Night Life

Night Life

Night time is by far my favorite time of day. It's not only the time my creative juices flow, but many other thing come alive at night. This got me thinking about all the things that are not sleeping, but alive and vibrant in the Earth's shadow. All sorts of creatures and plants doing all sorts of creepy crawly mischievous things. I painted this to illustrate how, even though we sleep at night (most of us anyway), there is a whole vibrant world that springs to life and has a crazy party every time the sun goes down.

 

Acrylic paint on canvas

Size: 16" x 20"

Midnight Over Easy

Midnight Over Easy

This is the second tree I painted. I love the colors and the simplicity. I really enjoy the look of a crisp silhouette against a vibrant sky. My very silly and wonderful father named this painting. 

Acrylic painting on canvas

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Melting flowers

Melting flowers

3 pieces

Acrylic paint on canvas

Size: (3) 11" x 14" canvases

A Time for Rest is Coming

A Time for Rest is Coming

​This painting was inspired by the beautiful fall colors I experienced when I came to Utah. The yellows and oranges were so vivid against the contrasting sky. There are three colors I feel all paintings should include. Red for life, and white and black to ground the painting. I feel those two absolutes make the rest of the colors bright by giving the eye a base color from which to spring. Very rarely do I ever have a painting missing these colors, but it does happen.

Acrylic painting on canvas

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The Cold Heart of Winter

The Cold Heart of Winter

Dripping paint!

This was my first experiment ​in creating a painting that had dripping paint. I really enjoyed how it turned out and the fact that there is not a tree from which these branches spring, I feel gives the painting a sense of curiosity. I like that the cool colors also help portray a sense of a cold winter scene.

Acrylic paint on canvas

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Birds of Paradise

Birds of Paradise

These Birds of Paradise were inspired by some photos I took of live Birds of Paradise. They have great shape and even better color. They are truly a work of art all on their own.​

Acrylic painting on MDF

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Winter Crabapple

Winter Crabapple

​There is a crabapple tree down the street from my home that looks just like this after the first major snowstorm every year. The red on the tree always stands out against the stark background. it's truly a beautiful thing.

​Acrylic painting on canvas

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Colors of Nature

Colors of Nature

​I've been experimenting with red, yellow, and blue for a while now. I've still not been able to create the right feeling I've been going for with the colors, but this painting became a happy accident for me. Then all I had to do was figure out which direction was up!

Acrylic painting on canvas

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 This painting remains title-less. This is the first tree silhouette I ever painted. Every painting is a learning experience for me. This image helped me to figure out I like tree silhouettes and ridiculous, turbulent skies. These likes also transfer to my photography's artistic side.     Acrylic paint on canvas  Size:  24" x 48"

This painting remains title-less. This is the first tree silhouette I ever painted. Every painting is a learning experience for me. This image helped me to figure out I like tree silhouettes and ridiculous, turbulent skies. These likes also transfer to my photography's artistic side.

 

Acrylic paint on canvas

Size:  24" x 48"

Who?

Who?

This was an experiment I was trying with wet on wet paint. Most of it was completed without drying and I was really pleased with how it came out.

Acrylic paint on canvas

Size: 20" x 20" 

Underwater Rainbow

Underwater Rainbow

I love octopi. They're so majestic and squirmy. 

Acrylic paint on canvas

Size: 30" x 40" 

The Green Pig

The Green Pig

I wanted to name this one "Green Eggs and Ham," but everyone still calls it "The Green Pig," so I give in. This is part of a new collection I'm starting of the most ridiculous animals ever. I love his little smile and I've been told, "there's just something about him..."

Acrylic paint on canvas

Size: 16" x 20" 

Time to Exhale

Time to Exhale

My Dad named this painting. I'm surprised he knew the giraffe was blue, as he's color blind. This giraffe was modeled off a photograph I took while at the zoo. 

Acrylic paint on canvas

Size: 12" x 12"