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"Cardinals and Cedar"
"Solitude - Loons"
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Lab pups & Decoy
"Autumn Wood Ducks"
Though not easy, this was a fun
painting to work on. Wood Ducks are so spectacular but often, in their
natural settings, they aren't as colorful as their
"Green Jays "
On a recent trip to south Texas I
saw my first green jays. Here is the painting that resulted from that
Here's another painting inspired by
the same trip. Prints of this painting will be used this year to raise
funds for the conservation group Quail
2011-2012 Federal Duck Stamp
We are currently taking orders and
getting ready for July 15th, which is the release date for this year's
Duck Stamp print. Click here for a complete
"Facing the Challenge" Elk
This idea came from the many trips
I've taken to western Montana. The scene is right where we usually
pitch our wall tent.
I have only seen Bobwhite Quail once
in Minnesota, but I've seen many down in Texas. That is where the quail
reference for this piece came from. I found the old wagon up in Little
Falls MN. Quail are my favorite of the upland gamebirds, they have lots
of attitude and personality.
I've seen some huge Whitetails in
Minnesota. During the rut it is interesting how they exude confidence,
yet they are ready to bolt at the first sign of danger. This one is
called "Prime time".
I am fascinated by big cats. This is
a small portrait of an Amur leopard, a rare and endagered sub-species
found in parts of Russia and China. I don't know of an animal more
impressive than a Leopard
Here is a new Grouse painting called
"Ruffed Grouse Morning". Grouse are amazing birds. You can sometimes
walk past them within 10 feet and not see them., and if they do decide
they can really startle you. It
seems as though they always fly behind some thick cover, but sometimes
you get lucky and they fly into the open. This painting is about that
"FIRST LIGHT - CANVASBACKS"received
the most votes and won the contest. Dorothy and I went to Dallas to the
DU national convention where I was presented with the "Artist of the
We had a great time and met some
I have had two pieces selected for
Ducks Unlimited's print program. There is an on-line vote, (see the
link on our home page) and whoever gets the most votes becomes the
"Ducks Unlimited International
Artist of the Year" and the print is the highlight of the package. It's
a big honor to win, but if not, I'm still happy to have two pieces in
Voting runs through Feb. 15. Here
are the paintings:
"Mallards at Sundown"
"Down by the Creek"
The thought here was to paint the
same place as the pheasant (below), but from an angle abut 50 yards to
the left where I imagined a creek.
Once I got going I abandoned that
idea because I couldn't resist putting trees where trees were needed.
Feeling that it needed a little red, but not having a pheasant to
supply it, I added some faint red
paint to the barn. I wonder if it really ever was red?
Here is my new pheasant piece, I
have yet to come up with a title. It is 24"x36". The tractor is about
17" long, I was suprised at how long it took to paint.
There were a lot more pheasants in
there at various stages but even though they were completely painted
in, if they didn't add to the composition I had to paint them out.
I particularly like the colors of
this one and so decided to paint a small deer piece set at the same
time and place from a different angle. (see above)
In 2002 Dorothy and I went on a
research trip to Alaska with Al and Mary Agnew. I was struck by how
huge and vast the landscape was.
Of all the wildlfie I saw, I was
most impressed by the grizzlies.
My entry into the Federal Duck Stamp
Contest placed 2nd on saturday. Thanks to all of you who were cheering
for me. Here it is.
If you've ever been to my studio,
you'll recognize this scene. Not only did I have the scene to look at,
but the turkeys are always there too. Sometimes they fight with their
reflections in the window! It was great to have live models to work
from. "King of Spring"
Once again I'm painting snow in the
middle of the summer. This was the last big spring snow on this tree by
our house. How nice to have such colorful birds to add to a winter
I started this Polar Bear over ten
years ago when trying out some new paints. Last month I went at it
again, this time with acrylics. The cub was added,
the scene is all new, and ,of course
I reworked the big bear. I suppose I could have just as easily started
a whole new painting.
"Fearless". I wanted him to look like
he is at the top of the food chain, and knows it.
Here's one I just started. I don't
know where I'm going with the scene yet but sometimes you have to
out as you go.
Any of you who have been to my studio
might recognize this view out the window. Cardinals frequently stop on
the Sumac on the way to the feeder.
TURNING LEAVES - CARDINAL
I was chosen as the artist for next
year's Texas Duck Stamp. I was excited to have Pintails as this year's
species as they are one of the most
beautiful and graceful birds in the world.
2008 TEXAS DUCK STAMP
For me, bonefish are the most fun to
catch of all fish. After all the hours peering into the water trying to
it was fun to paint one from an
underwater viewpoint. that's a "Crazy Charlie" he's going after.
August 18 2007
Pheasants Forever chose me to paint
their 25th anniversary print of the year. Here is the result: " Memory
June 14 2007
We have three acres of native
prairie, and plenty of Bluebirds on our property. They were the
inspiration for this painting.
June 14 2007
This is from a recent trip to nevada
where we saw lots of wild horses and beautiful scenery
" Smoky Valley Mustangs II"
March 27 2007
Here's a little portrait I just finished of Muffy -
our friends' new Lab pup.By the time it was finished, the dog was
almost full grown!
Feb 12 2007
More memories from northern Minnesota
May 15 2006
I just finished this one. I saw these
MorningGlories growing up my neighbors fence post, and thought it was a
nice setting for a Wren.
Roseate Soonbills. Here is a large painting that was
a commision for some friends in florida. I was able to see some of
these birds at the Ding Darling refuge on Sanibel Island.
Since I had the snow colors mixed up from the wolf
painting, I decided to paint my first polar bears. " Pride & Joy"
I finished this in March. Tiltled" Call of the
February 23 2006 , This is a wolf sketch for a new painting I just
January 31 2006, "Bear Family" is another painting from
last year that you might not have seen. I'm thinking of printing it.
What do you think?
January 2006. My first attempt at a Lynx.
December 2005. Here is a Wood Duck piece I painted
earlier in the year for the National Wild Turkey Federation print
program. " Secret Spot - Wood Ducks"
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