Sunday, February 12, 2017

Prairie Moon

Prairie Moon                   18x12"              oil-linen panel

Fresh off the easel.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Standing Ground

Standing Ground               24 x 30"               oil-canvas
I've painted several smaller buffalo that've been a lead up to this larger piece.  I think I finally got the look and attitude I was trying to convey.  Is this a showdown between two species, or maybe a partnership?  Or have these two ravens come to deliver a message?

Monday, May 2, 2016


Brookies                               18 x 12 oil-canvas panel

This painting made its way through a couple galleries, then came back to me unsold.  As cute as the original was, I wondered if I had missed the mark.  I didn't want to scrap the piece because there were so many elements in it I liked, and I just felt she needed a different look.  I reworked the face and am much happier with it now.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

American Women Artists Finalist

Lunch Pail                                16 x 11"    oil-canvas panel

My painting Lunch Pail is a finalist in the AWA's Spring Online Juried Show.  A big honor since I only joined their organization just a month ago.  Thank you AWA!  For a complete list of the finalists, and also to take a look at this seasons winners click here.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016


Awakening                                                                 12 x 16"    oil/linen panel
Each spring multitudes of birds migrate to the Montana prairie to nest during the early months of summer.  I've used lighter values in the sky to suggest wind.  This helps communicate the swirling movement of this flock of black birds.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

First Strike Friday Night Auction - A Valiant Heart

A Valiant Heart                                        18 x 24"  oil - linen panel
Looks like Donkey Oatey is heading to the First Strike Friday Auction during The Russell!  Lot #12.  The event will be held at the Great Falls Civic Center and starts at 6pm, Friday March 18th.  Hope to see you there!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Russell Week is Right Around the Corner!

This is the ad I created for the Russell Art Auction catalog.  Zoom in for more details by clicking on the image.  Yes thats me for the Art in Action!  I don't usually have "company" while I paint, so this should be very interesting!  All I can say is, wish me luck!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Kit & Kaboodle

Kit & Kabooble                                 30 x 30"  oil-linen
This painting was inspired by the many fox families I see on the ranch each summer.  At first you'll see a fleeting glimpse of their little heads poking out from the den.  Then a few weeks later as they become bolder,  the kit pups become a flurry of activity, playing and wrestling around on the ground.  Its a scene I look forward to every year.

Monday, March 7, 2016

The Path Home

The Path Home                                9 x 12"    oil-linen panel
Here is another piece to add to my Gramma Series, plus a few previous ones.  The Granny in these paintings is very traditional.  She has a garden.  She bakes pies and cookies, and spoils her Grandchildren (who love her dearly.)  I know, I know...this is all very sappy stuff.  But my plan is to one day to turn these paintings into a children's book, to honor the role of Grand Parents and help little ones understand the gift of having older people in their lives.

Friday, March 4, 2016

The Burden of Beauty

The Burden of Beauty                       30 x 30"         oil - linen panel

Heres another oil painting of the very "regal and majestic" (a quote from my daughter at 5 yrs old) Donkey Oatey!
This was a lot of fun to create, but obviously took many, many hours.  Sometimes thats the pay-off.

You can see this painting and other new work by yours truly, at the Out West Art Show.
Coming up March 16th-19th at the Best Western Heritage Inn, 1700 Fox Farm Rd. in Great Falls, MT.
I'm in room #166.  Russell Week is upon us!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016


Slumber                         16 x 20"  oil-linen panel

Boy, I can tell you...never underestimate the intelligence of cows!  Once you let your guard down, they get the upper hand every time.  This painting will be available during the Out West Art Show and is another piece from my Harvest Series entitled Slumber.