Getting ready for the 27th annual Craftsman Weekend in Pasadena at the Pasadena Convention Center. We just finished assembling and framing up more than 30 prints to sell at the show. Here are the majority of the framed prints all wrapped and prepared for travel. I hope you will be able to come by on November 10-11, 2018 and enjoy the Antique & Contemporary Furnishings & Decorative Arts Sale. You will be able to see my work in person. I look forward to meeting you.
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
When it came to the fall season, the painting obviously had to focus on the changing colors of the leaves and what better than the Quaking Aspens in front of Sneffels Range. Next to winter, fall is a very close second to being my favorite season. I love all the various warm colors pouring into the vegetation, the increasing gusts of cool winds as they rustle the leaves, and the memories of large family gatherings around a beautifully decorated table at Thanksgiving. My father, who grew up riding horses on their family ranch, suggested I add an image of a cowboy riding down in the meadow; unfortunately this series of work is mainly focused on nature and occasionally some wildlife.
Coming up with the elements to design my summer illustration was easier once I wrote up my description. I use these descriptions on my website in addition to my Certificates of Authenticity, which are found on the back of my artwork. I wanted to communicate a story with visuals, and so I began by creating a frame of trees that would draw the viewer back into the painting. In the background I placed the Rockies with a morning sky spreading out over the vista. The lake below displayed a calm, still feeling with relatively undisturbed reflections. I felt that the addition of wildlife with the moose drinking by the water's edge would further add a sense of peace to this tranquil scene.
“We absolutely love our ‘Big Blazing Winter Chill.' It is stunning!!! Especially at night with the two spotlights on it…the sky comes alive! Our search of about 10 years for a winter scene was well worth the wait!"
- Linda M., Customer
Their family likes to change the art over their grand fireplace to correspond with the current season. They were missing a couple of seasons, winter being one of them. For nearly 10 years they could not find a winter scene that they liked. Happily, I was able to help.
After all the time and love invested in creating these works of art, it is certainly rewarding to hear such glowing comments and to see it so prominently displayed. The joy others receive from my work is truly the icing on the cake.
The 30"x40" vertical XXL prints are currently not available through my website store. Please inquire with your nearest retailer to place an order.
Colorado seems to have no shortage of gorgeous dramatic backdrops, so for this design I chose to feature the iconic Maroon Bells, two peaks (Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak) located in the Elk Mountains. To enhance the range, I decided to add a large thundercloud billowing up from behind. It became quite easy to visually depict the feel of springtime by adding all the wildflowers bursting up through the rolling grassy meadow, and I loved how the lupine brought out the colors in the mountains. I absolutely love the sound of waterfalls and streams and could sit for hours watching them. I was really looking forward to getting in and starting to paint this image, especially the water flowing over and around the lichen covered rocks.
I had been considering a number of options for a new series of paintings. The more I thought about it, the idea of depicting the seasons kept running through my mind. As I thought about how best to communicate the change in seasons, I felt I needed to pick a region that best lent itself to showcase a visual variety. The mountains were the locations that I ultimately chose. Additionally, Modern Bungalow in Denver had started selling my prints in their store. I thought it would be good to showcase the incredibly diverse beauty of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. When designing this print, I really wanted to contrast the cold snow environment with a blazing warm-looking sunset sky over the Rocky Mountain National Park scene.