These are paintings of landscape and animals from around my neighborhood near Scott's Flat Lake in Northern California
Shoreline Stump in Winter Before the Sno
Oil on Canvas 36"x36". Canoeing on Scotts Flat Lake in early winter before the lake fills back up revealed a stump that would have been submerged most of the year
Head of the Lake-Scotts Flat Lake
Oil on Canvas 12"x36". I like to canoe to the head of Scotts Flat Lake even late in the year. It is a beautiful spot.
Seasonal Creek After the Snow Storm and
Oil on Canvas 12"x12". This was a creek that I used to walk my dogs,Gracie and Loosie past near my home. Loosie always took a particular interest in it. I liked how it looked kind of abstract even in life.
Cascade Shores Coyote= Pasquale
Oil on Canvas 12"x36". Collection of Rose and Greg Klein. This is a painting of one of the local Yodies on a nearby snowy slope. I named him Pasquale after the road I was on when I saw him.
A Day at the Lake- Early Winter
Oil on Canvas 30"x40" Looking out of my house at my front yard with fog and shafts of light coming through the gloom early in December.
Scotts Flat Lake Late Afternoon
Oil on Canvas 36" x36" This is more of a memory than an actual depiction of the lake from next to the boat ramp, where we put in the canoe, looking south toward the lake inlet.
Looking out my studio window 5 am
Oil on Canvas 30"x40" My dogs love to get up early to go "out". This is the view I see from my studio window while they are taking care of their business.
Shore Rocks at Scotts Flat Lake
Oil on Linen 30"x40". Collection of Wendy Cummins. While canoeing on Scotts Flat lake I stopped to look at this rock pile along the shore. I liked the abstract patterns and shapes the rocks made.
Shale Bank, Inlet Scotts Flat Lake
Oil on Canvas 30"x40" This is a painting of the rocks on the bank of Scotts Flat Lake, near the head of the lake. I liked the abstract patterns of the highlights and shadows as the play against one another.
Tree For the Forest- Cedar
Oil on Canvas 48"x24" When I decided to return to Landscape painting, I started by Drawing this tree. I could not see this tree for the forest. Really! I could not draw it because of the other foliage. So I took a photo and painted out all that was not tree. I liked the effect so went with it. I painted the background first then obscured it, lastly painting in the tree.
Trees For the Forest-Madrone Grove
Oil on Canvas 12"x12". Just a Painting of a Madrone grove near my house. These trees were a favorite Stop and sniff spot on dog walks and I liked the pattern of the tree trunks.
Tree for the forest-Madrone#2, A walk in Cascade Shores
Oil on canvas 40" x 30" I wanted to expand my tree for the forest series to include my wife and one of my dogs, Gracie, walking on a road in late winter with patchy snow on the ground.
Tree For The Forest- Madrone
Oil on Canvas 40"x30" Collection of Roschelle and Jim Griffin. This is the same technique as the cedar with a tree that is on a walk I like to take my dog on.
Tree for the Forest #5-Pine Branch
Oil on Canvas 36"x36" This is the 5th of the "Tree for the Forest' paintings where a tree is in a landscape and all that is not that tree is fogged over. It is also a transitional piece that started a "Pine Needle" series that will have a transparent white over a landscape background and a black or at least a dark detail of a branch of pine needles as the primary subject.
Tree for the Forest-Pine Needle
Oil on Canvas 20"X20" A paring down of the tree for the forest series to its elemental detail.
Tree for the Forest-Pine Needle #2
Oil on Canvas 36"X48" The second of the pine needle theme. Essential the same as the first pine needle painting only more abstracted.
Tree for the Forest -Dogwood in bloom
Oil on Canvas 20"x 20" Collection of Laguna Reality Assoc. Laguna Beach, CA. This Painting was requested by Debbie Restaino for the "Taste for Charity" event. I couldn't think of what to paint for her, so I took my Dogs for a run and there was this Dogwood tree in bloom lighted by the sun with the forest in darkness behind it.
Deer in the driveway #2
Oil on Canvas 24" x24" In June and July 2015, the deer were coming down to get water and eat people's gardens. I finally got some good photos of some of them. This doe was standing in the forest off to the side of my house. She couldn't figure me out.
Out on the Lake
Oil on Canvas 30"x40" Collection of Judith Lowery and Brad Croul. While out on the lake in a friends's boat, we saw Egrets fishing on the far side of the lake in a landscape that was reminisent of a Mark Rothko painting.
Backyard Bear #1
Oil on Canvas 24"x24" Collection of Fr. Bob Brooks. A painting of a yearling bear that lives in the neighborhood and marauds through backyards in search of dinner.
Backyard Bear #2
Oil on Canvas 40"x30" The same neighborhood bear, in a different pose, getting hungrier.