Thursday, September 10, 2015

Late Summer Prairie

8x10 on masonite board
I like to paint these midwest farm scenes. Great warm color and take me back to my roots.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Winding Water

8x10 on masonite board
In Florida we do have a change of colors in the seasons. This is a painting of a little inlet that works it's way into the Guana Wildlife Preserve. It's within walking distance of my home. It was a January day that was very cloudy and knocked the blue out of the color pallet.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Summer Sanibel

9x12 on masonite board
This painting is of the Sanibel bridge looking back towards Ft Myers. There was a  storm moving in from the south that really darkened the sky.

Sweet Release

36x48 on stretched canvas
This in an interesting view of a fisherman releasing his catch of a Permit fish. The underwater pespective gives the upper half of the paint a very abstract look.

Distant Bridge

7x14 on masonite board
This is a small inlet just off the the intracoastal waterway near my home. There is a small bridge that leads to a few homes that are tucked back in the marsh.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Stormy Weather

9x12 on canvas board
This painting is a little "looser" and more painterly than most of my landscapes. Pushing myself away from such a defined finished painting.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Scotland Cow

8x8 on masonite board
The reference photo for this cow was taken in Scotland. The warm colors in the cow's body look great against the green grass.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Country Cottage

12x16 on canvas panel
Age seems to give any subject more character. The slightly distressed and overgrown landscape adds to the beauty of this painting.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Pike's Market

8x10 on masonite board
Recently took a trip to Seattle for a friend's wedding and visited Pike's Market. Very cool place lots to see and got some good reference photos. I haven't done much with night paintings, but I like the way this one turned out!

Monday, September 16, 2013


9x12 on canvas panel
Janet brought home quite a few pictures from her trip to Scotland for me to use as painting references. There was lots interesting things in the photo to make it good painting subject.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

After the Storm

16x20 on stretched canvas
This painting is a little larger than most of my work. I don't like to tackle subjects that require several days to complete. The limited pallet and good contrasts throughout the painting make this one work. Even on a hot August day in Florida, this is the place to be.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Sunny Day Farm

8x10 on masonite board
Finished this painting months ago. The original colors were a little more subdued and the sky was quite different. I pulled it out and went back to work. After playing around with a few things, I think it now is "wall worthy".
I decided to keep playing with this painting. Silo was just wrong to be in the center of the composition and rearrange the sky.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Quiet Marsh

6x12 on canvas panel
Marsh scenes have lots to incorporate to make an interesting subject. Lot of different reflections in the water and good sense of distance looking out towards the horizon line.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Turtle Pond

8x10 on canvas panel
I started this painting on location and finish in my studio. More green, blue and reflection.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Sunlit Marsh

9x12 on canvas panel
I haven't  been painting for a while, so I'm posting a painting I did late last year. This marsh is just a few miles from my home. I never tire of the beauty and color of natural landscape.

Off The Hinge

9x12 on canvas panel
This piece was painted specifically for the St Augustine Art Assoc. show. I am aways drawn to the look of wood and metal that has been exposed to natural elements over time.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Farm Sheds

8x10 on masonite board
I am enjoying painting these rural farm scenes. The natural landscape in a mix with  the aging buildings makes for great blend of textures and contrast.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Red Barn

6x12 on canvas panel
Most of the midwest farmland is pretty flat. When you are on a high spot, you can see for miles. This painting captures the rolling hills that are dotted with barns and farm houses. The corn rows add a great texture ellement to the painting

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tin Roof

 9x12 on canvas board
In the south, you see lots of old houses with tin roofs. Rust may not be a good thing structurally, but it really adds warmth and charactor to the subject!

Back Road

6x6 on masonite board
Growing up in the midwest, I always enjoyed exploring the back roads running through the rural farmland. Small paintings like these are little widows that can transport you ( for a moment) to a peaceful, warm sunny day in rural America.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Midwest Field

8x10 on masonite board
I have been making an effort to paint more during the last few weeks. This landscape is a view through a wildflower patch and across a midwest farm field. 

Monday, September 10, 2012

Bait Shop

12x16 on canvas board
This bait shop is just a few miles from my home. The subject has lots of little details to create an interesting painting.

Sunday, July 15, 2012


12x12 on masonite board
Wow! it has been two years since I have posted. Just finish this painting of a vintage Packard. Too many things getting in the way of my painting.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010


6x12 on masonite board
This is a landscape painting of central California. The green trees and dry grasses almost look out of place for a person from the midwest. The winding road makes you want to know whats around the bend.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

From gas to grapes

8x10 on masonite board
I was on vacation in central California and saw this building that was a store front for a small winery. These are the actual colors of the building. The flowers add great color and life to the painting.

