"Out here there's the sky."
My landscapes of the Southwest and Great Plains explore the influence of the brilliant light and colors from the ever-changing skies. To me, the skies are alive—source of light and life--fluid in an arid land.
Aware of the spiritual essence of nature, I believe the sometimes unpredictable transparent watercolor is ideal for capturing the dynamic, challenging nature of our skies, determining the shapes and colors and moods of the prairies, mountains, deserts and mesas. I also dabble in oils and acrylics.
Always a student, I’ve studied painting with Cletus Smith and Connie Seaborne of Oklahoma City, and with nationally recognized artists Don Nice, Frank Francese, Ron Ranson, Don Andrews, Tom Lynch and G. Russell Case. A retired journalism professor at UCO, my experience in photography and journalism also influences my work.
Growing up in New Mexico, I’ve lived most of my life in Oklahoma. I'm a member of In Your Eye Studio and Gallery in the historic Paseo Arts District in Oklahoma City and serve as a member of the board of the Paseo Arts District Association.
A freelance writer for magazines, I teach watercolor classes, professional writing for businesses, and maintain an award-winning blog. A member of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame, my wife and I live in Edmond.