Pura Vida

Pura Vida

Although this painting has a Spanish name it is from a small waterfall somewhere near Sonora Pass. A seasonal creek during one of California’s wet winters. It’s amazing to me to see how rich and diverse the color of water can be. Most of my California Landscapes are started outside and finished in my studio so I push the color until I recapture the feeling I originally had when I chose to begin the painting. When I get that “yes” feeling I know  the painting is finished.

“Pura Vida”. Watercolor, 30” x 21”

California’s New Gold

California's New Gold

This particular vineyard is a composite from my imagination, inspired by the dozens of vineyards I’ve actually had the fun of visiting. I deeply admire the farmers and laborers who grow these tasty morsels and then of course the amazing wine that is made from them. Farmers and artists have a lot in common. You do the work you love or must do and you can not be attached to the results. One must have a brave heart to be a Farmer and an Artist.

“California’s New Gold”. Oil, 36″ x 36″

 

Red River – SOLD –

Red River

I love waterfalls and California is rich and full of them. When it has been a truly wet winter the red dirt seems to come alive in them. The colors in the streams become surreal.

I entered this in the acclaimed Ironstone Art Show in Calaveras County. I’m honored to say Judge Phillip Lenhares, Curator of the Oakland Museum loved it and awarded it at that show. I was thrilled when he told me, “your art gives me a sense of the immediate, a sense of place and a sense of being in the now, keep painting”.

Awarded at Ironstone Art Show.

“Red River”. Watercolor Sold

“Red River”. Giclée print $275.00
“Red River”. Note cards $3.50 ea.

 

Big Sur

Big Sur

 

Everything about Big Sur is magnificent. From the tide pools to the might cliffs. Visiting there gives one the sense of heaven on earth; the colors, the smell of the ocean air, the animals and terrain. But it is the almighty waves crashing on the rocks that always gets me. I imagine I will never tired of painting the ocean and shore coming together. “Big Sur”. Oil, 30″x 40″

Autumn Mist

Autumn Mist

Somewhere near Mount Lasson, on Deer Creek I think, there is spot I remember that is so beautiful it takes your breath away. But when the mists start rising on an autumn morning it evokes the feeling of mystical, magical adventures. I have that memory in my mind and perhaps that is the only place it exits.

“Autumn Mist”. Oil, 30″ x 24″

Ansel Adams Wilderness

Ansel Adams Wilderness

Near Yosemite tucked behind June lake is an area called Ansel Adams Wilderness. While not a great hiker I did a day hike through this magnificent country and still paint from many of the photos. I visited it late September I believe. The beauty and the quiet is exhilarating.

“Ansel Adams Wilderness”. Oil, 16″ x 20″ Sold

“Ansel Adams Wilderness”. Note cards $3.50 ea.

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Wave

Wave

I love the coast and I live in the Sierra Mountains. So I frequently go there to get my negative ion fill. When I come back it is as if I can still smell the ocean air and feel it’s breezes. It was in just such a state of mind that I was compelled to paint this single wave, a wave representing all of the others. When the wave is coming close to crashing back on itself you can see the most amazing colors in that thin, rolling and thunderous veil of water. It is mesmerizing.

“Wave”. Oil, 15″ x 60″

Aspen Riot

Aspen Riot

The development of this painting was fun and unusual. I was painting Aspens from memory when an Artist Friend Dianne Shannon came to my studio to visit. She said, “Wow, that looks like one of my photographs”. since I was struggling with the right memory I used her photo for my source. Of course with Dianne’s permission. It’s not exactly like the photo but so much fun to abstract this out of the photo. Makes me want to go back to Yosemite in the Autumn and paint outdoors.

“Aspen Riot” 18″ x 24″ Watercolor on Canvas unframed.