Recently, some friends and I went chukar hunting in the remote high desert mountains of Southeast Oregon. On that trip, we saw big horn sheep, mule deer, wild burros and pronghorn (and a lot of chukar). There were snow flurries that stuck in the higher elevations and, when it snowed on us, it came down sideways in the strong winds stinging our faces. That kind of weather invigorates and inspires me. I couldn't wait to paint this area!!
This is a loose color study for a commissioned painting that I am working on. This spot is at Lake Alamanor near Lassen National Park. For commissions, I start with a line drawing to get an idea of the composition, then I will do a color study to make sure everything looks right. Then, once everything is ok'd, I jump into the final painting. This painting will be 16" x 32" and highly detailed when finished. My Website
Sorry for the delay in posting! My family and I traveled for the holidays and this painting also took a while as it is larger than my daily paintings at 18" x 24". This quiet backwater is the perfect habitat for wood ducks and although I felt the painting was strong enough on it's own without wildlife in it, a single drake wood duck swimming across the glassy water breathed life into this peaceful scene.
This painting will be available this month at the Orland Art Center in Orland, CA. The opening reception is tomorrow night(Friday night) at the center from 3-7pm. The one-of-a-kind show is a two man exhibition with fellow daily painter and Wild Wings artist George Lockwood. If you are in beautiful Northern California tomorrow evening, I'll see you there! My Website
My passion, which started early in life, is creating paintings of wild animals in their natural habitat. For me the best part of being a professional artist is spending time in the field studying and observing birds and animals. We live in such an amazing world, I just want to soak in as much as possible and share it with others through my paintings.