I named my newest painting Gratitude. The relationship the bear has to the sockeye symbolizes gratitude at it’s most basic level. The painting itself symbolizes how grateful I am for the gifts in my life, most importantly, family, friends and health. Gratitude is a 60” X 48” oil on canvas.
Hope and Healing
This is a photo of me standing next to Hope and Healing, for scale. It is a 72'x 60" oil on canvas painting. I painted this piece from a photo I took of a neighbor's rose. It took four months to complete. I named it Hope and Healing after visiting Harmony Hill Cancer Retreat Center. I am a cancer survivor and wanted to create something that was calming and nurturing. I feel I've done that.
I painted Awakening from a photo I took at the waterfront in Olympia. I loved the way it’s vibrant color contrasted with it’s backdrop. I enjoyed painting the personality of each pedal. I liked catching it just before it fully bloomed leaving the rest to my imagination. Awakening is a 24” X 36” oil on canvas.
I had high hopes all throughout the process of painting Sunday Morning. It turned out better than I had imagined. So much so that I named it Sunday Morning. Sunday mornings are sacred to my wife and I. It is the one day a week that we dedicate to one another. When I look at the piece, I can feel our Sunday mornings. It is painted on all sides of a gallery wrapped canvas.
Maiden Voyage is a 36” x 24” oil on canvas. I created this piece while searching for the perfect first sailboat for Tammy and I. We laughed when we reconnected and discovered we share a dream of sailing. This is the first piece that I have created that embodies movement. It represents power, freedom, and the dream…Maiden Voyage is the first piece I completed in our new Studio and Gallery. ~Fitting~
Hydrangea is a 48"x 48" oil on canvas painting. I painted Hydrangea from a photo I took while on a walk in our neighborhood with my wife. As with most of my paintings, after taking the photo, I played with the composition to create a few that moved me. I then consulted my wife as to which image she found most moving. As is usually the case, she chose the one I believed to be the best composition.
I have had an affinity for motorcycles since childhood. Some of my earliest memories are on the back of my Dad's motorcycle. When people ask me what my favorites are, I laugh. I just love bikes...Each machine has it's own character, it's unique look and feel. It's not about the shine for me. In this piece, I wanted to move the viewer. Can you feel the twist of the throttle? Can you hear the motor? Does it bring back memories? Can you feel her? Cafe Racer is a 36”x 36” oil on canvas.
Rose for Carla Jean
Rose for Carla Jean is a 48"x 48" oil and wax on canvas. I painted this piece from a photo I had taken. My wife saw the photo and told me her late mother would have loved the colors. I named this piece in honor of her. She was full of life and had an unforgettable laugh. My hope is that the viewer can feel her warmth and free spirit.
Another First is a 16"x 40" oil on canvas painting. I named it Another First because it was the first time I painted without first sketching on the canvas. I feel it's important to document my growth as an artist. These roses are from a bouquet my daughter gave me on my 46th birthday. It is one of two paintings from the bouquet.
Rhodie is a 12"x 36" oil on canvas painting. I painted Rhodie from a photo I took. We are surrounded by Rhododendron's in the Pacific Northwest. On this particular day, I stopped to notice this one's beauty.
Splendor is a 48"x 36" oil on canvas painting. I painted the piece from a photo I took of a bouquet given to my wife by her son. It is painted on all sides of a gallery wrap canvas.
Foxglove 2 is a 36"x 48" oil on canvas painting. I painted this piece from a photo I took while with my wife by Wynoochee Lake.
Good Morning Beautiful
Good Morning Beautiful is a 36"x 60" oil and wax on canvas painting. I painted the piece from a photo I had taken. My goal was to retain the softness that I saw in the image. I hope the viewer can feel the sense of calm I wanted to evoke.
Madison's Rose is a 12"x 24" oil on canvas painting. I painted this piece from a photo I took of a bouquet my daughter gave me for my 46th birthday. It was so beautiful. The older I get, the more special those moments are.
Foxglove is a 12"x 36" oil on canvas painting. I painted it from a photo I had taken with my wife, by Wynoochee Lake.
Passion is a 48"x 48" oil on canvas painting. I painted Passion from a photo I had taken of a peony. It is intense and dramatic. It was amazing from the very early stages. I had intended all along that it be an intense red. I wanted to use many layers of glazes so I began with raw umber and a lighter pink pigment. It looked so good and so different than I had imagined it would be. I stopped painting for a few weeks while I took the time to make sure it should go from the cool pink to an intense red. I took the time to enjoy it as it was. I'm happy I did. I feel as though this piece was fortunate enough to have lived two lives. It is an old soul in a new friend.
For Her is a 24"x 30" oil on canvas painting. I painted For Her for my wife after she showed me a photo of a peony she loved. It is one of my earlier paintings, and the first to make me cry.
Calla Lilly is a 20"x 16" oil on canvas painting. I painted this piece from a photo.
Peony is a 48"x 36" oil and wax on canvas painting. The cold wax gives the painting a very matte, substantial, romantic and rich feel. It has a vintage feel.
Greater Kudu is a 10"x 8" oil on panel painting. I painted this piece after being struck by the beauty of this animal. The Greater Kudu is from Africa and it's numbers are on the decline. I completed this piece Alla Prima.
I was inspired to paint Moondance after being asked to display a piece in a Seattle show, "Lunar Forces." Moondance is my interpretation of the influence the moon has on women. The moon has historically represented the feminine and exerts two and a half times the gravitational pull of the sun. For me, Moondance also represents the patriarchy and suppression of women. Moondance is a 36” x 18” oil on canvas.