Artist's Statement

A quote from Grant Wood describes a condition from which he and many of us suffer: taking too much for granted. Wood said, "...To my great joy, I discovered that in the very commonplace, in my native surroundings, were decorative adventures and that my only difficulty had been in taking them too much for granted." Woods' words ring with truth. My goal as an artist is to capture the wonder of the often overlooked ordinary, the commonplace beauty around us, those little details that make all the difference in our daily lives. The rough hue of rocks, lush blue woodlands, weathered wood grains, and distant meandering dirt roads never cease to appeal to me. I attempt to share the beauty from which routine blinds us. My work can be purchased on ebay or by contacting me personally.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Believe Panel #3

I just don't think I'm finished with Christmas yet. I have some more Christmas paintings to go.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Midnight Ride 22x24 $350.00

Santa is well into his night's work by now, not stopping until the last delivery is made. This painting was inspired by a summer's night full moon. I had never painted plein air duri
ng night hours. The sleigh and company were an afterthought.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Loading Up 18x24 $400.00 (framed)

Santa has to pack tightly in  order to load up all the toys, so he starts two days before Christmas Eve night. Everything needs to be secure for the big lift off.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Frosty and Rudolph

If this rain had been snow today, we would have snow to the roof lines. What a wet day!

Friday, December 20, 2013


Santa's elves are in a frenzy these days trying to finish the work in time for Christmas Eve and the big lift. They have been at this job for a long time, so they know the ropes. Consider the job done.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Poinsettias 38x44

This piece sold last year to a couple in Birmingham. The wife purchased the painting for her husband, which is not the way the scenario usually operates. You got to love a man who appreciates art, right???

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Santa in Blue 16x20

I have always liked the Old World Santas, the tall, gaunt ones that look tired and worn. The blue Santa doesn't qualify as Old World, although I did enjoy painting him because he WAS blue, a far cry from the traditional red. I need to begin to get my thoughts together for a real Old World Santa and paint him out of season. I consider the non Christmas season the most productive time for painting holiday pieces. Not sure why...

Monday, December 16, 2013

Skiing Santa 16x20

My all time favorite Santa would be this one, old Skiing Santa. I enjoyed painting him and enjoyed looking at him. Any Santa is whimsical, but this one especially so. I paint for many reasons, but one is the pure joy of a piece like this.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Smoking Santa 16x20

When I first painted this I wondered if Santa's puffing on a pipe would be offensive to the nonsmoking world. No offense is intended, but my granddad smoked a pipe and my dad a cigar. Despite the hazards of smoking, I must admit the smell of either brings a wave of pleasant memories.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

We Three Trees 16x20

I would like to see snow this winter, just to dress up the landscape for a few days.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

You Better Watch Out 5x7 $75.00

Remember when you actually believed that Santa was watching to see if you were naughty or nice?  Ah, those were the days...

Monday, December 9, 2013

Santa's Night Out 22x24 $300.00

As a kid, I thought there was an vast eternity between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Now, the holidays run over me, and I'm left wondering what happened. Let's slow this affair and savor the moments.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Sleigh Ride With Santa.16x16 $175.00

A sleigh ride is on my bucket list and one with the big guy would be over the top. I think I hear jingling of bells in the distance...

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Big Guy Enroute 3"x4"

My daughter asked me to paint a series of miniature Santas for her, and this one is my maiden attempt. The remaining ones are of another pose. Despite their similarities, Santa's face is always different in expression and character. I like that. Aren't all of us unique, yet basically the same? Santa is no exception. Here's to you, Emilee.