Contemporary oil paintings from a studio located deep in the West Hills of Portland, Oregon

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

What Once Was

10"x10" oil on canvas $500

There is something in me that longs to reach back into time when the weather was more palatable to my personal body thermostat. Especially if I am sitting in a cold studio. This piece was inspired from a trip taken last summer by train up the coast of Rhode Island. I had never heard the term "brackish" water said as often as I did on that ride. I took lots of pictures and this piece was inspired by the landscape of the "brackish" waters of the East Coast.
I'd often see just one tree out on a lonely looking piece of land. A lot of the trees were bereft of life, having stood in place for years in various states of decay. I loved how lonely and isolated they looked. They weren't really alone, as I was watching over them, if only for a brief second.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Course Of A Day

6"x6" oil on canvas $250

This is the third and final piece of a run of similar paintings. This was inspired by the vistas along the Willamette Valley.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Blue Afternoon

Recently, I did a small run of paintings, depicting the play between the sky and the clouds. What can start off as a large span of deep blue horizon, can quickly turn into an evasive glimpse. This interaction and movement varies from second to second and I enjoy trying to capture the performance.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Autumn Sojourn

10"x10" oil on canvas $500

It's getting to be that time of the year again. The season is in transition and the winds of change are beginning to blow. Up here at 1100 feet it is you can also throw in a good amount of rainfall. This piece was inspired by the vistas I see from the higher elevations looking down on the river. The skies are incredibly dramatic and change faster then the camera can capture them.

Friday, August 21, 2009

The Gift

For those of you who have just tuned in, I am on a quest to paint twelve works of art. Each will be done in oil on canvas, in the same square sized format, 12 by 12 inches and all to depict a Raven. This is the second finished work. The others are in various stages of gestation, and will emerge when they are ready to fly.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Raven 6"x6" oil on canvas

On occasion, I have been known to paint images other than landscapes and lately I've been feeling the call of the raven....again. This particular piece was painted last fall and quickly sold. It was the only one I did. Since then, I've been composing sketches and working out the layout for a series of raven paintings. There will be 12 total, all in oil on a square 12"x12" canvas. I am currently about half way through building the canvases that I'll be using. That staple gun is not for the meek. With each passing day, I'm getting more psyched to see these birds emerge from a blank surface. Stay tuned!

Friday, June 5, 2009


Where A River Goes 6"x6" oil on canvas

About three years ago I came up with the brilliant idea to paint 100 6"x6" oil on canvas landscapes and have them in an exhibit to be entitled "100 To Show". What I failed to realize was, as I painted them, if someone wanted to buy one, of course I'd sell it. Who am I to deny someone the pleasure of my craft? Ahem. So I continued painting and they continued (sporadically) selling. Now I sit at my easel realizing that I am nearing the end of my original inventory of 100. I knew with the sale of the first one, that my dream to have all of them at the same time had gone up in curls of smoke. Oh well. For what it's worth, I have about 50 left. Not nearly as cool as 100 to show. What brought all this up is that I recently sold two more little square gems at the Mary Lou Zeek Gallery. Here they are. Say goodbye to them.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Melancholy Skies

As long as the rain isn't pouring straight down on me and there isn't a chance I'd get struck by lightening, I can often be found out in turbulent weather, wrestling with a digital camera. I've clocked many hours trying to capture what I think would make for a great painting. This sky and its moodiness came from a shot I took last summer as a storm was coming in. It was off of an old abandon logging road close to my studio. If you wish to see it up close and personal, all you have to do is head on over to the Mary Lou Zeek Gallery in Salem, Oregon. I have other work there as well. Check it out!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Standing Alone

6"x6" oil on canvas

Now and again while walking in a field or the woods, I'll come upon a solitary plant. The only kind like it, all by itself. The seed, carried there from an unknown source, made the decision to call it a day and put down roots. I can't help but to view this as an act of true courageousness. It takes tenacity, perseverance and spirit to thrive by yourself, weathering the elements and assorted other dangers that come with life in the wilderness.
These solitary rogues put a smile on my face as I silently cheer them on. My wish for them is that they grow and flourish to a ripe old age. Strong, healthy and whole.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Last Leaf

24' x36" (Diptych) oil on canvas $2400

This piece was painted during an emotional time I was having in 2002. My father was 81, bedridden and struggling with poor health. Though his decline was inevitable and heart wrenching to experience, I still expected him to live forever. A product of the Great Depression and a veteran of WWII, he gave it a good try. It was seven years ago this month that he passed away. This work came out of my bereavement. It is a tribute to my father. He was one of a kind. He was the last leaf.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Art Show Opening!

Postcard for "City Life, Country Life"

Open for viewing are dozens of paintings and photographs in a group show entitled, City Life, Counry Life - 4 Artists, 4 Perspectives. (My piece is in the upper right hand corner). Hosted by Windermere Community Realty, 1901 NE Broadway, Portland, Oregon. Hours are 9-5 Monday-Friday. Two Receptions will be held, April 30th and May 1st. Come join us!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

After The Rain

A powerful and moody sky in transition. A glimmer of hope for a better day. Or maybe not. You decide.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Southwest Storm

20"x20" oil on canvas $1500

I was in New Mexico a couple years ago in the late fall. The season was in transition and I was lucky enough to experience some fabulous storms that rolled through the area. In some places, all you could see was rock, sand, shrubs and vast amounts of land. Weaving in and out amongst it all is the Rio Grande.
This piece is one of a dozen of mine that will be in a 4-Person art show that is now open to the public! Windermere Realty is hosting the show, which will run through May 31st. 1901 NE Broadway, Portland, Oregon. Hours are Monday-Friday 9-5. There are two receptions scheduled back to back. April 30th and May 1st. Come have a look!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Walking The Wind

This is another piece that was heavily influenced by the churning skies of the Pacific Northwest. This will also be present at my next opening, at Windermere Realty, 1901 NE Broadway Street, Portland, Oregon. We've almost locked in a reception date.......Will post when I know for sure!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

West Hills

This is a piece that was inspired by the warm fall colors that were intermixed throughout the West Hills area of Portland, Oregon, last autumn. It will be one of a half dozen in a 4-person art show this April at a local Windermere Realty, 1901 NE Broadway St. (They had the walls, we had the art.) Stay tuned for the reception date!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Beyond The Clouds


This was a painting I donated for a February auction at the Mary Lou Zeek Gallery in Salem, Oregon. The proceeds went to help the non profit, Friends of Pimpollo. Happily, it went for the maximum bid of $300. I usually work on canvas so it was a treat to try out the "feel" of a different surface and maybe learn something new. Because of the size, cost and ease, I'm thinking I may come back to this medium in the future. Happy day....this is my first blog!