Rural Sunrise

Rural sunrise – Poolesville, Maryland

One of my many plein air watercolor paintings, this is one of the surrounding crop fields that we have here where we live – done in the spring when the colors are intense and vibrant.


Painting info:
Rural sunrise
Crop field
Poolesville, Maryland
April 1989
Daniel Smith Extra Fine watercolors
Lanaquarelle 100% cotton 140 lb hot press paper
4”x6”

Quite the View – Redux

Down the valley – Ophir, Colorado

Lest anyone think that in the recent rush of photography and video from the Florida Keys I forgot about posting one of my paintings to keep everything balanced… here you go – a watercolor of the American West. More specifically, the valley leading down from Ophir Pass in southwest Colorado, just south of the posh ski town of Telluride. This is a studio painting I created from a panorama of four images I captured many years ago as we were hiking around Ophir Pass and taking in the magnificent sights.

The road down from Ophir Pass – Ophir, Colorado

Southwestern Colorado remains one of my favorite places to visit for the ruggedness and spectacular views.


Painting info:
The view down Ophir Valley
Near the summit of Ophir Pass
Ophir, Colorado
April 2019
Schmincke Horadam Aquarell watercolors
Fluid 100 100% cotton 140 lb cold press paper
4”x6”

Photo info:
The view down Ophir Valley
Near the summit of Ophir Pass
Ophir, Colorado
July 2004
Canon PowerShot G3 digicam

Sunflowers for a Friend

Sunflower – Poolesville, MD

Creating different iterations of this image has become a thing for me. I have painted variations of this same image of a sunflower repeatedly for friends when a close family member dies, as the cover of a custom-made sympathy card that I create for them. This specific painting (above) I finished a couple of days ago, for a friend whose mother died last week. I’ve done this several times over the past few years now, and – sadly – I’m getting better at it.

Why a sunflower? I want something that’s bright and not down, something that can lift someone’s spirits and not be trite, something that won’t intrude, something that can be beautiful and hopefully impart a sense of peace.

Sunflower – Poolesville, MD

Painting info:
Sunflower
Poolesville, Maryland
March 2021
Schmincke Horadam Aquarell watercolors
Fluid 100 100% cotton 140 lb cold press paper
4”x6”

Painting info:
Sunflower
Poolesville, Maryland
May 2019
M. Graham Artists’ watercolors
Fluid 100 100% cotton 140 lb cold press paper
4”x6”