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I began drawing and painting at a very young age and knew early on that I would choose art for my life. I achieved success early on in high school and college in the arts, but after college, I felt compelled to a career in ministry and have spent many fulfilling years helping others find their purpose in life. Through the years, I continued to paint mostly for enjoyment and as an outlet, but in 2007, I realized that an important part of my own life-purpose was creating and painting. The internet, which of course was not available 25 years ago, is such a useful tool for artist, opening doors and providing exposure that would otherwise not be possible. With this new opportunity, I have been pursuing painting and marketing my art whole heartily, usually painting on a daily basis. I live in Tucson, love to jeep, love to paint and study art, and my paintings are often inspired from some remote mountain location in the high desert.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

I Made it to Victor, Idaho (And Feel Rather Rested...Read Why....)

I headed out last Monday on my way to Victor, Idaho, to study for 7 days with Scott Christensen.  The trip up from Tucson had a couple of snags.  My truck overheated just north of Phoenix (temp was around 110) and I had to pull off for awhile. Second day, I was taking my daily pill routine and didn't realize until an hour later that I had taken a sleeping aid by mistake!  I usually can drive 24 hours and not have any trouble staying awake... Well, 4 pullover stops later, it was finally out of my system.  I have more empathy now for my wife who gets sleepy while driving.  Now in Victor, I am on my 3rd day, Scott has lectured some and I have painted out and about the Victor Valley each day.  It is beautiful here, not as majestic as the Jackson, Wyoming side of these mountains - more rolling hills here.  I have taken lots of reference photos and will add some in a few days.  After being up here, I decided to add the Jim Wilcox Plein Air Workshop (July 23-27th) to the end of my trip.  I loved working with Jim a couple of years ago for a fall studio workshop and am looking forward to painting Jackson en plein air in the summer!  Back to painting...

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