A friend sent me a group of photos of a marsh in Louisiana where he goes duck hunting, so I did this painting for him. Louisiana has some of the most spectacular landscapes in the country and are among my favorite subjects to paint.
This is another one that was part of my solo exhibit at IU Methodist Hospital, in the art gallery located in the lobby of the hospital. I was so thrilled to be asked to participate in this project. I can’t think of a better use for a hospital lobby than an art gallery. This painting is now in my dining room and it warms me up every day.
After a few months of being tired, ill and unmotivated, I’ve been working on some big paintings lately and this one was inspired by a smaller one I did a couple of years ago that’s still one of my personal favorites. I really like the 36 x 36 size and it’s hanging over my sofa in my newly painted den/kitchen/great room until it goes to my upcoming exhibit. What do you think?
This is from a photograph by an old friend and accomplished photographer, Colleen Kerrigan. These are live oaks along the shore of the Gulf of Mexico in Pass Christian, Mississippi. Live oaks are evergreen and don’t lose their leaves so they look like this always! They can live for hundreds of years and the old ones are huge and majestic. This now lives in home of some family members.
This was inspired by a stunning photograph by Ohio artist and photographer Shannon Godby. He was gracious enough to give me permission to use his photograph, although he does a lot of his own paintings from his own photos. I like the drama of the sky against the stark bare trees. It was fun to play with those trees. This is now living at my old friend David Rockhold’s metal art studio.
This is from a photo I took of the sun coming up from behind a stand of sea oats in Pensacola Florida. I found myself waking up every morning just as the sun was starting to peek out from the horizon. I have a series of paintings of the sunrise from Pensacola beach that I will be working on during the cold winter ahead.
This is from a photograph sent to me by one of my oldest friends, a New Orleans native who spends every minute he can in the bayous, swamps, marshes and lakes, hunting and fishing. Because this pastime requires early awakening, he is able to get some of the most beautiful shots of very dramatic times of the day. Here is my version of it. It’s now living at his house. I hope his wife likes it!