Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Along the upper Ross Maxwell

"Along the upper Ross Maxwell"
16"x20", oil on panel

No doubt one of the prettiest drives within Big Bend National Park is the Ross Maxwell scenic drive that takes you from mountain plateau to the desert floor on a winding and descending non stop sensory overload. This scene is painted from one of the many beautiful vistas on the drive.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Field with Coreopsis

"Field with Coreopsis"
11"x14", oil on linen panel

A few modifications to the back and mid grounds then some detail to the fore ground coreopsis and it's complete.

Building up the values and adding some details, still very loose and using the largest brush possible.

Here I start separating back ground from mid ground and establishing darker values.

At this point I begin to add broad washes of color, keeping everything loose and spontaneous.

To start this piece I sketched directly to the canvas with thin washes of burnt sienna.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Dappled Light

Dappled Light
8"x10" oil on panel

I loved the play of light in this scene. Texas springtime bluebonnets and dappled light under the oaks. 

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Just a little Blue

"Just a little Blue"
Oil on panel, 6"x6"

A small study of Oaks and bonnets

Monday, August 15, 2016

Oaks on 311

"Oaks on 311"

Oil on linen canvas panel, 11"x14"
This painting was started en plain aire north of San Antonio off hwy 311.
It was later finished in the studio.

Friday, July 1, 2016


"Chisos", 6"x6" oil on panel
I actually started this painting a long time ago, but what has become rather normal for me is to rework my paintings until I find nothing to change. Sometimes they sit for a long time before I revisit them. Different is not necessarily better but maybe closer to my vision.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Montell Creek Crossing

"Montell Creek Crossing"
16"x20" Oil on Canvas


Cactus and Trees

Cactus and Trees
8"x10", Oil on panel

A study of cactus and trees in the hill country.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Somewhere in Texas

"Somewhere in Texas"
24"x30" oil on linen canvas


Oaks in the Hills

"Oaks in the Hills"
16"x20" oil on linen panel


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Early Spring in Texas

"Early Spring in Texas"
11"x14" oil on linen panel


Saturday, February 6, 2016

Oak and Wildflowers

Oak and Wildflowers
12"x16", Oil on panel

I found this scene east of Fredericksburg, Texas. I modified it a bit as the field did not have any flowers but the nearby roadside was loaded with bluebonnets and indian paintbrush so I conveniently added them to this field along with a few cactus pads.

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Fence Line

Fence Line
10"x8" Oil on panel

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Spring Fed

Spring Fed
Oil on linen panel, 16"x20"

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Morning in the Hills

Morning in the Hills, 
Oil on canvas, 40"x40"

Not a good photograph as the painting is just to large for me to get a decent image of. 
I had fun painting this, as it is an entirely made up scene. 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Rush Hour

30"x40" Oil on canvas.

I can not seem to get a good photo across this entire piece. One side is always over or under lit. In this case, the right side is blown out a bit with glare from light coming from a window across the room. The lower right cactus actually has far more range of color. The smaller detail image is a closer resemblance to the actual. Anyway, I have worked on this piece for quite a while, never feeling good about it, something always bothering me so I let it sit for a while then came back to it with a clear understanding of what I didn't like about it and why. I proceeded to repaint those areas until I was satisfied with each area. Seeing it small always makes me see other things I don't like but other than a few minor adjustments here and there it is now pretty much complete.

UPDATE: New photo, much better

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Cactus and Rocks

Oil on panel, 6"x8"

This was painted from an old 3.5"x5" photo print. I took great liberty with the overall shape of the cactus and color. The cactus was growing out of tall weeds which I replaced with the rocks.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Golden October

Oil on canvas, 16"x20"
I can't seem to get a good photo as my reds and oranges are a bit dull in the photo. This is a made up scene painted with a split complementary color scheme.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A Touch of Green on the Arroyo

Oil on canvas, 24"x36"

This is a scene from Big Bend National Park and is a re work of a painting I did a few years ago. The entire fore ground has been modified. I wanted to draw the viewer into the scene through the arroyo then lead the eye back up the mountain.

It is framed and available on my website

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Around the Bend

11"x14" Oil on linen panel

I think I found this scene between Kerrville and Bandera, Texas. I painted it with much expression and saturated color. The clouds are a bit blown out in the photo, more color and detail in the actual piece.