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New Painting

One of my New Years resolutions was to paint as much as possible before my first 2014 Workshop. Once my workshops begin I’m away from home most every month and not a lot of time is left over for my studio work. I just finished Red Shutters 18×24 which I originally painted last year as […]
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New Book now available for Pre-order!

Reserve your own copy now at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and North Light Books! My book covers a wide range of topics and reveals personal techniques for transforming the landscape with clear explanations and colorful demonstrations in one beautiful hardbound edition. Special Signed Editions of the book will also soon be available through this website’s SHOP. Following are some of […]
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Montana I’m on my way!

Montana, I’m on my way and I can’t wait! Sunday morning I’ll be boarding a plane at DFW for a flight that takes me to Bozeman, Montana. I’m going to spend 4 wonderful days painting and sharing my simple methods for transforming the landscape with Southwest Montana Art Society. Montana, if you are reading this, […]
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First instructional DVD to be released soon

So many ask me when and if I will ever make an instructional watercolor DVD. I am very excited to finally be able to say my first DVD is almost ready for release! Production is complete and all that remains now is making it available on my website for purchase. It’s almost 2 hours in length, time for me […]
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Old Colorado City Color

Following is just a sampling of some of the historic homes in Old Colorado Springs. Each time-worn charmer was so unique and colorfull it was like driving through one big flower garden.    
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Cripple Creek inspiration

Using my personal process to develop a scene I found in Cripple Creek, CO. I find I am most always attracted to strong geometric shapes set into soft organic ones and this subject did it for me. Over time I’ve learned to reserve only the elements I feel importand to my theme and delete those […]
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Good news to share!

I just signed with Art Licensing International, Inc, a major licensing company who will now act as my exclusive agent to represent my work! What does this mean? Well hopefully, it means my art will eventually be reproduced on various products throughout the retail industry. This could be anything from home décor, gifts, cards, prints, […]
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I love Boston!

I had the best time in Boston painting with the Newton Watercolor Society! I came away from the experience with new friendships and wonderful memories. It had been snowing for several days when we arrived leaving a soft, blanket covering most everything. That was a real visual treat for me since that’s something we don’t […]
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Book deadline met

I felt such a sense of satisfaction when I finally had Chapters One and Two of my new book on its way to my editor, Vanessa Wieland, who has been such a big help to me. Since I’d never written a book before I knew it was going to be an exciting new challenge and […]
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Painting chosen for International Exhibition

I’m very pleased to say “Peonies I Saw in Pennsylvania” was chosen for inclusion in the 112th International Exhibition of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society jurored by world renowned artist, Frank Webb. Maybe it‘s one of my favorite paintings because it reminds me of a time we spent traveling the countryside there several years ago. I […]
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Watercolor Workshop in Pennsylvania

I’m just now back after a month spent traveling through the inspiring landscapes of Lancaster and Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Before coming home we stopped to conduct a watercolor workshop at the Stone Ridge Farm and Country Inn in Perkasie. I met there with a wonderful group of artists to paint in an old, light filled […]
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I found it in Waldport, Oregon

What did I find? I found paradise all wrapped up in a sun drenched day! That was back in 2008 when we traveled down the Oregon Coast and stopped to spend a few days in Waldport, a charming village by the sea. We followed a rough country road that led off in the direction of […]
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Painting Mendocino, California

A 2008 road trip down the Pacific Coast Highway took us through scenic Mendocino, California. I fell in love with the quaint architecture of this small coastal village that sat at the edge of the sea. This scene was the subject of a demonstration painting I did for the Martin Museum of Art at Baylor […]
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Pennsylvania Peonies inspires painting

In 2009 while traveling through beautiful Pennsylvania I was able to collect lots of information for paintings. Following is a scene I’ve wanted to paint for quite some time. I hope you will enjoy my interpretation of a scene that seemed quite ordinary at first, but the old red house and pink peonies soon became […]
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Coastal scene inspires new watercolor painting

This new 18×24 painting is from a road trip we took down Highway One along the Pacific Coast Highway. We stopped for lunch in the small coastal village of Elk, California and I spotted this quaint seaside cottage. I couldn’t resist stopping to photograph and sketch my impressions and the following  is my interpretation of […]
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New 9×12 Watercolor Study

Last year we had the most wonderful time traveling through some amazing country with irresistible scenery. Below is a photo of an old red house and pink peonies that caught my eye. It was a flat, over cast day, but not a problem as I can always imagine some sunshine and shadows. First my artist’s […]
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Home now and thinking about new paintings!

It seems like only yesterday we arrived home having completed our 2 month long Florida Coast journey. It always takes me awhile to get back into the routine of being home after having been gone for so long. But I’m now feeling inspired to begin new watercolor studies some of which may become major paintings. […]
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Painting Chosen for Magazine Cover

Just found out and I’m thrilled! My painting Out Santa Rosa Creek Road will be on the cover of the April/May 2011 issue of Watercolor Artist Magazine. There will also be a full length feature story about my work inside. Visit my Blog to read more about the inspiration for this painting and the day […]
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A Buggy Ride Through Old Town

Saint Augustine is the oldest city in the United States so walking through it’s Old Town was like stepping back in time. We walked down cobbled streets at our own leisurely pace instead of taking one of the many guided tours. For a ways we were able to follow along behind a horse drawn carriage […]
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Cottage Charm in Old Saint Augustine

We spent a beautiful sunny day walking through several blocks of an old Saint Augustine neighborhood to see some of its historic cottages. Below are photos of the charming examples I saw that day. I have always been drawn to Cottage Architecture which continues to be a favorite painting theme of mine.
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Tropical Captiva and Sanibel Island

Sanibel and Captiva are known for their great shelling, so I was looking forward to finding pretty new sea shells to add to my collection. Unfortunately the sea shores and beaches of this spectacular place are pretty much closed off to the public, are very crowded and require a fee to even step on to. […]
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St. George Island, Florida

Today we explored St George Island from one end to the other. There is a beautifully restored lighthouse there with a unique and interesting history. Even though it was a little blustery we walked it’s beach but didn’t find many shells. They’ve been scarce since we reached the Coast, but I’m in hopes of finding […]
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Driving the Enchanted Circle

The Enchanted Circle is a scenic drive through beautiful country in New Mexico. The circle includes the mountain villages of  Red River, Quest, Taos, Cimarron, Angel Fire and Eagles Nest.  All of the towns were charming and quaint, but I think Taos was my favorite. Flowers were blooming everywhere  and the Hollyhocks were abundant. Following […]
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Splash 12:Celebrating Artistic Vision to feature painting!

I’m excited to say that my original watercolor painting A Farmhouse I Saw in Virginia was one of only 100 paintings chosen from a field of thousands of excellent entries for North Light’s latest Splash book. The new book, Splash 12: Celebrating Artistic Vision is tentatively scheduled for publication May of 2011. I’ll post new […]
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