Recent Works


 
Frosty Truck
12 x 17
This is a studio version of a demonstration painting I did while teaching a plein air workshop in Boston this summer. As often happens, students tend to tackle too much while painting on location, so I tried to show them that smaller slices of life can make good subjects for paintings. Tough to do when surrounded by the grandeur of the Boston Public Library and Trinity Church.


 
Farm on a Winter’s Night
11 x 15
I grew up across the street from a farm in Wisconsin, and vividly remember looking out the front window at the illuminated barn on winter nights, thinking how pretty it looked. Tried to channel that memory in this painting.

 
Elk River Crossing
14 x 19
The Plein Air Painters of America gathered in Steamboat Springs this past summer for our annual paint out and exhibition. Hadn’t been there before, absolutely fell in love with the area. Was particularly fond of painting along the Elk River, while working on a painting two elk waded across, and once again a fun plein air experience led to a good studio painting possibility.



Winter
14 x 19
This is such a typical scene in the Midwest during our winter months. The flatness of the landscape, the starkness of the season, and the beauty of the skies.

Tie Up Time 14 x 19 The sign in the painting lets us know that the limit for 'tie up time' is 15 minutes, but the title also refers to that time of day when we can stop working and head to happy hour and dinner. I liked the perspective of this.
Tie Up Time
14 x 19
The sign in the painting lets us know that the limit for ‘tie up time’ is 15 minutes, but the title also refers to that time of day when we can stop working and head to happy hour and dinner. I liked the perspective of this.

Daunting
Daunting
11 x 15
I took this photo a few years back while teaching in Plymouth and always wanted to paint it. The tiny dinghy facing the vast expanse of ocean gave me the idea for the title. I love being able to use dry-brush in this way to indicate glare on water.



On a Cobblestone Street
On a Cobblestone Street
17 x 13
I was able to accompany my wife during a work trip to Warsaw, Poland this summer. What a gorgeous city! Despite being bombed to oblivion during World War II, they’ve done a wonderful job restoring it. Horse-drawn carriages are a fun but difficult subject.

Handling the Colors
Handling the Colors
11 x 15
While photo-hunting in Annapolis one evening, we came across this marvelous scene of navy cadets folding a flag. I loved the sun shining through it as a focal point. Simplifying the ship was a challenge, as I didn’t want it to compete with the activity.

Moonstruck
Moonstruck
15 x 11
I took part in the Wild Side Exhibition again this year, featuring works of Catalina Island for the Conservancy. After many trips to the island to paint, the view of the harbor almost becomes an afterthought, but on this moonlit night it was transformed into something grand.

Island Sundown 14 x 19 Last winter I had the pleasure of taking part in the Maui Plein Air Invitational, and in addition to the dozen or so works I had in the show I came home with beautiful references for a few studio pieces. The colors of the clouds were irresistible, and it was particularly challenging painting them over the mountain wet-in-wet.
Island Sundown
14 x 19
Last winter I had the pleasure of taking part in the Maui Plein Air Invitational, and in addition to the dozen or so works I had in the show I came home with beautiful references for a few studio pieces. The colors of the clouds were irresistible, and it was particularly challenging painting them over the mountain wet-in-wet.

Hillside Sheep Farm 11 x 15 Went out with a few friends in early spring to paint this farm south of Red Wing. The sheep made quite a racket, a couple small lambs in particular. It's always a challenge trying to capture and simplify livestock as they roam about, so once I have a couple that resemble sheep I just add more random shapes that become sheep in the viewers' mind.
Hillside Sheep Farm
11 x 15
Went out with a few friends in early spring to paint this farm south of Red Wing. The sheep made quite a racket, a couple small lambs in particular. It’s always a challenge trying to capture and simplify livestock as they roam about, so once I have a couple that resemble sheep I just add more random shapes that become sheep in the viewers’ mind.

Night Shift 14 x 19 Starbuck, MN is a little town near Morris, where our daughter attended college. On a recent trip to visit her I saw this scene and had to turn around. The parking lot and driveway were solid ice, I almost didn't get back out again. I love the challenge of lights and reflections in nocturnes, especially as I don't use masking fluid. Didn't need gouache for this either, the lights are the white of the paper.
Night Shift
14 x 19
Starbuck, MN is a little town near Morris, where our daughter attended college. On a recent trip to visit her I saw this scene and had to turn around. The parking lot and driveway were solid ice, I almost didn’t get back out again. I love the challenge of lights and reflections in nocturnes, especially as I don’t use masking fluid. Didn’t need gouache for this either, the lights are the white of the paper.

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