Exhibit time

VERY honored to be part of the 2017 Art faculty exhibit in the lovely O’Sullivan Gallery at Regis University in Denver. What a show! Let’s forget for a minute I’m even there, the work in this show is fabulous! Most of my Burren series is on display, which I’m most grateful for. Led as usual by renowned painter Tony Ortega, the creative energy here is off the charts. I really had no idea the talent level was this high. Hats off to Robert St. John, gallery director, for putting together such a beautiful exhibit. This is a must see if you’re in the area. Up until December 8. I, and other faculty will be giving artist talks on November 9, 7 pm.


Nic bag-egg

Teaching dilemma number 542 . . . student X misses classes, gets behind the schedule, grade plummeting. Then shows up and gives me this. Two weeks past deadline. I am speechless. Definitely need the backstory here.  Remember, this is a beginning, foundational drawing class. I tried my best to not let my amazement and shock show. But, wow . . .

New beginnings

caribou stage 1

This image is the very beginning of my Caribou Ranch plate, conceived while I was an Artist in Residence there in July. This time I’ve started with watercolor pencils, which is new for me. But it does help to get the core colors down quickly, and I do kinda like using the small brush. Taking baby steps into watercolor! Anyway, this is due to Boulder County January 1 so I really need to get going. Just finished and shipped my Botanical Art Worldwide submission, so the docket is clear for now. Many, many hours to go . . . and yes, I know the composition needs some work!


Student work

Just a few examples of student work from my recently concluded foundational drawing class. The assignment was to create a self portrait using everything they learned during the semester, and, to insert something about themselves personally into the drawing.

These were beginning college art students, slightly intimidated at the beginning. VERY impressed by their commitment, creativity and willingness to share parts of themselves. Not bad, not bad at all!!

Busy summer

english oak

Long time no post. Just finished up the summer semester teaching two classes and it’s been a whirlwind. Summer went by in the blink of an eye! Anyway, trying to get back into a normal routine but alas, Fall semester starts in one week!

I am currently taking a class on acorns and oak leaves in graphite. Taking a deep dive into the world of oak trees. It’s a pretty deep dive! Above is a sketchbook study of a leaf and acorn from an English oak tree in my neighborhood. Much more work to do in the hopes of completing a finished plate.

More to come . . .

Urban Gardens Illustrated

I am fortunate to have two of my pieces included in the upcoming exhibit “The Illustrated Urban Garden” at The Collective in Lafayette, Colorado. The exhibit will be open to the public June 2–June 30, and it will celebrate all things related to neighborhood gardens—from bees to chickens to pollinator plants. I think it will be worth a look!

Burren symphony


Here’s an early look at my long planned composite piece, “Burren symphony”. That’s the working title, ha. The idea came to me while I tiptoed through Burren meadows and watched in amazement as dozens of wildflowers—all sizes and colors— waved in the breeze and happily mingled together. It’s quite a sight. Anyway, this is the first rendition, me trying to work out a decent composition. Much more thinking and looking to come. A couple more redraws too. It’s still my favorite part of the process—just a pencil, paper and eraser. The plan is to complete a graphite version and a color pencil/watercolor version. Yeah, this could take awhile. The roster currently includes Mountain Avens, Bloody Cranesbill, Oxeye daisies, Harebells, and a couple of orchids. It will evolve.