Monday, October 31, 2011

Waterfowl Festival!!

Be sure to mark your calendars for the Waterfowl Festival in Easton, Maryland, November 11th-13th. The entire town of Easton is transformed into a wildlife enthusiast's paradise. I will be exhibiting my newest artwork there, paintings that have not yet been seen by the public. Be sure to look me up at the Armory Building with the big bronze Canada Geese in the front.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Settling Down, oil on linen, 18"x24"

This pair of Pintails is settling down in a nice quiet part of a mist-covered pond. This painting was an exercise in balance between design, and remaining faithful to the look of a typical mid-western wetland. I had most of the painting finished before our trip to Minnesota a couple weeks ago. While there I went to some wetlands close to my childhood home in Shieldsville, and did some small field studies. Though most of setting for this painting was done from my mind, when I compared the painting to my field studies, I was surprised at how close the colors from my mind were to the field study. The only thing I can figure is that growing up around these wetlands left a deep impression on me.

Settling Downoil on linen, 18"x24"

Monday, October 24, 2011

Where the Buffalo Roam, oil on linen, 24"x30"

This painting was inspired by our trip to Wyoming this last summer. The northeastern part of Yellowstone is very mountainous, and there were bison here and there on the flat areas. I composed this scene using my small field studies (done in oil, and in the rain) and photo references. I wanted to give the feel of massive mountains and space. The incredible feeling you get when your out West.

Where the Buffalo Roam
Oil on linen, 24"x36"

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Paint the Parks Award

This little painting was accepted into the 2011 PAINT THE PARKS Mini50 Show and received one of the Juror's Awards in the show. I while back I did a painting called The Slyder Farm which depicted the scene above. Many times before I do a final painting I will do a small study to work everything out. This small painting was the preliminary study for The Slyder Farm. While some preliminary studies just get filed away or thrown away, this one turned out so well I decided to enter it into the Paint the Parks Show.
Gettysburg Winter
oil on panel, 8"x10"

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

CFAI Award

My painting Tarnished Silver won Best of Show in the Contemporary Fine Art International Miniature Juried Show Fall 2011. My many thanks for the jurors and wonderful artists at Contemporary Fine Art Interntional!