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American Watercolor Society chooses painting!

I am beyond happy that another painting has been chosen for inclusion in the prestigious American Watercolor Society 149th International Exhibition! 150 paintings were selected from nearly 1200 entries! I am pleased and honored to have my work represented with fine artists from all over the world! The paintings will be hung at the Salmagundi […]
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Yesterday I decided to…..

Yesterday I decided to revisit one of my small paintings by painting it again! I really enjoy doing this because I’m always more comfortable the second time around and able to address my subject in a more relaxed way! But, of course, this is true for most endeavors we choose to tackle. I’ll often repeat […]
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I am honored!

Painting of Pennsylvania farm wins the Howard Slater Memorial Award at the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors in Old Forge, New York! I am thrilled to have a place in this prestigious show! Exhibition runs August 7 through October 4, 2015.
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New Demo

Today I’ve been working on a demo for my next workshop in Wisconsin! I would love to have you join our group for four days of painting fun at the beautiful Dillman’s Bay Resort! I took these photos with my cell phone which doesn’t give the best color results, but not too bad, I guess! […]
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Painting jurored into Rocky Mountain National Exhibition

Rocky Mountain National Watermedia show jurors painting “Barn Door Whimsy” into Exhibition! As you can see from the photo of the scene that inspired the painting someone painted the old barn door a beautiful shade of blue and I thought the choice added the perfect touch of whimsy to the weathered facade of the old […]
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Hilltop Homestead DVD now available!

I’m excited to announce my new DVD! In this one I demonstrate how to change”things” into simple landscape symbols! It’s easier than you may think to transform ordinary scenes into beautiful paintings once you learn the simple steps for doing so! We all know that watercolor can be a difficult medium to master, but it […]
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Workshop demo becomes large painting

Someone had painted the old barn door a beautiful shade of blue and I thought the choice added the perfect touch of whimsy to the facade of the old weathered barn. Since this fanciful accent is what first caught my eye it would be what my painting was about. As you can see I have […]
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Pennsylvania farm inspires another painting

Following is a scene I discovered a couple of years ago while in Pennsylvania giving a workshop. With a few days to spare before the workshop started we explored the country roads and farmlands around Lancaster. I’ve wanted to commit this particular scene to paper for some time and am happy to have finally been […]
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Hello Montana!

My flight back to Texas Friday afternoon was peaceful and relaxed giving me time to reflect back on the 4 wonderful days I spent with you. You came from near and far and even though we were not all acquainted we clicked from the start and it wasn’t long before we felt we had known […]
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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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Come paint with me!

Hi Everyone! I’ll be in Newton, MA for 3 days to conduct a watercolor workshop for the Newton Watercolor Society, March 21st-23rd. Come paint with me in a fun, fast-paced workshop where I’ll share my passion, motivate and teach my simple steps and techniques for transforming the landscape in watercolor. Spaces are limited but still […]
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Paintings chosen for Tom Hoffmans New book

Tom Hoffmann just sent me a copy of his beautiful new book Watercolor Painting, a Comprehensive Approach to Mastering the Medium. Thank you Tom!!! The following excerpt was taken from the jackets front flap. “Hoffman’s thorough explanations and step-by-step demonstrations delineates the process of composing and painting in watercolor, while art from more than thirty-five […]
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Texas Workshop Scheduled

TRANSFORMING THE LANDSCAPE IN WATERCOLOR Workshop emphasis is on techniques and strategies for transforming ordinary scenes into extraordinary ones with watercolor; scenes that reach out and connect with viewers. I teach simple methods that appeal to beginners as well as seasoned artists looking for renewed inspiration and insights into new ways of thinking. You learn […]
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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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Pennsylvania here we come!

I’m teaching a week long watercolor workshop July 9-13 at the beautiful and historic Stone Ridge Farm Country Inn and Art Workshop Retreat located in Bucks County, PA. We are leaving early so we can spend time exploring the area looking for beautiful places to paint. I have a feeling those places won’t be hard […]
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American Watercolor Society Signature Status received

I just received notice  that for the third year running one of my paintings was chosen for inclusion into the 145th American Watercolor Society International Exhibition. I am especially thrilled because it has also earned me Signature Status into this very prestigious Watercolor Society. I am honored to be in the company of some of the […]
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Cambria California Farm Inspires New Painting

In 2008 we traveled down the Pacific Coast Highway visiting many coastal villages along the way. In Cambria, California we took a drive out Santa Rosa Creek Road where I found this lovely old farm sitting before a vineyard. I’ve included some images of the work in progress and hope you will enjoy my interpretation […]
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Large Watercolor inspired by Virginia Barns

My latest large watercolor painting was inspired by our travels  through Virginia. Peaceful pastoral scenes like this one dot the beautiful Virginia countryside. I’ve included the sequence for the painting beginning with the photo taken from the car window as we sped down the highway on a very cloudy overcast day. I prefer painting scenes […]
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Pennsylvania Idyll a new painting from small study

Below is my latest large 18×24 Original Watercolor Painting I call Pennsylvania Idyll. I have included photos of it’s evolution for those who may be interested. Inspiration is the all important catalyst for any painting and that was not hard to come by when we traveled through the lush Pennsylvania country side as one idyllic […]
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Laurel Mountain Highlands Barn Study

The Laurel Mountain Highlands area in Pennsylvania is so beautiful and picturesque and I loved every minute of our time there. Some of the small villages in the area are Somerset, Mount Pleasant and Donegal. Below is a new watercolor study of one of the many different and unique barns that dot the countryside.
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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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