Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl

I am often inspired to paint animals after seeing them in the wild. This great gray owl is an exception, a species I have long hoped to see but haven't yet had the good fortune.

15" X 30"     2014

Rainbow Trout
Rainbow Trout

In some paintings I want to show the subject without much distraction, while in others I put more emphasis on the setting. In this case the setting is invisible water, and I'm pretty happy with the effect, particularly the sense of vertical space.

16" x 20"     2014

Pacific Tree Frog
Pacific Tree Frog

The Pacific tree frog is a common springtime sight (and sound) in Oregon, where I was living when I painted it. It seemed like a natural fit inside a leaf of skunk cabbage, another harbinger of spring in the Northwest. Steam is sometimes seen rising from skunk cabbage when the sun strikes the leaves on a chilly morning.

11" X 14"     2013

American Pika
American Pika

Searching for pikas is a staple of summer hikes in the mountains of the west. These little lagomorphs (relatives of rabbits) gather plants and dry them into hay to eat while waiting out the winter in their rock dens.

11" x 14"     2014

Lazuli Bunting
Lazuli Bunting

I wanted to paint a local bird with striking colors, and settled on the lazuli bunting. I had some misgivings about placing it in Himalayan blackberry, an invasive species, but couldn't shake the image of a bird among thorns.

11" x 14"     2014

Anna's hummingbirds
Anna's hummingbirds

Hummingbirds ferociously defend their favorite sources of nectar from intruders. This painting shows the instant before a tiny brawl breaks out.

Painted Turtles
Painted Turtles

Turtles, painted.

Paddle-tailed Darner
Paddle-tailed Darner

This dragonfly painting was inspired by a long, hot summer. 

Pacific Giant Octopus
Pacific Giant Octopus

I've been lucky enough to find a couple of these in tide pools, although they are famously elusive and well camouflaged.

16" x 20"     2014

Brown Pelican
Brown Pelican
Diamondback Rattlesnake
Diamondback Rattlesnake

Rattlesnakes got my attention in a serious way while I was working on a bird project in Arizona. I saw them often - fortunately never while I was crawling on my stomach under thorny desert scrub.

11" X 14"     2014

Porcupine
Porcupine

I used to see porcupines frequently when growing up in western Massachusetts. The highlight was the time I came upon a mother nursing two tiny babies in the crook of a low tree branch.

16" x 20"     2013

Honeybees
Honeybees

This was painted as a wedding gift for a friend who works to promote sustainable agriculture. No bees, no food.

American Dipper
American Dipper

The dipper lives like a tiny penguin, swimming through the rapids of cold mountain streams in search of aquatic insects. I've even seen them swimming beneath the ice.

Marbled Salamander
Marbled Salamander

Looking through all my paintings, I realized there was very little red. This painting tries to correct that.

Northern Flicker
Northern Flicker

This is the yellow-shafted eastern form of the northern flicker. I painted it shortly after moving to the west coast, and had not yet shifted my wildlife allegiances. It is the first original painting that I sold.

11" X 14"     2012

Sea Otter
Sea Otter

I deliberately try to avoid painting "cute" animals, but come on - who can resist a sea otter?

Common Raven
Common Raven

This was a wedding gift for my sister. The subject of a raven was her idea, which I mention in case it seems insensitive of me to have chosen this traditional omen of misfortune. Of course, in reality, ravens are impressive animals that hardly deserve the reputation.

Ringtail
Ringtail
Coast Horned Lizard
Coast Horned Lizard

This horned lizard (not a horny toad) paused its search for ants to pose amongst Phacelia flowers.

Violet-green Swallows
Violet-green Swallows

After drawing these swallows on sketch paper, I cut them out like paper dolls and spent an hour moving them into different arrangements before settling on this one. 

16" X 20"     2013

Taylor's Checkerspot
Taylor's Checkerspot

This endangered species was suggested to me by a friend who works with the Xerces Society, an organization devoted to the conservation of invertebrates. It is perched on a paintbrush flower.

11" X 14"     2014

Mantis and Leafhopper
Mantis and Leafhopper
Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

This spoonbill painting was done before any of the others on this site. I made it as a gift for my girlfriend (now wife) while we were in graduate school in Florida. It may still be my favorite.

