Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Clear Moon, Snow Soon...

This is the cover illustration for "Clear Moon, Snow Soon", a book I illustrated in 2001. A lot of things came together for me during the making of this book. I've always loved this piece, and, since it's so close to Christmas, I thought it was a good time to show it again.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

To go digital, or not to go digital. That is the question....

I was asked if the Santa image from my previous post was painted digitally or conventionally, (music to my ears). I painted it digitally — But that it doesn’t have an obvious digital look is a compliment I’ll gladly take. Years ago I wrestled with the idea of using the computer as a medium for painting. Back then the time I spent on each of my paintings grew to the point that this wonderful career of mine was starting to feel more like a job and less like an artistic endeavor. I needed to find a way to keep my enthusiasm and spontaneity up and number of hours spent on each piece down.
The computer seemed to be just the ticket.

Since going digital my painting skills have improved dramatically. I tend to take more chances and explore more options because of the flexibility painting digitally affords, which translates back into my conventional painting.

Bottom line? It doesn’t matter how you get there — as long as you get there. And the fact that I can paint digitally, have my images look as if they were created conventionally, and get a little more sleep — is all just icing on the cake. 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Ho, ho, ho

Seeing how the holiday season is upon us, inspiration has kicked into high gear with a portrait of Santa. Faces are such fun to paint. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Turkey Time!

It's that time again. 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Is it Fly-day yet?

It probably would have been better if I posted this sketch before Halloween. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Just a fun monochromatic drawing for the portfolio. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Book Signing

I will be signing my book Jump! this Friday (10/12), from 6 to 8 pm at Tucson Meet Yourself. My table will be set up at  the Folk Art & Global Market (In front of the courthouse). Jump on over!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Prairie Anna Book Cover

I Finally received my advance copied of Prairie Anna. Here is the cover, I painted it digitally. 

Monday, July 16, 2012

New Portrait...

Charcoal on watercolor paper,  approximately 18" x 24". Faces are so much fun to do particularly when it comes to bringing out the personalities. 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Worlds of Words...

I’m going to be doing Worlds of Words at the University of Arizona this Saturday 6/16 from 10am to 12pm. Stop on by and check it out! 

Prairie Anna...

I recently finished illustrating a small chapter book titled Prairie
Anna which will be published by BJU Press this fall. Here is the cover along with a couple of the interior illustrations.

Friday, June 8, 2012


I'll be reading my book Jump! at Barnes&Nobel in Tucson this Saturday, June 9th at 11am. It's a fun story, stop on by. Barnes&Nobel Tucson.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Book Signing...

I'll be reading and signing my book Jump! at The Mini Time Machine Museum in Tucson this Sunday, June 3rd at 2pm. I'll also talk a little about where the inspiration for Jump! came from and the process of making it into a book. Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Jump! The Book Trailer

Here's my new book trailer for "Jump!" which is now available for purchase at The video quality is much better on my web sites or

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


Here is one of my Preliminary sketches for Barb. The cholla cactus with a real sense of adventure.


Saturday, March 31, 2012

Stuck on Jump!

Cool new Jump! Stickers. Always nice to have some fun giveaways at book signings.

Friday, March 30, 2012


I received my advance copy of Jump! Which means it wasn't just a dream. All those late nights working on concepts and paintings really happened. And I'm very happy about that because Jump! turned out to be such a fun book. I can't wait to see it in bookstores and do signings with it.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Tucson Festival of Books...

I'm gearing up for the Tucson Festival of Books happening this weekend. I'll be part of a panel on Sunday the 11th. So, if you're in town, stop on by. Visit my web page for more details on my appearance. Or visit the official Tucson Festival of Books site at This is an amazing event folks. There is always so much to do, and so much to see. And on top of all that, the weather will be perfect. So if you like books... stop by and check it out.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Take Five...

And just like that... I'm done with my book. Finished, finessed, corrected... and delivered. I had to pull an all-nighter to bring it in on deadline. Started at 5:30AM yesterday, and finished at 10:45 this morning. But, like everything else in life, this too gets better with age. I don't know why, but working through the night was not that difficult. I hope this doesn't become a trend. But now that I've delivered my book to my publisher, I'm left with an odd feeling. Is this what mountain climbers feel like when they finally reach the summit? "Well then... that was nice, let's go get a pizza?" It brings to mind one of my favorite quotes: "It's the road, not the inn." 

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Paint from the heart...

I had "The Pixar Story" on in my studio a couple days ago while I worked. Movies help me stay put in the studio on the days that I find it hard to stay put in the studio. I'm pretty sure all creative people involved in creative endeavors wrestle with this sort of thing from time to time... Even Rembrandt, I dare say. The difference is, Rembrandt didn't have access to Netflix... and I do. Anyway, The Pixar Story turned out to be just what the doctor ordered. I found it very inspiring, and felt particularly vindicated when John Lasseter credits Pixar's movie success to the fact that Pixar makes the kind of movies that they, (the directors and animators), themselves would want to see. Or, to apply it to my own work, paint the kind of pictures I would want to see. The moral of the story? Be yourself, and work from the heart.