Thursday, June 29, 2017

Red Poppies In Provence - o/c 20.75" x 24.75"

Gentle rolling hills outside of Aix-en-Provence on the drive to Mont Sainte-Victoire (Cezanne's Mountain) with clusters of vivid red poppies among the gnarly trees.

"Red Poppies in Provence" is the latest in the titled series of work. Painted from memories, I embellish the glorious landscape of these flowers within the blades of grass.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Early Moonrise - o/c 19.75" x 22.75"

I have created numerous paintings in oil of landscapes with a full moon in morning and evening in order to portray tranquility during that time of day. 

In "Early Moonrise" above, no breeze whispers to pass, so the distant river is without ripples.  Over decades, a section of the river has overflowed dividing the tree lined ridge, causing a stream to cascade downward. The moon, full and bright, is reflected in the water and provides atmospheric realism to my classical landscape painting.

All other "moonscapes" have been acquired, and this painting, recently completed after weeks of work in my studio, will be available for viewing by end of March.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Early Morning Winter II - o/c 19.75" x 22.75"

Second in the series of landscape paintings titled "Early Morning Winter" completed after weeks of working in my studio and returning to sketches and notes for specific details. Early rising required to maintain truth with the various colors in the sky and at the horizon while the light seemingly changes every second.

Yet all this, is worth the time spent as the painting breaths life within and promises the gift of a new day.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Early Morning Winter I - o/c 19.75" x 22.75"

The original oil painting titled "Early Morning Winter I " was recently complete in my studio from impressions strolling through various preserves to convey the true colors and appeal of winter. This composition is also the first in the series which captures a realistic landscape with a thin blanket of snow upon the ground, and blades of delicate underbrush coming forth. Past and present, quiet mornings in nature are ethereal. Especially during December and January.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Wisteria - o/c 36" x 36"

Wisteria flowers bloom in a variety of colors; purple, blue, pink, yellow or white. They are known for longevity. To date, the oldest one know was planted by a Buddhist monk 1000 years ago in the central Kanto region of Japan. They continue to stand bringing forth beautiful purple blooms the end of April to early May.  In 1395, an Imperial Prince planted them in the southern Prefecture he lived and designated "The Wisteria" a national natural treasure. And for that reason, they are also know for honor.

European families mark the ages of generations passing with the growth of this vine, and so it makes sense the vine embodies an essence of immorality. Fathers and grandfathers tell their sons of stolen kisses beneath the same wisteria that grew during the day of their great grandfathers life.

Perhaps that's why a romantic feeling began before the creation of "Wisteria" and carried forth throughout the six week painting process. For memories standing below these stunning yellow blooms and looking upward was magnificent. So what better time was there than to create a painting depicting these vines for a collector to enjoy in the present, and share stories for generations to come?

Saturday, May 28, 2016

A Clearing in Provence with Poppies - o/c 21" x 25"

"A Clearing in Provence with Poppies" recently complete is an original oil painting depicting springtime when the poppies are in full bloom. Growing along the landscape they are limitless and provide beautiful contracts to the blades of grass and foliage on the trees.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Field of Texas Bluebonnets - o/c 21" x 25"

How lovely is a carpet of royal and bold-blue colored wild flowers growing upon the rolling hills of Texas in spring? Unique also, because bluebonnets grow no where else in the world.

Upon research of these flowers, I came across an historic quote. "The bluebonnet is to Texas what the shamrock is to Ireland, the cherry blossom to Japan, the lily to France, the rose to England and the tulip to Holland."  These are words one never could forget.

The oil painting is simply titled "Field of Texas Bluebonnets" and she is considered first in my series of these flowering fields.