Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Sea, Surf, and New Paints


I was looking through one of my old books about Californian impressionists when I found this detail from Jack Wilkinson Smith's "Sunlite Surf" 

I stretched linen and primed two 18x18s.
One I painted with Tommy Art's Navy Blue, the other with their Turquois.
Step one

All done




Almost done with this one but need to sit a watching for a few hours then fix it.
here is the finished product.
It is going a  fellow Viet Nam vet who lives a stark life and needs a place to vacation. He gets it because I love his granddaughter.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Work in the Armory Show in NYC!

Congratulations again for being a finalist in the S/he Persisted competition! 

In addition to featuring you in the S/he Persisted exhibition in New York City, your work has been selected to be included in the SeeMe Gallery as limited edition archival prints to be presented and sold on the SeeMe website and on social media.  

These pigment prints will be produced on archival grade paper appropriate to your medium with 300 gsm or higher and with meticulous attention to detail in quality and color translation. The SeeMe online community reaches a network of over one million subscribers so you are assured great visibility.

The specific S/he Persisted works we’d like to include in the Gallery are the following:




  • Wild
  • Ophelia [Nude Underwater]
  • Waiting
  • Limerick
  • Glimpse
These and others will be featured on this site soon.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

New Show Opening on the 14th of Feb.


My photographs will be up for a month at Dot Dotson's in Eugene. The opening is on the 114th of February



Monday, December 30, 2019

New Show at Oregon Wine LAB

Well, We are getting ready to hang a show at Oregon Wine LAB. 
"Central Oregon Afternoon" 10x10 wax and oil on mounted linen
This place is very special to me. Some years ago I had a three-month one-person show at the Coos Art Museum as I was the judge of the show. Anyway, I got a call from the director asking if, since they were going up to Portland to pick up the next show, they could save me $1100 in crating and shipping and just drop my paintings off somewhere.
Ten minutes later I got a call from the manager of the Hilton Hotel asking if he could change out the work for something new.
A few moments later I got a call from Oregon Wine LAB. "Our artists flaked on us, can you bring any work to hang?"
Needless to say, my work got hung. I generated more sales in the hotel and Oregon Wine LAB to pay for ten years of paint (not really but it's a nice sentiment).
I am very excited to hang a new show for my friends.
 "Sad Vase"
 "Birnam"
 "Yellow"

 "Remembering Distraction"

 "Some Hill Outside Paris"

"Goodnight, Memories of Ponape"

Sunday, December 22, 2019

I Feel a Series Coming On

There have been many times in the last ten years when I wanted to break out of the horizontal and give my body a larger part in my painting.
"Memories of Avoidance"
 These are a couple of my early attempts.
Memories of Distraction"
Please let me know what you think.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Teaching Again!

So excited to be teaching oil and cold wax painting this term.
The students will get to create a stretched canvas, and a panel with canvas applied, learn how to properly prepare a canvas, and how to use cold wax and various mediums combined with oil paint, raw pigment, leafing, and various drawing tools to create images.
And I get to teach in my studio!


Tuesday, December 3, 2019

An old friend returns

Lately, I have become a bit obsessed with fire and the terror and exaltation it brings to the soul.
This little guy was hiding in my storage and I brought him out to see why I discarded him in the first place.
After really looking at him I saw what was missing, emotion. I started pulling the already dark clouds in with other lighter colours and then the fire.
I think he is ready to put on the wall for my studio sale.

Studio Sale

Well well, as artists must swim forward to survive, I decided to say YES, when  I was asked by my friend Tara Kemp if I would share my space for a two-person Studio sale. I readily agreed as the only studio "sales" I have are when every two years I give away all the small studies I have been messing with, trying to envision a grand painting, or when I have had pre-show events. The last one we had meant putting all of the 5x8 and 6x6 paintings out in the garden, leaning against trees!
 Very successful.

8x5 Oil and wax on linen Collection of Lane Comunity College

"Vase II" 5x5 oil on panel Collection of Lane Community College

"Out to Sea, Eventually" Collection of Global Citizen, Oakland

93x72 oil on linen in the collection Of Lebanon (Oregon) Public Library
I am BAD about selling my smaller work. I end up asking less or just giving it to them if they have that look.
I would rather have my work seen than sitting in a warehouse waiting to be auctioned off to the lowest bidder.
I may have to write a book about "The Studio Sale"