Morning Shadows on the Smokey Mtn. Road

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While participating in the Escalante Arts Festival in September, 2016. Escalante I took a drive down the Smokey Mnt. dirt road and saw this rock feature on the way back. Any of the country in that part of Utah is special. Better know as the Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument is fairly remote and really wild. Beautiful desert rock formations …

Shaped by Weather

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This rock featured and wonderful old Juniper were right behind where I was camped during the Escalante Arts Festival in September 2016. I didn’t have to go far to paint his one. Escalante is a really special place. Any of the country in that part of Utah is special. Better know as the Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument is fairly …

Outlaw Corrals

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These old corrals are just out of Escalante, Utah. I painted them during the Escalante Arts Festival in September 2016. Escalante is a really special place. Any of the country in that part of Utah is special. Better know as the Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument is fairly remote and really wild. Beautiful desert rock formations in ochre, red and …

Desert Wash

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Painted near the Catalina Mts. Tucson, AZ during the 2016 Plein Air Convention. This was a wonderful gathering of plein air arts from all over the country. The convention featured some great artist and vendors. I’ve always found the desert southwest a challenge to paint but this stately sauguaro begged to be painted. I used the wash it was in …

Morning Light on the Elkhearts

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The Elkheart Cliffs run sort of North and South just in view east of Mt. Carmel, Utah. I did two paintings of the cliffs while participating in the Maynard Dixon Guest Campout hosted by Paul and Susan Bingham on the former Maynard Dixon property. This particular painting was done one morning just north of Mt. Carmel. The morning sun was …

Evening Light on the ElkHearts

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The Elkheart Cliffs run sort of North and South just in view east of Mt. Carmel, Utah. I did two paintings of the cliffs while participating in the Maynard Dixon Guest Campout hosted by Paul and Susan Bingham on the former Maynard Dixon property. This particular painting was done one evening from the campground in Mt. Carmel. I just stepped …

Winter Wonderland

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Telluride Colorado is a winter wonderland. Heck Most of the Colorado high country is a Winter Wonderland. Who am I kidding. This is a scene looking upstream on the frozen Ingram Creek with Mt. Ajax in the background. I had dropped my son off to go snow boarding and I wandered around taking photos since it was too cold to …

High Country Trekker

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Any place in the Colorado High Country can be a good place for trekking. This 20×30 oil painting depicts a solo high country trekker following a trail through some beautiful terrain in Yankee Boy Basin out of Ouray, Colorado. Summers can have dramatic skies and can be very unpredictable with associated weather. Often it doesn’t last long but it can be …

High Country Drama

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“Drama in the High Country”  is the first of a series of paintings I am starting. Smaller plein air studies and photography will yield to larger more significant paintings done in the studio featuring the Colorado High Country, my backyard. The idea for these paintings was inspired by a video I watched in which Cory Trepanier, a Canadian artist, ventured into the …

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Snag

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A scrawny evergreen snag hanging onto the cliffside in the Black Canyon National Park. I used washes in oil to create some of the texture of the rock walls and then applied a heavier brush stroke on top of it to enhance the look. I was very pleased with the overall look of this painting. The Black Canyon of the …