Thursday, June 15, 2017

Sadly, even the best intentions can be halted due to unforeseen circumstances,  and such has been the case this past year.  But thank goodness it's never to late to try again.   So starting off (late in the year) is my currant solo show.  Running this month at the Difiore center,  I based my show on my love of birds.  Included are a couple of images.  As for my miniature daily painting for a year project?  I have not given up on that just postponed it for the moment.

This show is a mixture of tile pieces and traditional watercolor on paper. 

Friday, October 28, 2016

Week ONE

Well so far so good.  Here are the first five days paintings.   I'm hoping to improve my skills in value and clean color application, and with 360 more days of practice I'm fairly certain I will reach this goal. 

Also I was going to do just animals but my cravings may dictate my subject matter as on day two when I really wanted fresh cherries but had to settle for my homemade cherry jam.

 One day a week I think I will dedicate to ocean life... or in this case fish bowl life.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Daily Paint Challenge

I have seen and been inspired by artist daily paintworks and have been wanting to do something for awhile now.  Well this month is the month.  my birthday is on the 24th and that is the day I will start my challenge.  I will be painting one animal a day but that is not the challenge.  My goal is to paint an animal in five brushstrokes/layers or less.

         How is this a challenge you ask?

Because I nitpick everything to death and I want to practice being more precise and clean. I also want to have more experience drawing animals.  I plan to sketch out several character studies then paint the final selected pose.

         Why not start now?

Because I want to put together a reference library to work from and what better day than to start on my birthday.  Hurray!

         What will I do with my finished works? 

Sell them of course.  But because I am an illustrator and an author,  I will publish them all into one book.  But that will be next Christmas.  Right now it's just one day at a time.  Wish me luck!

Below is a pelican I painted while in Mexico and I tried to do a simple sketch.  It looks like it was done in 6 layers  so this will be similar to the paintings i want to do,  whether or not a use a pen like in the second I'm still debating.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Everett Reuss Days

I attended the Everett Reuss Days Plein Air painting competition in Escalante Utah this year.   I didn't win any prizes but I had a blast even with all the rain.  I sold several paintings which is always welcome validation for my career choice:)  He is the piece I entered this year (1)and a few others I painted (2,3 & 4).

Electric Mosaic 

                                                                  Calf Creek Trail

                                                                 Kodachrome Color

                                                                      Shattered Stone

Saturday, October 1, 2016

The Artist

This is a complete experiment, but I found these thumbnails from my friend for a story he wrote and I thought they were adorable.  So I took them to Photoshop cleaned and corrected them, then digitally painted the pages.  Its at the printers right now and I can't wait to see it!!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Coud Maker

Here is my latest book made for my BFF who, as a child, believed his grandpa made clouds for his job.  Happy Birthday Rob, this one's for you!!

Friday, April 22, 2016


I found these Die Cut designs I drew fifteen years age when I designed Scrapbook supplies for From Jens Pen Designs.  Thought I'd put up a few of my Favorites.  Enjoy!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Monster Book of ABC's

Well my letters have inspired me to  make a coloring book. 
This, as you can see by the letter A, is the first illustration without added words,

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Studio Letters

I ordered some more tiles last week and Bisque Imports had a sale on their alphabet tiles.  so on a whim I ordered some.  I got them in and decided I would paint them with illustrated monsters.  Here are a few I have finished.  I can't wait to get them hung on my wall.  You can see my process in this photo as not all tiles are finished. 

Friday, February 26, 2016

Wallis Sanded Paper

So I found this little watercolor I did on Wallis Pastel paper a few years ago.  I had experimented on the paper and was really excited about the results.  BUT  then.... Wallis stopped producing the paper because of production issues.  I have been waiting forever it seems for them to perfect the process so I can get more paper.  I'm now on a waiting list to get some.  fingers crossed its soon.

Here are two more I did on Wallis Paper.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Arts to Zion Studio Tours

Its a new year and with it I signed up to participate in the studio Tours.  My house is packed with art and I am ready to go.  If you're around pop on in and see what I'm up to.  The link to the Arts to Zion website with all the info you need is below.


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Christmas Painting

Rob painted me Poppy.  My puppers.  It looks just like her and It makes me happy so here it is.  You can see his marvelous paintings at:

Monday, November 2, 2015

On the News

The show went great.  I sold ten paintings.  Woohoo.  AND  I made the news  follow the link if you please.

St. George News Clip

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Solo Exhibition

I was asked to do a solo show.  I am so excited.  It will be at the Defiore Center for the Arts in St. George Utah.  He is the Ad card I made for it and some of my tiles.  Sizes range from 2 x2 in. tiles to 8 x8 in tiles. abstracted to realistic imagery.


Friday, August 28, 2015

Happy 50th MOM & DAD

The Family went on an Alaskan cruise for my parents 100th wedding anniversary.  The scenery was amazing, and the inspiration plentiful.  I have tons of great photo reference.

This is one of my tile paintings  "Silent Witnesses"

Friday, May 29, 2015

New Book Job

Its been a busy year.  I'm working on a book commission.  Here are some sample images.

 Yep that's right  I drew myself into the book.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

After the Storm

I entered another show, this time the Southern Utah Art Guild miniature show and I won third place.  Not Best in Show, but I'm still pretty happy.  Here's the winning piece...

After thought...  I've been painting more of these tiles from my Europe photo references and you can see them on my website under my Fine Art tab.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

My Uncles Chickens

Awhile ago I discovered my uncle had chickens.  Intrigued I went and watched them and took photo reference  and sketched.  Mixed among them were two ducks and they followed the chickens around as if they were no different.  These are a few that I finished to give to my uncle.  in the last one you can see one of those ducks happily being a chicken.

Monday, November 10, 2014


UPDATE:  I entered this piece into the Lucky Thirteen show in Mesquite Nevada and I won Best in Show!!!  So excited  I guess I'm not the only one who likes my new idea.

I've had another idea that I'm running with just to experiment and to expand my technical abilities.  I'm trying watercolor on ceramic tiles and I must say am enjoying the results.  What do you think?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Art and Soul

I just got some of my art in a local Gallery, and I'm so excited to see how they go.  They are a new series I've been working on.  Here's a sneek peek.  you can see them all on my website.

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Big Move

It has been a busy year,  I've finished my first official book entitled the North Pole: For Sale Below are a few finished pieces,  I'm working on several projects and of course, I just moved.  I'm Looking forward to big things in my future!!