Each year, I enjoy this opportunity to reflect on a year’s portfolio of paintings and drawings. In a very real sense, it is my visual journal of experiences. 2017 was an amazing year for me! A year full of natural beauty that inspired me and sparked a creative flow that felt dynamic and rich. The process of creating these paintings then connects me with the community and with people like you in a special way. These relationships are the best part of what I do, and mean so very much to me. Thank you for sharing in this wonderful journey! Each work is done with you in mind.
Does size really matter?April 6, 2017
Top 10 Paintings of 2018January 2, 2019
It is a deep privilege to do what I do… and to do it all here in a place as beautiful as Jackson Hole.
My time in the field is balanced with exploring ideas and compositions in the studio. This special substrate is manufactured by the French paper maker, Arches, and is suitable for oil paint. Since I started out as a watercolor painter, this new material enables me to continue playing in the limitless field of abstraction through utilizing the loose, transparent effects found in watercolor paintings, but, as in this painting of two cranes, in a much bigger format.
Not only is Jackson Hole beautifully inspiring, but it is also a community that has nurtured and supported my work in a profound way. I truly believe that I wouldn’t be the artist I am today without the buttressing I have received from this place. When I was a kid, a field trip to theNational Museum of Wildlife art changed my life. The collection there has been one of my ‘teachers.’ This is why I felt so very honored when the trustees chose this painting to purchase for the NMWA permanent collection during the Western Visions Show & Sale in the Fall.
Another prestigious honor from the past year is to have been asked to create this painting of Sheep Mountain, fondly referred to as the Sleeping Indian, for the St. John’s Medial Center. I can see this mountain from my home and love painting the way it reflects back the last light of the day. This is the widest painting I have every attempted and it now hangs in the hospital’s new lobby! We can be very proud of our community hospital, with its excellent reputation for medial care. SJMC is special to me since that is quite literally where I made my start! My dad was born there too!