an imaginative pastel, painter who is driven by his love of the medium and his passion for self-expression through art.
The Majestic Canyon and its Colors
The Grand Canyon is a most awe inspiring National Park. When one stands on the rim and views the vastness of the canyon, the erosion that has occurred over millions of years it takes one's breath away. Then one also sees the myriad number of colors in the bands of rock on its weathered walls and the trees and vegetation anchoring on its ledges. A marvel of our beautiful country that has challenged many an artist to attempt to capture the beauty they see. Here you have another of my attempts to portray its beauty.
The painting is 24"X18" on Colourfix paper triple matted and framed in a custom Mahogany colored 30"X24" wood frame.
The Light of a New Day
After visiting the majestic Grand Canyon at the end of a three week road trip I wanted to paint the majesty I viewed. In two days spent at the canyon, the sun only came to for five minutes, but those five minutes were early in the morning and the effect was spectacular. I wanted to attempt to paint the sheer beauty and size of the Grand Canyon, and with this painting, I feel I have succeeded in capturing one of its moods.
The painting is 16"X22" and custom matted and framed in a 22"X28" custom inlaid frame.
The Light of a New Day was judged Best Pastel by Judge Catherine Saks in Plain Air Magazine's 7th Annual Salon Competition.
Spring Storm on the Ranch
On the way home from lunch in Marysville with friends, I noticed how the storm clouds were hanging in the foothills and tuned off on a side road shortly after the little town of Sheridan. I took some photos of the stormy clouds across a local ranch. When I decided to paint the scene, I thought it needed more interesting barns and so I used some reference photos from barns I had taken near Petaluma.
The pastel is 12X16 and double matted and framed in a custom 18"X24" frame.
Sold in the collection of Dr. Hakimi
Rocky Mountain High
Beautiful Colorado mountains, this scene reminded me of John Denver's song Rocky Mountain High, and that seemed an appropriate name for the piece. I was on a Rocky mountain high the entire time I drove through those glorious mountain roads.
Sold - In the collection of David Frank
Ancestral Home of the Navajo
Canyon de Shelly is an amazing labyrinth of beautiful rugged and colorful canyons where the Navajo have lived since the 1300's, I have double matted and framed this 16"X22" pastel painting in an Dark finished Wood frame. Price $1600
Fall in Canyon de Shelly
89Canyon de Shelly is the ancestral home of the Navajo and although a national monument it is entirely within the lands of the Navajo Nation. The painting is 12X18 and double matted and framed in an 18X24 frame. $800
This beautiful home is located right on the bend of the Yuba River above Rainbow Lodge on old Highway 4o. I called it High Sierra Retreat, and thought what a beautiful place to spend relaxing holidays or weekends.
Custom matted and framed in a wood frame with Clearview glass.
Journey into a Storm
This beautiful setting is a private road into ranch country east of Merritt B.C., Canada. Summer thunderstorms are not uncommon in the area in June and July. This one provided a beautiful backdrop.
The pastel is custom matted and framed in a grey wood frame with Clearview glass. Price $2100
The Glow of Sunlight
This is a 5'X7" original miniature pastel painting of Smith Creek and the surrounding trees and meadow. It was near the town of Mohawk off Highway 89 in northern California.
The miniature pastel is matted and framed in a custom wood frame.
Abandoned to the Elements
This old house is on a an old seaside farm south of the town of Mendocino. The barns and buildings stand vacant. The original farmhouse across the highway is restored and occupied.
Original 18"X13" pastel double matted and framed in a custom grey 18"X24" wood frame. Price $800
Springtime Flower Fields in Santa Paula
Driving through Santa Paula's agricultural outskirts brings surprises at every turn. When I saw this beautiful vista and wash of color I just had to paint it. The painting itself is 22" X 28" and custom double matted and frames is 32" X 40". Price $2200
Sounds of Silence
Plein air painting of a barn at the corner of Wise Road & Linnet Lane in the outskirts of Auburn, California.
