I've been drawing and painting as long as I can remember, copying comic book panels as a kid, a career as a designer and animator, and the last twelve years as a painter. Hope you enjoy the work.

Saturday, June 27, 2009


11x14 Oil

On the road to Telluride with Scott Llyod Anderson, we stopped at the Badlands National Park in South Dakota to paint. It is such an amazing landscape that only having time to do one painting there is a tease, but is was good to move the brushes and a nice warm up for the Plein Air event next week. I'm in Erie Colorado as I write this, tomorrow we're going paint somewhere along the way to Telluride, subject matter shouldn't be a problem as we cross the continental divide.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Grand Cottonwood

6x8 Oil

This small painting was done Saturday during my outdoor class. A student wanted to work on pulling form out of a big cottonwood tree so I said I would paint the same one, soon the entire class was lined up painting the same tree. It's a worthy subject, this tree dominates the Bruce Vento Park here in St. Paul.

I'm off to Colorado on Thursday for the Telluride Plein Air Event, I'll try to post from there.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Rock Flow


Another Lake Superior shoreline, I could paint these for years and not get bored, they're so deceptively simply, but actually contain an amazing variety of shape and color. I love how bright the lake can get in certain light conditions.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Lake's Edge

14x18 Oil

A student from last week's workshop sent me a couple of pics of the demo I did, so I'm including the in-progress image. I love to paint these rock formations, they're beautiful and challenging. I think I need a new painting jacket.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Artist's Point in the Morning

11x14 Oil

I painted this on the last day of the workshop, it was the best weather and most consistent light effect of the week so it was really fun to pull the form out of those rocks. For all the times I've painted in Grand Marais I've never put the Lighthouse in , so that was kind of fun. The water was incredibly blue with the sun over my left shoulder, very little glare just rich Ultramarine Blue.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Grand Marais Minnesota Workshop

Painting at Artist's Point

I just got back to town after teaching a 4 day workshop with my friend and fellow plein air painter Neil Sherman. The weather was good if a little chillier than a prefer my Junes. It's an amazing bit of the Lake Superior shoreline, full of interesting ancient volcanic rock formations, completely different than Superior's south shore which is full of sand dunes. The photos above
should give you a feel for the week, the man in blue painting is Neil giving a demo on the first morning as a fog bank rolled in, note the roll of paper towels in the back pocket. I did a little painting as well and will post those this week.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Summit Alley

9x12 Oil

Painted this on Tuesday evening, I'd walked past this spot countless times the past year and I knew the light I wanted to capture and this is it. So many times I set out with a painting in mind and wind up with something completely different, for better or worse, but with this painting I got just what I had in my head.