Sunday, June 5, 2022

Prix de West and the Painting that Broke My Hip

"Though Storms Encompass Me" (30x30) SOLD

This year will be my third time in the Prix de West (and first time as a regular member). I am so grateful to be included in this most prestigious western art show at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City!

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"Riders at Eventide" (42x50) SOLD

This painting, "Riders at Eventide" is the second version of this composition; I wasn't satisfied with the first (and slightly smaller) version, so I decided to stretch a new canvas and try again... In the meantime I had somehow hurt my left foot and was favoring it while crouching on the floor and putting all my weight on my right leg. As I worked in this odd position, bending, crouching, kneeling, I knew I was slowly straining the muscle in my thigh -- by the time I finished I knew something was wrong, and a week or so later was diagnosed with a pulled muscle with possible nerve damage...

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Well, the fun didn't stop there; my leg not only hurt to walk on but became incredibly weak requiring me to use a cane to move about. One night while going up the stairs the cane slipped off a step and I fell with ALL my weight crashing directly down on top of my hip! Laying at the bottom of the stairs I knew it was bad (and don't remember feeling that level of pain in a long time)...!

 

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The result this time was a broken femur; in fact my femur not only broke, but actually bent down at the top from the extreme impact. The only good thing was I had shipped off these three paintings to the framer just 2 days before the accident on the stairs~

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At any rate, I had to have emergency full-hip replacement surgery. Since April I have had some uninterrupted time to heal from the operation with physical therapy, but my leg muscle and nerve is still somewhat weak causing me to rely on that cane a while longer... Perhaps this will give me some advantage at the airport as they usually let the "physically challenged" board first~

 
"I Turned To Listen" (16x20) SOLD

Best of all, I won't have to miss this important show -- I'll get to see some incredible art and meet the amazing artists and collectors who make it all happen! In the meantime I'll continue my physical therapy and look forward to when I no longer need this cane (but I do have to accept the fact that my skateboarding days are permanently behind me :(

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Oh well -- it could've been A LOT worse, so I am grateful for the doctors, nurses, family and friends who have helped me thru and continue to encourage me. Thank God it was just a hip and not my right hand! 




 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, February 28, 2022

The Bluff Show at Maxwell Alexander Gallery

 
"Cliffs Like Indian Blankets" (8x10 o/l) SOLD
 

Maxwell Alexander Gallery in Los Angeles will host the "Artist Retreat, Bluff Utah"show -- a collection of paintings by gallery artists that were done on location and in the studio from a group trip to Bluff Utah last October. About 15 gallery artists spent several days exploring and painting in southeastern Utah. Later, larger studio pieces were created from this trip as well and will be on display at Maxwell Alexander, opening March 12, 2022.
 

      "Crescent Moon" (24x24 o/p) SOLD

The landscape in and around Bluff was spectacular with varying cliff and rock formations, groves of cottonwood trees and great camaraderie among all of the artists -- special thanks to Maxwell Alexander Gallery for sponsoring such a wonderful and rewarding trip!

 

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Friday, February 18, 2022

Friday, December 31, 2021

Happy New Year at the Autry Museum!

 
"On Our Way" (25x28) o/c SOLD
 
 
The 2022 Masters of the American West exhibition opens February 12th at the Autry Museum in Los Angeles. The art sale weekend and reception takes place February 26th.  This will be my fourth year in the show and I'm looking forward to taking my family with me and also celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary! 
 
Wishing you all a Happier and Healthier year in 2022!
 
 

"Pink Desert Glow" (Miniature category 12x10) o/p SOLD

 

"This Land Is Your Land" (40x40) o/c SOLD

 

"Lavender Sage" (30x30) o/c SOLD











 

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Pam Returns!

"Iron Maiden 2" (20x24) o/p

Over the summer I was fortunate to work again with Pam (whom I had done several paintings of years ago) and these are a couple of the results...

                                                                    "Mending 3" (12x12) o/p

Although she could not hold the poses for a live session, I was able to get good photographs in our dining room on a sunny day that provided some excellent lighting effects~

Thank you, Pam -- it was a pleasure to work with you!





Monday, June 28, 2021

Prix de West 2021

 

Express Ranches Great American Cowboy award~


 
"Overlook" (38x36) o/c SOLD

Just returned from the Prix de West exhibition and sale at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City...what a HUGE and beautiful museum! I was surprised to receive the Great American Cowboy Award for the painting above, "Overlook"...

 "Okay With Lonesome" (24) o/l SOLD
 
I met a number of artists I have long admired and everyone at the show (including the tireless staff) were so kind and helpful -- the entire experience was non-stop fun and a truly spectacular event!

  
"A Beautiful Day" (36x36) o/c SOLD
 
     
All 3 of my paintings sold on opening night and the show overall made a tremendous comeback after being closed last year due to the Covid fiasco~
               

 
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Next year promises to be a blockbuster for their 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2022 and I look forward to attending and reconnecting with the many new friends I made there!

 

       Closing Dinner

Entry to Exhibition Hall

     End of the Trail sculpture!






Thursday, June 10, 2021

"Desert Rambler" (30x30) o/c SOLD

New paintings just shipped to Astoria Fine Art in Jackson Hole, WY this week! They've been out of my inventory for awhile, so with their season coming on (and already record numbers of travelers coming thru town) I'm glad to get them some fresh work!

"On Duty" (16x12) o/p SOLD

"Wide Open" (24x24) o/l SOLD

 
"Canyon Twilight" (16x20) o/l SOLD






 

Friday, April 30, 2021

New Small Works

"Opal Moon" (12x12) o/p SOLD

 "Abiding Patient" (12x12) o/p SOLD

 

These two paintings will be in the Maxwell Alexander Summer Small Works Exhibit, opening July 2021~

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