Changing Tides

Changing Tides

Posted by on Oct 12, 2018 in Blog | No Comments

Oh no, I’m turning into a boring landscape painter were the words that kept coming up as I was fully immersed in my most recent painting. Painting is so much about the process of searching. I don’t always know what I am looking for when I start a new piece, or maybe I have an idea but then it falls short of my expectations. But I am finding it is super important to stay clear in my mind about what I don’t want. This is usually an intuitive feeling, but when I can put it into words it can strengthen my resolve to move in another direction regardless of the hours spent.

The Clarity of Upside-downness

The Clarity of Upside-downness

Posted by on Sep 9, 2018 in Blog | No Comments

After a one month painting hiatus filled with travel and then back-to-school busyness, it always feels good to get back into the studio albeit a little daunting. I was able to jump back in and finish “Guano Rock” — a painting that I had begun the day before my travels. And then I reworked “Cave, Hope.” But what next?

Yes, More Like This!

Yes, More Like This!

Posted by on Jul 13, 2018 in Blog | No Comments

The only thing that I have figured out is that these five recent paintings feel more like what I am currently searching for. There is a certain energy that I am feeling in both the working process and result.

Just Get to the Next Aid Station

Just Get to the Next Aid Station

Posted by on Jun 21, 2018 in Blog | No Comments

Just get to the next aid station. These are words that if you are involved with long distance running you might have heard before. (If you’re not a runner, stick with me, I promise to talk about painting.)

Rainforests, Waterfalls & Icebergs

Rainforests, Waterfalls & Icebergs

Posted by on Apr 29, 2018 in Blog | No Comments

Besides the idea of water in various forms, what do these three paintings have in common? Well I’m thinking if I hadn’t painted Tidefall and Iceberg first, Rainforest Beach would have been an entirely different painting.

Marin Magazine Cover Contest

Marin Magazine Cover Contest

Posted by on Apr 23, 2018 in Blog | No Comments

I am happy to have been selected as a finalist in Marin Magazine’s Annual Cover Competition. You can pick up a copy of the May issue, available now, to see the winner and four finalists. To participate in the competition, you have to either be an artist living in Marin, submit an image depicting Marin, or have a gallery in Marin.

Night Sky Calling

Night Sky Calling

Posted by on Apr 7, 2018 in Blog | No Comments

The night sky draws me in. Especially when I am in nature far away from city lights. It gives one perspective, the tiny little specks that we are, and ignites a universe of dreams and possibilities within. Celestial events are also superbly fascinating to me and I love the shared awe often experienced worldwide. This year, I eagerly hit the trails in the wee early hours to view the full totality phase during the rare Super Blue Blood Moon.

A Most Perplexing Painting

A Most Perplexing Painting

Posted by on Mar 2, 2018 in Blog | No Comments

It is hard to describe how completely confounding this painting has been. I have spent a ridiculous amount of time on it. RIDICULOUS. Not that it really matters in the end. But in my past paintings, monumental efforts could usually be visible in the final image in terms of detail and/or size of the piece. In this piece, it was failure after failure after failure, and sheer stubbornness to keep trying something new, something different, until I could get some sense of resolution. I think it is finished, for now at least as there is nothing I wish to change.

I Think I Am Getting Somewhere

I Think I Am Getting Somewhere

Posted by on Feb 9, 2018 in Blog | No Comments

Famous last words, as when I finally “arrive” the desired destination will likely change. But here is what I know today. I am super excited about the painting I have been working on. Not the end result yet — and it remains to be seen whether I can get it to that point, but it’s the way I am painting that I am excited about. While I do like the last few paintings I have done, they feel like transitional pieces now that are helping to get me more to where I want to be.

That Place On The Top Of The Hill

That Place On The Top Of The Hill

Posted by on Jan 5, 2018 in Blog | No Comments

I am happy to be finished with this painting and pleased with the final result. If you read my “How To Be A Messy Painter” post a few weeks back you’ll recognize that the detail shot stayed intact in the final painting, hooray!