Greetings from the Garden

Welcome to the latest incarnation of my website. Please be patient as this is an entirely new and different site.

I have been painting and engraving on stone for about 15 years now, beginning with a series of architectural studies of the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park.  In January of ’09 I started a new series of figure studies.

I begin each piece by studying the stones unique colors and surface contours to find just the right fit with the subject.  Often the stone will strongly influence the choice of subject and composition of the piece.  Next I transfer my drawing onto the stone and use an etching stylus to engrave the outlines into the surface.  The final step is using  acrylic paint to fill in details, light and shadow,  giving the subject a sculpted, 3d look.  I sometimes use the stylus and sandpaper to remove paint and highlight the stone surface.

I am really enjoying working with this new technique as it combines my experience with painting and printmaking as well as my love of stone.

Yucatan Mexico

Long ago, 1991, and far away in the Yucatan, Mexico

The archaeological sites in the Yucatan that we visited were quite impressive from all perspectives. That includes the narrow tunnel to get to the top of a pyramid in Chichén Itzá that the guide said once in you can’t turn around ! Ha, watch me go. Between that adventure, losing the only key we had to the rental car while swimming at Xel-Há Tulum, having a taxi driver run into our rental car and finally having a camera stolen it was still a most inspiring trip.

Tulum, Uxmal, Cobá, Labná, Templo de los Falos at Uxmal, Chichén Itzá, jungle treks, cenotes, restaurants all good and some better with excellent food at a Club Med then close to Chichén Itzá.

The weather was hot, hot and hot as well as humid but still well worth the visit.

I created two large oils on my return but did not do much on site work while there. Lots of photographs taken before the camera thief struck.

Oil painting of stone sculpture ...