My most recent pursuit is to share the natural world in a way the helps the viewer explore with me. Hopefully creating a desire to want to know more.
Natures flotsam and jetsam
Walnut ink and watercolor.
Looking more closely at a common sight on my walks along the coastline.
Pencil on Coquille Paper.
Inspired from a recent visit to W.S. Merwin’s Palm Conservancy on Maui.
A portrait was in order for one of our most valued delicacies on the west coast. Currently it is being impacted by the effects of climate change.
A friend sent me this photo he took while in Puerto Rico after the disaster. He challenged me to draw him. Thanks Carlos.
Vanilla Orchid with bees
Watercolor and Pen and Ink.
This illustrates the bees that pollinate and work the Vanilla Orchid. Most vanilla is manually pollinated by humans…but there is a specialized bee, the Melipona that is natures choice for the job. The other bees pictured are the Euglossini that scrape the fragrance off the petals for their own purposes of attracting mates.
Bees Keep Us.
A reminder of the way we overlook the backstage players that without… the show just would not go on. In this case one of our native Bumblebees is featured.
Southern California Crevice Dwellers
After a visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium I had a desire to revisit some of the creatures I remembered from growing up in Malibu.
Ano Nuevo Island Breeding Birds
Watercolor and Pen and Ink.
This piece was done to support the island restoration work my daughter and son in law are doing with an organization, Oikonos.
Prometheus moth 4 ways
Pen and Ink.
While on a trip to Isle of Skye in Scotland I photographed these cliffs and had to imagine that during a different season I might see this scene.
Watercolor and pen.
A annual spring appearance of this graceful plant has been on my list of captures.
Watercolor, Pen and Ink and digital.
An interpretive panel sharing the many attributes of Zostera marina.
Fibershed Poster 2018
This piece commissioned by Rebecca Burgess for the Fibershed Symposium portraying fiber, fire, and the benefits of managed burning.
And for something a little different….
The Fig Tree
Watercolor and Pen and ink
An impression left by reading this W.S.Merwin poem. Trees represent so much to me…hope, beginnings, and life.
Watercolor and pen and ink
I am often inspired by Merwin poetry….
Ball point pen and acrylic on wood.
We planted a tree for each of our children when they were born and at their first decade. This is one of those trees in full glory.
Watercolor,Ink and Acrylic.
Ball point pen and Acrylic on wood.
While working at our restaurant in San Francisco, fresh fish would be delivered regularly. Often I would be fascinated by the iridescence, patterns and color varieties.
Upon returning from my first trip to Ireland I had to chronicle the enchantment I experienced. I went back to see if it still held that timelessness and magic …..it did. I look forward to returning to explore further its wonders. The horse image that lies over the piece is from a rubbing off a ruin of a church near Dun Aengus on Inishmore. It represents the mystery and transitions that have permeated this soulful place.
For years I have helped welcome many a wee one by creating one of a kind baby announcements. Please contact me if you are interested in ordering one or would like to view more samples.
At the heart of being a artist is observation. These examples are a sampling of initial and spontaneous reactions to the subject at hand.
Tomales Bay Harvest
This is where I work out artistically. The human figure being of the most challenging subjects. Capturing the figure from life in short increments of time is ongoing education.
For many years I helped Hog Island Oyster company create a more comprehensive brand. I enjoy solving the puzzles in creating a visible desirable brand. I am available for consultation as well.
West Marin is your Oyster.
Floral and More
While my main focus is creating art, this is another avenue for my creativity. Sourced from my own garden or other local farms…my goal is to be seasonal and as organic as possible. I can design floral arrangements for a small gathering up to a wedding.