It is matted and framed in a narrow Pecan Wood frame. Sold
In the collection of Dan and Mickie Tomich
Old Dogbar Road Barn
This old barn is located off of Dog Bar Road near Alta Sierra, California. The farm buildings and old home are all vacant. At one time it was probably the pride and joy of a family. Barns like this are disappearing parts of our local history. Price $700
When I was a young man traveling through the north eastern portion of Arizona on the way to Monument Valley I could see dark black thunderclouds in the distance and since we were riding in a convertible, we could hear the thunder booming. Shortly after as I passed over a bridge and pulled to the side of the road I witnessed a wall of water rushing down a dry wash. I tried to capture that scene in this painting. It is 12" X 16" matted and framed in a black 16" X 20" frame. Price $700
Morning Sun on Monument Valley
This 18" X 24" soft pastel of beautiful Monument Valley was painted from reference slides in my collection. The evening before thunderstorms had rolled through the area and brightened the desert's sandstone colors. The pastel is matted and framed in a 24" X 30" Pecan Wood frame.
A studio painting from reference photos I took in the Coloma, California area. The pastel is 12" X 15" matted and framed in a custom 16" X 20" frame. Price $700
Low Tide at Haystack Rock
Haystack Rock is a massive rock off the coast of Cannon Beach that has been left standing because of the density of the rock. The waves and storms could not wash it away. It looks very much like Morro Rock found at Morrow Bay, California. A stark sentinel standing off the shore of Cannon Beach. Cannon Beach, Oregon is one of the most beautiful and picturesque coastlines on the west coast. One of my very favorites. My wife and I spent several wonderful cool days at this beach and town enjoying the scenery and also roaming through the stores and galleries in the town. When we returned home to a heat wave, I painted this view in my studio as a cool foggy reminder of that special time.
Size 12X18 matted and framed in a dark wood frame. Price $900
Morning Walk on Cannon Beach
I love this area and quaint town of Cannon Beach. It is some of the most picturesque coastline in all of Oregon. Haystack Rock stands like a monolith just outside the surf line, and gulls dive for fish and seals cavort in the waters. It is a place to defuse, slow down, and smell the wonderful sea air, hear the cries of the gulls, and the soothing sounds of the sea. In the early mornings the beach is pretty deserted but by mid morning in the summer months its is crowded with vacationing families. I like to think of myself walking my dog along this beach before the crowds arrive soaking up that wonderful solace that flows by the seashore. I painted this view in my studio from reference photos I took while there.
12X15 framed in driftwood grey frame with Conservation Clear glass. Price $700
Stormy Seas at the Rookery
On a trip last month to Pismo we had a rainstorm early in the morning before we were to leave. We decided to get some views of the coast before we left and noticed there were very large waves rolling in. As we travelled down to Shell Beach so I could show my wife the Pelicans on the rookery I noticed the spray was breaking forty feet into the air as it crashed on the rocks. I travelled a little further up the coast to try and capture the view looking south and painted this scene from my reference photos.
18* X 24" double matted and framed in a custom wood frame with conservation glass. $1800
The Soothing Sounds of the Sea
My wife and I love to escape to Bodega Bay during hot weather. Since that wasn't possible during a recent heat wave, I went through some photos I took on our last trip in May and selected a scene that I wanted to paint. This particular scene takes me to a cool place where I can hear the seagulls shrill cries, the crash of the waves on the rocks and the swish as the waves roll into the sandy beach. A soothing place, hence my title for the piece. 21"X26"
A Gift to my son Colin and His wife Maria
Matted prints available, 16X20 - $65
A Peaceful Morning on Pismo Lagoon
My family and I have camped at Pismo for many years. Many is the morning I have sat on the sand and watched the wild ducks and shore birds in this lagoon with sketch book in hand and my coffee cup near. I painted this in my studio from reference photos during a heat wave. I love the way light comes into the lagoon as the sun comes up.
This 12"X15" painting is double matted and framed in a custom Oak Wood Frame. Price $700
Matted Prints Available $65
Rocky Point Beach
The painting was painted in my studio from photo references during a heat wave, and I wanted to think of cool places I loved. Rocky Point Beach is located on the California coast, in Sonoma County, a few miles north of Bodega Bay.
