To say that this past year has been very challenging is an understatement. Sadly, last month I lost my best friend, my amazing and loving father. He was not perfect, and no one is, but I could not have asked for a better father, and he loved his family so much. He was always there for us, providing, encouraging and sacrificing throughout our lives. I am saddened when I hear others talk about how poor their relationships were with their fathers, and wish they could have a similar experience. I was truly blessed to have such a loving and supportive father in my life. He loved seeing my new landscape designs and enjoyed watching how enthusiastically my paintings were selling. Sadly, my father had been in and out of the hospital quite a bit this past year and recent issues led to him passing away. I still find it so hard to believe that he is no longer with us. I miss my dad so much each and every day. With everything that has been going on, I am going to need some time off before I resume working on one of my Dad's favorite upcoming designs.
I am so happy to report that you can now find my work on full display at this beautiful store in Salt Lake City, Utah. My work is accompanied by many other exquisite home furnishing items, decorative pieces and collectibles. If you find yourself in the area, you must stop by to check out the store and say hello to their friendly staff!
“We received our first set of framed prints! They are beautiful!! However, pictures do not do the prints justice compared to seeing them in real life. They are phenomenal!"
- Ben Haskell, Owner - Sugar House Furniture
Had another great visit and promising meeting in Yosemite last week. Unfortunately, the incredible views that Yosemite has to offer with the amazingly full waterfalls were greatly obscured by all the smoke from the nearby Mariposa fire. Even still, the beauty I observed on my hikes have me excited to complete some of my upcoming Yosemite landscape designs.
Sugar House Furniture is one of the premier specialty furniture stores in Salt Lake City. They provide quality crafted Mission furniture comprised of the finest solid woods. They also offer the finest accessories available, and are always looking for unique timeless and artistic items. I am excited to inform you that you will soon be able to find my work for sale in their beautiful store. From furniture to lamps to wall art and sculpture, they can help you find the perfect accessory for your home.
One of the charming stores that carries my work just sent me some pictures of my paintings hanging up throughout their showroom. If you find yourself in the San Diego area, try to make some time to stop by Craftsman Revival in Solana Beach to see my work in person. Pictures never do the paintings justice. Additional images can be found on my Facebook page.
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I can never get enough of the awe-inspiring beauty that is Yosemite National Park. Everywhere you look in the park you will find unbelievable beauty on display. A couple summers ago, I hiked the 8.9 mile Panorama Trail from Glacier Point. Along the way I would stop to take photos to try to capture the amazing scenery all around. As I came up the switchback laden hill from Illilouette Falls, I saw the potential for one of my future paintings and began capturing shots that I could use to compose the scene I was envisioning. I especially loved how the water falling from Nevada Fall looked so refreshing and inviting as it tumbled into the bed of trees below with the mist billowing upward. Every time I visit this park I see something new and remain in awe of its grandeur.
Presenting my latest painting, Stunning Liberty Cap! My newest illustration is available in a beautifully framed vertical presentation. Stunning Liberty Cap is the first painting in my new four part Yosemite Park series. Check the nearest dealer and this website for availability of this beautifully framed giclée print.
I recently returned from a relaxing and productive trip to explore the breathtaking beauty of the garden isle of Kauai. Every time I visit, I find new areas to explore and inspire creativity. After this latest visit, I have several images that I am thinking of laying out for future paintings. Having arrived home, I spent the past three days painting non-stop to complete my latest painting, Stunning Liberty Cap, set in the equally beautiful and captivating setting of the Yosemite Valley. I hope to have it photographed, printed and ready for shipping some time next week. Check back soon to see the finished painting!
It has been a very challenging year so far, which has greatly reduced the time I have had available to work on some of the new painting ideas that I have planed to complete this year. Life can sometimes deal us cards we were not expecting and are not always happy to embrace. This year the reality of aging parents has become my unexpected truth as I have had to watch the people I love the most going through some very difficult hardships. They have been my obvious priority, however, recently I have been able to return to my next painting. My new painting, Stunning Liberty Cap, is finally getting very close to completion and I am expecting to have it finished in the first half of June.
There have been quite a few unexpected interruptions that have unfortunately delayed my progress on my current painting Stunning Liberty Cap. However, I just completed placing the final touches on the storm clouds for my latest illustration this morning. I am now beginning the painting of the monolithic Liberty Cap as it rises above Nevada Fall which cascades into the surrounding trees. Stunning Liberty Cap is the first painting in my new four part Yosemite Park series.