Saturday, March 26, 2011



This 9 x 12 inch oil painting was done plein air back in June then finished just today in the studio from a photo reference.  I'm standing in the graveyard on the hill looking down at the houses. It's a lovely place to paint from with well kept grounds.  A nice group of ladies tend diligently to the upkeep.  The sun is high but the fog is just lifting and the distant trees are beginning to emerge. To learn more or to bid on



This 9 x 12 inch oil painting will be in the JAPAN ANIMAL RESCUE PROJECT silent auction hosted by Regina Case at the C Street Hall Gallery in Eureka, Friday April 1st 6-9PM and Saturday, April 2nd of Art's Alive 12- 9PM.  These cats were friends and loved by me and both lived to be 16+ years old.  This painting was a 2009 September Finalist in the National Raymar Contest.  Mark Mao was the judge.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


This is a large piece.  24 x 30 inches oil on stretched canvas.  It was just juried into the RAA show at the Morris Graves Museum.  It will be on view 4/2/11 for Arts Alive. I'm proud to say it got an award. Painting this was quite a revelation.  I discovered many things about Red.  You can't alter red with any other color except a red without it loosing its redness.   For darker red in shadow for instance I went to Cad red deep and lighter reds for the light side.  I used reds I never think of using.  The ones in the back of the paint box.  Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed this one and learned a bunch.