Rocky Point Beach is a 15"X19" pastel double matted and framed in a pecan colored frame with a black border, with conservation clear glass. Price $1100
The beautiful coast of Mendocino California is a wonderful getaway location. I called this painting, "Seaside Serenity". It is 16"X22" double matted and custom framed in a 22"X28" Frame.
In the collection of David and Linda Rojas
Sunset at Yaquina Head Lighthouse
Yaquina Head Lighthouse is on the coast of Oregon, just above the town of Newport. This is a studio painting from reference photos I took on a trip a few years ago.
9" X 12" in a Mahogany frame - $350
Rain Squall Over Mendocino Headlands
Mendocino is a favorite getaway place for me, and I always come back with inspiration for a new painting. This rainy day was no exception and the painting is double matted and framed in a custom 18"X 27" frame.
This beautiful Beach is located in Sonoma State Park north of Bodega Bay, California off Highway 1. The 19 1/2" X 24 1/2" painting is double matted and framed in a dark wood frame.
Priced at $1600.00
Foggy Day at Pigeon Point
Pigeon Point Lighthouse is on a rocky promontory on the northern California coast above Santa Cruz. This lighthouse like many guards a very rocky area of the coast. Even on a foggy day the sound of the sea crashing on the rocks, the smell of the salt air and the cries of the seagulls is calming.
The painting is 9"X15" and double matted and mounted in a 13"X19" dark wood frame.
Sold - In the Collection of Dr. Nicki Hakimi
This beautiful natural arch carved by the sea is just south of Pt Arena Lighthouse. The pastel painting is double matted and framed in a custom wood frame. Price $700
Stormy Seas at Pt. Arena
Point Arena Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse on the California coast. This one on a beautiful rugged and rocky headland in Mendocino County is in a very picturesque location.
Soft pastel 18" X 24" matted and framed in a 24X30" wood frame. $!600
The beautiful harbor at Morro Bay offers safe anchorage for the many boats docked there, or any visitors sailing in for a visit. This is a 22" X 28" pastel and it is double matted and framed in a custom frame.
A Walk Along the Beach
This seascape was painted from reference photos viewing north from the Bodega Bay Headlands. Always a windy spot the surf can be heard crashing on the rocks while the gulls utter their shrill cries.
The pastel is 12"X16" on Dakota Premier paper and double matted and framed in a dark wood frame. Price $700
Foggy Morning at the Lagoon in Pismo
Last summer we were able to go to Pismo Beach and stay at our RV for a week. One foggy morning I went up on the bluff overlooking the lagoon and sketched this scene first on a 4" X 5" format, and then on a 9"×12" piece of Wallis sanded paper. I put down the basic colors and took some photos for reference. I finished it this past week sitting out on my deck. I hope you enjoy the quiet morning view I enjoyed, and watching the waterfowl activity in the lagoon.
The Roar of the Surf
This original pastel is looking north from the Bodega Bay Headlands. This is a beautiful view but almost always very windy. The wind makes for a lively surf on all the rocks.
The pastel is 15"X 12" and double matted and framed in a pecan wood frame. Price $700.
Twilight on Pismo Lagoon
This soft pastel painting is on Wallis sanded paper. The painting is 12" X 18" and is framed with mats to 18" X 24". It is a studio painting I completed from photo references when I was at Pismo beach last August. I received a "Meritorious Entry" status from the judges of the Richeson 75 pastel contest. (SOLD)
Streams, Rivers & Lakes
Fall Reflections on the Yuba
This past fall I had been plagued with Sciatica and it really affected my ability to take a ride in the car or sit for any length of time. One Friday when I felt much better my wife and I went for a drive up old Highway 49, I wanted to see the fall colors on the Yuba River and we drove up to Oregon Creek campground and pulled into a parking space. I walked down by the river and began taking photographs of the rocks and the looking down river saw the beautiful reflections in the placid water as it rounded a curve. I shot a few pictures and made notes about color and knew I wanted to paint his.
