“The White Bridge” - acrylic, 24” x 18” This is a more contemporary take on a fairly “standard” subject of ducks in a pond.  The rhythmic, abstract design of the bridge’s reflection in the water truly takes center stage here.  The ducks who populate the scene (a Wood Duck drake on the foreground rock and the Mallard hens on the water) obviously add to the composition but as supporting players.  The star here is the black and white pattern.
“Taking a Dip” - oil, 27” x 15.5” This painting depicts an American Dipper in its natural watery habitat.  The waterfalls in the painting are actually some of the LeHardy Rapids in Yellowstone where I have watched and enjoyed these birds bobbing and “dipping” on numerous occasions.  The chance to paint the complex look of water moving over rocks in a fast moving river was my real challenge in this oil.
“Lazy Afternoon” - giclée, 15” x 22.25”, 20.5” x 30.5” Wolves are amazing creatures and favorites of mine to paint.  Wolves spend a good bit of the daytime hours resting.  Hunting and patrolling begins as afternoon blends into evening.  As the waning light of day creates long shadows over the surrounding terrain, this regal female gray wolf waits for the action yet to come.
“Bouldering” - giclée, 24” x 18” This coyote is bounding around on boulders strewn across a meadow as late afternoon light creates a somewhat reddish veil over everything—including the coyote.  The touches of autumnal color further heighten the warm palette in use here.
“No Stone Unturned” - acrylic, 7” x 14” Because Grizzly Bears are omnivorous (basically opportunistic eaters enjoying meat, insects, fruit or whatever is at hand), they spend some of their time turning over rocks to get at the grubs and other insects underneath.  This painting shows just such behavior as a young Grizzly is turning over boulders to get at whatever tasty morsels (merely appetizers for such a large mammal) are hidden beneath.
“Barn Dance” - acrylic, 9” x 12” Poppies are one of my favorite flowers and these Poppies with their almost “stained glass” quality just begged to be painted.  This piece was chosen as one of the top 100 finalists in the Blossom II International Floral Art Competition and Exhibition in 2011.  In creating this painting, I was intrigued not only by the colors but the rhythm of “swirling skirts” and “bobbing heads” which reminded me of a barn dance.   I composed this painting to draw your eyes through the picture like you were looking at the rising and falling notes on a piece of sheet music.
“Bollenvelden” - oil, 24”x 36” This is a picture of the Dutch bulb fields.  This painting is the first in a series of paintings done from photos and other research from my trip in 2013 to the Netherlands and London in the spring.  For anyone who has never been to the Netherlands during bulb season, this is a small attempt at showing some bulb growing fields behind a small pasture where sheep were grazing.  If only there were a “scratch and sniff” component where the smell of the hyacinths (the pink and lavender flowers in the field depicted here) could waft up at you as you viewed the painting.  The reds are early tulips and the yellow and white are narcissus.  The sheep and lambs were there in late afternoon light frolicking and eating grass - totally oblivious to the beauty which surrounds them.
“Golden Days” - giclée, 8” x 10” In the late summer/early fall, ripening seed heads of wild sunflowers or black-eyed susans bring on the goldfinches, among other seed eaters, to partake of the bounty of the season.  The backlit elements bring a great sense of drama to this life-size presentation.
“Morning at Soda Butte” - giclée, 15” x 30” The Soda Butte formation in Yellowstone National Park is an unusual light gray mound of volcanic ash “stone” which overlooks the Lamar Valley.  It lent its name to one of the early reintroduced wolf packs in the Park and was the general area where I saw my first wolf in the wild—albeit from a very great distance.  This painting depicts a black variant of the gray wolf clan standing on Soda Butte overlooking the Lamar Valley in the soft light of early morning.
“Petal Pushers” - acrylic, 12” x 16” The water is painted using layers of acrylic gels to create a “faux” encaustic.  The Mallard couple was swimming in a pond at the world famous Keukenhof Gardens in Holland.  These gardens are only open for a few months every year to showcase bulbs of all types in acres of gardens.  When I was there, cherry trees were at their peak along with millions of bulbous plants, and the petals were strewn all over the water, hence the genesis of “petal pushers”. The patterns of the petals on the multi- hued water as the Mallards drifted along just begged to be painted.
“In A Temple Garden” - oil, 32”x 18” While exploring the Byodo-In Temple on Oahu in Hawaii, I was struck by the slowly gliding Black Swans and the frantic swirling motion of the Koi as they shared the same area of pond space—one above and the other underneath.  The challenge was to present these divergent movement styles into a cohesive, well-designed whole.
“The Importance of Being Ernest” - oil, 18” x 10.5” Ernest the Cat belongs to a good friend of mine in Wyoming.  One morning, I had the good fortune to catch him just “being Ernest” as light flooded him with beautiful color tones and purple shadows.  This painting was a study in purple and orange.  The title refers to the play by Oscar Wilde of a similar name, “The Importance of Being Earnest”, and pays homage to my friend’s thespian leanings and the haughtiness that Ernest seems to reflect in this pose.
“On the Move” - oil, 14” x 11” This Gray Wolf is “moving out” as the low light of late afternoon beckons her into action.  Late afternoon through evening and into the night are when Wolves are the most active and this painting is reflecting the harsh backlit lighting of that time of day.  The bright light creates staccato patterns over a predominantly dark ground and suggests movement over the surface while the Wolf “glides” silently below.
