Showing posts from April, 2014

Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art - Great Falls, MT

'Striving' 12" X 16"
$300. + shipping

'Warm Visions' 9" X 12"
$225. + shipping

'Trust' 8" X 8"
$125. + shipping

'Soft West Winds' 9" X 12" $225. + shipping above photo showing the gallery wrap, same as in the other paintings

These paintings are now available at the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art - Gift Shop 1400 First Avenue North, Great Falls, Montana 59401, 406.727.8255,
Hours: M-F 10a-5p, Tu 7p-9p, Sat 12p-5p, Sun Closed

Hockaday Museum of Art - The 13th Annual Benefit Auction of Miniatures

'Strut' 8" X 8" Oil
Exciting news :
'Strut' was accepted into The 13th Annual Benefit Auction of Miniatures will be presented at the Hockaday Museum of Art May 1-17, 2014.
The Benefit Auction of Miniatures is a celebrated and highly attended exhibit that offers an exceptional opportunity for art collectors, patrons, and art lovers to purchase high quality artwork.  Proceeds from the auction benefit both the artist, and the Museum’s exhibition and education programs.
An opening reception will be held on May 8 from 5-7pm.
Hockaday Museum of Art 302 2nd Avenue East - Kalispell, Montana 59901 - 406.755.5268                                                         
Hours: 10am - 5pm, Tuesday - Saturday

'The Pietà' by Michelangelo Buonarroti


The Pietà (1498–1499) is a masterpiece sculpture by Michelangelo Buonarroti, housed in St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City. The first time I viewed Michelangelo’s marble sculptures, I was awe struck by the beauty. Goose bumps formed all over me. His sculptures had a spiritual quality that God spoke to you through. Michelangelo’s skill at carving the hard marble was nothing short of brilliant. He made the marble come alive, transforming it into soft, supple, smooth skin and fluid drapery. It is said that he saw the sculpture in each piece of raw marble; he just needed to free it. The Pieta is one of Michelangelo’s most famous and loved sculptures. It is the only piece he signed, (MICHAELA[N]GELUS BONAROTUS FLORENTIN[US] FACIEBA[T], Michelangelo Buonarroti, Florentine, made this) on the sash running across Mary's chest.

The composition is the classic pyramid, from the top of Mary’s head widening at the base, which is the rock of Golgoth…

Art Competitions and Judging

Empowered 16 X 20 Oil
The NOAPS just published a good article/blog on past art competitions and jurying rules. They included these 6 points from ancient China.

These six elements that define a painting were written in China in 550 by Hsieh Ho, also known as Xie He. They are applicable today. 1.“Spirit Resonance,” or vitality, and seems to translate to the nervous energy transmitted from the artist into the work. The overall energy of a work of art. Xie He said that without Spirit Resonance, there was no need to look further. 2.“Bone Method,” or the way of using the brush. This refers not only to texture and brush stroke, but to the close link between handwriting and personality. In his day, the art of calligraphy was inseparable from painting. 3.“Correspondence to the Object,” or the depicting of form, which would include shape and line. 4.“Suitability to Type,” or the application of color, including layers, value and tone. 5.“Division and Planning,” or placing and arrangement, correspondin…

Sky Painting - 'Worthy Goal'

'Worthy Goal' 15" X 15" Oil
When I strive for goals that are not within the realm of my God-given talents, I fail. Perhaps I am a bit slow or just too stubborn to accept that my head is in the clouds. These last few paintings I have been working on are in the clouds. But, my goals with painting them are realistic. In a sense, I feel the need to go a bit abstract in this series. The best part is that I am less inhibited and more fluid in movement across the canvas.

Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. Psalm 37:5