The finished painting is 19”X21” and triple matted and custom framed in a beautiful oak 25”X27” wood frame.
A Bright Sunny Day in the Sierras
State Highway 88 that drops down into the canyon going south from Hope Valley follows the Carson River. There are many spots where one can pull off and enjoy the sights, listen to the water and and the peace of the place. Such was this spot that I painted later from reference photos.
Original Pastel, custom framed with Conservation Clear glass $1200
This fall scene is painted from reference photos of the Carson River as it flows through the Aspen lined banks on its way to Markleeville. The painting is 14" X 18" and double matted and framed in a custom dark wood frame.
The Music of the Yuba
8I love to see and hear water rushing and gurgling over rocks, it is like natures music. I am especially challenged to paint water and capture its movement, eddies, flow and beauty rushing over rocks in its path. When it is a clear flowing river, one can also see the rocks under the water and as an artist I want to recreate that special place I am inspired to paint for other viewers to experience. This rocky glen was on the Yuba River not far from Camptown. I hope you enjoy my effort. The painting received an Award of Merit at the Sierra Pastel Society’s Pastels on High International show..
The painting is 13"X18" on Sennelier La Carte paper triple matted and framed in a black wood 18"X24" frame. Price $800
Beaver Pond at Fallen Leaf Lake Trailhead
This peaceful scene is located up above Fallen Leaf Lake in Tahoe National Forest. The Beaver pond is adjacent to the parking lot which is provided for those hardy souls who love to trek into the back country to explore Desolation Wilderness. Even standing looking at this scene one is mesmerized by the beauty.
18"X24" Double matted and framed in a dark wood frame. $1800
A Light Dusting of Snow
Hope Valley California, south of lake Tahoe, is one of my favorite places. I love the rugged Sierra wilderness scenery viewed all around. This pastel is painted down in the valley as the Carson River comes into and winds through this beautiful one time pasture for an abandoned ranch. The pastel is 12"X16" on Dakota Premier paper, double matted and framed in a black 16"X20" wood frame.
Colorful Blooms at the Pond
One morning recently when I went out to feed my Koi in the pond I realized how pretty it looked with lilies blooming in the pond and flowers all around it also blooming. I went into my studio and grabbed my sketch book and camera and took a few photos and then began sketching the pond from the angle I wanted to paint it.
I set up my easel and began working and the colors were coming together nicely. Unfortunately the heat was rising exponentially also and I finally packed up and moved indoors into my studio to continue working. Triple digit heat is not my cup of tea! I finished the painting working outside en plein air and also inside my studio when it got too hot.
The painting is 12X18 and double matted and framed in an 18X24 wood frame. Price $800
While driving Colorado highway 82 at the 10,000 foot level we stopped at Twin Lakes reservoir which had been drawn down in the late season. It was a beautiful view of Mt Harvard and Mt La Plata from the shore. I thought it would be far more beautiful if the lake was full and the mountains reflected their majesty in the lake. When I returned home to my studio, that is how I painted it.
Pastel 12"X18" double matted and framed in an 18X24 custom frame.
In an October 2015 visit to Sedona, Arizona to enjoy the painted buttes and canyons surrounding the town, we stopped to hike in Red Rocks County Park. I walked along Oak Creek and finally found a lovely setting where Castle Rocks were reflected in the mirror waters of Oak Creek The painting is 16"X23" and framed in a custom oak frame.
As we started home leaving the hamlet of Mohawk on Highway 89, we crossed over a bridge in the early evening as the sun was starting to set. The meadow by Smith Creek and many trees were lit up by the sun's golden rays.
The painting is double matted and framed in a dark wood frame.
Original Pastel Price $800.
Spring flow on the Yuba River
This original pastel is of the middle fork of the Yuba River near Oregon Creek campground. The spring run-off is running well after the rains. The pastel is 16"X12" double matted and framed in a Grey wood frame.
This 18" X 24" pastel is called, Mountain High; and the scene is the Carson River flowing through Hope Valley, California.
