Oil on panel, 6" x 6". This yellow-headed blackbird is enjoying a breakfast of grass seeds on a foggy morning at Crooked River Wetlands. Available for purchase, unframed. The panel is 1" deep with a stained edge, appropriate for hanging with or without a frame.
Oil on hardboard, 6" x 6". The soft and fuzzy looking Teddy Bear Cactus is anything but. Densely covered with sharp spines which protect it from the harsh desert sun, it is best not to touch, no matter how cuddly it appears. This scene is of the Cholla Cactus Garden in the lower Colorado Desert section of Joshua Tree National Park.
Oil on hardboard, 6" x 6". A sliver of a moon glows in the deep blue night sky just after sunset in southeastern Oregon. We think of this as moonrise, but the moon on this date was actually chasing the setting sun, dipping below the horizon just a few hours later.
Oil on hardboard, 6" x 6". The fog just started rolling in and flattened out my view. What attracted me to this image was the way the colors reminded me so much of an art noveau piece from the late 1800s.
Oil on hardboard, 6" x 6". Just after the sun ducked under the horizon at Bob Creek on the Oregon coast, there is just enough light to shine through the crashing waves. Private collection
Oil on hardboard, 6" x 6". Early spring Balsamroot coloring the hillside yellow on the rim of Lake Billy Chinook, along what was the Crooked River Canyon before the rivers were damned to create the lake.
Oil on hardboard, 6" x 6". Ephedra viridis, or Green Mormon Tea as it is commonly known, grows throughout the Great Basin region. Although it isn't the showiest desert shrub, it packs a lot of punch in the broad range of medicinal uses. It is used in modern medicine to treat sinus illnesses such as hay fever, common colds, and sinusitis. Available for purchase
Oil on hardboard, 6" x 8". A school of grey snapper, Lutjanus griseus, peeks out at me from behind a reef. If you have a sharp eye, you might also spot the tiny masked goby, Coryphopterus personatus, hanging out on the reef. The variety of coral species in this one small area is tremendous, creating a crazy living patchwork of color, a painter's dream! Private Collection
Oil on hardboard, 6" x 4". Caribbean Reef Squid, Sepioteuthis sepioidea. Squid have the biggest eyes on earth, with the colossal squid sporting an eye the size of a soccer ball and weighing in over 25 pounds. Those big eyes collect a lot of light and give them an advantage when hunting in low light. They also help them spot predators which would love a meal of calamari. Private collection
Oil on linen, 12" x 16". The fog rolls in as the day comes to an end, subduing the color and form of an island of shore pines at the northern end of the Oregon Dunes. Introduced European beach grass, seen here at the top of the sand rise, eats away at the sand each year, making the dunes a little smaller with every passing year. Unless we find a way to stop the spread of the grass, North America's largest coastal dunes will be replaced with an evergreen forest. Available for purchase, framed.
Oil on hardboard, 12" x 9". A lone coastal willow grows amongst the grass at the edge of the dune. Visible just above the grass in the distance, a barrier dune and the mouth of the Siltcoos river, or Tsilt Coos, as known in the local Coosan language give way to the Pacific Ocean. Private collection.
Oil on hardboard, 6" x 8". A typical foggy morning at Dean Creek finds the majority of the elk herd resting. The rut is just beginning, and the reigning bull bugles a warning call to the bachelor herd in the distance. Available for purchase, framed
Oil on hardboard, 10" x 8". A big wave crashes on a rock normally occupied by resting Stellar and California sea lions on the Oregon coast. Available for purchase, unframed.
