NEW WORK now posted for 2016. Animals seem to be wanting some stage space this year. A series of 5 ft + paintings are in process. Very excited about what’s happening in the studio these days. I plan to have them completed by the spring. I will post the next retreat in early February. It’s in Santa Fe. It’s about color and story. Stay tuned and subscribe to be the first to know.

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2016 Calendar of Animals

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“A Year of Animal Magic” Calendar 2016 is here!

I have been ever so addicted to sketching animals late at night. It’s become a thing. First just for fun. But people wanted more. The first calendar batch sold out quickly. The second batch is available right after Christmas. Subscribe to get the news immediately.

My Article in Mabel Mag


Mabel Magazine Issue #2

“Wings Grown From Dirt” Travel narration through San Francisco and the southwest. The A-story (the one I told myself) and the B-story (what actually happened) is out there for you to read. Order your copy today.

New Work 2016


Cats, Goats, Dogs, Chickens, Pigs, Rabbits. Oh my!

I paint in story scenes but do not find out the story until after the painting is done. I think these animals have a thing or two to say but I am the last to know.
Check them out!

We ate, shopped, painted and wrote our hearts out in Cortona, Italy June 11-17. Check out the Tuscany retreat page to see a few pics.

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