Not many places can claim the amazing variety of landscape choices
within 50 miles of Flagstaff, Arizona. I can choose to paint the aspen
forests of the San Francisco Peaks at 9,000’ to the floor of the Colorado Plateau and its ancient ruins at 5,000’. In between are the sunflower meadows of my town, mountain lakes and the red rock canyons
of Sedona. My watercolor landscapes have a bold style that reflects
I am an avid plein-air painter. Some of those paintings can stand
alone; others are material for studio work. Doing a painting on site
engages all the senses so that place becomes unforgettable to the
artist. I’m trying to convey that sense of time and place to the viewer. I’m particularly fond of snow scenes – something we have plenty of in Flagstaff. Watercolors tend to freeze up, so these are not plein-air
pieces. Florals and still lifes offer a nice change of pace.
My first career was as a Los Angeles area art director. I often
designed ads to use watercolor or pastel illustration and thought to
give fine art a try someday. That day arrived after we moved our
young family to Flagstaff. Ad design proved helpful in approaching
painting with an eye for composition and color. I was able to use layout
marker illustration skills (there were no computers then) for value
I chose this challenging medium because of its spontaneity and
breadth of application. Great things often happen in a painting when
you let the paint be a partner in the process. There’s no shortage of
things to learn about watercolor so I attend professional workshops,
study magazines and on-line sources, participate in a critque
group and teach a beginner class.
Background and Affiliations
Former Los Angeles ad agency art director
Competitive plein-air artist
Award winning professional artist
Flagstaff resident since 1994
BFA from Northern Arizona University
Juried member Northern Arizona Watercolor Society
and its past president
Signature member Arizona Watercolor Association
Member Arizona Plein-Air Painters
Member Plein-Air Artists of Colorado
Member Plein-Air Painters of Northern Arizona
Member Artist Coalition of Flagstaff
• Boulder 2018 Invitational Plein -Air Festival
"Broken Rail Fence" won the 2nd place award in a very competitive field
ARIZONA PLEIN AIR PAINTERS 2018 EXHIBITION
Two of my paintings were accepted into this show. The work had to be from Arizona.
• Northern Arizona Watercolor Society
I am proud to announce that juror Sterling Edwards chose 2 of my paintings. "An Alley with Heart" got a special challenge category award.
• Northern Arizona Watercolor Society 2016 Members Spring Exhibition
I had 3 pieces accepted with one "South Fork Morning" receiving the Memorial Award. Juror: Mike Bailey
• Great experience at Victor Celebrates The Arts Plein-Air competition in Colorado. I sold 4 of 5 paintings displayed and won the Brush Rush event.
• Arizona Plein-Air Painters 2015 Annual Juried Show
Honorable Mention for "Mountain Foothills In Summer"
• Escalante 2014 Plein-Air Competition
Merit Award for "A Wash In Morning Light"
• Victor Celebrates The Arts 2014 Plein-Air Competition
2nd Place Professional Category for "Strong & Stormy" and the Poster Award for "Victor High Rise"
"Snow Melt Cascade" 17" x 38" studio watercolor
I'm taking the photo here of my friends setting up to paint one morning in Zion in early May. We caught a variety of weather and came home with some nice paintings
The 25th Annual Northern Arizona Watermedia Exhibition
March 1 - 18th, 10a.m. - 5 p.m.
Reception: March 14th, 5 - 8pm
location: The Sedona Arts Center Special Exhibition Gallery - 15 Art Barn Rd. Sedona
I sumbmitted one piece and had it selected by juror Ken Hosmer.