Expanding Horizons

You never know where life’s circumstances will lead you. While sneaking off to explore the offerings of eastern Oregon, the GPS took us on a short cut that didn't quite work out. Retracing our steps brought us to night fall and camping in a wind farm. The whirring blades lulled me to sleep and in the morning light I was struck by the landscape.

There was nothing but glowing grass as far as the eye could see. Projecting from that flat surface, in stark contrast, were these white towers. The juxtaposition stuck me.

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I’d been toying with the idea of abstracting my landscapes. This image seemed like the perfect platform from which to dive.

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I learn every day when you are open to the unexpected, the possibilities are endless. I’m loving the new direction in which I’m headed. I hope you do too.


Daisies and Mount Hood

How do these paintings come about, you ask. It's different with every piece. This one began with the idea of painting Mount Hood, daisies and some crazy grass colors. I painted this from my head with no photographic reference.

 20x24 - sold from Pine Street Bakery. 

 20x24 - sold from Pine Street Bakery. 

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I was excited when visiting a friend at Gorge Crest in Underwood, Washington, I spotted these beautiful daisies. I got down on the ground to shot this photo so the flowers would break the plane of the mountain and sky, just like the work done from my imagination. 

Now I had the photographic reference for the painting I'd conceptualized a year earlier. I did some flower editing and sharpened the mountain image.

18x24 - $400 - available

18x24 - $400 - available

Here is how my first painting turned out. I used the photographic reference a lot and kept the colors fairly close to the image. 

36x48 - custom

36x48 - custom

I was pretty happy with the first painting so I created another in a 30 x 40 format. I shifted the color and lighting to create more drama. I submitted this painting to be accepted in the Gorge Artist Open Studio Tour 2015

I was thrilled when this painting was selected to promote the 2015 tour. The Columbia River Gorge is a wonderful community of phenomenal, supportive artists and I am honored to count myself among them.