15" X 20"     2010

Townsend's Big-eared Bat
Townsend's Big-eared Bat

I really enjoyed painting the moon in this picture. We all see the moon so often, but don't usually give much thought to its specific geography.

11" X 17"     2014

Harbor Seal
Harbor Seal

When I worked at a bird-banding station on the Massachusetts coast, I could see harbor seals bobbing in the surf and lounging on the rocks all day. And I could hear them belching and snoring throughout the night.

Black-tailed Jackrabbit
Black-tailed Jackrabbit

A friend of mine has tried to convince me to turn this jackrabbit into a jackelope (he makes wine under the name Jackelope Wine Cellars), but I haven't been able to bring myself to embrace cryptozoology.

Firefly
Firefly

Fireflies! One of the things I miss most about living in the east.

12" X 12"     2013

Marbled Orbweaver
Marbled Orbweaver

However one feels about spiders, a dew-dropped web in the morning sun is a beautiful thing. At least that is the theory behind this painting.

11" X 14"     2013

Diving Beetle
Diving Beetle

I had hoped to suggest a diving beetle rising to the surface of a pond amongst bubbles that it dislodged from the bottom, but sometimes I think it looks like a beetle floating in a glass of champagne.

11" X 14"     2013

Red Eft
Red Eft

Red eft newts played a important part in my childhood. They became active after summer rains, and tended to wind up in the road. Together with my younger sister I would carry them to their presumed destination on the other side.

8" X 14"     2012

Banana Slug
Banana Slug

This painting was the first in which I embraced my new Oregon home. Banana slugs are an icon of the Northwest. The chainsawed log is a common sight in the forest there as well.

8" X 10"     2013

Ermine
Ermine

I painted this weasel in snow when I got fixated on the idea of a white-on-white painting. Unfortunately, a lot of the subtleties are lost in the digital version, as it seems the scanner has difficulty distinguishing all those shades of white.

14" X 18"     2013

Great Gray Owl
Rainbow Trout
Pacific Tree Frog
American Pika
Lazuli Bunting
Anna's hummingbirds
Painted Turtles
Paddle-tailed Darner
Pacific Giant Octopus
Brown Pelican
Diamondback Rattlesnake
Porcupine
Honeybees
American Dipper
Marbled Salamander
Northern Flicker
Sea Otter
Common Raven
Ringtail
Coast Horned Lizard
Violet-green Swallows
Taylor's Checkerspot
Mantis and Leafhopper
Roseate Spoonbill
Townsend's Big-eared Bat
Harbor Seal
Black-tailed Jackrabbit
Firefly
Marbled Orbweaver
Diving Beetle
Red Eft
Banana Slug
Ermine
Great Gray Owl

I am often inspired to paint animals after seeing them in the wild. This great gray owl is an exception, a species I have long hoped to see but haven't yet had the good fortune.

15" X 30"     2014

Rainbow Trout

In some paintings I want to show the subject without much distraction, while in others I put more emphasis on the setting. In this case the setting is invisible water, and I'm pretty happy with the effect, particularly the sense of vertical space.

16" x 20"     2014

Pacific Tree Frog

The Pacific tree frog is a common springtime sight (and sound) in Oregon, where I was living when I painted it. It seemed like a natural fit inside a leaf of skunk cabbage, another harbinger of spring in the Northwest. Steam is sometimes seen rising from skunk cabbage when the sun strikes the leaves on a chilly morning.

11" X 14"     2013

American Pika

Searching for pikas is a staple of summer hikes in the mountains of the west. These little lagomorphs (relatives of rabbits) gather plants and dry them into hay to eat while waiting out the winter in their rock dens.

11" x 14"     2014

Lazuli Bunting

I wanted to paint a local bird with striking colors, and settled on the lazuli bunting. I had some misgivings about placing it in Himalayan blackberry, an invasive species, but couldn't shake the image of a bird among thorns.

11" x 14"     2014

Anna's hummingbirds

Hummingbirds ferociously defend their favorite sources of nectar from intruders. This painting shows the instant before a tiny brawl breaks out.

