Rossemite – 16″ x 20″ Oil on Canvas

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This was my first original composition (and my 4th painting overall). The Bob Ross influence is clear.


Mountaintop Vineyard – 9″ x 12″ Oil on Canvas

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This was from a photograph taken on my honeymoon. It’s a vista from the Barnett Vineyard in Napa Valley.


Clayoquot Sound – 9″ x 12″ Oil on Canvas

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Another painting based on a honeymoon photo, this one from near Tofino, BC.


Yosemite Valley 1 & 2 – Two 12″ x 9″ Oil on Canvas

Yosemite Valley Pair

This one is hanging in my office. It’s the classic “Tunnel View” from Yosemite, featuring El Capitan, Half Dome and Bridalveil Falls.


Edgewater Beach Apartments – 16″ x 12″ Oil on Canvas

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This is the famed “Pink Building” on Chicago’s north side, as seen from the lakefront path. My mother-in-law grew up here, and this painting now resides in the private collection of Dr. and Mrs. James Eggers.


Castello di Brolio – 16″ x 20″ Oil on Canvas

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This is the first painting in what I suppose is going to become my Italy series. It’s a castle and working winery in Tuscany where Chianti was apparently first created.


Tuscan Rose – 12″ x 16″ Oil on Panel

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This was my 15th painting and my first attempt at a still life. It’s based on a photograph I took in Chianti. Really happy with how this one came out. That stone wall wasn’t easy.


Gran Paradiso – 16″ x 20″ Oil on Canvas

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This is the view from the back porch of the Grivola Bar in Cogne, Italy. Cogne is in the northwest corner of the country, right between France and Switzerland, and a beautiful destination if you want to get off the beaten path on your tour of Italy. Gran Paradiso is Italy’s tallest mountain (that’s fully within Italy).


Chianti Villa – 12″ x 16″ Oil on Panel

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This was my first “streetscape,” which felt like a cross between a landscape and a still life. It’s adapted from another Italy trip photo depicting a wine making villa in Chianti. Learned a lot about depth, detail, and how hard it is to paint a thin, straight line. This one probably took three 6-8 hour sessions to finish.


Mountaintop Vineyard No. 2 – 9″ x 12″ Oil on Canvas

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This is based on another photo from Barnett Vineyards, taken during the Napa leg of our honeymoon trip.


Hennepin Canyon – 16″ x 20″ Oil on Canvas

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This is “Hennepin Canyon,” from a hike we did at Starved Rock State Park last month, and it was my first try at a painting using only a palette knife. It’s a cool technique for getting texture as well as an impressionistic feel. Lots of fun.


Denali – 16″ x 20″ Oil on Canvas

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This painting of Denali is from a composite of photos taken on our trip to Alaska in 2015.


Cracker Lake – 12″ x 16″ Oil on Panel

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This is Cracker Lake, the culmination of a 6.5-mile hike in Glacier National Park. The lake’s funky turquoise color is the result of the sediment left behind by the glaciers that formed it.


Lake McDonald – 12″ x 16″ Oil on Panel

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This painting is another one inspired by a photo I took during a recent visit to Glacier National Park. It was our first pull-off vista on Going-to-the-Sun Road, Lake McDonald. I really wanted to try to capture the ripples in the water and the underwater rocks, though I admit I spent the largest percentage of time on this painting working on the clouds.


Autumn Barn  – 16″ x 20″ Oil on Canvas

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I went back to a wet-on-wet style for this painting. This was inspired by a recent trip to my brother-in-law’s farm in western North Carolina. The barn belongs to their neighbor, and the mountain was transplanted from the nearby Pisgah National Forest.


Wedding Day – 12″ x 16″ Oil on Panel

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This marks my 25th painting as well as my first attempt at painting humans amidst a landscape. This is from a photo shoot at the Lincoln Park Lily Pool in Chicago a few hours before I got married. I guess this makes it a self-portrait, too, though I was far more concerned with getting Kathryn right 😉


Sacred Dancing Cascade – 16″ x 20″ Oil on Canvas

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Another painting from our trip to Glacier National Park, this time done in one session alla prima.