Thursday, February 25, 2010


8x8 on masonite board
This is a scene from downtown Jacksonville, FL. Trains are always a fun subject. I like the contrast and the shadowns of the bridge above.

Thursday, October 29, 2009


7x12 on masonite board
Guana Park is just 5 minutes away from where I live in Florida. The wide open expanses are beautiful. I had originally planned to put more detail into this painting, but when I got to this point, I liked the basic shapes and simplicity. I plan to do another of the same scene and go father with the detail.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


6x6 on masonite board
I almost didn't get any paintings posted for September. Since this is the 30th, this one and the "Streets of San Francisco" will have to do. This was a fun painting to do. What a face, it could rival any thing Hollywood could come up with!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Mini Lighthouse

4.5x14.5 on masonite board
This is a miniature light house on the fox river in Batavia, Illinois. The view is from a bridge that crosses over the river in Fabyan Park. The reflection of the trees and sky in the water gives the painting the feel of a beautiful summer day. Don.t forget, you can click on the painting to see a larger image.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


5x7 on canvas board
I have been working on quite a few landscape painting. It was an enjoyable switch to paint the latest challenge for the Different Strokes from Different Folks. I cropped the image down fairly close to get some recognizable detail in the face. I purposely left out detail in the background to bring more attention to the character.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Cat 637

8x10 on canvas board
I gave this painting as a gift to my brother in law who worked many years for Caterpillar Tractor. The view into the cab is my favorite part of this painting and the most challenging part to paint. Little boys always have a fascination with tractors and big earth moving equipment.... and most of us never grow out of it!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Beach Boy

5x7 on canvas board
This little boy is so cute. He reminds me of my son when he was that age. The painting was done from a photo that I took mid morning at the beach.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Rolling Midwest

5.5x11 on masonite board
Growing up in the midwest, this farm is like a picture of an old friend. The Different Strokes from Different Folks chalenge was to create this painting from a black and white image and apply colors that we imagined. This is one of those scenes that can transport you somewhere for a mini vacation!

Monday, May 18, 2009

New York Street

7x8.5 on masonite board
The challenge for Different Strokes from Different Folks is a street seen from New York City. The bold yellow cabs stand out well in the shadows of the buildings. One of the elements that I wanted to capture was "the light at the end of the tunnel".

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Statue 2

I wanted to show a little more of the detail from my previous post. The brush detail gets lost in the reduction of the image. This was painted on 1/4" masonite board. I understand that others are using 1/8" board for their work. While I like putting a frame on most paintings, this could be hung without a frame because of the thickness of the masonite.


6x9 on masonite board
The figure really pops out with the limited pallet and high contrast. I'm glad we had several weeks to accomplish this Different Strokes from Different Folks challenge, I have been very busy. I got started the first week and then walk by my roughed in work for a couple of weeks. I had to check the history behind the goddess Diana. Why the spear and dog? I discovered that in Roman mythology, Diana was the goddess of the hunt, being associated with wild animals and woodlands.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Surfer Girl

5x7 on canvas board
This is my submission to Different Strokes from Different Folks. I'm happy with the way this painting turned out. The original image for this challenge had a lot more activity. I like what simplifying the composition did for the painting

Sunday, January 11, 2009

17th Hole

8x15 on masonite board
I painted this for my daughter and her husband that live in Florida. She works at the TPC at Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach. This is a view of the famous 17th island green hole. It's a beatiful golf course and fun to live near a PGA Tour event.

Cream Pitcher

6x6 on canvas board
This is another painting that I did for a Christmas present. I sent this one to my dad and his wife. They both enjoy antiques and the Pansy adds great color. I wish I could say this composition was mine, but this is a variation of a painting I saw online.

Water Way

6x12 on canvas board
I painted this for my brother and his wife. They live on Fox Lake in Illinois. This painting is not of any view at the lake but very much could have been. Living near water is great. Alway something different to see and very relaxing.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Black Eyed Susan

8x10 on canvas board
This painting was inspired by the wild grasses and flowers that are growing behind my daughter home in northern Illinois. I have been working on several paintings to be family Christmas gifts and this is Anne's. What a beautiful scene to enjoy all summer long.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

River Bank

6x12 on canvas board
This painting is one of my favorites. As a young boy, I spent many hours exploring, fishing and hunting along the banks of the Fox River in Illinois.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Brown Cow

6x6 on canvas board
Karin Jurick' s challenge this week was the cow above. The caption above should read "honest, the fence was broken when I got here!"

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Stock Market

6x8 on canvas board
This is another submission to Different Strokes from Different Folks. I like the composition and the colors worked well together.