Most of the work you see on this site was painted entirely outdoors, en plein air. Since the sun waits for no one, plein air pieces tend to be relatively small (8 x 10 to 18 x 24 inches). Larger works are created in the studio, using my outdoor work as reference.
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Rebirth After the Fire, 16 x 12 oil on panel This area burned in the 2011 Pagami Creek wildfire, and many tree trunks are still standing. On this day, the sun had just come out after a thunderstorm. The dark clouds created a beautiful backdrop for the bare sunlit branches.
Pond in the Woods 20 x 24 oil on canvas, SOLD
Mary Beth’s Maple, 16 x 12 oil on panel So much beautiful color in the spring when everything is fresh. When the cool blue sky reflects on these deep reddish leaves, the color is almost purple. I love that.
Sun-drenched Conifers, 16 x 20 oil on panel I found this little group of pines near Lake Hiawatha in Minneapolis. The spring flourish of yellow dandelions and purple scilla were fun complimentary colors, but mostly I was after that cool green in the baby pine.
Yellow Tree and Asters, 16 x 12 oil on panel Painted at the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden at Wirth Park in Minneapolis.
Wetland Tableau, 12 x 16 oil on panel
Old Fence Along the High Trail, 16 x 12 oil on panel
Footbridge in the Woods, 16 x 12 oil on panel
Mossy Rocks in the Woods, 20 x 16 oil on panel
Canoe Country Greens, 8 x 10 oil on panel
Maple on Pleasant Avenue, 36 x 18 oil on panel Gotta love the glow of maples in the fall.
Fall Maples at Lake Harriet, 12 x 16 oil on panel
Sierra Nevada Pines 1, 16 x 12 oil on panel
Red Point, 16 x 12 oil on panel This is an exercise with a more limited color palette. There are many outcroppings like this in the Boundary Waters, with a tree or two clinging to the rocks.
November Pond, 12 x 20 oil on panel
Autumn Bright, 12 x 16 oil on panel
July River Greens, 16 x 12 oil on panel
White Blossoms, Lake Harriet Garden, 12 x 20 oil on panel At the south end of the public rose garden is a clump of trees that explode with these lovely blossoms every spring. Quel parfum raffiné!
Fallen Tree, 12 x 20 oil on panel One July in northwestern Wisconsin, straight-line winds took down hundreds of trees. I can only imagine the heart-breaking crack this one made. Its twisted, exposed anatomy was beautiful. Selected for the 2011 Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition.
Spring Colors, 18 x 24 oil on panel
Fort in the Woods, 12 x 16 oil on panel The angles created by this fort's charmingly novice carpentry, and the spring greens showing through every negative space, all conspired to make me sit in the pine needles and get covered in ticks.
Sun Bleached Autumn, 12 x 16 oil on panel This is an example of direct light, where the sun is coming from behind the painter. It's an effect that makes me think of Russian landscape paintings. I found it appealing that after the sun rose that morning, the autumn colors became muted and washed out.
Shoreline Shadows, 30 x 15 oil on canvasboard
Cypress and Ruins, Fiesoli, Italy, 12 x 16 oil on panel In these Roman ruins, there were baths on the left, and a sports bar in the foreground.
Windswept Cypress, 12 x 16 oil on panel Painted near San Simeon on the California coast. SOLD
Christmas Lights, 12 x 16 oil on panel After the folks turned in, I set up my easel in the garage and opened up the overhead door. The interior light from the garage added a cool, eerie cast to the illuminated tree. SOLD
Spruce Near the Slope, 12 x 20 oil on linen Painted on the slope overlooking Lower Webb Lake in Wisconsin. SOLD
Oak, Pine, Dawn, 9 x 12 oil on panel Get up early enough and you’ll always find something beautiful out there. SOLD
Fall in Spring Valley, 12 x 16 oil on panel My painting pal, Richard Abraham, loves this area in southwestern Wisconsin known as the Driftless Zone. It's where the glaciers stopped and melted, leaving a terrain of deep ravines and rich soil pastures. SOLD
Gettysburg: The Angle, 12 x 20 oil on panel Painted on location at the Hallowed Ground in Pennsylvania. This tree is fairly recent growth. 146 years ago, on a hot July afternoon, this stone wall is about as far as old Bobby Lee's boys got. The Confederates crossed this mile-long field from the tree line on Seminary Ridge. As I looked across, I tried to imagine what was in their minds as they stepped into the open, knowing it was unlikely they would survive the hour.
Morning on Flour Lake, 12 x 20 oil on panel Painted while sitting in a boat on a lake off the Gunflint Trail. Third Place award, Grand Marais Art Colony plein air, 2009. SOLD
Young Pine, Dawn, 8 x 10 oil on panel When the sun creeps up behind the trees, warm light sometimes seems to wrap around the branches and needles, making them glow. SOLD
Grand Marais Woods, 12 x 16 oil on panel I didn't see any furry-toed Hobbits while painting this but I was looking for 'em. SOLD
Hot Summer Morning, 10 x 8 oil on panel SOLD
Split Rail, Wildflowers, 12 x 16 oil on panel Landscapes are generally ruled by the eternal horizontal, regularly planted with verticals. My eyes, then, often dart toward the diagonals.
Boreal Sunset, 15 x 20 oil on canvas A magical time of day up north SOLD
Autumn Color, 12 x 16 oil on panel Painted in the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden at Wirth Park in Minneapolis. Fall is a tough time to paint in Minnesota. There's just so much chroma! I think I hit all points on the color wheel with this one. SOLD
Forest Glow, 19 x 24 oil on canvas
Sawtooth Mountain Sunset, 12 x 16 oil on panel SOLD
Morning Overlooking the Wisconsin River, 16 x 12 oil on panel SOLD