November 30, 2013

Superstition Mountain
16" x 20", oil
The painting found a home this summer before I had finished it!  This image is of Superstition Mountain, which is part of the mountain range commonly referred to as the Superstitions located in Arizona east of Phoenix. My goal was to capture a mood that conveyed the mystery associated with the legends and lore of the mountain range.

November 21, 2013

At Old Borego
18" x 24", oil

This studio work is based on a plein air piece that I painted this past spring 2013 during a trip to Borrego Springs, California.

June 24, 2013

14" x 11", oil
                                                        Portrait painting with reference photograph.                 

May 16, 2013

On Edge
16" x 20", oil

Arches National Park was inspiration for this landscape.  I enjoyed playing with the color in this painting and capturing the path of light.  The sunlight strikes the arch from behind (creating a halo along its edges) and falls on the rocks below.  The diagonal thrust of the arch and land creates a dynamic composition.

April 9, 2013

Sentinels of the Desert 
16" x 20", oil
Juried into West Valley Art Museum Celebration of Artists 2013 Exhibit.  On display in the Peoria City Hall Art Gallery from April 22 through June 13, 2013. The Awards Reception will be on Thursday, April 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Gallery.
Cast Shadows
16" x 20", oil
Accepted into the juried art show,  West Valley Art Museum Celebration of Artists 2013 Exhibit. Will be on display in the Peoria City Hall Art Gallery April 22 through June 13, 2013.

January 15, 2013

Ocotillo, Phoenix Rising
16" x 24", oil

This painting was recently awarded 2nd Place in the oil paintings category at the Gilbert Visual Artists League Juried Fine Art Show.  The show dates are February 2-16, 2013 at East Side Art Gallery, Mesa, Arizona.

I'm captivated by the intriguing Ocotillo plant.  I felt compelled to express in paint my response to seeing this "enflamed" shrub last year.  It appeared to be rising in flames from the desert floor.  I thought of the Phoenix bird, a symbol of renewal or the sun in Greek mythology.  The Phoenix is a long-lived bird that is resurrected with new life by arising from the flames and ashes of its ancestor.

Indigenous to the Sonoran Desert in the Southwestern United States, the Ocotillo plant appears dead much of the year.  But in the spring the shrub is "resurrected" with life by the more frequent rainfalls, producing brilliant crimson flowers.