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Fractals. 9x12, oil on linen panel. 2017 Painting's a funny business. You spend what feels like forever struggling to create something decent and then you get in the studio on a random day and paint something effortlessly. It doesn't make any sense at all. In this painting I was trying to creat

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 View Across to Edmonds. 11x14, oil on linen panel. 2017. This painting is based on a small plein air study from last winter. It was a cold day and windy enough to blow over my easel onto the rocks; I ended up doing the sketch on a setup that was held together with string. T

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Carkeek Shore 2.0 (plein air/studio). 8x10, oil on linen panel. 2016. Back in May of this year I painted on location at Carkeek Park in Seattle. Although the day was really pleasant and there was no time pressure, I wasn't able to get the painting to a place where I was truly happy with it. After a

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Rain Over Winslow. 6x10, oil on linen panel. 2016. As the pile of sketches in my studio can attest, trying to paint the Puget Sound in winter is a recipe for failure. Studio or plein air, it's especially hard to do because there's so little to actually build a painting around. The only thing that br

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Sunset Over the Olympic Peninsula. 12x12, oil on linen panel. 2016. There are some beautiful light shows to be had in autumn if you're prepared to get out in the early evening. This painting came about from a walk just before sunset, armed with a camera. A mix of simplification, mood, and light

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