Long Journey of Hope 30x40 OilThe hope of freedom and a better life was the great impetus for such a long, risky venture. Facing many hardships, they carried their few belongings with them across this spectacular but harsh terrain. I painted this subject some years ago, and am now blessed to view this landscape from the windows of our New Mexico home.
Avoiding Discovery 12x9 OilA sound in the distance requires cautious observation.
Successful Hunt 24x30 OilThese Indians living in the harsh climate of the Northwest are bringing home meat for their people. A rifle obtained from white traders made their hunting easier. SOLD
Within Earshot 20x24 OilThe best time to trap for furs was in winter, when animals' pelts were at their best. Trappers had to be skilled not only in hunting and trapping, but also at surviving in a cold, hostile environment.
A Peaceful Moment 20x16 OilWhile scouting along tribal borders, this scout takes a brief rest to appreciate the scenery which surrounds him. He needs bow and arrows to hunt or if confronted by an enemy. When on foot, he may use the fur to blend in with the terrain.
Scouting for Buffalo 9x12 OilBeing on a rise helped these scouts to watch for the yearly migration of the buffalo herds through their territory. For these self-sufficient people, the dangerous task of harvesting these animals was a necessity to feed their families.
Reading the Tracks 24x30 OilThese Crow hunters of the Northwest have come across fresh tracks which required caution and discernment.
New Trappings, Old Ways 12x9 OilThe rifle and clothing gotten in trade made hunting and and winter survival easier, but his knowledge and experience in self-sufficient living was of old.
Abandoned Dreams 24x30 OilThe left behind plow speaks to this Indian of the settler's failure to farm this harsh land. However, it is a bittersweet victory; their own future is also uncertain.
Looking for the Big One 12x16 OilYoung boys who were clever could catch a fish in the shallow ponds of creeks. They learned to contribute to family and tribe at a young age. This was their fun and sport. SOLD
Not Close Enough 20x16 OilFresh meat was a welcome change from the dried pemmican, berries and roots which was the usual winter fare. It took great skill and patience to get close enough to the bison to bring one down with bow and arrow. SOLD
The Great Divide 30x40 OilBuffalo hunting was always a dangerous undertaking. Although the animals' eyesight was poor, their sense of smell was acute. The ditch between hunter and prey presented another obstacle. SOLD
Ever Vigilant 14x11 OilAn Indian was always alert to his surroundings, and his companion dog even more so. A life of freedom and self-reliance entailed some risk, as it still does today.
Confident Negotiator 9x12 OilThe birch bark canoe is a unique vessel designed and built by Native Americans. They became skilled at their use in all kinds of waters. In today's world, successful negotiations also take confidence, skill and finesse. SOLD
A New Day Dawning 24x20 OilThe red blanket and rifle obtained through trade with the white man was a source of pride. Though it made him a target, in his own tribal territory he felt relatively safe, especially with his new weapon. SOLD
Welcome Sight 30x40 OilA peaceful encampment was a reward to the successful hunters. One can imagine their eagerness to rest inside a warm tepee with family after a long day in the bitter cold. SOLD
Resourceful Provider 30x24 OilMany Indians traded for items which made their lives more comfortable, hunting easier, and increased their ability to protect themselves. However, this friendly trading contributed to their eventual loss of independence. SOLD
Changing Times 24x36 OilAt this time during the 18th century, trade with the white man made many clothing options available to these Woodland Indians. They enjoyed the variety of new materials and colors, but especially the weapons which made survival easier. SOLD
Unfamiliar Territory 24x20 OilApproaching a new shoreline always called for caution. SOLD
Still Life With Morel 16x20 OilWe had lots of morels on our farm, under the trees where the horses sometimes stood in the shade. Wish we could grow these in the city! NFS
Self Portrait in Brass 16x12 OilAfter I set up this scene, I noticed my image on the vase. Still Lifes are fun; I am in control of the lighting and environment. These flowers were from our garden and held up well under the lights. SOLD
Brass Peacock with Iris 24x12 OilAs with all my still lifes, I find objects around the house or at Flea Markets. I usually use silk flowers, since live ones don't do well under the lights. SOLD
Sweet Interlude 16x20 OilMy wife baked this muffin, and added a dollop of cooked cranberries for good measure. NFS
Tea from the Orient 20x16 OilWe found this figurine and vase at a great Flea Market near our farm in Brookville, Indiana. SOLD
Plain Fare 18x24 OilThese vegetables were from our garden, and we still have the old crock. (Award winner at Indiana Heritage Art annual juried show in Nashville, IN.)
