24×36″ oil on canvas– I made this from a small backpacking sketch of an oak tree by the trail.  To my right there was an incredible cliff formation with all kinds of caves and crevices and hawks soaring above, but that will have to wait for another day…   What captured me was the beautiful way the light was reflected and filtered through the bonsai-like leaves and branches of this small, gnarly oak.

Cold Springs Trail


18×24″ Oil on canvas– The creek is dry below this point, but below me where the canyon narrows and two confluences come together, there is a trickle of running water and some happy salamanders.  I’ve missed that sound!  It was better than any music as I painted the light through this cluster of bay trees.