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Included in this web site are some of my recent paintings, showing the range of what I'm currently working on. Birds and mammals continue to be the main focus of my art, as they have been since I began painting in 1990. "Light" and its effects on color continue to fascinate me. My goal now is to convey motion through the energy of brush-strokes.
Wild animals spend much of their lives moving, flying, walking, running, swimming or hopping. Brush-strokes can convey this action in a way no photograph ever can. A painting can bring the spirit of an animal to life. The richness of pigments in oil paint and thoughtful control of values and edges can create an illusion of reality that far surpasses any image captured mechanically.
During my daily efforts at the studio easel I try to funnel all that I know and love about wild creatures into works of art.
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As painter of wildlife I've enjoyed exploring the natural world as much as creating works of art. Even as a child some of my strongest memories are the long walks my father and I would take in the Maine woods.
At age 17 I was ready for my first solo trek, during which I hiked and climbed every mountain over 4000 feet in New Hampshire's White Mountain National Forest (48 in all) - spending an entire summer living outdoors.
During college I backpacked the John Muir Trail from Yosemite Valley to Mt. Whitney in California.
After graduating I hiked, paddled, and bicycled 10,000 miles around America: walking the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia, rowing a dory along the Gulf of Mexico, bicycling 3000 miles across the desert Southwest, and hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada.
Since then sea kayaking has been one of my passions, exploring the wild coasts of New England, Newfoundland, British Columbia, Everglades National Park, Baja Mexico, Belize, the Bahamas, and New Zealand.
Now in my 50's I still enjoy hiking long distances, most recently (2014) in the 1.7 million acre wilderness of the Grand-Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah.
Traveling by car has its advantages, but I've always found going "self-propelled" to be the best way to observe and learn about the natural environment.
Society of Animal Artists Annual Exhibitions & Tours
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum's "Birds in Art" Exhibitions & Tours
Great American Artists Exhibition, Cinncinnati, Ohio
Artists of America Exhibition, Denver, Colorado
National Museum of Wildlife Art's "Western Visions" Exhibitions, Jackson, WY
Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK
Oil Painters of America Annual Exhibition, Kirkland, WA
Best in the West Exhibition, Park City, Utah
Arts for the Parks Exhibitions & Tours, Jackson, WY
Bennington Center for the Arts' "Art of the Animal Kingdom" Exhibitions, Vermont
American Birds Exhibition, Parker, CO

Support for Conservation:
Special Achievements:

  • Proud father of 12 year old son Alex, who my wife and I adopted from Guatemala as a baby.

  • Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI

  • Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT

  • Raymond James Financial Corp., St. Petersburg, FL

  • New England NatureWatch (2004)
    Illustrator - 75 black & white mixed-media paintings of animals and plants
    Published by: Commonwealth Editions
  • Southwest Art Magazine (2001)
     - Cover story & feature article
  • Wildlife Art Magazine (2000)
     - Feature article
  • Painting more Creatively (2000)
     - Contributing artist
    Published by: North Light Publishing
  • Best of Wildlfe Art II (1999)
     - Contributing artist
    Published by: North Light Publishing
  • Wildlife Art (1999)
     - Contributing artist
    Published by: Rockport Publishers
  • American Artist Magazine (1999)
     - Feature article
  • Wildlife Art Magazine (1999)
     - Article titled "Artists to Watch in the New Millenium"
  • Painting Birds (1996)
     - Contributing artist and author
    Published by: North Light Publishing
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