The painting is matted and framed in a wood frame with bronze highlights.
In the collection of Dr Vincent Licata
This waterfall is just North of Rainbow Lodge off Highway 40. The snow melt swells the tributaries of the Yuba River and creates waterfalls as it courses down the mountain.
In the collection of Richard and Mary Goss
Morning Walk on No Hands Bridge
This 24"X36" painting was commissioned by Dr Reynold Donovan and hangs in the reception desk area of his Alta Vista Dental offices on Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA. (NFS)
The East Carson River flows out of Hope Valley and cascades down this rugged cataract.
Double matted and framed in an 18"X24" brown wood frame.
8This scene is looking north west near 7474 Silverado Trail, Napa, California. I loved the colors in the vineyard and painted a contrasting sky with fall showers and fog creeping over the mountains as I have often seen it. The painting is 18" X 24" and framed with double mats in a 24" X 30" wood frame.
A Glorious Day's End
This beautiful setting is Lava Cap Winery in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in Eldorado County at almost 3,000 ft elevation. The fall colors are in their full finery, and the tinted sky adds to the beauty. The pastel is 12" X 16" double matted and framed in a 16" X 20" Pecan colored wood frame.
Evening Sun's Glow
The Napa Valley is so very beautiful in any season, but in the fall when the vineyards and trees turn, the valley looks like a gigantic colored carpet. The setting sun's rays brightened the colors in the valley while there was a rainstorm working its way over the coastal range. The pastel painting is 12" X 16" matted and framed in a 16" X 20" Pecan colored frame.
New Life on the Vines
This winery, Silver Oak is on the outskirts of St. Helena off of Highway 29. I loved seeing the new growth sprouting on the vines. I sold one of my series of Napa Vally paintings and I thought I would do another one. This is a 12"×16" pastel and framed out to 16 "×20" with matting, in a Pecan frame.
(SOLD) In the collection of Bob and Sandy Taylor
Springs Kiss on the Vineyard
This beautiful spring time view of Napa Valley is looking south from the Silverado Highway, with the vineyards carpeted in Mustard blooms. The pastel is 12" X 16" and matted and framed in a 20" X 16" Pecan frame.
Sold, in the private collection of Thomas & Christine Pharo
Old & New Vines
This is another in a series of paintings I have done on the wine country. This one of the old barn and old vines was painted in the spring and mustard was blooming in the foreground. New vines are in rows in the background. It can be seen along Highway 29 in Napa County wine country, California. It is a soft pastel 12"×16" and matted and framed in a 16" X 20" Pecan Frame.
A Fine Old Vintage
This pastel I entitled A Fine Old Vintage is of a 1928 Chevrolet One Ton Flatbed truck that still runs. It is used by Boeger Vineyard in El Dorado County. I saw the truck while I was scouting for good painting subjects on a photo trip and thought it would make a great subject. The pastel painting is 9" X 12" and matted and framed in a 14" X 18" black frame.
Paintings of wild song birds, Egrets, Quail, Canada Geese, etc.
Berry Focused Flicker
My inspiration for painting this piece was seeing the Flickers in my Dogwood tree outside my studio this fall. They were supporting themselves with their wings as they went after the red berries. The color contrasts were amazing with the sun on the red leaves.
The pastel painting is 14”X18” and is custom matted and framed with museum glass in a beautiful 19X23 silver accented frame.
A Good Nesting Site
Driving along Highway 70 towards Portola I saw the bright foliage along the river and stopped to take some pictures. As I got closer I saw two Canada Geese sitting on a a promontory of sticks and bull rushes as if checking it out for a nesting site. I combined my photos into this painting which is 14" X 18" and framed in a burlwood frame.
A Winning Pose
A Beautiful Flamingo eyeing the viewer. This painting is framed in a custom 16"X20" black frame with a black mat with a small accent white border.
A quiet dusk over the rice paddies near Wheatland California. Many waterfowl use these paddies for a feed and rest continuing their journey the next day.
