Monday, December 14, 2015

December heat...

You may be questioning the title here and questioning if I am referring to our nearly week long temps being above 70's, or if I'm referring to color temperature. The former wins out. It's felt like summer here in southern Va. I've been loving it but it doesn't really feel like Christmas is a week away! Anyone out there interested, I'm running a 30% off special since we are so close to Christmas. Just email me for the special! The special also includes free shipping! 

Here are a few paintings I've been working on recently! Hope you like!

Williamsburg life

Virginia passageways
11 x 14

Last of the color

Littles Dairy Farm

Friday, November 27, 2015

Giving thanks

On this holiday weekend we should all be filled with thanks! If God hadn't of decided to put you on this earth what would you be? There is a purpose for your life, are you living up to his glory? Are you thankful for all of the blessings he has bestowed upon you?

" Those who trust in the Lord are like Mt. Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever " - Psalm 125:1

I am thankful for all of you who appreciate my art, who purchase my art, and who always keep my head above the waters (my ego). Thank you for allowing me to paint and carry on Gods blessing to me. I hope you all have a blessed time here and give thanks to those who deserve it. 

Here is some info on my next show. Opening reception next Thursday at Gallery Flux in Ashland, va. Here are my pieces for that show

Studio Life

Friday, November 6, 2015

Why we ALL need art in our lives....

I often think of the ordinary people who are going to and fro in their lives and how much more meaningful each of their lives would be if they would collect original art.  I consider myself a very blessed man, have God on my side, have a very loving family that allows me to pursue my destiny, and a lovely woman to share her love and support. I often think and Annalise why art is so special. Some days I find myself seeking the abstract qualities of a scene... Like this painting....

Sanbridge light
Plein air 

....Sanbridge Light has to me many abstract qualities like shape movement and qualities behind the grays, with its warms and cools.... Or another one of mine here in Blackstone,Va....

Shadows of Faith

This painting was purely about the qualities of abstract shapes and marksmanship. Every time I approach a scene we must ask ourselves, "what is this about". In this case, the way the light was laying on the building was my focal point. So I simply went after that. 

Catching a feeling is essential to painting outdoors, catching that little moment in time! Ahhhh! That's where it's at! I hope you are inspired and I hope you would respond with your reasons for painting, here are a few recent works as well, take care... God bless!

Along the James 

Newport Harbor

Sunset over the water

Anderson Tire

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Break out your earth tones

Hi folks! I know it has been awhile, over a month since positing! Yowzah!! Have you been as busy as I have? Wow, it's been a beautiful fall. Not to take up your time too much but here are some paintings!! 
And a video of the process!

Secret Hole

New River Gorge, WV

The Ole Kitchen, tuckahoe Plantation

Going in style

Just Chilling

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

"Eden Aire" exhibit plus wine country... This weekend!

Hi folks, 
An exciting update today to say that my exhibit "Eden Aire" is up and ready for your eyes! Opening reception is this Friday September 11!  Onsite are over 30 paintings, their main subject being the Sky, embarks on how light transforms our heavens with subsets and sunrises, midday paintings and just after a good hard rain paintings! I really do hope you can come by For Arts Sake Gallery this Friday and say hi! It's sure to be eye popping art! 

And some more recent works from the easel....

Wilkerson Farm
16 x 20

From Up On Hight

Heat along the James

From the easel... "passage to a higher view"

Also I'd like to invite out to Floyd Va. This weekend for an exciting new painting event where some of Va.'s finest Plein air painters gather at the Chateau Morrisette for a Plein air weekend wit a quick draw held on Sunday from 9-11:30. Paintings go up for auction from the days painting and mingle with 19 artist! Check out for more information! 
See everyone real soon, take care!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Artist paint Ocean City, MD. and Beyond!.....

Hi folks
I was lucky enough to be invited to Ocean City MD. for their 10th annual "Artist paint the OC" plein air event.
Having participated in these plein air events for over 6 yrs I am searching with in myself and always going back and forth as to the legitimacy of these Plein air events.....Although my views are personal they are a chance to communicate with the public and possibly pick up new clients, meet new artist friends along the way, and to have a very productive couple of days. Its a great way to base ones own skill level and be inspired by others's great work. It has always forces me to bring my "A" game and the quick draw's always force you to not question your brush application and go with your gut. Anywho, here are my fab five from the 2 day event and a 6th from my quick draw. Also a few more from the road....
enjoy, thanks for taking a look!

please check back soon to see these on my Etsy Page.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Keeping out of the heat and preparing for my gallery show "Eden Aire"

Hi folks I am excitedly nearing my 40+ paintings for my show that is happening the month of September. "Eden Aire" opening reception will be September 11 at 6pm. I hope to see you all there and bring along some friends! I am about a month out and time is now focused on getting paintings framed and all the little things in tuned. The opening and show will be held at For Arts Sake Gallery in Richmond,Va. September 11@6pm! See you there:)

Saturday, July 4, 2015

From the mountains of Wyoming down to the Hollars of West Virginia

Hi folks, I recently returned back to the gallery, back from a 4000+ mile road trip that took me through WV Hollars to delicious burgers in Cinncinati. From there along the Ohio to Ownesboro, Ky.  Straight through Nebraska to visit the famous Robert Henri's birth home in Cozad, Nebraska. Through the Wyoming plains and into the grand Teton national park. Trying to turn this into a painting journal as well and documenting for personal reference.

Babcock state park Griss Mill, WV

Down in the hollar Faith
8x 10

Here is a pair of paintings from West Virginia

Here is a painting from Ohio. While visiting a very good friend the little ones wanted to go fish so I got out my paints, they fished I painted, all were happy.

One fish, two fished

From Ohio it was on to Owensboro Ky to wish my college roommate farewell to bachelorhood as he carried his bride away with resounding cheers. Here is one from the hotel balcony along the Ohio River 
Above the Ohio

From there it was a beeline to Wyoming with a short stop in Cozad Nebraska where Robert Henri was born and raised until 15

Getting back to Wyoming was a refreshing trip with many great memories painting all over the state, namely my favorite Jackson Hole. Here's three I did in one day starting at sunup. 
  First light on the Tetons

Gros Ventre Light 

Goose Lake

Oh I almost forgot...before getting to Jackson I passed through Bondurant,Wy and I have always wanted to paint this very small town so I stopped along the Hoback River for these paintings

Bondurant Wy

Hoback River

This came from a photo reference that I did while at NIC fest in Casper Wy. 
The journey home was faster because my back was in need of a soft bed. Rushing through WV is not advisable in the rain at 11pm! But the next day I stopped in Buena Vista for this scene

Buena Vista Va

Home safe and sound with miles of rubber to clean out from in between my teeth. Thanks for going on this journey with me!! Take care!