This is a composition that I created mentally after reading
stories about the struggles of cowboys. Sometimes you just have to
Cowboy Up! Nobody gonna do it for ya... Whinnin' not gonna help. Just
part of riding from the brand.
"Bright Eyes" 9x12 Pastel
From a special photograph when my
grandson was standing on my lap looking over the back of the chair at
his mom who was taking his photo in the light of Skagit Bay. Logan
would always take my hat and try to wear it. This
time I turned it around so the light would fill his expression
Morning Shave 16x20 Pastel
I purchased this bowl and picture for
my mom when the Dutch Flat Antique shop was open in the mid 1960's. The
bowl was NOT FOR SALE. But I was persisant and the shop keeper finally
gave in. It was originally in the Dutch Flat Hotel and was in use when
Mark Twain lectured at the Dutch Flat Opera House.
I staged this scene with the thought of Mark
Twain using the bowl and picture which was put out for him while he was at
breakfast. He would return with a newspaper, shave and freshen up after a
morning read of Bret Harte's column, then out to visit the mines.
Tsuda's 12x9 Pastel
Quiet Sunday morning in Old Town Auburn, Someone left their truck from
the night before. A couple of patrons stop in to see George Tsuda,
grab a paper, some milk and head up to Racetrack St. or Spring Street.
I remember the smell of Tsuda's Grocery. I think it was from the fresh
vegtables and rippening fruit... the old musty brick walls and wooden
plank floors that George wood sweep with a mixture of oils and sawdust...
Crossing Fordyce Creek 24x18
Fordyce Creek goes way back into my childhood. My dad worked at
DeWitt State Hospital and started there in the early 1950's where he
worked on the wards. His ward charge was John Neptune, who had ridden the
borders of Arizona, New Mexico and traveled up and down the Rio Grande.
John could out walk, out fish and out hunt any man... Rugged, tough as
nails and as fair a man as I have ever met. John would stand on the canyon
edge of the American River and tell us to meet him on the ridge across the
river in three hours. "Be sure to stand ready to fire, King (his dog) and
I will brush out the deer and run um up to you."
who have never scene the American River Canyon, lets just say its nearly
straight up and down, solid brush full of ticks bees and rattle snakes...
Like I said... this was a NO BS man...
John told me to stay out of
Fordyce Creek... "Rattlers are so thick in there the old timers, like
Uncle Charlie, wore stove pipes on their legs to keep from getting hit!" I
never went but... every couple years, as I grew older, I would as
questions about the creek.... Have you ever been? I would say... "Yea last
time we were there we parked the car and before we got all our gear out to
hike down the mountain, 7 rattlers had crawled under the car to get out of
the sun!" Like I said... I never went!
Cimarron Meadow 18x24 from our time spent in the Silverjack
area Oct. 2016
Frogg's Hollow 12x16
High Sierra October Morning 24x18
Phillip's Meadow 20x20
Second Story Apartment 11x14 Pastel, ink,
Sugar and Spice 16x16
Sophie Sketch 9x12
Wallowa Ranch 18x24
No Bull Breakfast 16x20
Sunday Afternoon 24x18 From a Rick Harris CC image
Just Around the Bend 12x16 From a backroad
photo trip in ID
Skagit Valley Winter 16x20 Winter afternoon outside of Edison WA
Carson Pass Cabin 12x16 At the summit of Kit Carson Pass CA
Beach Buddies 9x12 From an outing to Canon Beach OR
"Shake On It" 18x24
18x24 UArt 320 mounted From the Victor MT Bitterroot
Patricia Lake Reflection
SELECTED for the 27th Annual International Open Exhibit Pastel Show
May 4th Tacoma WA:
the 27th Annual International Pastel Exhibit for the
Pacific Northwest Pastel Society was
juried by renown pastelist and painter
Lorenzo Chavez. There
were 300 entrants from all over the US and Canada, so I felt very
fortunate and proud to have been selected for the exhibit and I was
awarded the first annual NPS Maggie Price Memorial Award for my
painting Patricia Lake Reflections.
Maggie Price recently
passed and was instrumental in the promotion and appreciation of
pastel painting. She was the founder of the Pastel Journal I am most
pleased with receiving the first Maggie Price memorial award. I have
spent many hours reading Maggie's books and watching her DVDs.
Although I never met her, I felt connected to her through her
teaching and love of pastels....
Her absence is heartfelt in our community.
Lorenzo was kind enough to have a photo taken with me after his
critique of my work. I would also like to thank my mentor, Phil
Bates, for all the help and support he offered during the painting
of Patricia Lake Reflections and my other projects!
This show is the best I
have seen and has many excellent works of art on display. The show
runs through June 14th. The
American Art Company is hosting the show and the show can be
visited and paintings purchased Monday through Saturday at 1126
Broadway, Tacoma WA, 98402
This is a 2
minute slide show with the stages I went through to create my self
enjoy working with my
hands and using my artistic imagination. I
am only now beginning to understand the importance of this to my soul.
In 2008 I picked up a pastel and made my first mark. At the time I had no
idea it was the beginning of a journey and the beginning of a lifelong
friendship. Art allows me the freedom to express
myself and answer my curiosities. I make paintings that provoke thought
and pleasure. And hopefully create a connection with others that I know
and I haven't yet met.
I am still
learning… I have only begun my journey… Take a moment to share my travels