Tuesday, November 18, 2014

2015 Texas Non-Game Stamp - Original Painting

Black-Necked Stilts
13" x 18"  acrylic  $2800
This painting will be the image for the upcoming 2015 Texas Non-Game Stamp.  Proceeds from print and stamp sales benefit wildlife habitat in the state of Texas.  Black-necked stilts live in shallow marshes throughout much of the Western United States down through Central America.  Their legs are very long enabling them to wade in a bit deeper water as seen in this painting.  The background waves show the line where the water actually gets too deep for this pair but they are perfectly comfortable foraging for food in the foreground shallows.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Feeding Broadbill

Desert Broadbill  4" x 4"  acrylic 
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A broadbill hummingbird sips nectar from attractive desert blooms. This painting is headed to Collector's Covey in Dallas, TX for their annual miniatures show.
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Thursday, September 4, 2014

September Heron

September Heron  8" x 10"  acrylic 
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This painting has been in my studio and after studying it for some time, I decided to rework a couple of areas.  The patterns, colors and softness of the various types of grasses are what inspired this painting.
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Canyon Creek

Canyon Creek  7" x 5"
oil  $295
This creek runs through and feeds the heart of a wetland preserve that is home to many bird species, deer, elk and moose.  It has been a wet summer with a lot of thunderstorms so the creek is running strong even in the dog days of summer.
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Friday, August 29, 2014

November Swans

November Swans  5" x 8"  oil  $345
A flock of tundra swans peacefully rest during the cool early morning hours.  Having migrated from their breeding grounds on the northern tundra these majestic birds are replenishing themselves for the winter ahead and for their future trip back to the arctic.
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Friday, August 22, 2014

Rabbitbrush


Rabbitbrush  5" x 7"  oil  $295
This is my first foray into oil painting - a study of rabbitbrush which is a common high desert shrub that always lends a pop of color to the arid landscape.  I kept the style somewhat loose and painted fairly quickly.  It is amazing how well oil paints blend compared to acrylics!
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Summer Sandhill

Summer Sandhill  4" x 4"  acrylic  $225
A beautifully plumaged sandhill crane makes it's way through a wet summer meadow.  My family and I recently moved to Park City, Utah and these beautiful birds frequent this area in a wetland called the Swaner Preserve.
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Friday, July 11, 2014

The Watering Hole

The Watering Hole 7" x 5"
acrylic  $295
A large American Bison comes in to get a drink.  Nearby is a dry arid landscape but the lush grasses around this wetland offer a respite from the heat.
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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Approaching Flurries

Approaching Flurries  8" x 10
acrylic on canvas  $495
Here is a study on canvas of an approaching snow squall on the Fall  River in Central Oregon.  This is a favorite spot of mine as I used to spend hours out there.  The water is crystal clear and a fantastic trout stream.  This particular spot is where the river is about to meet the famed Deschutes River.
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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Evening Pair - Pintails

Evening Pair - Pintails  5" x 7"
acrylic  $295
A graceful pair of northern pintails glide across a colorful evening sky where the lowering sun transforms gray clouds into shades of purple and orange.
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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Pueblo Pronghorns

Pueblo Pronghorns  9" x 12"  acrylic
The majestic and rugged Pueblo Mountains in southeastern are home to a wide variety of high desert wildlife including pronghorn antelope.  On a recent chukar hunting trip, we bumped some pronghorn out of their beds and had a great view of them as they ran by.  This painting will be a available through Settlers West Galleries annual American Miniatures Show which opens February 8th in Tucson, AZ.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

January Skies

January Skies  10" x 8"
acrylic 
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The wind clears a storm that has just rolled through.  I was captured by the movement of the clouds as wells as by the depth this scene presented with the distant tree line and nearby island. 
This painting will be available through Settlers West Galleries annual American  Miniatures Show in Tucson, AZ on Saturday February 8th!

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Kids

The Kids  8" x 10"  graphite
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This pencil drawing was a gift to my wife this year for Christmas.  It features our kids at this stage in life and I was focusing on capturing their personalities in a relaxed and natural state.  In order to get them to look like this she started tickling him!  My wife loved it:)

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Monday, December 16, 2013

South Platte Sunrise

South Platte Sunrise     15" x 20"
$145-unframed  $295-framed
Only one print now remains in this limited edition featuring a flock of mallard turning toward you on this famous river at first light.  Here is a link to purchase the last one:

South Platte Sunrise

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Winter Warbler

Winter Warbler  7" x 5"
acrylic  $295
A yellow-rumped warbler briefly pauses on a decorative piece of iron. We recently had several inches of snow and as the storm let up, the birds seemed to come out in droves.
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Monday, December 2, 2013

