Art and the virus

My recent show at Smith and Vallee Gallery  opened March 7th, right as the Coronavirus was arriving in our region. The gallery closed on March 16th and the show is just now coming down.

Despite the difficulties, it was a deep pleasure to show this body of work. A painting show takes over a year to produce and involves countless hours of contemplation, solitude, deep focus, work. Following that there's more contemplation and deep focus as you think through how to talk about what you do and created.

I'm proud of this show and so grateful to the buyers for their support.

Be well everyone!



Today is the last day of the Seattle Art Fair! This painting, West, is on display at Smith and Vallee Gallery's booth D-59. The entire show is fantastic and I'm delighted to show my work with such remarkable artists.

You can see more of my work at my website,, or on my inventory site.
Studio talk: I've spent some time lately trying to figure out how to do a better job photographing paintings in my studio. I expect this is a puzzle that plagues other artists too. So I googled and found a lot of advice, then followed some good advice.

Here's a few tips on Artwork Archive's blog.

Here's the great advice from artist Marc Dalessio that I followed with a few changes. I ordered lights on Amazon (about $75), but haven't ordered the polarizing sheets for them. Instead I place the lights on the same plane as the painting. I already used Lightroom to edit photos and so I ordered the x-rite i1 + the color checker. That seems to really help a lot. I've been using my Olympus OMD-EM5 with the magical Panasonic 25mm lens. I had a cheap tripod that I bought years ago at Costco. My next upgrade will be to a full frame camera (Nikon D750) and a short telephoto prime lens for more detail.

November 3rd: Art show opens at Smith & Vallee Gallery

November 3rd is my next art opening at Smith & Vallee Gallery, called 10 miles to the Moon. I'm thrilled to be showing with Andrew Vallee's sculptures. We're hosting an artist talk at 3:30 with the show opening at 5.


Thumbnail sketches of Samish Point

I usually try a series of thumbnail sketches before a painting in order to sort out small to large shifts in composition and to think through values. With these I wanted to think through the orientation of the painting, proportion and the line of the water on the beach.

This is an area I see often as it's the point of the island and a short walk through the forest from my studio.

Inspired Landscapes

This spring I was honored to be featured on Brambleberry's blog. Anne-Marie and her brilliant photographer visited my studio, talked with me about my work, my supplies and my process and...well, see for yourself here.

Anne-Marie Faiola is a dear friend and a creative and brilliant businesswoman. I loved seeing my studio and work through her keen business eye.