Santa Barbara Harbor View


12×24″ oil on canvas– Here’s our fair city, green with winter rains and soaking up the warm southern sun yesterday. Winter in Santa Barbara:  60 degrees in the afternoon, then scraping ice off the windshield with a library card in the morning.  I’m happy to have some works on display at Devereux’s Art and Soul Fundraiser tomorrow evening if you can come out and support a great cause.

Sand Dune Garden


20×20″ oil on canvas– The light was lovely in this small small cove just north of Campus Point.  It is a motley collection of salty, succulent, ocean-loving plants that grow here happily in the sand… they’re the beach combers of the plant world, sunbathing near the surf, satisfied with little nourishment besides a good view.

Morning Light at Ellwood


18×36″ oil on linen– This is a studio painting based on past plein air paintings and photos of this view.  The nice thing about working from photos is they can freeze time and the sun will keep on rising as long as you need it to.  The downside is you don’t feel the surf sucking your feet into the wet sand as you paint.


Flowing Water


12×16″ oil on canvas board– My family and I hiked up San Ysidro Creek last weekend.  I have missed flowing water in our local creeks deeply.  When I first moved to this area, the creeks would flow year round… these days it seems we need to wait for winter.  It is so nice to see, hear, smell and feel this one trickling through the canyon again.

Small Foothills Studies

I’m playing with different painting mediums to try to find one that I enjoy.  I am trying to paint entirely without solvents and petroleum distillates… it can be a challenge not using turp.  So far I’m enjoying using walnut oil to clean my brushes and Gamblin’s solvent-free fluid medium. These are a couple studies I’ve sketched in the Foothills recently…sanmarcosopenspace

San Marcos Open Space 8×10″ oil

sanmarcospass From San Marcos Pass  6×8″ oil