Painting for me is a relaxing pasttime, enjoyable, fun, sometimes a little trying on my own patience, challenging, and a great way to express myself. It is a way for me to contemplate nature, to ponder the way trees grow, the skies many shades, the colors in the darkness and light, and the beauty of life.


I typically start with very few colors on my palette, just the basics. For me, mixing to create the right shades of blues, reds, greens, browns, and yellows to make to exact color I want to show on the painting, is half the fun of the work I put into each piece of art I create. IMG_5666

I know I am not really creating art from nothing, I typically am basing it off of something I have seen, someplace I have been; a portrayal of the world we live in. In that, I am replicating the world, the creation, that proclaims a Creator. My paint does not jump from the palette to the paper and become it’s own completed picture by itself. It takes an artist wielding a brush to move it to form something; whether abstract or realism, it is moved by a designer, carefully placing each brush stroke to it’s precise point on the paper, making something beautiful. Just so, when I look at the world; the beauty of a sunset, the detail in the blades of grass, the complexity of a mountain range, or the majesty of a rolling wave, I cannot but think there is Someone who has put all of those things in place, and am in awe at the creativity and power of the One who has made all things. This might be a controversial topic to some, but I know that I see the handiwork of God when I look at nature and the splendor of the world we live in. It is very illogical to me to think that all of this world came to be without a person designing and forming it to it’s complexity and completeness.


I am only making a copy of things I see; mixing, blending, and placing colors on a canvas, I recognize the amazing wonder of the earth and heavens around us while I do that. I am just a simple artist, making paintings that I love, and representing the natural world we live in. The mix of colors, shades, lights, and darks we can see in the skies and land around us should cause great awe of the God who has made all we see. I resonate with Psalm 104, in which David writes about the glory and beauty of the natural world, designed and created by God:

“O LORD, how many are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all; The earth is full of Your possessions…Let the glory of the LORD endure forever; Let the LORD be glad in His works…Let my meditation be pleasing to Him; As for me, I shall be glad in the LORD.” (Psalm 104:24, 31, 34 NASB)

C. H. Spurgeon said: “Here on this earth is Calvary where the Savior died, and by his sacrifice, offered not within walls and roofs, he made this outer world a temple wherein everything doth speak of God’s glory.” (For further reading, this particular Sermon where this quote is from is worth the time it takes to read though: C. H. Spurgeon: Lessons From Nature)


Painting in action. 

For a while I have planned to try to time lapse a painting from start to finish; while I didn’t get it from the exact start, it’s basically from the beginning to end. The painting is called “Wooded Pathway” and will be listed on my Etsy soon. Enjoy the video at the link below:

Painting in Timelapse

The Beginning: Beginning

The Finish: IMG_6530

A Story passed down.

My grandma told lots of stories. In high school, I would go to her house after school, sit at the table with some kind of snack, and listen to stories. Mostly about her time during and after WWII, when she first heard of the strike on Pearl Harbor, what her job was like as a telephone operator, and many more stories.
I didn’t get to hear her make believe ones myself, as I was older then, but my mom has written down one and edited it to be a story for a book.
This year I was able to create illustrations for this story and get it set for printing. We didn’t go a fancy route to publish, more of a self published work. Here is the link for purchasing. The story itself is both lighthearted and also meaningful. It’s about a little cloud that wanders off, finds friends, and eventually makes his way back home to his mother. Hope you get the chance to order one for your own reading. “Little Puff” Book



Having just completed a somewhat successful craft/trade show where I had a table with my artwork, I’d like to share a few pictures of canvas paintings that have not sold yet.
I apologize for the large block writing over the pictures, but in order to keep them original and my own it is necessary.
Thanks for looking!