AboutMePicThis blog is about nature and our connection to it.  Nature seems to speak without words and my goal is to learn how to paint “en plein air” (on location) well enough to express a glimpse of what it’s saying. Hopefully you’ll begin to sense the peace and humility it graces us with.

I started painting outdoors in 2010 and have taken workshops with Mike Mahon, Joshua Sorenson and John Cogan, but by far the best workshop I’ve ever taken is with nature itself.


Painting in Palo Duro Canyon (Texas).
Painting in Palo Duro Canyon (Texas).

8 thoughts on “About”

  1. i am glad you found my blog so i could find both of yours (art and AT adventures). you’re doing some great work and I completely support, and admire, your interest in painting and drawing “en plein air”. keep it up, and i look forward to future posts. btw…i’m familiar with the AT/Blue Ridge Mountains around the Asheville, NC area, (circa 1980s).

  2. I am impressed by painters that manage to work outdoors. Nature is so full of sounds movements and impressions that I personally find it difficult to work en plein air. I think your work is lovely, Colorado must be a very inspiring place to paint.

    1. Yes! It’s hard to stay focused on one concept or focal point when everything is begging to be painted. I have to put serious mental blinders on to keep from getting distracted. Colorado is amazing. Thanks for the encouragement!

  3. Stephen, I have been going to Caprock and Palo Duro Canyon areas to paint and sketch. Is there any possibility of our meeting out there to paint sometime? I also love Lake McKenzie which has some iconic scenes. Let me know if you are interested. Caprock has free range bison btw.

    1. I’d love to be up there, but just can’t until I have some finances coming in. Long story, but I can’t wait until I can afford to break loose. There are so many places I’d love to go include this area! Soak up the scenes for me. If you feel a wave of envy coming from the south, that’s me. Ha.

  4. As you paint plein air, would you be interested in leading a workshop in France at Marouatte Castle in the Perigord Vert 2020 or later? if so check out www dot artatthecastle dot com web site.

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