Friday, May 1, 2020

Spring 2020 Newsletter

"A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul."

A few years ago, I had the flu so this bottle of throat spray was always out sitting around. On the one hand, it was evidence of how lousy I felt, continually trying to numb the pain in my throat. On the other hand I started to think it would be interesting to paint with its mix of intense color and neutrals, transparency and opacity, shiny and matte. For a short time as I painted, my sickness was forgotten. I was too intent on seeking something good to pay attention to the illness. I don't minimize the challenges that our present condition presents, but I think there's some application of that idea to our time.

That said, the corona virus has certainly had an affect on me and my family. We have a son in his first rear of residency. His chosen practice is emergency room! After graduating medical school this past May, it’s as if he was shot out of a cannon into the lion’s mouth. So far, he and his little family are doing fine.

And … for myself, a few things have happened. I teach a drawing class at Mesa Community college each semester. We have had to go online so I've been spending hours making demonstration videos. I've enjoyed the process (but it has been a huge cut into my painting time). Youtube and imovie are both awesome.

You can click here to see a 50 second sped up clip.

Another project I've been able to work on is this commissioned piece for Chase Rasmussen. Multi-generations of his family have grown up with this view from their cabin in Colorado so it has some special meaning. I don't do a lot of landscape and when I do, it's usually the desert. This was a fun challenge. I think it turned out rather nicely.

Half Price Sale
My show scheduled for April was of course cancelled. As a result, I have a pretty large inventory sitting around my studio. There is a chance that it will be rescheduled in July. Hopefully. With that in mind and given the uncertain state of our economy, for a limited time I am putting paintings up for sale online at extremely reduced prices. I’m giving this news to you, my newsletter subscribers before I announce this on social media or anywhere else. I am working on getting a purchase/payment system on my website but for now, if you are interested in any of these paintings, just send me an email and we’ll work out the details. Tax and shipping (where needed) will be added on. If you are able, you're welcome to come to my studio to see the painting before you purchase. (All sales have full satisfaction guarantee, if for any reason you are dissatisfied, you can return the work for a full refund and I will pay the shipping.) Feel free to email me with any questions about framing or anything else. So this is an opportunity to get a piece of original art at a very reasonable price. I'd be honored to have one hanging in your home.

The Diving Lady • 24"X 30" Oil on canvas • $1300 Framed

My Florist, Late Afternoon • 12"X 12" Oil on gessoed panel • $600 unframed

Morning Canal • 6"X 6" Oil on canvas panel • $195, $150 unframed
All 6x6's are same price unless otherwise noted

Evening Falls On 3rd St.• 6"x6"Oil on Gessoed Panel, 

Approaching Storm • 6"X 6" Oil on cradled panel • $150

South On Central • 6"X 6" Oil on canvas panel 
Under And Through,  Washington St. •  6"X 6" Oil on canvas panel

Mission Call
Final news, My wife and I have been called to serve a mission for The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day-Saints. We are deeply grateful and excited for this opportunity. Our tentative report date is in late summer, going somewhere in Northern Colorado, most likely where there is a smaller congregation.  We'll spend our time finding ways to serve people, assisting with employment, addiction problems, general self reliance and helping them feel the transforming love of Jesus Christ. I'm not sure exactly how this will affect my art or how I will be able to use my art in our work. Right now, my intention is to do at least one small painting a week that I will post on IG and FB. So it will be an adventure!

It's of course interesting times we are in. Stay well, keep hope and love your loved ones.

Monday, January 13, 2020

January 2020 Newsletter

A New Year!

I like Tom Peter’s assertion, “Whoever makes the most mistakes the fastest, wins!” Or Hemingway, “If you can start, you’ll be all right, the juice will come.” Problem is, negative thinking often gets in the way, keeps us from acting. It can keep me from starting a painting, applying for a show, making resolutions etc. Steven Pressfield refers to it as resistance. "Resistance will tell you anything to keep you from doing your life’s work. It will perjure, fabricate, falsify, seduce, bully, cajole. It will take any form to deceive you. Resistance is always lying and always full of *#”!.

The beginning of a new year always presents a choice. Do I give in and dwell in resistance, doubt and fear, the cynical view that new year’s resolutions don’t last? Or like Emily Dickinson, do I dwell in possibility. I’m stickin' with Emily.

(…and thanks for stopping by.)



I'm looking forward to my annual workshop "Painting in the City". I'm preparing a little booklet with instruction on general principles of painting, along with specific tips on city painting. It will be available only to members of the class! Starts Saturday, 27 Feb and runs for 4 consecutive Saturdays.
(Each image on this site can be enlarged by clicking on it)

Plein air painting in downtown Phoenx

Upcoming Show

I'm continuing to prepare for my show this Spring. The reception will be 1st Friday, April 3 at Olney Gallery, located on the Trinity Cathedral Campus, just west of Central on Roosevelt in downtown Phoenix. It will be a collection of oil, gouache and watercolor  paintings around the valley, mostly cityscapes and neighborhoods but maybe a few desert paintings also. I'll be showing with Christen Quissell who does beautiful watercolors of old neighborhoods in Phoenix. You are invited to come!
here are 2 of the paintings that will be there.

Detail, painting of downtown Phoenix

Country Club and Main, Mesa, SE Corner

Prints Available

This Dairy Queen with its iconic sign was a small but loved landmark in Mesa for decades. This is a painting that I did a few years ago. 9x12 archival prints are available for $35. If you are interested, email me at

Landscape Commission

I've put some of my city painting on hold as I've been working on a commission for Chase and Tatum Rassmusen. Here's a detail of the work in progress. It's an extraordinary view from the cabin their family has owned for a few generations. It's been a good change from the urban imagery. Thanks C & T!



Walking through the smog and congestion of Florence Italy, I turned and entered the convent of San Marco. The peace and beauty were so welcome! Wandering through the halls and rooms, every turn reveals a masterpiece fresco on the walls, painted by Fra Angelico, a monk who resided there in the 1400's. 
One of my most beautiful art books is Fra Angelico, by Jacqueline and Maurice Guillaud. Not only are the paintings stunning, the production of the book is gorgeous. The center dwell of pages are printed on a vellum like paper that simulates the dry, matte surface of fresco paintings on plaster.

The beauty of his faces are just one of the things I love about his work.

He was baptized Guido de Pietro. He took the name of Giovanni de Fiesole when he became a Dominican Friar. It was after his death that he received the name of Fran Angelico because of his angelic demeanor and because he painted like one.


We'll end this issue with a few pages from my sketchbooks, which I carry with me almost everywhere I go. Again, thanks for looking. Feel free to make a comment if you like.
Happy New Year.

Hangin' in the kitchen


Girl in store

Family friend

Barnes and Noble (She moved a few times)


Idea sketch