Painting

Heart's Desire, Gouache on Paper, 3''x3''
Heart's Desire, Gouache on Paper, 3''x3''

Gouache painting on paper at Heart's Desire Beach in Inverness, CA

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Telegraph Hill, Oil on Canvas, 22''x18'', 2016
Telegraph Hill, Oil on Canvas, 22''x18'', 2016

View from Telegraph Hill, earlier oil work, sold

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Sutro Stairs, Gouache on Paper, 3''x3''
Sutro Stairs, Gouache on Paper, 3''x3''

Near the Sutro Baths in the Sunset district of San Francisco, hides a sandy staircase to Sutro Park. Gouache on paper

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California Folding Panel, 66''x72'', Oil
California Folding Panel, 66''x72'', Oil

Room divider/folding panel with Arthur Mathews inspired California landscape. This artwork contains elements of fantasy, with the flora of the coast, dry coastal hills, and craggy Sierra Nevadas all in one vista

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Jenna's Water Lilies, oil on canvas, 20''x16''
Jenna's Water Lilies, oil on canvas, 20''x16''

My version of Monet's water lilies, painted from a reference photo I took at Monet's very lily pond in Giverny, France.

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Diablo plein aire, oil on canvas, 14''x11'', 2022
Diablo plein aire, oil on canvas, 14''x11'', 2022

The view of Mt. Diablo was right behind me, but I found this gate and path towards the hidden hills very charming. oil on canvas primed with orange paint.

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Point Reyes, Oil on Canvas
Point Reyes, Oil on Canvas

View through the trees of Point Reyes National Seashore on Mt. Wittenberg. This area suffered a fire from the lightening complex in 2020, luckily most of the old growth survived and underbrush was what burned. An earlier piece.

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Diablo plein aire, oil on canvas, 14''x11'', 2022
Diablo plein aire, oil on canvas, 14''x11'', 2022

Painted on the same day as the gate and path painting, this is a view of Mt. Diablo from Castleridge Trailhead in Walnut Creek, CA.

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Golden Gate Park, Gouache on Paper, 3''x3''
Golden Gate Park, Gouache on Paper, 3''x3''

These special flowers are bush lilies. They bloom gloriously once a year towards the end of Spring in the Aids Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA.

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Mount Orient, Watercolor on Paper, 5'' x 7'', 2020
Mount Orient, Watercolor on Paper, 5'' x 7'', 2020

Mt. Orient is a very small mountain, or a hill to be more precise. It lies on the 7 sisters ridge and coincides with the Robert Frost trail in Pelham, Massachusetts near Amherst, MA.

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Borgas Ranch, 20'' x 16'', oil on canvas
Borgas Ranch, 20'' x 16'', oil on canvas

This run down barn was a fantastic subject at Old Borgas ranch in Walnut Creek, CA. Once a cattle ranch, Borgas now is open to the public and hosts lots of old barns (if you like painting those).

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Oregon Coast, Gouache on Paper, 3''x3''
Oregon Coast, Gouache on Paper, 3''x3''

A quick gouache study based on a reference photo of the side of highway 1 in Florence, OR. Beautiful blackberry bushes and foxglove line the highway along the Pacific Northwest Coast.

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Poppy Party, Oil on Canvas, 30” x 24”, 2021
Poppy Party, Oil on Canvas, 30” x 24”, 2021

The lesser known Mt. Sutro lies behind UCSF Parnassus campus in San Francisco. These California Poppies were on full display at the grassy knoll at the top of this hill in the Spring of 2020.

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Calirfonia Poppies, Gouache on Paper, 3''x3''
Calirfonia Poppies, Gouache on Paper, 3''x3''

Ever been to Nepenthe in Big Sur? The writer Henry Miller was a frequent patron and ping pong player at this oceanside terraced restaurant. These poppies had the best view of coastal redwoods cascading down to the Pacific Ocean.

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Rooftops, Oil on Canvas
Rooftops, Oil on Canvas

View from my old apartment in Nob Hill of San Francisco. Featured from this west facing window is Mt. Sutro, The Holiday Inn on Van Ness Avenue, and Sutro Tower shrouded by fog.

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Olema Pasture, Gouache on Paper, 3''x3''
Olema Pasture, Gouache on Paper, 3''x3''

Along Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, sits a craggy knoll hosting live oak trees and mustard grass in Spring.

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River Bank in Nonotuck Park, Oil on Canvas, 11''x14'', 2021
River Bank in Nonotuck Park, Oil on Canvas, 11''x14'', 2021

Nonotuck Park along Broad Brook and Nashawannuck Pond in Easthampton, MA. This moment was during a January thaw and the patches of snow melted to reveal now brown fall leaves along the river bank.

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Ardenwood Farm, 18'' x 14'', oil on canvas boar
Ardenwood Farm, 18'' x 14'', oil on canvas boar

Eucalyptus trees line this historic farm in Fremont, California. This farm is now open to families and homes chickens, pigs, goats, and more animals for kids to enjoy.

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Point Reyes 2018, Oil on Canvas, 32'' x 22'', painted in 2020
Point Reyes 2018, Oil on Canvas, 32'' x 22'', painted in 2020

Commissioned by a close friend, this view through the bay trees during sunset on Point Reyes National Seashore was created from a reference photo that I took while hiking with the friend who commissioned the piece.

