Long Journey of Hope 30 x 40 Oil The 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 am now blessed to view this landscape from the windows of our New Mexico home.
Land Without Fences 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. SOLD
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.
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 winter survival easier, but his knowledge and experience in self-sufficient living was of old. SOLD
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.
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
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 (The 3 horses in the foreground were ours: Hansie, Juliet, and Ridiere.)
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
Of the Earth 16x12 OilThis Romanian water pitcher was made of clay in the old country. I used it in several paintings. SOLD
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
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
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. NFS
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.)
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
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 New Mexico! NFS
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
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
Bedtime for Annie's Chickens 16x20 OilThis small farm is home to horses, 3 big dogs, chickens, rabbits and sheep, lovingly cared for by this hard working Las Cruces lady.
Angus Along Baylor Canyon Road 20x24 OilThese mountains are a short drive from my home & studio. Placid young cows roam the desert and allow themselves to be photographed at close range.
Brahman Bull at Museum 9x12 OilOn a Farm & Ranch Museum "Cowboy Days" event, a mounted cowboy exhibited this handsome bull while explaining its history and use.
Curious Rooster 16x20 OilWhile photographing an old adobe barn in La Mesa, this handsome rooster kept an eye on me.
Abandoned 16x20 OilOur old broken pond boat made a great subject for several paintings. SOLD
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 OilI painted these goldfish at a park in Cincinnati. Now I have my own small goldfish pond in my back yard! 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. After walking this filly in long lines to accustom her to the commotion, she was harnessed to a small buggy for the parade. NFS
Living Free 20x16 OilWe saw many of these on our farm in Indiana, as they visited our mowed hay fields. SOLD
Distracted 9x12 OilWhite Tail Deer, always alert. They enjoyed the good grazing in our horse pastures.
Night Owl 12x9 OilWe often heard these owls while living on our Indiana farm. We occasionally hear one near our home in Las Cruces when walking the dogs in the evening. SOLD
You Blink, You Lose 14x11 OilCanadian Lynx, Animal Expressions series.
Zorro 12x9 OilCute little guys, but not when they are in one's chicken house.
In His Element 12x9 OilThe common Black Bear ... animals campers are warned not to feed. SOLD
Shopping at Las Cruces Market 16x20 OilDogs are welcome at the Farmers & Crafts Market, Las Cruces, NM. Open on Saturday morning year round, also on Wednesday evenings in Summer. Shaded benches, water feature for kids, unique art & gifts, and lots of Food Trucks make this a fun venue!
Family Trip to Market 11x14 OilMuch to see, learn and buy at the unique Las Cruces Market, making it interesting for all ages. All art is locally created, and hand crafted items are made of New Mexico materials.
From Grace's Garden to Market Booth 11x14 OilGrace is a knowledgable and conscientious "small gardener" originally from Taiwan. The Las Cruces Market is a great place to meet the most interesting people from all over the world!
Treasured Relic 16x20 OilAn old heirloom, saved for sentimental reasons by a former neighbor.
Firelight Song 12x9 OilThis lighting allowed me to minimize the background by using complementary colors.
Homage to Water 24x20 OilTyler Davidson Fountain at night. Cincinnati, Ohio
Rainy Day in Vienna 14x11 OilScene from our visit to Germany and Austria, where my wife and I had lived as youngsters before immigrating to the U.S.
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
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