Thursday, December 4, 2008

Taryn Rose

Oil on panel...about 10"x12". I prefer to work larger than this when painting these "mall" scenes.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Here is a 7.5" x 7.5" study.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Meat Counter Study

My buddy Zachary Proctor let me rummage through the photos he took on his trip to Europe last month. He took some great photos of some markets in Spain. That is the reference for this study. 10" x 12" oil on panel.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Forum

Oil on Canvas 67"x45".

Monday, November 3, 2008

Parasol Down

Oil on canvas, 33"x48". The subject of this painting is a restaurant at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. The big white rectangle is a huge concrete slab waterfall at the other end of a pond. The pond or lake lies between the umbrellas and the white rectangle.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Check Your Head At The Door

48"x33" oil on canvas.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Key Lime

Oil on canvas, 33.5" x 42".

Monday, October 20, 2008


33"x48" oil on canvas.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Charley's Street

Small oil on panel. I painted this on site in Helper Utah. The red truck in the far left of the painting belongs to the artist Charley Snow.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Bowling On 33rd South

I painted this one a year or so ago and showed it in a small local gallery for a few months. It did not seem to get much response so I put it in my basement. I remember I really liked the painting at the time, but I kind of forgot about it when I stored it away in the basement. Someone recently saw it on my website and puchased it so I guess it wasn't so bad after all.

Oil on panel, 24"x20".

Friday, September 12, 2008


Someone was eating a nectarine near me and immediately I thought back to an old segment from Sesame Street about nectarines.....I searched for it on YouTube and sure enough it was there. I post these things because they are so much a part of my childhood and subconscious mind. I think the music is really trippy and I always felt so bad for the creature that could not bend its arms.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Lonely Torso

Oil on canvas, 46"x60". A lot of shiny floor on this one.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Red, Green, Yellow and Black

Oil on panel 20"x24". I borrowed a photo reference for this one from Zachary Proctor.

It was taken in a department store in New York.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Helper Arts Festival

I went to the Helper Arts Festival in Helper Utah last week. Here is a plein air painting I did on MainStreet. Oil on panel 10"x12". I haven't done a plein air painting for about 4 years. I really respect people who do on sight painting regularly.

Saturday, July 12, 2008


Here is a monoprint I made about 4 years ago. I was attempting to capture my buddy Zachary Proctor at work on a still life. I wish I had my own press so I could make more monoprints.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Something Different

I haven't posted this on my website because it doesn't fit in with what I usually paint. This is a wedding portrait commission that came to me last year (long story as to how). I was given a small faded photograph to work from. It was frustrating at first, because the photo was so faded. As things moved along and I invented some of the missing detail, I began to have more fun. Like I said, I don't do these types of paintings often so I did not know what to expect.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Devil's Garden

Here is a little landscape (oil on panel, 10"x12") that I just finished. This is a place I visited a year ago near Escalante Utah, called The Devil's Garden.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Early Childhood Inspiration

I have been looking for this animation from Sesame Street for awhile now. It finally showed up on Youtube. This strange short animation has been stuck in the deepest part of my brain for over 30 years.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Looking Down On Two Ways Up

60"x40" oil on canvas.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Inspiring Location

I just stumbled upon the wonderful work of photographer Troy Paiva. I was looking through his work and one photo struck me as familiar. I noticed that we had both been inspired by the same abandoned cafe/gas station in California. I took a picture of it for reference in 2004 on my way to Palm Desert California. I had forgotten where it was exactly but Troy describes it as being..."off the freeway in Yermo, California, a quiet high desert roadside town east of Barstow. " I used it as the backdrop for my painting "Excavation Site". The foreground in my painting comes from construction workers in Salt Lake City. Check out Troy's work (link above).

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Three Roses

Oil on canvas, 40"x 55". Shiny surfaces are always fun to do.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Corner Counter

Oil on canvas 42"x50".

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Pronto Pups

40"x50" oil on canvas.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Side Show

Another new painting. Oil on panel 24" x 29".

