Saturday, January 22, 2011


"Hillside, Duluth Harbor" 12" x 16" available
This is a view from the hillside in Duluth Minnesota looking down at Minnesoat Point, AKA Park Point (the long narrow stretch of land in the middle ground), and the Duluth Harbor. The one thing that always comes into my mind, as an artist, while I'm painting in Duluth is the fact that the great American painter Albert Bierstadt painted on this same hillside.  His veiw was further west (or off the right side of the canvas). There are virtually no buildings on his hillside view, just a straight shot down to the point. I"ve always wondered what brought him to Duluth, Minnesota. Was he visiting an artist buddy or relatives?  Its such an odd side trip from his Yosemite and western painting locales. 

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Shall Wonders Cease to Amaze, 16 x 20

This painting was one that had been brewing inside of me for a while before I finally sat down and painted it. I wanted to silhouette the palisades against an early morning sunrise. I made an 8 x 10 study and then used that to create this painting.  My friend was confused by the title and asked why I just didn't title it "Sunrise on Clearwater Lake".  I'm getting tired of titles that state the obvious and trying to come up with titles that relate more to what I was feeling when I painted them. These types of sunrises are common in most parts of the world and I was wondering if I would ever become indifferent to them. I don't think so. They are always amazing.

It Must Be Amore, 16 x 20

This is a memory painting based on cloud formations and moonlight over Lake Superior and the Sawtooth Mountains.  I have a small plein air sketch of the clouds (on a sunny day) that I used for the shapes and light effect. I had seen similar light effects on a few different moonlit nights and thought it would be cool to have big billowing mass of clouds, so often seen in the summer, drifting across the lake lit up by a full moon.

Clearwater Palisades, 16 x 32

Another painting done of my favorite Lake: Clearwater. This is a studio version of a smaller painting I did on location.

Cascade Falls, 16 x 20

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Brewing Storm, 9 x 12

This is a view looking west (or down the shore) on the beach at Nanibijou Lodge on Lake Superiors North Shore. This beach is not far from my house and on an occasional Sunday, I'll enjoy the lodges infamous Sunday brunch with its blueberry sausages and planked trout. Its a great place to paint, too!