Sunday, September 28, 2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


     Well it's starting to cool off a little in Arizona finally and we had a little rain to create some water down in the river bed. The  dogs and I snuck down there one morning and I did a little study.

Jack is looking at us and Katy is messing around in the creek.

Saturday, May 17, 2014


Salt River 8x20
     Some painting friends, past students and I met out where thousands of sun-worshipers from Phoenix float down this river every summer in their inner tubes. Some will tie some tubes together with a plywood platform on top with a car battery and some huge stereo speakers, add a cooler full of soft drinks and beer and you have quite a party.

Saturday, April 19, 2014


Studio Painting 12x16

Field Study 8x10

Studio: Sketch, Field Study, Studio Panel Drawing.

1st step: Block or Key In done rapidly, emotionally, with large brush.

Large studio glass palette with large brush.

2nd step: Further relationship adjustments. Slowing down, working dark to light, thin to thick, more thinking, medium size brushes.

Studio photographic reference: BIG screen TV.

Saturday, December 21, 2013


I recently won "FINALIST" in the RayMar Fine Art Contest 2 months in a row.
click to see NOVEMBER 24X36
      Starting in August I also placed as a "FINALIST" 4 months in a row in the DAILY PAINTWORKS CONTEST and I am the judge this month, December. 

click AUGUST  6X6
OCTOBER  (same painting that won above)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


What is tamarisk?
Tamarisk (also known as salt cedar) is a deciduous shrub or small tree from Eurasia. Tamarisk can grow as high as 25 feet tall. The bark on saplings and young branches is purplish or reddish-brown. Leaves are scale-like, alternate, with salt-secreting glands. Flowers are small and the petals are reddish, pinkish, or white. Each plant can produce as many as 500,000 seeds annually. The seeds are dispersed by wind, water, and animals. Seeds are small with a tuft of hair attached to one end enabling them to float long distances by wind and water. Seeds are short-lived and can germinate within 24 hours after dispersal, sometimes while still floating on the water.

How did it get here?
Eight species of Tamarisk were first brought to North America in the 1800s from Southern Europe or the eastern Mediterranean region (DiTomaso 1998). The species were first planted as ornamentals and later as windbreaks, and to stabilize river banks. Tamarix species escaped cultivation and are now widespread throughout the United States, with heavier concentrations in the Southwest.