My new solo show, "STORYBOOK COWBOY" opens this June at Maxwell Alexander Gallery in Los Angeles. A dozen new works of heroic and iconic cowboys (including the one above) will be available for purchase thru the gallery's web site in late May with reception at the gallery on Saturday, June 2nd~
I have 3 paintings (including the one above which just SOLD over the reserve price) for sale at the Briscoe Museum's "Night of Artists" opening March 23rd in San Antonio, Texas. This is my first time being invited to take part in the event which showcases many of the top western artists in the country -- the exhibition runs thru May 6th, 2018. See link for details~
This painting just sold at Maxwell Alexander Gallery... It is based on several sketches made last year in Southern Utah, and designed for the upcoming "Cumulus" group show at the gallery in Los Angeles~
I am excited to be starting off the new year with the LA Art Show opening at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Wednesday, January 10th running thru Sunday the 14th. This painting, "Available Space" (16x20) and another, "Autumnwood" (30x40) will be featured at the Maxwell Alexander Gallery booth # 824.
If you are unable to make it to this venue, I will also be having a solo show at the Maxwell Alexander Gallery this spring; details to come...
This painting will be one of three to show at the 2018 Night of Artists at the Briscoe Museum in San Antonio, TX in March. It will have a nice, hand-carved 22k gold frame by Mayen Olson Framers, and I am thrilled to be invited to show with so many great western artists!
This painting will be exhibited (along with another, smaller piece) in the Maxwell Alexander Gallery booth at the 2018 LA Art Show, Los Angeles Convention Center, January 10-14.
This piece was a composite of references from field paintings, plein air sketchbook drawings and photos. I wanted a subtle "period" feel with the girls dress and hat, but for that to play second fiddle to the surrounding landscape. I spent some time this fall in Northern California (before the fires started) and did quite a few studies of dying trees, dead leaves and grass, combined with the late-day sunset where everything is in much more harmony palette-wise than any other time or season.
The light source is weaker then, so I was mindful to keep the value range between light and shadow much narrower. I also chose the direction of light so that the ground shadows would direct the eye to the horse and rider yet without any direct sunlight on her face. This helps keep the composition working as a whole, integrating the landscape without over-emphasizing an obvious focal point...
The feeling I wanted was a 'contemplative pause'...the falling leaves and overall palette suggest not only a change in season, but perhaps a pivotal time in the young woman's life; a last ride on a favorite horse, or a farewell to a familiar place...whatever the situation, she has paused to consider it.
Being in my fifties, I pause a lot more than I used to, season-to-season appreciating the beauty around me while contemplating the best use of whatever time I may have left...hopefully many more seasons and thoughtful autumns to come!