The Artists Wife 32x24
“The Artist’s Wife”, 32x24, was my response to a painting of the same title by William Merit Chase, done in 1892. This piece, a self portrait, is full of symbolism. I had a lot of fun with that! It was chosen to grace the Classic Moments page of of the July / August 2018 Fine Art Connoisseur magazine; and was also was chosen as a Finalist in the 2018 Portrait Society of America’s “Members Only Competition” (in the Non-Commissioned Portrait Category)
The west was a wild place, and still can be! In surfing the web, I ran across a saloon sign for the Red Dog Saloon, and from that I imagined this painting. I’ve made up my own story. You can fill in the details! My model here, Robert Culbertson is someone I have loved to paint!
Little Star 24x24
Little Star was chosen for the Russell Museum CEO Award during the '08 Russell Auction. It is now part of their permanent collection.
My daughters danced when they were younger, and during that time we did a benefit art show for the Missouri River dance Co. The perk to the artists each year was a wonderful day long photo shoot! I loved this girl’s quiet contemplation.
Always Be Ready to Ride 30x24
Sometimes inspiration for a painting comes from unexpected places. I was surfing the web and came across this old rodeo poster. “Tip the clowns, be ready to ride”… a classic poster really. I built the painting around the poster and titled it from the poster. The cowboy is a model I’ve used, dressed in appropriate early 1900’s cowboy dress.
Moving On 18x24
Thomas, a Navajo Indian is a great model. During a photo shoot, I loved what seemed to be his joy to be riding a good horse, and the casual way he rode. It was all about enjoying the movement, and the moment.
Red Scarf 18x14
I have done several paintings of Robert and love not only his countenance, but the way he sits on a horse, the way he stands. He's fuel for an artist's brush! In this piece, I found as I painted that I was particularly drawn to the way the light hit his hat. You never quite know where a painting will take you!
Statehood Ceremony 18x12
One can magine that the Statehood Ceremonies as they came to be in the territories were very exciting – full of promise and hope – for most. This Sioux boy stands under an American Parade Flag, the kind that was used during Wyoming’s Statehood Celebration. His perspective, even as a young boy may have been different than those celebrating in the streets.
Jingle Bob 24x18
Jingle Bob is the real deal – a South Dakota cowboy, horse trainer, team driver. He has many stories to tell!
She Goes With Grace 30x24
What I had hoped to convey in this painting was this woman’s beauty and grace. She seemed to radiate an inner happiness. Transporting her to the 1800’s, I would like to think she loved this horse, and her life on the high plains.
I loved this horse. As a two year old he was gentle and mellow and took the time to think things out. This cowboy had been given the job of training him, and it was obvious when watching them together that this man was kind, a good trainer, and had gained the respect of this horse.
Heading for Home 36x36
I had pictures taken of some of my friend’s hired ranch hands. I loved this image of the horse racing home, backlit by the late afternoon sun and kicking up a cloud of dust. Unfortunately, the figure in this research was a young, strapping guy. I wanted this person to be a girl in my painting, and really needed the pigtail visually, so here she is! You can imagine that this guy was not too impressed when he saw images of the painting!
Riding the New Horse 30x30
I’ve always been interested in the history of the west, and how changing culture affects all. This painting speaks of that dynamic. Riding the New Horse is an oil on board.
Hector Inirio 24x30
This portrait is one of a series I've done for Phillips Academy in Andover, MA. The project is called "The Many Faces of Andover". Phillips Academy Collection.
Portrait of Yendi 24x30
This portrait is one of a series I've done for Phillips Academy in Andover, MA. The project is called "The Many Faces of Andover". Phillips Academy Collection