Winter on the Crystal River

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The Crystal River between Redstone and Carbondale Colroado is one of the most scenic little rivers in the West. During the latte summer and fall when the run off has cleared the water, it is very clear, and not to mention some great fishing to be had. Of course in the winter time when it is covered with snow and …

Slim Pickin’s

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I used to live up at the foot of the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming near the little town of Dayton. I went back to visit one winter and captured a photo of this lone horse out there nibbling on a little of the dried grass poking up through the snow in a place or two. It looked like pretty …

Crested Butte Alley

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Crested Butte is a really neat little Victorian mining town turned ski resort and summer tourist hot spot. The alleys in these old mining towns make for some great subject matter. I’ve painted them here in Crested Butte, Colroado, Silverton, Colordo and Telluride, Colorado. Fun stuff. This watercolor was painted on location during the Crested Butte Plein Air Invitational I …

Canyon Wonder

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Continuing with my love affair of the red rock country in Utah and Western Colorado is Capitol Reef National park where this Canyon Wonder is located. If you drive to the very end of the paved scenic drive in Capitol Reek, you can hike on down the ensuing canyon. On one wall, high up, is the carving of names of …

Boulder Farmsted

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In Southern Utah between Torrey and Escalante on scenic Highway 12 is the little rural community Boulder, Utah. These scene overlooks a farmsted in Boulder as you come down the hill from Escalante. All very pastoral and wonderful rock formations. A delight to paint anywhere along the route. An original 21 x 28┬áimage watercolor using professional grade Winsor & Newton …

Marina Reflections

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This 14 x 21 watercolor is of the marina in Crescent City, CA. I’ve always loved painting the boats in the marina settings. Unfortunately, the day I was in the area it was pretty foggy. Any hope of doing some watercolors on location were just a dream. In high humidity situations like that I find it nearly impossible to get …

Morning Glow

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Morning Glow is another painting from Capitol Reef National Park in Utah. The light on the red rock features of the landscape in this part of Utah is spectacular. From Capitol Reef all along the scenic highway 12 to Zion National Park is very special country.It is very remote and a landscape painters delight. An original 21 x 28┬áimage watercolor …

Natural Wonder

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Natural wonder is found in little known Capitol Reef National Park in Utah. I’ve painted many times in Capitol reef. The red rock features of the landscape are inspiring and are a true natural wonder. The landscape is typical of that found in Southern Utah along the scenic highway 12 that traverses that part of the state. I love it …

Gold Medal Waters

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The Gunnison River as it flows through the Black Canyon National Park in Colorado is known as Gold Medal Waters for trout fishing. Anglers from all over the world come to fish these waters. The scenic beauty of the area is second to none and very unique. Portions of the river are easily accessible while other portions remain a little …

Sculpted by Nature in Zion National Park

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The eastside of Zion National Park is different than the westside and in the canyon. This part of the park has much more varied rock formations with endless twists and turns. Colors of rock and foliage are amazing, especially in the fall of the year. The stresses of uplift, wind and water erosion make for some amazing rock features. It’s …