In a way, thru synergism with the painting, It's as if I can feel nature singing. I can picture some of these psalms!
Let the heavens and the earth give praise to him, the seas, and everything moving in them.
Let the streams make sounds of joy with their hands; let the mountains be glad together.
Give praise to him, you sun and moon: give praise to him, all you stars of light.
The grass-land is thick with flocks; the valleys are full of grain; they give glad cries and songs of joy.
I live and work in the Gateway to the Southwest. I am a native to Pueblo and to Colorado, but have ties to New Mexico and Texas also. I love western themes, cactus flowers, mission churches, and the Rocky Mountains.
I majored in graphic design and have a B.S. at the Univ. of So. Colo. I met my wife in a watercolor class in college and still have the painting that I painted and gave to her that day. I have working graphic design, photography, and computers. Recently I quit a 22-year career as a real estate appraiser, to paint full time. My wife Cheryl has made that all possible, but it has also been with the help and support of my children, family, and close friends. I attend Ascension Episcopal Church in Pueblo, where Irene and I work with high school aged teens. You can tell that we are currently studying the Psalms.
I have recently attended an excellent workshop by Ron Ranson thru Art in the Mountains, that changed how I paint, and allowed painting to be even more fun. I have been in many shows in the past year, but was especially honored to get into the Pueblo Bank & Trust Christmas Art Show. I have had the great help of other artists, and some of them are listed among the links. I am a member of the Southern Colorado Watercolor Society, and have found those folks to be a big inspiration and a lot of help.
Most of my current work is available to be viewed at my sister's hair salon "Tracy's Place for Hair" and she has been one of my biggest supporters. Most of the pieces on this site are available as giclee prints. Sizes and quantities can be customized. I would be happy to provide quotes. Prices will be posted as this site develops. In many cases the original matted or matted & framed art is also available for purchase. I make greeting cards from almost all of the paintings, and they are available printed on watercolor paper, and attached to a blank greeting card folder, and with an envelope, for $3.50 each or 3 for $10.
I am thrilled to do commission paintings, and am willing to attempt most any subject. Prices are reasonable, and you will not be obligated, in most cases, to purchase the final painting unless you are fully satisfied. I usually provide a mock-up of the final painting for pre-approval. I am anxious for people to submit their favorite photos for me to consider as painting material.
The painting I finished the day I met my wife Cheryl, Dec. 5th 1977. I gave it to her, and she kept it... go figure...
A sketch of my wife from when we were newly wed, plus a scribble (that looks like a blanket, and looks like it belonged) added by my daughter Beth, while she was very young
A very old charcoal sketch of my grandfather's church in New Mexico.
I love the way watercolors work! When the paint hits wet paper, it flies, spreads and drifts. It is the only medium I know that participates in the process. I feel as if the painting has it's own spirit. Sometimes the brush just flies across the page, and my conscious mind steps back and watches. People say that the left side of the brain takes over, I prefer to think of it as inspiration.
The truce shall set you free
"My wife and I have been married for a while now, and I'd have to say that our marriage is better than ever. Partly because we've stood the test of time. Partly because neither of us has regrets in this particular area.
But mainly because after you've been married to the same person for a long time, you arrive at a kind of truce. There's no point in fighting any more over behavioral patterns. You've said and done every-thing and it didn't work, and ultimately none of it was a deal breaker, so you just both wave the white flag and have a hap-pier life together.
Maybe the problems in the Middle East would go away if the two warring factions married each other. Just a thought."