01 March, 2020

Mesa Verde AiR

Big news! I will be the Artist in Residence at Mesa Verde National Park the first two weeks in May. I'm so excited for this wonderful opportunity to spend some real time in this environment steeped in culture and history. Mesa Verde is not only a US national park, it is a World Heritage Site.

I'm extremely interested in the connections that people, or a people, form with specific places. So being able to explore a place such as Mesa Verde, home to the ancestral Pueblo people, holds a lot of promise for me. I have a lot of learning and research to do before the residency, and am looking forward to my time there.

Let me say how much I love our national parks. Not only do they preserve and protect areas of great natural beauty and cultural significance, but the national parks service makes these wonderful places accessible to all. That is such an important mission. But there is another thing they do for us as a nation that I have never seen mentioned: the parks are outstanding ambassadors for the USA. Every time I have been to a national park, I meet people that are visiting from other countries. I'm so pleased and proud that these visitors know us as a people who value our special places enough to set them aside for preservation. Thanks, NPS....long may you serve.

The image for this post is from the Mesa Verde Museum Association. I haven't been there yet to take my own picture. https://www.mesaverde.org

03 January, 2020

Happy New Year

2019 was a little exhausting, and I am glad 2020 is here! Last year I had two solo exhibitions and participated for the first time in the White Rock Lake Artists' Studio Tour. Those three events really kept me busy, and I had to stay on task even though there were so many bright and shiny distractions. In addition, I participated in several other juried exhibitions.

So it was a very good year, but I didn't have much time for play or experimentation. Both of those things are important in my art practice, and I have missed them.

Already there are two or three group shows in the works for 2020, and I am the organizer of the first one, coming up in March. I'll be returning to Big Bend soon to sketch and gather material for the series of old adobe homes I started last year. Other local urbanscape ideas are percolating as well.

Even so, I'm looking forward to a little slower pace and especially to having more time for play. I hope you have some playtime, too.

White Rock Elder 2

There are some very old trees around White Rock Lake in Dallas, which is not far from my home. They have all been through a lot of bad weather and droughts. Many were sadly destroyed by storms in 2019. I'm doing portraits like this of some of the ones that are left.

White Rock Elder 2
acrylic and gouache on panel
8x6 inches

This painting is varnished and can be displayed without glass.

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02 December, 2019

Clear Day

This is a view of the formation in Big Bend that is called The Window. Sometimes the sky is such a bright and intense blue that it is darker than the cliffs and rocks. This was a day like that, crisp and clear. I'll be going back to Big Bend soon and am itching to make some new studies there.

Clear Day
watercolor and gouache on gessoed 300 lb. rag paper, matted

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18 October, 2019


I picked this leaf up when I was taking photos of some trees for larger paintings. Brought it home and painted its dramatic portrait from life.

watercolor and graphite on panel
6 x 6 inches

Artwork is varnished and can be displayed without glass.


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16 October, 2019

Live Oak Twig

One of my favorite things to do is picking up random things off the sidewalk and making studies of them. This can be done any time of the year, but is particularly rewarding in autumn.

Live Oak Twig
acrylic, watercolor, carbon pencil, graphite, and colored pencil on archival panel
5 x 7 inches


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09 October, 2019

Water Music

I 'm lucky to live close to the Dallas Arboretum and go there often to paint. In this view, I liked the way the curves of the water in the burbling fountain echo the curves in the gateway sculpture.

Water Music
watercolor on 100% rag paper, matted
10.5 x 7 inches


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