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Bad Apples

Here is a new painting. 29"x24" oil on canvas.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Study Of A Wall In My Basment

I painted this small one about six years ago. I have never shown it anywhere because it never seemed to fit with the other work I was showing at the time. The left part of the painting contains a sort of cable tv/internet box to route the signal to different rooms of my house. The blue tank and pipe on the other side is part of a sprinkler system that was installed in my house to put out fires. I was told that it was mandatory to have a sprinkler system installed because the community I live in was built too far away from the nearest fire station to respond effectively. More than you cared to know I'm sure.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Orange Cap (SLC)

Oil on panel (about 8"x10"). I painted this winter of 2007.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Tropical Sno

I painted this about a year ago. Oil on panel, about 18"x16"

Monday, April 7, 2008

Toward Price

I'm going to hold off posting new work for a few weeks. I am participating in a group show at the Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City on April 25th through May 10th. I will start posting new work when that begins. In the meantime I am going to post some older landscapes and still life studies. This is a piece entitled "Toward Price" meaning Price, Utah. I painted this during a workshop in Helper, Utah taught by Doug Braithwaite.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Beauty Counter No.3

Here is the finished product.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

A Beauty Counter Painting (in progress)

Here is the same painting in progress. Some of the general shapes are blocked in.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

A Beauty Counter Painting (underpainting)

I made a few small paintings for an upcoming fundraiser show called "300 Plates" at Art Access Gallery in Salt Lake City. This is the underpainting stage for a small beauty counter piece. I usually paint the underpainting with a mixture of alizirin crimson, phthalo blue and linseed oil. I learned to start paintings this way from a really good painter named Doug Braithwaite.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Excavation Site

I made this painting last year but never got around to taking a photo of it. The backgound scene is from an abandoned restaurant in the California desert on I-15.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Back Alley

I stopped to grab some food at my favorite drive through Mexican restaurant one night during a big snow storm. As I drove around the back I snapped a shot of the alley behind the shopping complex that served as the reference for this small painting.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Dark Carnival

Here is a small painting I did a few years back. I took my wife and kids for a drive on a hot summer Saturday evening and we came upon a really cool little carnival celebration. I guess it was an annual thing that takes place every year on the main street of a small neighboring town. I'm glad I had my camera with me.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Ice Sculpture

Oil on panel, about 20"x14". This is the last of the Hot Dog on a Stick paintings. I plan to revisit this subject later.

Thursday, February 28, 2008


Another painting based on Hot Dog On A Stick.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Hot Dog On A Stick

Here is the first of 3 paintings based on the Hot Dog On A Stick fast food chain. This piece is about 20"x23" and was painted in 2007.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Beauty Counter No.2

Oil on Panel. I went to the mall a few months ago to take some refference photos for some of these paintings and was told to stop taking photos by the mall security. She said the stores are afraid that people will steal the display ideas. Hmmmmm.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Beauty Counter

This was my first beauty counter painting, "Beauty Counter No.1" oil on panel, 14"x20"(apporx). I will post some of my other beauty counter paintings later.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Two Heads Are Better Than None

Lately I have been painting carnival scenes and mall scenes.  This painting is about 19"x24"....oil on panel.   

Friday, February 15, 2008

Waiting By An Exit

Oil on panel about 14"x 20". This was some kind of pirate themed attraction viewed from the side. I was drawn to the mysterious exiting stairway.

Thursday, February 14, 2008


Here is carnival painting of an A&W Rootbeer stand. This is painted on panel and is about 14"x20". I was fascinated by the intense fluorescent light emanating from the A&W pod contrasted with the ambient light of the surroundings.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008


This painting is based on the carousel at Pier 39 in San Francisco. It was painted in 2007 and is about 42"x45".

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Carnival another light

Same subject matter just earlier in the day. It is amazing how light can make the same subject appear and feel so different.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Carnival Swings

Here is a painting I made of a ride at a local amusment park called, "Turn of the Century(Night)".
This painting is about 21"x24" and was painted in 2007.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Blue Laundry

Another painting that fuses toys and "real world".

Monday, February 4, 2008


I called this one, Early Sunday Morning Vendors. I have always loved painting cityscapes and thought it would be an interesting problem to fuse some toys into a city scene.
This was painted in 2007 and is about 24"x45".

Thursday, January 31, 2008


This isn't a painting, but a picture of the snow at my house. I just thought it looked interesting.


This plane was one of my favorite toys as a kid.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Sunday Driver

This one features the Fisher Price garage. There is an orange ball lamp in the background that my parents had around the house when I was very young.