Every attempt is about learning and improving

Posted Sep 4, 2023

This morning I got up and headed over to the river, this pretty river is just down the road from where I live.  Every time out I'm trying to learn and get better.  For this one, the goal was to simplify.  I've been so inspired by several paintings I've seen other artists do recently, and I really want to learn to get better at creating simple masses, large shapes, working with large brushes and adding in spots of detail later on, at the end.  It's a real challenge to capture evergreen trees, unless you leave it as simple shapes, and just indicate what's happening very loose.

Backpacking and Painting

Posted Aug 19, 2023

This week I took a 25 mile loop 3 day solo backpacking trip into the Goat Rocks wilderness area in the Cascade mountain range in Washington.  Such a beautiful location.  It was a very hard climb (at least for me).  I also recently purchased a light-weight plein air painting set-up from and was anxious to try it out.  It was a pretty amazing trip, with gorgeous sweeping vistas, and beautiful wildflowers in bloom. 

Large river painting I'm working on

Posted Jun 19, 2023

Here's a shot of a large river painting I've currently got on my easel.  Making good progress on it I think.  Pretty much only painting a few hours a week, so I do move fast on it when I get the chance. 

The idea for this one came as I was running along the trail by the river, and noticed this spot with some really deep areas and such clear water.  I could tell there were large rocks, but also just a lot of depth that I thought looked really interesting. I wanted to go large with it, to really pull the viewer into the water and the mystery of what might in there.

Coastal Agates

Posted Sep 21, 2022
Here's a new shot of something I just finished up. We went up to Deception Pass on Whidby Island and found some great agates on the shore there. So that's what inspired this painting. I had a lot of fun working on this one. About half-way through I decided that the composition needed something to make it more interesting, and I came up with the idea to include the group of light-gray rocks to break up the scene. I'm pretty happy with how it came together. I'll probably do more of these.

Progress shots - "No More Strangers"

Posted Sep 18, 2020
Here's a progress shot of a painting I'm currently working on. Really loving this so far. It's the most ambitious painting I've done, involving 10 portraits! I'm planning to enter this into our church International art competition. The theme is "All are alike unto God". This subject is close to my heart, and this scene is what came to mind when I first learned about the theme.

Featured on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints video

Posted Jan 23, 2020
About a year ago the church's video production team was out in our area looking for "interesting people" to shoot stories about faith and the Book of Mormon. Somehow they ended up at my house and filming in my art studio. I don't know why they thought I was interesting -- they obviously didn't ask my kids. But anyway, it was actually not great timing because I had just finished one painting and was getting ready to start another, but it was only in the drawing stage. They really wanted to get some action shots of me in the middle of painting..

Art visit to Elementary School

Posted Mar 1, 2019
Had a great time today visiting a local elementary school today. Talked to the kids about painting, drawing and answered lots of questions about the process of creating art! I think a lot of them are excited to go home and start drawing and painting! It was a lot of fun & makes me want to get back to teaching again. Kids are awesome!!

Why Guinevere? And some process pics

Posted Jul 11, 2017

Why Guinevere? Well, after not painting much last year at all (mostly focused on writing the book), but also feeling a little lost artistically...  Amy and I visited England for the 2nd time.  We visited several galleries in both London and Oxford. After spending several days looking at all kinds of art I felt most impressed and inspired by some of the different Pre-Raphaelite paintings we saw. I was really moved by their ambition, their patience, the obvious planning, effort, and time that went into these images.

Painting Wildlife, and birds

Posted Oct 9, 2015

Amy Jo and I have been enjoying the National Wildlife refuge in Ridgefield WA, which is not far from our home (just a few miles away).  I guess I got inspired to try my hand at some wildlife painting.  Typically I haven't thought about painting wildlife, but driving around this place and seeing so many different animals - mostly birds - in their natural habitat is thrilling.  I love nature.. love learning about it, reading books and watching nature shows.. and of course being out in it.  

Local Community Library purchased 4 paintings!

Posted Nov 4, 2014

A few months ago the library approached me and said they were interested in acquiring some of my paintings.  I've had a couple solo shows there over the past few years, in the Swift Gallery which is part of the library.  They said the shows got such positive response that they felt maybe they should get some of my work to fill some of the empty wall space!  This library is fairly new, it was just built within the last 5-6 years or so.  

The Career Path of an Artist

Posted Oct 2, 2014

I've been asked to be a presenter at a local career fair again.  Our church puts on a pretty big career fair targeting youth ages 12-18 at a local high school, and it's often well attended.  I was surprised be asked a couple years ago when I did this the first time, and overwhelmed by the positive response.  There must have been around 600-700 kids there, and I was the only artist among the presenters (which worked out great for me!).   Tons of young people were interested in both looking at my art, and learning how to make a career in the arts...

Sky on Fire

Posted Jul 1, 2013
Here's my latest painting - with a little help from Bailey on the finishing touches. I've been thinking about clouds lately and want to do some more cloudscapes. Maybe not quite this intense, it's definitely a stretch! These colors I think will probably knock people over. But my kids sure love them!