Crossroads, 28 x 20, oil on canvas

A lovely grey thoroughbred led by his groom enters the paddock at Keeneland racetrack in Lexington, Kentucky. The Fall sunlight is crisp and bright as it reflects off of his coat and the onlookers behind. Soon he will have a jockey up and will be led through the tunnel under the stands to the waiting …

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Like a Walk in the Park, 12 x 15, oil on panel

A post parade on a lovely sunny day, the coats of the young thoroughbred horses glistening as they dance next to their pony-horse escort, blue roan reflecting blue and violet in the sun while chestnut burns with cadmium red fire. Anticipation and excitement are in the air in advance of the physical test that is …

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“Flagtail Lookout”, 7 x 9, oil on panel

As I write this, we are in the grip of an Oregon Winter. The days are short, with the sun rising at 7 AM and setting at 4 PM. The long days of Summer are a distant memory, and yet, as I study this painting I remember the buzz of insects and the late morning …

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“The Little Cherry is in Bloom”, oil on panel, 10 x 8

Most of us feel that baby animals are cute, but I think baby trees are just as endearing. The way that they put out their leaves so bravely they seem to me like such harbingers of hope for the future. What is a more intoxicating sign of Spring than when a tree blossoms for the …

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“Moloa’a”, 8 x 6, oil on acid free board

We’d had thunderstorms all week of our vacation in Hawaii and this day was no exception. It was windy and threatening rain on this little beach at Moloa’a, Kauai. I set up under some Kamani trees that offered some shelter from the wind and watched the dance of clouds and light. By watching and waiting …

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“View of Ha’ena from Kenomene Beach” 7 x 9, oil on panel

This is the famous “Bali Hai” view (this location was used in the movie South Pacific) seen from a small cove below Princeville Ranch. The color of the water is really that color turquoise when the sun comes out. The intensity of the colors can be overwhelming and inspiring. The weather was pretty changeable and …

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View of Mamalahoa, oil on canvas panel, 8 x 10

Mamalahoa is the famous mountain that looms behind the small town of Hanalei on the island of Kaua’i. It’s pretty impressive with waterfalls and constantly changing light, a true challenge for any painter. One of the challenges for painting en plein air is dealing with the elements; the bugs, heat, sunburn, wind, sand that affects …

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Sailboats at Anchor, Hanalei, HI

I painted this piece from the end of the Hanalei Pier. The weather had been stormy with fog and clouds blowing in waves from ocean to shore. I had to set up, wait and have faith but eventually my patience was rewarded with a clear crystalline view of Ha’ena and the sailboats bobbing in the …

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