Here is an opportunity to visit my studio online. The fall open studio and art sale event came to a conclusion on Saturday night but you now have an opportunity to preview the artwork in my main room via your screen so welcome to my studio!
For this open studio I unveiled the new Big Bend paintings in my Landscape series. Like most of my landscapes, these scenes are inspired from my trip to the park. I use my memory, my sketches and my own photo references to help me capture the image I see. What I paint onto the canvas is the feeling I had when I first saw that particular scene and it captured my eye.
The scenes are of spring in the desert. There had been rain a few weeks prior. Vegetation was present and flowers were still in bloom. Even with cool mornings and nights, by noon, the trails were hot. The undulating narrow paths presented, to my eyes, great vistas at each turn. The sun beat down as I stepped through the dirt trail. Suddenly, I heard a rattling sound I knew in an instant to be a rattle snake. I lunged and stepped as lightly and quickly as I possibly could. From a safe distance I realized it was coiled under a bush only a few inches away from where my hiking boot had been. It was just as afraid of me as I had been of it.
One of the first scenes that caught my eye was that of the blooming yuccas. In “Yucca Formation“, oil on canvas (sold), I represent the beautiful dessert sky and the rich red dirt to frame a grouping of yuccas.
In this showing I included “Marshes I & II”, oil on canvas. This diptych painted in 2008 allows me to show how my work has evolved to 2015. “Marshes” feature the salt water marshes on the way to Galveston, Texas.
“Rio Grand Crossing at Big Bend“, oil on canvas, is an exciting view from the U.S. side of Big Bend Park to the southwest. The sandy bank below is Mexico, across from the aqua colored river, much smaller than I imagined it would be but jewel-like and inviting.
The colors of the desert in spring are present in “Mule Ears at Big Bend“, oil on canvas. Blooming prickly pear cactus welcomes us on the path to an amazing vista in the distance. The morning sun rising on the east, not yet in its mid-day prime, reminds us of summer days ahead.
The desert is pristine and though it may appear desolate, one need only spend some quiet minutes in one spot to find life and hues that paint a palette of pastels.
Even the road presents exciting formations and mountain ridges. Mountains are landmarks not found in Houston so the excitement of finding new mountain vistas helps identify the new geography as in “North Out of Alpine-Mitre Peak, Barrillos Dome, Henderson Mesa“, oil on canvas, is just that, a landmark that welcomes the locals home with its familiar silhouette.
In this show I included my two most recent portrait paintings. “Portrait with Goatee”, and “Portrait with Red Scarf” present examples of my work, along with the landscapes, exclusively done with palette knife and using water-soluble oils without the use of solvents.
I hope you enjoyed the brief online tour of my studio and hope that you can visit in person sometime soon. You can find out more about my work at my website.