August 23, 2016

Consistency 
 

Illustrating a book has presented an interesting challenge, the likes of which I have never faced. Consistency! Of course I am always keen to be consistent in the quality of my work, if not improving with each piece, but never before have I needed to be c...

August 6, 2016

Blogging is a funny thing. You get on a nice schedule and do it weekly, and then life happens, and suddenly you haven’t posted anything new for two months. I almost had an excuse in June, as I was getting married and off on my honeymoon, but the last month has just bee...

April 5, 2016

There were so many places along the 2600 mile Pacific Crest Trail where I just wanted to plop down and paint. The scenery was stunning, hence the decision to create and hopefully publish a collection of works from that 6 month experience. Painting after the fact, thoug...

March 23, 2016

Last week I talked about overcoming a painter’s block as I was working on a particular painting. It really surprised me that I struggled with motivation for this painting, because it is of a scene I was really excited about due to the wonderful beauty of northern Washi...

March 15, 2016

There are times in any pursuit of creativity where you will reach a hump, bump, or road block. Everyone is familiar with the term writer’s block, defined as “a condition, primarily associated with writing, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work or exp...

March 8, 2016

The pursuit of art is happily one of those activities in which you never stop learning. Even if I were to paint the same picture over and over again, I am confident I would continue to learn about the paint, my technique and my preferences. In fact, this would probably...

February 23, 2016

The National Scenic Trails that run through the United States vary in length from the New England National Scenic trail of 220 miles to the North Country National Scenic Trail, measuring 4,600 miles. Whether the shortest or the longest, these trails will have you hikin...