May 23, 2020

In mid April I finally captured the view from the studio as the sun was setting on the still snow covered mountain tops in the background. The sunsets in the mountains are amazing, covering the whole western sky with blues, purples, greens, pinks, yellows, oranges, and...

May 21, 2020

I have been painting for the past two months, but it doesn't seem the same. It's odd actually, because my life hasn't changed that much, but so much has changed. Painting is a solitary pursuit, so it isn't like I miss the company, but I miss the company of others, othe...

February 7, 2020

I was looking through my stack of Edward Curtis book for some inspiration for my next work when I came across a fascinating photo in the Kwakiutl section of one. The Kwakiutl are indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest Coast of Canada.  This photo is labeled "Tsunuk...

January 17, 2020

It's a new year and it has been months since I have posted anything. Not that I haven't been painting, but I definitely have not been painting as much. That is about to change. I have been staring at this work for months and tweaking it here and there, never really fee...

August 29, 2019

Edward S. Curtis was commissioned by J.P. Morgan to compile a series of books depicting Native American life in 1906. Several other photographers were hired by the federal government to photograph Native Americans, but Curtis had a particular knack for portraiture, and...

August 7, 2019

I have been so busy, but unfortunately not painting. Instead, I have been packing boxes, and moving boxes, and unpacking boxes...moving cats, possessions, and our lives to Truckee. We are now officially living her full time and the house is nearly settled. That include...

April 23, 2019

It has been a while since I posted, but I have been painting...when I can. The "studio" in the garage is cold in February and March, but I did get some work done while I was busy doing many other things. I have been busy submitting works to shows and other venues and r...

February 11, 2019

Back in November, the citizens of New Mexico and Kansas made history by electing the first two Native American women to Congress. In a Congress full of historical elections, this one touched me the most. In part, because I have been painting my First Citizens series fo...

November 26, 2018

Not sure what to say about this guy. I got him blocked in quickly and thought he would be done fast, but that wasn't to be. The more I "tweaked" him, the more I got away from the original loose way he was painted to start. It took some time to get back there. I think h...

November 24, 2018

I generally paint my portraits from photographs. Often these are black and white and I use whatever colors strike my fancy to communicate the highlights and darks of the person's skin tones. Since most of my subjects are long deceased, I don't get complaints. Painting...

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