Short winter days often bring dramatic conclusions. As pretty as the sunset is looking to the East is often more dramatic. The snow covered mountains get blasted with the final shot of sunlight.
A sunny little piece of sunshine here in the midst of winter.
Scenes from just outside my studio (eagles filmed through my studio window). This is where I draw my inspiration, the endless well. North Idaho is snow country which can be tough but it is also incredibly gorgeous.
I had a friend in college named Andrew Hofmeister. He was a retired art professor at Washington State University. He was a huge artistic influence on me, I wish I would have told him that. At the time he owned a family vacation home on Flathead Lake in Montana. He let me stay up there periodically, in the basement of his cabin. Mr Hofmeister told me “be inspired but don’t let the view dictate your painting”. I think about that a lot, I hope he would appreciate my work now. I am pretty directly influenced by nature but it is the mood and movement of paint that are my key subjects. Now I have a studio and live roughly half way between WSU and his former cabin in Montana.
A quick little glimpse into my studio today. This painting is starting to take shape. Mood, mystery and atmosphere always elements I pursue in my work. Have a great weekend.
Ten miniatures with gold leaf edges are at Abend Gallery and will be on display at the LA Art Show. I also have two larger paintings that will part of the exhibit.
Abend contacted me months ago and asked me to provide paintings for the exhibit. So happy to participate!
These small paintings are from a bonus instagram account named cult_of_doodle. Last year I was using left over paint at the end of the day and painting little images without planning. It was a liberating and exciting way to paint. I found that it spawned new creative ideas and helped me generate more expressive work. We shall see if this continues…
Here I am installing a floater frame on a painting that was recently purchased. A silly little video that gives you a behind the scenes look at some of the additional work involved with my job.
Inside my studio on a very cold December morning. A dream of sunshine and light as the snow brings silence.
A scene from my studio with a new painting on the easel. I always loved this Damien Jurado song as well…
A small colorful painting on the studio table. I have now painted a lot of 10” and 12” panels. I wanted to do many more but I need to focus on some of my commissions so these will be on the back burner.