Monday, May 30, 2011


Acrylic on canvas
24" x 12"
Available for purchase at Freshwater Studio & Gallery, Dillon, MT

I've always loved bighorn sheep and used to be stationed by the bighorn exhibit back when I was a volunteer at ZooMontana.  They move with the same agility of a cat - it's truly impressive to watch them hop from boulder to boulder.

If but for the span of a moment I swam in the aura of flame;
I caught the rapt secret of being clothed by the Ineffable Name.
And chastened with wonder and strengthened to meet life's beleaguering ills
I went, like a bondman unfettered, adown from the heart of the hills.
-from "The Heart of the Hills", Clinton Scollard

Minnie - SOLD (commission)

acrylic on canvas
11" x 14"
sold (commission)

A client in Montana commissioned this portrait of her daughter's dog, Minnie.  It was an interesting challenge, since it's a bit of a departure from my usual subject matter.  It's always such an honor to be asked to create a piece of artwork for someone's family.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Big Sky

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Big Sky
acrylic on canvas
24" x 48" x 1.5"
Available for purchase directly through the artist (contact)

It's time to play catch-up with my blog...the past few months have been a whirlwind!  We've moved to a farm - I'm really excited to be in this beautiful rural setting.  It'll be very conducive to my painting routine. :)  I've also been working on several commissions (in addition to other paintings), one of which I finished up yesterday.  I've unfortunately been lagging behind on photographing everything.

"Big Sky" is a painting that was finished several months ago; I decided to make the sky the central focus and have the bison herd be secondary.  I toyed with the idea of continuing to tinker with it but finally decided to keep it simple.  This is always a struggle with me - i.e., knowing when to stop and just put the brush down.  

I'm now hanging some of my paintings at Carnation Corners Gifts & Fine Art in Carnation, WA!  It's a lovely space that is an extension of a real estate firm.

"Sure is big country.  The only thing bigger is the sky."
-A.B. Guthrie, The Big Sky