It has been a very busy couple of weeks with teaching, life in general and putting the finishing touches on my newest painting. Even once the painting is finished, I still have a lengthy process to go through before the prints are ready to travel off to customers and stores. I have to photograph, and then adjust the digital image until the colors of the print look accurate. I am very grateful for a patient printer who understands how important the look of the artwork is to my final presentation. Once the prints are complete, I have to trim each print by hand and then apply multiple coats of UV protection so they can then be mounted, before being assembled and shipped off to loving homes.
While nearing the end of an 8.9 mile Panorama Trail hike in breathtaking Yosemite, a buddy and I had to take a much needed break at Vernal Falls. We had been walking for hours on a very warm day, and unfortunately, we did not pack enough water for our journey. About the time we reached Vernal Falls I was approached by a rescue worker who noticed I was very red in the face and quite dehydrated. She gave me some cool water to drink and started pouring water over my head to cool me off. I had no idea that I was that bad off. Afterwards, we walked over to the river to cool off our legs. We sat there for a good half hour enjoying the falls and relaxing. Sitting at the rivers edge I was inspired to try to capture this intimate peaceful beauty and strength displayed before me.
I am very pleased to be able to announce that I have completed my newest painting! Luminous Misty Falls is the 2nd painting in my Yosemite Park Series and the fist to bear the Roycroft mark on its’ certificate of authenticity. Check with your nearest dealer, as well as this website, for the availability of this beautifully framed giclée print.
Modern Bungalow in Denver, Colorado has made a small "man-cave" den/pub area in their store featuring my work. If you are in the Denver area, you need to stop by and check out their beautiful showroom. To see even more work on display, they are located at 2594 S. Colorado Boluvard.
This afternoon I placed the final touches on my newest painting. I am very happy to report that Luminous Misty Falls is now complete! All that remains is to photograph the painting and then begin the printing process. I hope to have the new image available for sale in the next two weeks. Please check back to see the finished print.
Well, I am very happy to report that I am getting extremely close to completing my newest painting Luminous Misty Falls. There have been so many colors to mix with all the differences in sunlight and shadow and dry and wet areas. This painting of Vernal Falls, which lies below Nevada Fall, will be the second painting in my Yosemite Park series, and the first to bear the Roycroft mark. Here is a sneak peek of this relaxing and dramatically lit summer scene. I hope to have it finished in a couple weeks.
While out sightseeing up in the foothills south east of Sacramento, California, my brother decided to pop into a little store in a small town by the name of Fiddletown. While looking around he saw a cabinet filled with silverware and other odds and ends. He started digging around through one of the drawers and at the very bottom he found what looked like could be a letter opener, butter knife or other utensil. Since he was not sure what he had purchased, he asked an appraiser friend to take a look at his new acquisition. His friend believed it to be a letter opener hand created in the early 1900's, based on the original Roycroft stamp on the tip of the blade. Knowing my love of the Arts & Crafts movement and having recently applied to be a Roycroft Renisance Artisian, my brother sent it to me as a gift.
I am extremely honored and thrilled to be able to announce that I have been accepted as a Roycroft Renaissance Artisan. I knew I wanted to be a part of this family of artists after seeing all of the high quality work bearing the historic Roycroft mark, while visiting the 31st National Arts & Crafts Conference in Asheville, North Carolina last February. I was so overwhelmed by all of the encouragement I received from my fellow artists to pursue this adventure. I have never met such a supportive and humble group of genuine individuals, and knew I wanted to be a part of this group. This experience has meant a lot, hearing the encouragement and excitement from my mother, brother and friends, but only wish my dad could have experienced this with me, as well.
The amazing staff over at American Bungalow magazine gave me such a beautiful write-up for one of my recent paintings, Glowing Monterey Shore! I am spotlighted in the New and Noteworthy section. I really appreciate the kind words about my work. Make sure to check out their newest issue, Spring 2018 on store shelves now.
"WOW, my dad surprised us with a wedding gift of Radiant Yosemite Valley and we absolutely loved it. I immediately made my husband hang it up above our fireplace, where it looks truly spectacular! Just WOW!"
- Paula S., recipient
Thank you for sharing a photo of my artwork so prominently displayed above the fireplace in your home. I love receiving these snapshots and sharing them with my viewers.
I am honored that my work was chosen to be an expression of love from a father to his daughter to commemorate her marriage. It is truly rewarding to see others enjoying the work that I have poured my myself into creating.