Double matted and framed in a grey 18"X24" wood frame $900
Catching Some Sun
I saw a beautiful Great White Egret perched on some rocks while I was out for a morning walk around a lake that is close by my home. I snapped a few pictures of him and decided he would make a great painting. Framed in a custom 9"X18" dark wood frame.
Lunch on Ice
I love these friendly Black Capped Chickadees because they are both colorful and friendly. I painted this one as a Christmas greeting to artist friends.It is 7" X 9" framed in an 11" X 14" frame.
Surveying His Kingdom
While my wife and I were spending some time around Capitola, CA, we stopped at an estuary south of town that was a bird sanctuary. I saw this beautiful Great White Egret perched in a fallen Eucalyptus surveying the area. I painted the resultant pastel that is 24" X 18" from reference photos I took. The pastel is framed in a 30" X 24" Mahogany frame.
The painting took a Meritorious Mention in the Richeson International online Art show in 2013.
I saw this pair of geese safe on a rocky point of a local pond, but when danger threatened, the mother goose was on high alert and gathered her brood under her. When danger passed she settled down covering her chicks with her wings. It was a difficult subject to do with a 9" × 12" soft pastel. The painting is matted and framed in a 14" X 18" Mahogany frame.
We saw many Cardinals when we were visiting my son in Atlanta Georgia. I photographed them and painted this one in my studio when I returned home.
After a snowfall, the birds waited their turn to get to our feeders. This Junco and others who are normally ground feeders were eating seed at the bird feeders. The original pastel is 5"X7" double matted in an 8"X10" Frame Sold
Purple Finches are actually more red than purple. They flock to home feeders in backyards all over America. This one was perched on a branch waiting for his turn at the feeder. The soft pastel is 7" X 9" and matted and framed in a 9" X 12" frame.
A Safe Perch
The Rufos Sided Towhees are ground feeders, but when startled they seek refuge in bushes that offer cover and concealment. This soft pastel is 7" X 9" matted and framed in a 9' X 12" frame.
Uh Oh Myrtle, We've got Company
I love seeing California Quail in my garden. This skittish pair were hunting for dropped seed after a heavy snowfall.
Wildlife and Animals
This Curious Calf made a great painting subject. The painting is 12" square and double matted and framed in a custom oak frame with Clearvue glass.
This young heifer calf was playing in a field with other calves and as I got closer to the fence stopped to look at me. I took some pictures of her and when I returned to my studio and reviewed my photographs, I thought she would make a great painting subject.
The pastel is 12"X12" square, double matted and framed in a custom red Oak frame. Price $600
Lunch Among the Aspens
I painted this scene in my studio combining the deer grazing outside my studio with Aspens I photographed in Hope Valley, south of Lakee Tahoe.
The original pastel is double-matted and framed in a custom 20"X24" dark wood frame. Price $1000.
Tatanka is the Lakota Sioux word for Bull Buffalo. I felt it an appropriate title since these massive beasts were honored by plains Indian tribes and fed and clothed them for many years. My subject was a Buffalo at a local Buffalo Ranch near my home. The pastel painting is 18" X 24" and is matted and framed in a 25" X 28" frame.
Elegance in Harness
I painted this beautiful team of Belgian Horses from reference photos I took at the Draft Horse Classic at Grass Valley Fairgrounds. The painting is 28"x 22" framed in a 34" X 28" frame. Price $2000
Barbados Black Belly Ram
I saw this beautiful ram in a pasture as I was buying some mandarins at a roadside stand. I walked over and took some pictures of him since he came up tot he fence. The pastel painting done from my reference photos is 9 1/2" X 11", double matted in a custom 14"X17" bronze colored wood frame. Price $400
Spring on the Open Range
These cows were grazing on the open range of a huge ranch in British Columbia, east of Lake Nicola. The pastel is 13"X18".
Listen Up Girls
This is a studio painting. I painted this to enter in the Meeker Art Show in Meeker Colorado. It was one of fifty paintings accepted into the show in 2013. The art show runs during the National Sheep trials in Meeker. The pastel is 10 X 13 1/2" matted and framed in a 16 X 20 wood frame.