Floating the Snake River in Wyoming at dusk was such a treat, made even more special because friends getting married chose to share this event with so many! I have fond memories of this beautiful place.
This was one of those paintings that makes the struggle worth it, at least for the moment! I was of course attracted to the wonderful affect of the sun setting behind the mountain here. This painting then became an exercise in using my palette knife, which was great fun!
Milk and Honey 24x24
Sunset over the National Elk Refuge north of Jackson, WY. is a magical sight as Elk Creek becomes a silver ribbon meandering along the valley floor.
“Happy Hour” speaks both to this time of day when fishing on a beautiful river, and to the hour one might gravitate toward this fine Wine Cabinet. Coincidentally, they both are about the same time of day!
The Happy Hour Wine & Liquor Cabinet is a one of a kind piece designed by Laurie Stevens and Jack Lyons, and then built by Lyons who is a Master cabinet maker. We feel it could easily be the focal point in any home or special surrounding.
Summer on the Hi-Line 20x20
Summer on the Hi-Line is about the vast expanse of Montana sky and the summer storms that frequent the high prairie.
I’m a sucker for lily pads. One summer in Whitefish, MT. I was out at the marina and was lucky enough to find not only lily pads, but a duck happily floating among them. Together, the subject was irresistible!
First Bloom 12x16
The first thing to bloom in the mountains of west central Montana is often the Crocus, or Pasque flower. You can often find them raising their delicate heads above a blanket of snow, joyous and happy to be delivering the first sign of spring!
"Team Work" gun cabinet
The “Team Work” Gun Cabinet is a commission done for the man that owns the Montana ranch and the English Setter hunting dogs pictured. We feel the title speaks to the way the dogs work, and to our combined efforts in creating this cabinet as well. “Team Work” is a one of a kind, custom piece designed and created by Jack Lyons and Laurie Stevens, and then built by Lyons who is a Master cabinetmaker. The cabinet is handcrafted of solid walnut with antler door pulls, patinaed, corrugated metal side and back panels; display storage for 10 shotguns, and two lower pull out storage shelves. The cabinet is 86H x 50W x 24D. The painting is oil on gessoed board and is 47″H x 30″W.
As Summer into Autumn Goes 24x24 for web
When the leaves turn golden and the air is crisp, the world is mystical. The first snow on the high peaks tells of the time to come.
Water Lilies 20x24
I’ve done quite a few paintings of water lilies over the years. This was the first painting, and still one of my favorites. They were all inspired by beautiful places in Montana or Yellowstone Park where I’ve happened to find the lilies growing.
East of the Divide 12x16
Just as you crest the hill going west and drop down into the beautiful Augusta, Montana valley, this is your view. The front range of the Rocky’s, and Scapegoat Mountain always makes me smile. This ranch was the home of good friends.
The Home Place 16x16
Just as you turn into our Y Worry Ranch, this view is ahead of you. Mount Cecelia rises protectively over the Knapp Creek
valley; the early morn casting a pink hue over this majestic lady. The people of the neighboring ranch house are already awake at the start of a new day.
A Good Day 16x20
Brown’s Lake was the place a few Mom’s and I took kids camping, a quiet lake with calm water where the kids could kayak and play. I’ve done quite a few paintings of that pretty place.
Summer Storm 12x16
I just love the look of the summer storm clouds as they roll across the horizon, especially at sunset. This cloud bank was escorting in a much needed rain.
Trois Seurs 12x12
Trois Soeurs, or Three Sisters is one of the series of paintings I’ve done of water lilies. This one is truer color than many. For some reason, many of my water lily paintings have gone to the pink tones!
Last Light of Day 8x8
Driving through the canyon at dusk I caught a glimpse of this tiny sliver of light on the top of the mountain, just before the sun went down. It’s exciting to see something so special!
Late in the Day 20x24
Summers when my girls were little sometimes meant camping trips with a few friends – Mom’s and a pile of kids. This is reminiscent of that time, late in the day when the water was like glass and crimson in color.
Beneath the Mountains 11x14
Painting en plein air south of Missoula, I did this painting pretty much on location. I’ve always liked it as it has a fresh style I often don’t get when doing a studio painting. There are reasons we should all paint outdoors more often!
The Blue Gate 8x10
A friend and I were painting these old buildings along the river one summer. I loved the blue gate, a testimonial to past life.
A Shady Spot in Paradise 20x20
One of the things I love about nature is the camouflage that serves to protect so many creatures. This little frog’s coloring, and also the fact that he was hiding behind the lily flower made him unlikely to be seen, even when looking in that direction. Wonderful!
Time of Yellow Leaves 20x24
Fall in Montana brings not just beautiful fall color, but sometimes crisp cold, the pungent smell of decaying leaves, rich wet earth, and the fresh smell of the wind. Every time I see this painting I am reminded of that cold, foggy beautiful day – and trying to stay warm while we painted outdoors!