Oil and water don’t mix

A drawing technique development by Paul Klee—transfer drawing with oil paint onto watercolor paper and then painting the image with watercolor paint—suits these images from rural New Mexico. The oil resists being covered by the water-based paint, keeping the painting fresh, interesting, and intimate.

Taos Pueblo vies with Acoma Pueblo/Sky City for the title of oldest continuously inhabited community in New Mexico, if not the whole USA—for thousands of years. I have visited Taos many times over the 40 years I’ve traveled to New Mexico. The only things that change are fresh paint on San Geronimo church and their acceptance of smart phone photography (where they previously required permits for every kind of camera).  Framed, 11″ x 14″, 2019. This painting is included in Art Works Downtown’s 2019 Small Works Exhibition.

Truchas is a small village along the High Road between Santa Fe and Taos. Whenever I visit this area in the fall, I always stop at a special spot in Truchas where cottonwoods are gloriously, vibrantly yellow. Well, of course there are vibrant cottonwoods all over the place, but this one spot just has the best compositions for photographing and sketching them. It always feels special to me.  Framed, 14″ x 11″, 2019.


Mixed-media collages at Terrestra

From October 2018 and into the new year, a dozen of my mixed-media collage pieces are on display and for sale at the beautiful gift shop Terrestra in Mill Valley, California.  Perfect timing for the holiday gift-giving season.


USk Chicago 2017

A  year ago already! Had a lot of fun sketching with Urban Sketchers at the Chicago Symposium July 2017. One morning on my own I did a little painting of Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park:

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Paul Wang’s (from Singapore) workshop was situated almost under the el tracks, structures I kept coming back to photograph that week. Here’s my sketch from the workshop:

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Maru Godas’ (from Barcelona) workshop, “Gouache Like a Child,” was way fun and inspirational. Here’s my quick sketch in gouache from over the railroad yard:

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James Richards’s workshop was in front of the Art Institute. I got my architectural thing going on in this sketch (pardon the lavender-hued photo shot in the shade):

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My last workshop was with architect William Cordero (from Costa Rica) at a farmers market and using collage:

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Four inspiring artists whose work I’ve admired for some time. Chicago was fun for me since I spent a lot of time wandering around my old haunts and photographing so much architecture. Love that city. Hate the weather, but love the city and the people.

Sonoma County Gazette review

Escher Town features in the Sonoma County Gazette‘s review of Riverfront Art Gallery’s 2018 juried photography show.

RAG’s annual juried photography exhibit

It looks like a great show! Riverfront Art Gallery’s annual photography show runs from March 7 through May 6, 2018. I’ve got two pieces in the show. The reception is Saturday, March 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. Hope to see you there, in beautiful downtown Petaluma!

Digital abstracts solo exhibit

Thrilled to be showing three dozen pieces of my digital abstracts — on paper, canvas, maple, and dye-infused aluminum — at Villa Marin senior residence, 100 Thorndale Dr., San Rafael. My work fills their lovely and long hallway gallery through October 31, 2017. The opening reception is Thursday, September 7, from 5 to 6 p.m. Hope to see you there! The exhibit is open daily to the public, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Spring and summer shows, 2017

Marin Society of Artists group exhibit, “Images 2017,” runs from June 15 through July 8, 2017. Reception is Sunday, June 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. Two of my digital pieces, “Mahon Creek” (digital photomontage on maple panel, 16″ x 24″) and “MIMIXSIX” (digital photomontage on 100% cotton rag, 13″ x 38″), are in the show.

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Sebastopol Center for the Arts group exhibit, “Blue,” runs from June 16 through July 23, 2017. Opening reception is Friday, June 16, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. My piece “Red Truck” (digital photomontage on dye-infused aluminum, 12″ x 16″) is in the show. It won the Show Committee’s cash prize.

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Riverfront Art Gallery annual photography exhibit, 2017

Pleased to say three pieces — 12 Egrets, Corvus Corax, and MIMIXSIX — are included in this fine annual exhibit, March 8–May 7, 2017, at the Riverfront Art Gallery in Petaluma. Opening reception is Saturday, March 11, from 5 to 9 p.m.

12 Egrets (27″x18″, aluminum)

Corvus Corax (7″x5″,aluminum)

MIMIXSIX (36″x12″, framed and matted print on 100% cotton rag)

“Watercolor: All In the Family”

Our family watercolor exhibit is having a good stay at the Healdsburg Senior Center, through Mother’s Day, May 14, 2017. My paintings, my brother’s paintings, and our dad’s work, which inspired both Ron and I. If you’re headed to the Sonoma Wine Country, stop by the center and take a look at our show. (The center isn’t open on weekends, alas.) Or come to the artists’ reception, Friday, March 24, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Hope to see you there! 133 Matheson St., Healdsburg — just off the plaza.




2016 Marin County Fair

MIMIXSIX won a Second Place award ($100 cash prize) at the 2016 Marin County Fair’s fine art and photography exhibit. Go me! Also shown is my other accepted entry, Canyon Song, which was included in (and sold at) the Riverfront Art Gallery’s juried show earlier this year.

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