While living in the Los Angeles area, I painted at many of the parks. When this piece was commissioned, I used a lot drawings and studies completed at parks to guide me as I painted it. In private collection. Oil on board, 30 by 40 inches.
I have done a few limited palette studies, I think this is one of the more successful ones. The palette consisted of white black and yellow ochre. Gouache on paper, 4 by 6 inches.
The energetic brushwork that gives the painting energy yet contains enough information to describe the scene is what I love most about this. It was a fun piece to create. Oil on board, 6.5 by 9 inches.
I hadn’t titled this painting until not long ago I read the information displays at the falls. One plaque told of Ejupa the coyote spilling his basket of fish and creating the snake river. The dams he built to stop the water, becoming the falls along the river. In private collection. Oil on canvas, 36 by 48 inches.
I painted the clouds with thicker paint and brushstrokes to give the clouds a physical sense of being versus the relatively smoother hills. Oil on board, 7.5 by 9 inches.
Part of a series trying to capture the light of a sunset. Here is the moment right before the lights go out and everything becomes an inky blue in the moonlight. Gouache on paper, 4 by 6 inches.
The pools of water above Shoshone Falls are interesting little worlds of their own. It was a hot day and it would have been nice to cool off in that shady pool, if it wasn’t for the chance of being swept over the falls. In private collection. Oil on board, 8 by 10 inches. (new photo coming soon)
I wandered in the falling snow and saw this wonderful contrast of cool white and warm, dark thistles and weeds. It reminded me of Frost’s poem — a line of which I use as a title. It is a calm quiet encounter with nature that tempts us to pause even on the darkest evenings or busiest days. As I stood taking in the scene, I knew I needed to share it. Oil on gessoed board, 28 x 22 inches.
Part of a series trying to capture the changing light of a sunset. I was painting with some other artists, we were challenged to paint as many 1 to 5 minute paintings as we could before the sunset. We painted quickly and then scrambled to the next vantage point. Gouache on paper, 4 by 6 inches.
One of a couple plein air studies of Shoshone Falls. In private collection. Oil on board, 8 by 10 inches.