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The Story Behind the Painting: First Solo Flight

First Solo Flight I never know what will stir up a desire within me to make it the next subject I want to paint. Living in Colorado provides plenty of outdoor attractions. Unable to ignore them, I’m out in nature as often as possible. Early last summer while hiking, Robin and I came [...]

By |2021-04-17T22:13:10+00:00April 17th, 2021|Birds|0 Comments

The Story Behind the Painting: Coffee at 6:00 am

Coffee at 6:00 a.m. That first sip of coffee takes the chill off the morning air and the internal engine is revved up. It leads us to just about every intention the mind is set on for that day. There is nothing like seeing the morning sun as it peeks above the horizon. [...]

By |2021-03-17T23:48:15+00:00March 17th, 2021|Western|0 Comments

The Story Behind the Painting: Blue Sky Spring

Blue Sky Spring Learning a little something about being a first responder and reacting to a creature in distress. One day I kept hearing a strange rattling noise in our house but every time I approached where I thought the noise came from, it became silent. Was something or someone in trouble? I [...]

By |2021-02-01T23:17:34+00:00February 1st, 2021|Birds|0 Comments

The Story Behind the Painting: Feathers, Talons and Tails

Feathers, Talons and Tails This painting was inspired from a one-of-a-kind experience.A few years back, Robin and I were visiting the Flat Tops Wilderness area, fishing at a small lake called Chapman Reservoir. It’s a few miles outside the tiny mountain town of Yampa. On this particular day, we had the lake to ourselves. [...]

By |2020-12-05T17:37:12+00:00December 4th, 2020|Birds|0 Comments

The Story Behind the Painting: Vanishing Point

Vanishing Point My grandparents lived on a farm in rural North Dakota… During a visit in my early childhood a strong storm developed. Everyone was huddled in the house watching and waiting. My memory begins with hearing the twister rather than seeing it. As it approached, the strong wind tipped over the outhouse. [...]

By |2020-12-05T17:39:39+00:00November 20th, 2020|Landscapes|0 Comments

The Story Behind the Painting: The Long Winter

The Long Winter One of the most memorable experiences in our life set the stage for this painting. Robin was working for the Colorado Wildlife Heritage Foundation. The Foundation was supporting the re-introduction of lynx to Colorado. Lynx were trapped in Canada, then brought to a wildlife rehabilitation center near Creede, Colorado, for [...]

By |2021-01-16T15:35:39+00:00November 10th, 2020|Animals|0 Comments

The Story Behind the Painting: Distant Thunder

Distant Thunder The inspiration for this painting happened on a camping trip. Robin and I had enjoyed a day hiking and were relaxing around the campfire at the base of Guanella Pass, at the Geneva Creek Campground. The weather forecast had been good for the weekend, but anyone who lives in Colorado will [...]

By |2020-12-05T17:43:14+00:00November 1st, 2020|Landscapes|0 Comments

The Story Behind the Painting: For Those Who Don’t Know Jack

For Those Who Don’t Know Jack “For Those Who Don’t Know Jack” is a painting that finds its roots in vulnerability. The White Tailed Jackrabbit (which is actually a hare) changes color each year from brown in summer to white in winter. While this greatly improves survival chances in summer and winter—the periods [...]

By |2020-12-05T17:46:44+00:00October 21st, 2020|Animals|0 Comments

The Story Behind the Painting: Moments Notice

Moments Notice Aside from the simple abundance we normally experience on a hike, some days can be particularly special. Like the time Robin and I came face-to-face with a mule deer buck on the path just in front of us. It was as surprised by us as we were of him. As our [...]

By |2020-12-05T17:48:39+00:00October 10th, 2020|Animals|0 Comments

The Story Behind the Painting: Fence Talk

Fence Talk In the Covid-19 pandemic world, birds remain free to go about business as usual. They can flock together and converse through their songs in the same way they always have. For us humans, things are different. “Social distancing” has become the new normal and I admire our country for putting the [...]

By |2020-12-04T01:26:29+00:00October 3rd, 2020|Birds|0 Comments
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