Painted Turtles

Turtles, painted.

Paddle-tailed Darner

This dragonfly painting was inspired by a long, hot summer. 

Pacific Giant Octopus

I've been lucky enough to find a couple of these in tide pools, although they are famously elusive and well camouflaged.

16" x 20"     2014

Brown Pelican
Diamondback Rattlesnake

Rattlesnakes got my attention in a serious way while I was working on a bird project in Arizona. I saw them often - fortunately never while I was crawling on my stomach under thorny desert scrub.

11" X 14"     2014

Porcupine

I used to see porcupines frequently when growing up in western Massachusetts. The highlight was the time I came upon a mother nursing two tiny babies in the crook of a low tree branch.

16" x 20"     2013

Honeybees

This was painted as a wedding gift for a friend who works to promote sustainable agriculture. No bees, no food.

American Dipper

The dipper lives like a tiny penguin, swimming through the rapids of cold mountain streams in search of aquatic insects. I've even seen them swimming beneath the ice.

Marbled Salamander

Looking through all my paintings, I realized there was very little red. This painting tries to correct that.

Northern Flicker

This is the yellow-shafted eastern form of the northern flicker. I painted it shortly after moving to the west coast, and had not yet shifted my wildlife allegiances. It is the first original painting that I sold.

11" X 14"     2012

Sea Otter

I deliberately try to avoid painting "cute" animals, but come on - who can resist a sea otter?

Common Raven

This was a wedding gift for my sister. The subject of a raven was her idea, which I mention in case it seems insensitive of me to have chosen this traditional omen of misfortune. Of course, in reality, ravens are impressive animals that hardly deserve the reputation.

Ringtail
Coast Horned Lizard

This horned lizard (not a horny toad) paused its search for ants to pose amongst Phacelia flowers.

Violet-green Swallows

After drawing these swallows on sketch paper, I cut them out like paper dolls and spent an hour moving them into different arrangements before settling on this one. 

16" X 20"     2013

Taylor's Checkerspot

This endangered species was suggested to me by a friend who works with the Xerces Society, an organization devoted to the conservation of invertebrates. It is perched on a paintbrush flower.

11" X 14"     2014

Mantis and Leafhopper
Roseate Spoonbill

This spoonbill painting was done before any of the others on this site. I made it as a gift for my girlfriend (now wife) while we were in graduate school in Florida. It may still be my favorite.

15" X 20"     2010

Townsend's Big-eared Bat

I really enjoyed painting the moon in this picture. We all see the moon so often, but don't usually give much thought to its specific geography.

11" X 17"     2014

Harbor Seal

When I worked at a bird-banding station on the Massachusetts coast, I could see harbor seals bobbing in the surf and lounging on the rocks all day. And I could hear them belching and snoring throughout the night.

Black-tailed Jackrabbit

A friend of mine has tried to convince me to turn this jackrabbit into a jackelope (he makes wine under the name Jackelope Wine Cellars), but I haven't been able to bring myself to embrace cryptozoology.

Firefly

Fireflies! One of the things I miss most about living in the east.

12" X 12"     2013

Marbled Orbweaver

However one feels about spiders, a dew-dropped web in the morning sun is a beautiful thing. At least that is the theory behind this painting.

11" X 14"     2013

Diving Beetle

I had hoped to suggest a diving beetle rising to the surface of a pond amongst bubbles that it dislodged from the bottom, but sometimes I think it looks like a beetle floating in a glass of champagne.

11" X 14"     2013

Red Eft

Red eft newts played a important part in my childhood. They became active after summer rains, and tended to wind up in the road. Together with my younger sister I would carry them to their presumed destination on the other side.

8" X 14"     2012

Banana Slug

This painting was the first in which I embraced my new Oregon home. Banana slugs are an icon of the Northwest. The chainsawed log is a common sight in the forest there as well.

8" X 10"     2013

Ermine

I painted this weasel in snow when I got fixated on the idea of a white-on-white painting. Unfortunately, a lot of the subtleties are lost in the digital version, as it seems the scanner has difficulty distinguishing all those shades of white.

14" X 18"     2013

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