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

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.