Friday, December 16, 2011

The Silversmith

16 x 20
Acrylic on Canvas
The native vendors on the Plaza in Santa Fe Nm, gather every morning to select numbers for rights to use a slot out fron for sales..  This colorful silversmith awaits his turn. The painting is done from a photo I took on location.  This was intended to be only a preliminary sketch, taking about 20 minutes.  The resulting painting is conforming what I believe to me my strong suit, the first strokes of paint are my most authentic, conveying something more raw and pure.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


16 x 20
Acrylic on Canvas
The mountain lion is ever-watchful. This is natures perfect stealth hunter, heard, but not often seen.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Back Country Trek

16 x 20
Acrylic on Canvas
This painting started from a photo here at my place.  In it, I explored ways to depict  the late day's light on snow. The skier was added as a point of interest

Jaguar Stalking

16 x 20
Acrylic on Canvas
Here is an attempt at working toward realism with my first animal portrait in acrylics in some time.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Contest Portrait

Pretty Woman
16 x 20
Acrylic on Canvas
This is painted, using a common subject in a contest, viewable here
Portrait inspired or based on a photo by Shan Peck Photography

Monday, November 21, 2011

Acrylic Knife Paintings

Winds of the Sangre de Christo's

A Secret Place

Age of Discovery

Sunset at the Lake

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Challenger

16 x 20
Acrylic on Canvas
#844, Challenger class super steam locomotive is still operated by Union Pacific. It passed by here on a  pr run this past week. I have tried to capture the wonder of it's 6400 hp coming to life as it steamed off.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Sea Remembers

16 x 20. Impasto Acrylic on Canvas

This painting depicts a "What  If" scenario of sea waves being whipped up inot the image of a Yankee Clipper

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011

Legends of the Hunt

Legends of the Hunt
24 x 36 Acrylic on Canvas
I had a jr high english teacher named Dora Coble.  She was up in age, and would sometimes tell stories that her father told her of his life. In later years, I found out that he was no ordinary man,  he was Billy Dixon, buffalo hunter, and well known for the battles of Adobe Walls and the Buffalo Wallow. This painting is based on one of those stories she told, when a bull charged one of the hunters. He oly had time to fire with his pistol, no match for the buffalo's thick skull. Needless to say, the buffalo, horse, and hunter all met an early end.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Wildflowers, 16 x 20, Acrylic on Canvas.
This painting started out simply as a cowgirl cleaning out stalls,  after thinking about it, enter the cowboy, and cowdog. 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

A Meal from the Past

A Meal from the Past
16 x20 Acrylic on Canvas
This painting started out with the earthenware jug, no further plan,  It morphed into what you see, one item at a time.. the last thing being added was the candle, which made me change the lightsource.. I know, plan your paintings first, but this wouldnt have happened without the spontenaiety.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Old Oak in a Pinon Pine Frame

The Western mile or so of the Oklahoma Panhandle has Pinon Pines, normally associated with New Mexico and Colorado. I take dead trees and split them for rustic frames.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Tesesquite Creek Canyon , Original Pein-air Acrylic Painting

Tesesquite Creek Canyon 
20 x 16 Plein-Air Acrylic on Canvas
This is the view about 200 ft from my home.

Friday, September 2, 2011

By the Creek

By the Creek
16 x 20  Acrylic on Canvas
I really like the mixed colors of early fall. 
In this painting, I worked on glazing techniques and finished it with a satin varnish.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Enchanted Forest

Enchanted Forest
9 x 12  Watercolor on Paper
I really like working in watercolor, but I usually do it just to relax and take a break.  This is just something I conjured up in my head.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Looking Up the Aspens

20 x 16, Acrylic on Canvas
Have you ever lain on your back and looked up at a grove of aspens?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Taos Gate

16 x 20, Acrylic on Canvas
Based on a picture I took of the Mabel Dodge Lujan old entrance gate in Taos NM

Monday, August 22, 2011

Trouble's Brewin'

The final painting, 16 x 20  Acrylic on Canvas

Work in Progress, Trouble's Brewin'

I went out and studied a thunderstorm off to the north yesterday evening. The changes in this painting reflect some of what I observed. Cattle, another cowboy and a windmill have been added Not happy with the colors and scaling of the sage.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Work In Progress: Trouble's Brewin'

I just have this one blocked out, much detail to come.  Most likely  will put more cattle and another cowboy in it. Driving cattle can have its problems, one would be this scenario, a sudden storm.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

Cloud and Velvet

Based on the PBS series, 'A Horse Named Cloud', this is Cloud and Velvet. 16 x 20, Acrylic on Canvas
Prints available here:


This painting literally came out of nowhere, starting with a window, then adobe walls, then plaster, and lastly, a lost kitty. 11 x 14 . Watercolor on Paper

Flowers on the slopes of Mt Ranier

Entered in a National Parks contest, this painting has been featured in the Fine Arts America Acrylic Forum. 16 x 20 Acrylic on Canvas

Cottonwoods at Daybreak

Painted from a photo of cottonwoods in the 'mother ditch' irrigation canal in Taos, this painting emphasises the lighting at sunrise. 16 x 20, Acrylic on Canvas.

"Santa Fe Trail"

Painted on a rock found near the Santa Fe Trail on my property, this is my first sandstone painting.
Acxrylic, 5 1/2 x 18 on  11 1/2 x 24  Sandstone