Friday, May 26, 2017

New Video

Again, its been a while... sorry, I get caught up in my little world of illustration and I forget that in order to keep this ball rolling I need to give it a push once in a while... so here is the push...
Last fall, I was involved (as the talent) thats what they kept calling me.. it was weird... in a television commercial for Blue cross of Idaho, its a long story, anyway, after the commercial came out the producer agreed to make a promo reel for me, mostly as payback because one of the light reflectors blew over and almost knocked me out... it was bad. A story for another time...
So after finally settling on the edit, which seem to take forever... I now have my first professionally done promo reel. If I do say so myself... I think it turned out fantastic, the only problem is that its me painting and not some hollywood actor playing me...Russell Crow would have been a great me... so here I am in all my glory, doing what I love to do in a place that I love to be.
Here is the link on vimeo:

Saturday, February 11, 2017

New Book ( The Miracle Maker)

When I say new book, I mean my latest... this book came out for Christmas... I know, save your comments... I was so busy with my other work that I forgot to post this book here, not that anyone is reading this... Anyway, its a wonderful book for next Christmas... great story, fabulous illustrations... and designed really well by the folks at Covenant books. Again, sorry for being so delinquent and lazy when it comes to this blog... Great book for the family... here is a link if your interested in getting a copy or ten...

Troutspots T-Shirts

I guess I'm in the T-shirt business, this is something that I have been thinking about for years and oh, by the way, sorry for not posting for a while...I've been busy working on the job from hell... 140 illustrations... ya, like I said, job from hell... it really is a great project, just a very large, time consuming project... like all of my time... anyway I digress... back to the T-shirts... They are very nice shirts, Ive test ordered for myself and I like them a lot, I plan on making a bunch of designs in time for a variety of shirts that I would wear... Printful is the company printing and shipping so you wont have any trouble getting your shirts right away... I promise (again) that I will post more in the future, I have a variety of great projects that I am working on and I think you will be interested... at least I hope so... Here is a link so you can buy a bunch of shirts for family and friends....

ta ta for now,


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Tiger Trout

Ive never painted a tiger trout before, the colors and patterns in these fish are incredible, an artists playground. I could not resist the pull to give it a go, I tried to keep the painting loose and fresh but ,it looks like I might have gotten carried away. I'm toying with the idea of putting some images on T-shirts, this one might make it there.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Out with the old, In with the new...

   2015 was a good year, I guess...the work was fun and entertaining, my health was good for the most part, I had a complete ankle replacement that caused me to loose 20 lbs...I didn't fish as much as I wanted but all in all I should not complain about 2015.
   I (with my daughter the designers help, lets be honest, I was sort of assisting her, sort of being a very loose way of saying I was giving verbal cues as to whether I liked what I was seeing) as I was saying... I just finished my new web site,, it was long overdue to be updated with new images and a fresh new style, (the new me...) I'm not sure I'm ready for a new me, but the site was ready, even my son complained that it needed to be brought up to the current decade. That's bad when your kids complain about your web site...
   I know I have neglected this blog too... I've been busy... trying to keep up with work and family takes alot of time and the older I get (just turned 55) the longer it takes this old hard drive to spool up.
   I promise I am going to try to be more active on my blog... just in time too, as blogs are winding down in this new social media frenzied world that we call home. I just cant bring myself to say, much less participate in tweeting or twittering...
   So... check out my new site and because you have been so patient here is a painting from my latest book project, its not done, (deadline looming) but so far has been really enjoyable to work on.
   I've also decided to try... to paint more animals this year and I have a book project of my own that I really would like to get sold this year, I guess that will be my wish list for 2016, I better write these goals down so I have a better chance of making sure they happen...
   Happy New Year, I wish you all a healthy happy and prosperous 2016, especially me...

Happy Trails 2015

Monday, February 9, 2015

Latest Book, "Emiline"

Man its been a long time since I posted anything here, with Facebook, instagram and all the other social media sites its hard to stay on track and keep those who might be interested up to date with what I am up to. 2014 was a very busy year, too many projects, too little time.
I finally finished my latest book, "Emiline" a great story about a black woman from the 1800's who despite being born a free woman, had to sue for her freedom in Texas. This painting will grace the cover of the book.
I really wanted to illustrate this book, I almost didn't get to do it, hard negotiations finally worked out and I got the go ahead to do the paintings, the models are local friends and neighbors who willingly agreed to give their time for the project.
The story is very touching, from a 10 yr old girls perspective dealing with a serious subject. The paintings, looking back now, turned out well for the most part, like always I suppose I would change a few things or recompose this and that but... I won't be afforded that opportunity for now, such is the life of the illustrator and his deadline...

I'll let you know when it comes out but for now, enjoy the cover...


Friday, June 6, 2014

Rainbow Trout

I've been working on a series of trout in the net paintings, not for anything special but just because I really like they way they look, a few years ago we fished all summer for a really big cutthroat trout on the Teton River, one afternoon my son and I were floating and we stopped where this big fish liked to hang out, well long story short, I caught him... I took a photo of the fish laying in the net. The photo turned out really great and I thought at the time, "this would make great reference for an interesting painting" so I painted it and if you follow me you probably saw the painting, well here is the next painting in the series, a rainbow trout in the net, this fish my brother in law caught while fishing the South Fork of the Snake river. The next painting will be of a brown trout my son caught on the Henry's fork of the Snake river. Anyway, the paintings are great fun to make, the net is particularly challenging to paint, and I really I like how it turned out, I hope you agree. I'm going to sell prints of these paintings due to some interest, I'll post the details if you are interested.