“Success!” - oil, 13.5” x 17.5” The focal point of this painting is really the fallen dead lodgepole pine with backlight illuminating the remaining clumps of needles like spots of fire.  It is only after spotting the tree that one sees the Coyote in the foreground.  The Coyote seemed a good choice to bring a duller version of the needle colors to the foreground and the Mourning Dove that it has in its mouth provides the painting its title.
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“June Morning” - oil, 9” x 12” Roses are an unmistakable sign of June in my garden and this painting pays homage to that well-known flower.  The backlit roses were impossible to resist and the chickadee perching on the rose completed this spring moment.
This section shows examples of my paintings, giclées, and sculptures, some currently for sale.  They accurately reflect the scope of my work done over many years. 
“Red Parasols” - acrylic, 10” x 24” This vibrant painting pits the complements of red and green in strong relationship to each other.  Shirley poppies are a favorite of mine and I paint them often.  These bright red flowers from my garden suggested Japanese parasols to me—especially the one “sheltering” the house wren.
“A New Dawn” - acrylic, 9” x 14” This painting depicts a fledgling robin perched on a climbing rose growing on a wrought  iron arbor. I was intrigued by the almost “stained glass” quality of the leaves when backlit by the midday sun and tried to suggest that luminosity in the leaves.  The title comes from the rose which is a variety called “New Dawn” and refers not only to the rose but to the young bird, as well, just on the brink of a new life.
“Young and Curious” - oil, 9” x 12” I was inspired to paint this oil when I saw this young grizzly bear in strong daylight and a myriad of colors seemed to play across his thick fur.  Grizzlies get their name from their “grizzled” salt-and-pepper coloring where light ends on darker hairs create beautiful ever changing tones ranging from browns through caramels to golds and silvers.  Even without being wet, grizzly and black bear fur seems to be highly reflective and the light play from the sky and the reflected light of his surroundings, in this case, created a perfect subject.
“Morning Stroll” -  acrylic and gouache, 9” x 12” This gray wolf is strolling through grasses in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone in the first light of dawn. There is a misty silence to that time of day and the wolf seemed content to traipse through the meadow, pausing now and again to sniff around, and then continue onward in no apparent rush.
“Black and Blue” - 2 views, 32” x 15” x 6” This sculpture portrays a male Eastern bluebird on a wrought iron fence.  Both the bird and the fence are fabricated of wood—the bird is basswood and acrylic paint and the fence is maple with acrylic paint.  The “wrought iron” is the “black” and the bluebird obviously is the” blue”.
“Lookout” - 3 views, 27” x 9” x 6” This sculpture portrays a male California quail on top of a stalk of yucca.  The bird and the pods are carved out of basswood and painted with acrylic paint and the stalk is a steel rod.  Typical of many birds, it is common to alight on higher vantage points in their environment to scan the surrounding area.  Yucca provides such a perch in the often brushy, low vegetation world of the quail.
“Duchess” - 3 views, 16” x 11” x 14” This sculpture represents a scene from my own backyard.  A female sharp-shinned hawk successfully surprised and killed a red-shafted flicker.  The challenge was to create a sculpture with a seamless blend from the smooth, graceful lines of the walnut base to the fully rendered hawk at the apex.  The pattern of the underwing of the flicker creates a beautiful pattern in the intermediate area between the solid natural wood base, the half-realistic half-natural flicker, and the realistic basswood and acrylic paint “duchess”.
“Gliding Thru Green” - oil, 13.5”x 18.5” What inspired me to paint this picture was the little Ruddy Drake floating on the surface of the green pond.  I think Ruddies have interesting “personalities” and they are one of my favorite ducks, but it was the chance to just play with a design simply presenting the classic red/green complementary colors in an interesting way that really drew me to paint this.  Believe it or not, this is a clear example of how amazing and complex water and lightplay can be because this painting is of the same pond as “The White Bridge” shown below, only from a different angle and time of day.
“Winter’s Embers” - acrylic, 13” x 20” In this piece, I was drawn to the beautiful play of light through the backlit leaves.  It was early morning, and the sun from behind almost made the dried oak leaves look as if they were ablaze - like the embers of a fire.  The Blue Jay was a natural addition to the composition because jays are still present here in Colorado during that time of winter and he adds the blue element also present in most fires and a counterpoint to all of the orange at play.
“The Promise of Spring” - acrylic, 12” x 16” Once again, the Keukenhof ponds in Holland provided the starting place for this painting where I wanted to present tulip reflections in a new way for me.  I wanted to work with layers of gels and other clear mediums to create interesting depth and water effects in ways I had not before.  The cygnets (young Swans) were the perfect “fluffy” foil to the water and its reflections.
“Rounding the Bend” - oil, 20” x 16” This painting is of Mallards in another of the many ponds at Keukenhof in Holland.  The reflections of the 100-year old plus beech trees (some are around 160 years old) and the myriad of tones and patterns they create was my inspiration for this piece.  Bulbs cover areas all over this park - even covering this small peninsula of land almost to the water’s edge.  The ever present Mallards and Swans cruise along unfazed by the intense colors of blossoms and the visitors who populate the park coming to view them.
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