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Wall of Green, Oil on Canvas, 24''x24''
Wall of Green, Oil on Canvas, 24''x24''

An attempt to flatten the picture plane and bring clover and ivy into the foreground. The challenge here is overlapping leaves and applying shadows correctly.

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Ocean Beach Waves, Acrylic on Canvas, 14'' x 11''
Ocean Beach Waves, Acrylic on Canvas, 14'' x 11''

Cloudy days at Ocean Beach make for more consistent colors when painting. That moment right as a wave crests to break holds so much suspense.

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Sawtooth Ridge, Oil on Canvas, 60'' x 40''
Sawtooth Ridge, Oil on Canvas, 60'' x 40''

A dramatic sunset in the Eastern Sierra near Twin Lakes and Buckeye Hot Springs in Bridgeport, CA. This was prior to hiking Benson Lake Loop with my partner.

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Calla Lilies, watercolor on paper, 10”x5”
Calla Lilies, watercolor on paper, 10”x5”

Calla Lilies made a congratulatory appearance on my birthday in the San Francisco Botanical Gardens. Though these flowers look white, it's important to use grayscale to account for folds and shadows.

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Morning Glories, Oil on Canvas, 24''x24''
Morning Glories, Oil on Canvas, 24''x24''

Another 'wall of green', bringing a dense collection of morning glory flowers up to the foreground. Though the blooms are a dreamy purple, the wilted flowers turn a luscious striped magenta.

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Pleasanton Ridge, Tip Top, Oil on Canvas, 40''x30''
Pleasanton Ridge, Tip Top, Oil on Canvas, 40''x30''

Early Spring along the Pleasanton Ridge when the grass is still bright green, and the miner's lettuce covers the ridge top like a blanket.

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Woodward Valley Trail, Oil on Canvas, 16''x20''
Woodward Valley Trail, Oil on Canvas, 16''x20''

This area in Point Reyes was hit hard by the lightening complex fire in 2020. Now known as the Woodward fire, the area is quickly recovering, hosting many bushy plants and purple and yellow lupins.

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Wooded Path, Golden Gate Park
Wooded Path, Golden Gate Park

This magical morning walk led me to a path in the Aids Memorial Grove at Golden Gate park. The sun streamed through the bay trees after an overnight rain, igniting parts of the path and beds of bush lilies.

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Seal Rocks from Land's End, Watercolor on Paper, 5'' x 7'', 2020
Seal Rocks from Land's End, Watercolor on Paper, 5'' x 7'', 2020

Seal rocks through the trees at the top of the bluff at Sutro Baths. Seal rocks get their iconic white tops from cormorant droppings. I have never actually seen a seal at seal rocks, but the name is more charming than cormorant poop rocks.

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Humboldt, Oil on Canvas, 40'' x 30''
Humboldt, Oil on Canvas, 40'' x 30''

Influenced by the dazed and confused vibe of Humboldt county, this view through invasive Pampas grass at Trinidad State Beach marked the start of my journey to blend geometric abstraction into my existing landscape painting style.

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Seaweed, Oil on Canvas, 60'' x 30''
Seaweed, Oil on Canvas, 60'' x 30''

A tangle of kelp washed up on Limantour Beach, CA. While painting this piece I often got confused about where the spaghetti string tendrils were intertwining.

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Anenome, Oil on Canvas, 2018
Anenome, Oil on Canvas, 2018

From a series of California coastal tide pool paintings. The longer you look, the more you see in these cold pools.

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Anenome, Oil on Canvas, 22"x28"
Anenome, Oil on Canvas, 22"x28"

A stylized version of a sea anenome. Also in this image: periwinkles, coralline algae, and browns (seaweed).

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Vancouver Sunset, Oil on Wood Panel
Vancouver Sunset, Oil on Wood Panel

View of barges and Vancouver Island in West Vancouver in November.

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Matt Davis Stairs, Oil on Canvas, 24"x36", 2021
Matt Davis Stairs, Oil on Canvas, 24"x36", 2021

The Matt Davis Trail is a very popular and steep ascent near Steep Ravine in Stinson Beach, CA. These stairs became incredibly challenging to depict compared to a trail.

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Edgewood Regional Park, oil on canvas, 22 x 28
Edgewood Regional Park, oil on canvas, 22 x 28

This artwork departs from my usual attempt at depiction and begins to incorporate abstract elements into the seed pods of the grasses and in the trees in the background.

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Allison, Oil on Canvas
Allison, Oil on Canvas

Up in Tuolumne Meadows, the Castilleja flowers bloom pink in late June. I put my camera down in the grasses to get this photo of my friend sitting in the meadow.

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Highway 35, oil on canvas, 30'' x 24''
Highway 35, oil on canvas, 30'' x 24''

Along redwood lined highway 35. Here I add an accent of geometric abstraction with yellow and red horizontal lines in the middle ground.

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Charles River, Oil on Canvas
Charles River, Oil on Canvas

An earlier painting along the Charles River bank at The Cover in Auburndale, Massachusetts. The freshly fallen leaves and rotting leaves in the water below made for a semi-abstract painting, though it was attempting to depict reality.

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