To Build A House



I have a couple of neighbors who run a photography business. They are delightful people and have always been generous in offering their services to take photos of several of my paintings, free of charge.

Each time they finished taking photos of my work I ask them, "Can I paint something for you to pay you back?" Each time they would say, "We'll let you know if we think of something."

Finally, after taking a batch of photos of three of my paintings, my neighbor photographers messaged me and asked if I would paint a picture of their house.

"We'd love to see our house in your style," they said. I accepted the challenge.

I began by taking photos of their wonderful and large historic home. I began working on the painting, but shortly after that, I stopped. I just wasn't feeling it with this painting.

A month or so later, I flipped back through the photos I had taken of the VanderVeen House and found an angle I liked better than the one I had started. I was encouraged by the progress and became excited about the painting.

I finally finished the VanderVeen House painting and delivered it to the new owners. As a bonus, it was their wedding anniversary. I was thrilled this painting mad them so happy.

Also, it helped me attract a couple more possibilities for sales.


This Train Has Left the Station



I think I started this painting about four months ago. It started as one large box car and quickly became a row of small boxcars. Then I lost interest in it. Something about it wasn't keeping my attention.

So I set it aside and moved on to other paintings.

Then, about three weeks ago, my wife and I were rearranging our dining room, which is where my painting "studio" is set up. She pulled the still-unfinished train painting out and said, "You should finish this. It's cool."

We placed it on top of a set of shelves to get it out of the way. And it looked good sitting up there.
"Yeah, I should finish it," I said, suddenly finding interest in the train painting again.

So, I finished it and brought it to the Parisian Promenade. It's a large painting, so I had it sitting out front of my booth. The painting grabbed a lot of attention from passersby. And, it sold.

Which brings me to this conclusion: I'm going to take a break from grain elevators. I love those buildings, but I'm excited to do more work with trains. I've also been kicking around a idea or two for large cargo ships. And, I'm going to turn some of my focus away from the plains and direct it to the desert southwest. I'm even going to make a run at painting an adobe, or two.

I still have one more grain elevator to paint -- a commission for a friend and former co-worker. After that, this one track mind is going to try other routes.

Check back soon.

Going solo





I have my very first solo art show coming up on May 12. It will be at Irving Park Art & Frame in Greensboro. I'm excited for this event. I'm partnering with Preservation Greensboro. The nonprofit will receive a portion of any sales on the night of the opening.

The show will run through the end of May.

Here are a few of the newer works that will be at the show and available for purchase. Hope to see you there.

The bottom painting has sold.

When the Going Gets Tough, Walk Away for a While



I started this painting -- Grain Elevator No. 11 -- in early January. The painting and I have been through a lot together. I didn't like the angles. I didn't like the colors. I didn't like the new colors. I didn't like the shadows. I couldn't fix the shadows. I didn't like the area to the lower right. And so on.

So I set this one aside for a few days. When I came back to it, I made a few modest changes and -- voila -- we were friends again.

I hope you enjoy it. 20"X20"


Plain and Simple




Some time ago, I read Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee. It's a breathtakingly tragic collection of accounts of Native American tribes. It's beautifully and honestly written. For all the pain to be felt reading it, there's plenty of room for discovery, as I found. Turns out, I have a fair amount of Native American blood.

Shortly after reading Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee, I drove across the country. I stopped and visited several places in the southwest that figured prominently in the book. It was thoroughly enjoyable.

This painting depicts dwellings for plains tribes, not what I saw in the southwest. Either way, with all that's happened with the Dakota Access Pipeline and the protests at Standing Rock, this painting filled an emotional need.

And it seems to fit rather well with some of my other paintings. I hope you enjoy it.

This painting has sold.

A Sweet Show in Winston-Salem



At last you can check out my paintings, drink coffee and enjoy sweet, masterful delicacies at the same time! Beginning March 3rd, Camino Bakery in downtown Winston-Salem will exhibit my paintings for the month of March.

There will be a small and casual opening on Friday, March 3, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be free cupcakes while they last. I plan to be there for the opening, but there's no "official" opening. Just an opportunity to get together with people who are interested in my work.

I hope to see you!

This painting sold to a very sweet neighbor who bought it (using tip money) for his mother's birthday.