Oil on linen panel, 8" x 6". A cluster of curl leaf mountain mahogany breaks up the rolling golden grass covered hills that are found at higher elevations in southeastern Oregon. Mountain mahogany can live 1,350 years, making them some of the oldest flowering plants on earth. Available for purchase, unframed
Oil on linen panel, 8" x 8". Spring comes to Devil's Lake in the Central Oregon Cascades as the ice melts to reveal the beautiful turquoise waters of this shallow mountain lake. Available for purchase, unframed
Oil on linen, 30" x 23". A great egret glides effortlessly across the summer sky. The pale green face and long feather plumes extending down to its feet show that breeding season is here. This bird is common throughout the Americas, and this individual was observed flying over the crocodile infested Tarcoles river in Costa Rica. Available for purchase, framed
Oil on hardboard, 10" x 8". A dilapidated shack stands at the base of Whychus Canyon in Central Oregon, calling back to early settlement of the area, which was a popular stop along the Santiam Wagon Trail in the late 1800s. Available for purchase, unframed
Oil on stretched linen, 20"x16". Late summer in the high country of Hart Mountain Antelope Refuge finds this pronghorn buck and does enjoying the expansive view. A lonely mountain mahogany punctuates the expansive sagebrush steppe of southeastern Oregon's high desert country. Available for purchase, unframed
Oil on linen panel, 10"x8". Just before sunset, the last bit of light peaks over the ridge at my back, bathing Spanish Flat in a warm golden light. The sagebrush and juniper, shaded by the ridge of Hart Mountain in Lake County, Oregon, take on the soft subtle colors of the Great Basin. Available for purchase, framed
Oil on hardboard, 8"x6". The view looking west from Malheur National Wildlife Refuge showing typical Great Basin juniper and sagebrush and rock outcroppings that dominate the landscape. Available for purchase, framed
Oil on hardboard, 8"x6". Malheur Marsh study exploring the patchwork of colors found in the autumn wetlands. Available for purchase, framed Anyone who has lived through an active wildfire season in the West will recognize the strange colors and lighting you see when wildfire smoke is hanging in the sky. The hazy look in the distant hills is from lingering smoke during the most destructive fire season in Oregon history.
Oil on linen panel 8"x8". During an outing to my local alpaca farm, I held up my cell phone in selfie mode and this curious alpaca came to check out her own good looks on my phone screen so I snapped a few photos. Apparently, she has been enjoying some alfalfa because she still has some green globs on her lips. Available for purchase, framed.
Oil on hardboard 12'x12". A group of terns in winter plumage, comprised of three Royal and one Sandwich Tern, rest in the surf along Florida's gulf coast. Private collection.
Oil on hardboard, 12" x 12". The late afternoon sun illuminates the steppe in the land of basin and range. The warm greens, violet shadows, and golden light are the essence of the subtle beauty of the high desert. Available for purchase, framed
Oil on hardboard, 3" x 2". A typical scene on Washington's Pacific coast. Private collection.
Oil on hardboard, 4" x 6". The gentle waves of the Gulf of Mexico deliver a meal to this little shore bird. Private collection
Oil on hardboard, 8" x 6". A herd of pronghorn bathed in the morning light in southeastern Oregon. Private collection.
Oil on hardboard, 3" x 2.5". Bullock's Oriole in a willow tree. Available for purchase, framed
Oil on hardboard, 10" x 8". Fiery sunset over southern the southern Arizona desert. Private collection.
Oil on hardboard, 8" x 6". Hart Mountain as seen from the east. The northern point of the butte catches the sun peeking between the clouds in late summer when the rabbit brush is in bloom. Private Collection.
Oil on hardboard, 3" x 3". Northwest native rose blooming with a profusion of sweet smelling, dainty pink blossoms. Private collection.
Oil on hardboard, 3" x 3". The late afternoon sun peeks over the rise of Hart Mountain and baths the plain in golden light. Private collection.
Oil on hardboard, 6" x 4". The rain dries up before it hits the ground over Poker Jim Ridge. Private Collection.
Ink on mulberry paper, 6" x 6", hand pulled linocut. Fall training in the ponderosas with a couple of lucky dogs. Signed and numbered original print edition of 8, available for purchase.
Ink on mulberry paper, 6" x 6", hand pulled linocut. Inspired by our backyard chicken Lucy, a good friend and egg layer. Signed and numbered original print edition of 7, available for purchase.
Oil on hardboard, 9" x 8". A redhead and canvasback duck and study in watery reflections. Private Collection.
Oil on hardboard 8"x6". A pair of pronghorn does on their summer range in southeastern Oregon. Available for purchase, unframed
Oil on hardboard, 6" x 8". Looking towards Beaty's Butte through the skeleton of a burned curlleaf mountain mahogany from Hart Mountain in southeastern Oregon. Private Collection.
Oil on hardboard, 8" x 6". Deep blue shadows bath the steep walls of Hart Canyon. Private collection
Oil on hardboard, 12" x 9". The Crooked River Canyon glows in the afternoon sun in contrast to the cool violets and greens of the sagebrush and juniper on Otter Bench. Private collection.
Oil on Linen, 8" x 6". My friend's cabin in the woods along the lady Deschutes river. Private collection
Oil on canvas, 36" x 36". The moon rises over the sagebrush and shortgrass covered high desert plateau. Private collection
Acrylic on canvas, 48" x 15". Ibis and snowy egrets feeding on Sanibel Island. Available for purchase, framed
Oil on hardboard, 3" x 2.5". A bachelor pronghorn makes his way to the watering hole. Private collection.