Current Artwork (click to enlarge image)

 

Summer Glory

Painted in a class instructed by Karlyn Holman. Karlyn is the most upbeat and energetic of artists, and for most of that worshop, she encouraged me to "paint off the edges of the paper." I think she really meant for me to "get outside my box" with my design and the paint. Karlyn finally did teach me to use the entire sheet of paper and not just the center. This is my signature work.

Private collection (prints available).

 

Winter Star

A gift from our daughter-in-law, this Amaryllis had a total of six blooms. I liked their color - especially in the dead of winter - and just the sheer number of flowers, each seeming to have its own "personality."

Original and prints available.

 

Higgins

I met this fellow at a horse show at the Quentin Riding Club and he was as intrigued by my camera as I was by him, and he willingly struck a pose for me.

Original and prints available.

 

Big Red

The scarlet macaw is the largest of the world's parrots. Native to rianforests, they mate for life, and can live for up to 75 years in captivity. This juvenile's eyes have not yet hanged to the light yellow of adult birds, but his brilliant plumage will remain.

Private collection (prints available)

 

Fall Bounty

Apples or peaches? Painted in a class with a fellow artist, I was intrigued by the color and pattern made by the light on this bucket of fruit. They were actually apples.

Original and prints available.

 

Ethel

Painted from a photograph taken of my grandmother sometime in the '50's. Matriarch of the family, she was the mother of six children and grandmother of 17. I will always remember her as being a very elegant woman who was not above taking me to the lake where she would fish with me. This portrait won third place in a York County Art Association show.

Private collection (prints available).

 

Eye of the Wind

In arid West Texas, the windmill was a familiar part of the landscape, providing precious water and power to many ranch families. My wife's grandfather worked for the F.W. Axtell Company, and thus my choice of windmills to paint.

Private collection (prints available).

 

Stalking

Painted in a class with Sandra Blair, I enjoyed painting the detail in this miniature, which is only 3" x 3". Because of the dead-on perspective, the eye eerily seems to "follow" as you move across the room where it hangs.

 

Gertrude and Heathcliff

Painted from a photograph taken by Joe Kosack, Pennsylvania Game Commission photographer, the juxtaposition of the two birds appealed to me. Once hunted for their plumage, these graceful birds remain endangered and protected in Pennsylvania. Something about the appearance of this pair reminded me of the routines by the late Red Skelton - also an artist - and thus their names.

 

Henry's Garden

Painted from a photograph taken in the Peony Garden at Winterthur, the Delaware estate of Henry Francis DuPont. Mr. DuPont is said to have placed such value on his garden that his standing order in the event of a fire was to save the trees rather than the eight-story home and its priceless collection of antiques.

Original and prints available.

 

Sentinels

Painted from a photograph taken by Hal Korber, these juvenile birds seemed to me to be very watchful. With wingspans of six feet, some of their population migrate over 4,000 miles from their breeding grounds in Alaska, spending almost five months on the journey.

Private collection (prints available).

 

Companions

I like to paint scenes that evoke a story. This much I know about this pair: they have been out in the cold inspecting and repairing fences all day, and after a brief graze of bunchgrass, it is time for them to head back to the warmth of the barn and ranch house.

Original and prints available.


              

 

Sun Bathing

We live in a dense woods, and therefore do not have very many bright colors in our garden - unless you count green. This Blackeyed Susan lives in the one sunny bed in our yard, and both its brilliant color and its form inspired this painting.

 

 

 

Volta

Rescued after injuring his wing on a power line, Volta was taken to the Alaska Raptor Center for rehabilitation. Even though most of his injuries healed perfectly, he can no longer take flight, making his release impossible. At twelve pounds and with a wingspan of almost six feet, he maintains his majestic demeanor.

Original and prints available.

 

Abuela

Painted from a photograph taken in a country market near Cozumel, Mexico. The day was hot, and we all wished to be doing the same thing as this little grandmother - napping in the shade.

Private collection.

 

Ready for Takeoff

The array of color and pattern in the plumage of this bird was irresistible to me. Pheasants have highly specialized breast muscles which enable them to flush almost vertically and reach 40 miles per hour.

Original and prints available.

 

 

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