Above the Desert

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Ghostly Superstitions - To the east of Phoenix's Valley of the Sun is a 160,000 acre range that extends that miles and is the keeper of mysteries and legends. One belief of some Apaches is the hole that leads down to the lower world, or Hell, is located within the mountains. It is said that the winds that blow from the hole are those that cause severe Arizona dust storms. Another intriguing legend surrounds the  Lost Dutchman Gold Mine. It was a "mother-lode" a mine discovered by Jacob Waltz, who revealed its location on his death bed.  While there are claims that some have located the mine, others believe it has never been discovered which still leads to more treasure hunters searching for the legendary mine. The lore and history are said explained with displays in the Superstition Mountain  Museum on the Apache Trail. The hiking of the1939  federally designated wilderness area extends across three Arizona counties, Maricopa, Pinal and Gila. This large painting is 40" x 60" on gallery wrapped canvas  SOLD.
"Dressed In Red" is also on display at the Cardinal Football Stadium in Peoria, AZ within the Executive Suites. These two paintings and one other, are part of my commission for the stadium. "GO CARDS"
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"Feel the Heat"  It is heat from Arizona's blazing summer, the heat of red, and the heat of passion, the feeling red creates is an emotion. When I began this dynamic painting, I was reaching for a feeling, perhaps that beyond darkness or freedom from the confusion of change, there is beauty and bright light and warmth from heat.  This painting is a 40 x 40 x 2 on canvas in acrylic with the painted edges. This painting is currently available through in my studio. $3,950.

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"Feel the Heat" in a room setting. Heat is 40 x 40 on canvas and  will be displayed during the Hidden In the Hill self-guided studio tour. $3,950

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Stormy Path Out It's heading for the high country and out of the canyon, but facing a storm along the way. Brilliant warm colors of the desert create a special warmth that remind us of Fall and maybe even pumpkin spice. Path Out is a framed 20 x 20 on splined canvas that is in my studio. It may be purchased $1,300

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"Two Horizons" reminds me that often there are two horizons, the one in front of us and the one in the future. Light enhances the coming of something new. Horizon is a dramatic 30 x 30 in acrylic/mixed media on canvas that is an award winning work. It is currently on display and for sale online and may be seen in my studio. $2,575 This look to the future is also an award winner in a contest among Arizona artists, it captured the judor's'heart and won first place. It is at The Finer Arts Gallery in Cave Creek.

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"High Desert Storm" is a 20 x 16 acrylic on cradled board. The storm feels as if it swirls around us as it builds strength and attempts to push the sun from the sky.  It is currently on display and for sale.  $1,000

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"Prairie " 12 x 12  acrylic on canvas that is selected for the Top Shelf Invitational Small Works Show. It is peaceful, serene and a snapshot of the prairies's beauty. It is in The Finer Arts Gallery and available framed for $400. The gallery is located at 6137 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ.

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"Outside the Walls"  is a bold reminder that above a canyon rim there is beautiful color. When I created this image, I was reaching for an emotion, perhaps that beyond darkness as if inside a canyon wall, there is beauty and light. I hope that this painting will speak to you. It is a 40 x 40 x 2 in splined canvas in acrylic with painted edges.  It is available. $4,500. SOLD

Outside placed 3rd place in the 4th Annual Skies Art Exhibition, sponsored by Fusion Art of Palm Springs, California.  The  dramatic artwork faced competition from around the globe to win this coveted prize. 

"Fractured Desert Sunset" was inspired by the view that one experienced when you appear through the desert trees or stag horn cactus as you look to the blazing setting sun. This painting grew from that experience during December when the Arizona sky was on fire. I was picking up the twigs and feathers a Curved Bill Thrasher had thrown from the Cactus Wren's nest in the Cereus Peruvianus Monstrosus and saw the blazing sky fractured by both the cactus and the Palo Verde. It was an unusually brillaint and beautiful sight the red mingling with the cactus thorns and kissing the trees branches. Fractured is 48 x 36 on 2 inch gallery wrapped canvas. $4,900.

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You Can Leave Now - Long summers in Arizona, especially those where the annual Monsoons appear to be in hiding, make for the time when we wish for the storms to push the desert heat into a memory. One record after another, and clouds teasing with false promises of rain, so "yes" the summer can leave now. This 20 x 20 gallery wrapped canvas is framed  $1,300. This work is included at The Finer Arts Gallery in Cave Creek, Arizona 6137 E. Cave Creek Road.

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"Bright Day Ahead" could be calling out  "good morning sunshine." Or perhaps, "it's going to be a scorcher, think about a swim." Either way it is a welcome into the new day and a subtle reminder to make the best of it. A 24 x 24 x 1.5 on gallery wrapped canvas in acrylic imay be see in my studio . The vibrant acrylic is $1,800. ON HOLD

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"Mystery Behind the Mesa" IWhen you look off into the desert as the sun sets, it may seem Mother Nature is hiding a secret beyond the craggy surfaced mesa. Add the colors of the brilliant skies with swirling clouds, one can only wonder if  Mother Nature only appears to create mystery or if there is truly a mystery beyond. This 24 x 24 is available in my studio $1800.

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"Where the Night Wind Howls" comes form the memories late at night when the wind blows across the high country prairies (and deserts.) There is a howl to the wind that is many ways is like the flatlands reminding us that they, too, are part of the beauty found in the wilds. Wind Howls is a 16 x 16 framed and is in studio. Framed $800.

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"Due West" as the sun sets in all its glory creating a brilliant sky that seems to pay tribute to a wonderful day. Due West represents the a special emotion, a release of tension, a kiss goodnight all inspired by a photograph I took from my backyard as the sun dipped into the night.  Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36 x 2 it may be seen in my studio. $3,700.  SOLD