Over the Waves

Over the Waves  5" x 7"  acrylic  $295
I have always been fascinated by water and love to paint it.  Although it is life giving to everything on the planet it seems to have a life of it's own.  On calm days, water is as reflective as a mirror.  On windy days, as well as through other various phenomena, it can be as aggressive and threatening as anything in the world; and there are many stages in between.  Here, a relatively calm wave breaks as a pair of goldeneyes fly above.  Goldeneyes depend on the subaquatic life that this water supports.
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Through the Fog

Through the Fog  10" x 20"  acrylic  $2400
A flock of greenwing teal fly low against the brush looking for a place to land in the early morning fog.  Teal tend to fly low like this and are fast fliers.
 
 

Friday, November 22, 2013

His Majesty

His Majesty  7" x 5"
acrylic 
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A great blue heron stands majestically among the shoreline grasses.  These are large powerful birds that have uniquely beautiful and graceful lines.
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Kingfisher

Kingfisher  5" x 7"  acrylic  $295
Named for their fishing prowess, a belted kingfisher flies low inspecting a pond for something to catch.  These birds can often be heard before they are seen with their loud calls.  However, they are shy birds and will not stay visible for long.
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Monday, November 18, 2013

Evening Storm

Evening Storm 5" x 7"  acrylic  $295
Walking along the beach one evening, I saw this storm.  The wind was beginning to froth the waves and it was time to head in for something warm to drink!
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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Early Morning Pintail

Early Morning Pintail  5" x 7"
acrylic
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A flock of pintail plus one gadwall feed and loaf in morning's first light.
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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Incoming!

Incoming!  9" x 12" acrylic  
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Available through Collector's Covey in Dallas, TX - Nov. 8th

A flock of teal are locked up and coming straight in on a calm cool October morning.  It's times like this when their wings cutting the air sounds like a jet approaching!
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Flock of Teal

Flock of Teal  5" x 7"  acrylic 
Available through Collector's Covey - Nov 8th
Here is a serene painting of a flock of greenwing teal - one of my favorite duck species.  They are the smallest of the dabbling ducks which basically means they tip up to feed instead of dive.  Greenwings are fast and acrobatic flyers and are always exciting to see!
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Friday, October 18, 2013

Bufflehead

Bufflehead  5" x 7"  acrylic
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Buffleheads are named for their larger, striking heads.  They are buoyant birds that disappear under the waters surface to feed on invertebrates then reappear again.  Since these are diving ducks they prefer larger, deeper bodies of water.  However, they nest in woodpecker holes.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Goldfinch and Aspen

Goldfinch and Aspen  9" x 12"
acrylic  $1200
A male goldfinch finds a moment of rest among the quaking aspen leaves.  Aspens are my favorite trees.  The sound their leaves make on breezy days is therapeutic and reminds me of the mountains.  In fact, we have planted several in our front yard for this very reason and this scene is from one of those trees.
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Winter Morning

Winter Morning  5" x 7"  acrylic
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This was posted a couple of weeks ago and since that time, I have added a pair of deer coming into the corn stubble and retitled it.
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Monday, October 14, 2013

Meal Time

Meal Time  7" x 5"  acrylic
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A yellow-rumped warbler spies a mayfly on the leaf of some reed canary grass...
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Friday, October 11, 2013

Quail Portrait

Quail Portrait 5" x 7"  acrylic  $295
California Quail are striking and animated birds.  Here is a stately pose of this handsome bird on an old weather-worn fence post.
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Thursday, October 10, 2013

February Hideaway

February Hideaway  5" x 7"  acrylic  $295
A quiet wetland offers sanctuary to a pair of pintails.  This painting was fun creating all the different forms of habitat from leafless winter trees and evergreen covered mountains to the wetland and it's unique grasses.
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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Autumn Gold

Autumn Gold  5" x 7"  acrylic  $295
A grove of aspens is illuminated by the low afternoon light in Grand Teton National Park.  The colors of fall are always an amazing experience and this spot was so stunning when I saw it that I painted it twice from different angles.  The other painting is a little bigger and called Teton Gold.

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Along the Coast - Brant


Along the Coast - Brant  5" x 7"
acrylic $295
A group of brant, a smaller coastal goose species, flies among the waves on their way to the nearest feeding grounds.
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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Cardinal in the Snow

Cardinal in the Snow  5" x 7"
acrylic 
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A handsome male cardinal adds a nice touch of color to the wintry landscape.
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