'm putting together along with an essay for the National Parks Conservation Assn., I'll post them later. It's been fun painting on a big canvas for a change.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

First Ride

Why crawl when you can ride?

Monday, October 5, 2009

Afternoon Glow

This is what I see on my late afternoon runs.  I love how the back light sets the trees on fire!  

Sunday, October 4, 2009


I painted this as a barn warming gift for friends that have just opened up their fantastic new equine training facility.  I told Mark it should be in "Barn Beautiful" with all the little details of how to make an efficient, safe and beautiful horse barn!  It's quite a place.  If you like dressage horses, check out Beth's website here

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Honey Crisp

Fall is apple time in Washington.  I have 4 big honey crisp apples on my baby tree and bunches of Akani which are great tasting but don't keep well so the kitchen smells like applesauce and cinnamon.