The high altitude Western mountain regions with their exposed, mineral-rich rock layers, vast ridge lines, uplifted summits and glacial erosion textures provide the source of visual exploration for my mountain paintings.
Working from actual locations as well as impressions of the mountain wilderness, I focus on the geology (above and below the horizon line), the rock textures, ridge lines and glacial lake reflections.
My color palettes are influenced by the seasonal colors and the ever changing visual effects weather casts across the summits.
Walking the Narrow Canyon Trail next to the North Fork of the South Platte River watching fly fishermen cast lines into the shadows of the blue-green waters, I began to contemplate the epic journey of these large Western rivers and how their thunderous water carves the rock into serpentine ribbons.
This new series of work focuses on the large Western rivers and the canyons they carve through to complete their journeys. The Rio Grande, the Colorado, Platte, Green and Snake Rivers have and will all influence these river paintings.
A collection of paintings inspired by color, shape and texture of the high altitude mountainous landscape during the peak of the Fall season when the Aspen and Cottonwood trees create a color spectacle across the land. Ridge lines and forests shift chromatic hues vividly during a 2 week spell in late Autumn. Turning from Summer Greens to bright yellows to oranges to reds to rusts to browns. The wide angle landscape creates islands of floating color. I chose to focus my painting on the shifting patches of vibrant color as it relates to the mountainous landscape at large.
These paintings are inspired by the high desert country of Utah stretching from the Western Slope of Colorado. Also known as the Great Basin, this ancient sea bed now evaporated has left behind a rock sculpture garden unlike anything I've seen before.
The golden hued sandstone rocks in a continuous state of erosion from water and wind, create a landscapes that is quite surreal and magical at dawn and sunset. From arches to hoodoos to towering slot canyons, I'm always in awe of this place.
These paintings are from actual locations usually within National Parks as well as impressions of the Great Basin landscape.
The red rock paintings are Inspired by the "Morrison Formation" rock layer that is centered in Wyoming and Colorado, with uplifted outcrops found all over the West.
This bright red rock is as old as the dinosaurs. It's radiant beauty shifts hues and saturation throughout the day and the seasons. The erosion from wind and water has created an ethereal landscape. Unusual "gardens" of rock formations are preserved as parks. Garden of the Gods in Colorado has been considered a sacred site and gathering place for over 3000 years for Native American tribes.
In these paintings, you will recognize some of my favorite landscapes such as Table Mountain in Golden, CO, South Valley Park in Morrison, Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs and Sand Dunes National Park.