Coffee Break 16x20 OilOne of several similar tabletop scenes with actual food. This received an award from the Hoosier Salon Annual Juried Show, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis. SOLD
Red, White and Blue 16x20 OilThis piece in in the collection of Robert Castellini, owner of the Cincinnati Reds. He has also collected some of my western pieces. SOLD
Nobody's Perfect 12x16 OilIn order to cut down on grass mowing, I fenced out several fruit trees from our little orchard. They ended up in a horse pasture and bore blemished fruit. My wife put them on a mirror tray, and provided the title.
Of the Earth 16x12 OilThis Romanian water pitcher was made of clay in the old country. I used it in several paintings. SOLD
Abandoned 16x20 OilOur old broken pond boat made a great subject for several paintings. SOLD
As the Crow Flies 24x36 OilMy wife and I happened on this dirt road after an early snowfall. The patterns in the road made for an interesting subject.
The Brook Speaks 24x30 OilNorth Hogan Creek, as it curved along one of the hills at the base of our old farm. Our dogs loved to hike with us. We had trails cut through the woods for hiking and horseback riding. SOLD
Pond Jewels 16x20 OilThis pond was at a park where I painted with other Cincinnati Art Club members. SOLD
Youngster in Training 30x40 OilA young Clydesdale owned by a farmer in St. Leon, IN. The horse lovers in the area brought their riding horses, buggies, and wagons. We rode for miles around back roads of the farms. After walking this filly in long lines to accustom her to the commotion, she was harnessed to a small buggy for the parade.
Living Free 20x16 OilWe saw many of these on our farm in Indiana, as they visited our mowed hay fields. Never did attempt to hunt one, though. SOLD
Distracted 9x12 OilWhite Tail Deer, always alert. When I got too close to them on our farm, one would give a snort and all would take off.
Show-Off 10x8 OilThis rooster is a fancy breed developed in Switzerland. Called the Appenzeller Spitzhauben, it is their national bird, named after the frilly hats worn by Swiss women in the Appenzeller region.
Night Owl 12x9 OilMy wife and I cut an adult out of barbed wire fencing on our neighbor's farm. It seemed to know we were helping. We wore heavy leather gloves, but it never tried to bite. We treated its wounds and turned it over to a licensed refuge. SOLD
The Opportunist 12x9 OilThese guys are always looking for a meal. My chickens were a great temptation. After I saw one streaking under the electric fence with a chicken in his mouth, my wife and I spent that 4th of July day reinforcing an acre of chicken yard with fine mesh fencing. SOLD
You Blink, You Lose 14x11 OilCanadian Lynx, Animal Expressions series.
Peace in the Valley 11x18 OilMany neighbors at our Indiana farm raised cows for their own use or to sell to city folk who wanted grass fed, naturally raised beef. Most were small Mom and Pop farms which provided me with many picturesque subjects. SOLD
Zorro 12x9 OilCute little guys, but not when they are in one's chicken house. After electrifying our fencing, they stayed away.
In His Element 12x9 OilThe common Black Bear ... animals campers are warned not to feed. SOLD
Treasured Relic 16x20 OilI found this old wagon on a neighbor's farm. It wasn't used anymore, but it was a family heirloom worth saving.
Musing 12x9 OilMostly painted on location at Eden Park, Cincinnati. The subject (my wife) became bored, and I finished her outfit in the studio.
Homage to Water 24x20 OilTyler Davidson Fountain, Cincinnati. Restored and moved to the center of town square, it is a favorite meeting place for workers in the city, as they enjoy lunch outdoors at the tables and benches. However, the nighttime lighting is especially dramatic.
Rainy Day in Vienna 14x11 OilWe were fortunate to finally make a return visit to Germany and Vienna, where my wife and I had lived as youngsters during the years between leaving Romania and immigrating to the U.S. My wife still had family in both countries, and it was a great blessing to be with them, as they showed us their beautiful cities, castles, and scenery.
Fiddle Fire 20x10 OilI sketched this violinist from a T.V. program. This gifted musician danced while she played, and I wanted to capture her movement. SOLD
Daylily Ridge 10x8 PastelThis is one of the few pastels I've done, and I hope to do more of them. It gives me a nice break from oils. I did this from photos of my wife in a friend's garden. SOLD
Reenactors at Play 14x11 OilThese girls, wearing period clothing, were at a Friendship, IN Muzzle Loaders Competition. Shooters and re-enactors dress to fit this historical time period. This painting was exhibited at the Eiteljorg Museum of Western Art. SOLD
Dancer at Taos Hacienda 18x14 OilMy wife and I visited an old, authentic hacienda at Taos, at the time of its yearly festival. Both old and young dancers in traditional clothing gave lovely performances. SOLD
Romanian Peasant 12x9 OilI saw many such scenes as a youngster in Romania, when women pitched in with the farm work. SOLD