Yellow Peonies

August 18, 2016 § 1 Comment


This is a large oil I completed of yellow peonies that were cut from the yard of my daughter and son in law.  Their delicate highlights and unusual colors within the centers drew me in. The petals seemed translucent with hints of green   Intoxicating!!!!

Borrowing From Others or Imitation is the Best Form of Flattery

November 18, 2015 § Leave a comment



This is an oil completed many years ago while in my early learning stages of painting and drawing.  Yet, are we ever done learning?  Part of my self instruction in the beginning was to copy and this was taken from a published photograph. Therefore, I was never able to use this for exhibition or for sale. I learned a lot by examining the work of others.  The goal at the time was to try and capture the tender portrayal by the photographer of a grandmother and small girl.  I was taken by the dramatic light play across the subjects coming from one source, the window; and the added contrast of the darkened room.  While I appreciated the work of the photographer, I began to add touches of my own personality.

Face of Hope

March 15, 2015 § Leave a comment

At an event I attended, a remarkable young girl caught our attention and imagination. She was with her father and another male family member and they were so protective and caring towards her. She had these beautiful eyes which spoke volumes about her. Patience, hope, and caring were all traits I saw in her small face. I was honored to be able to capture that essence.
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Grand Dad Harry

February 25, 2015 § 6 Comments


This is one pulled from my archives.  It is a painting completed for a demonstration and one of which I am most proud.  My grandfather, Harry Roberts, was a very instrumental person to the history of southwest North Dakota.  His writings for local newspapers in his column “As I Remember ” documents his growing up among the ranchers on the prairie near the Elk Horn Ranch of Teddy Roosevelt.

Oil Painting from a Modeling Session

February 17, 2015 § 2 Comments

Years ago, we were fortunate enough to have a gracious man from the Bismarck/ Mandan, North Dakota area pose for our painting class. He was very careful not to let us see certain ceremonial garb and we learned a lot from him. This oil is from a composite of sketches I made during the class. I felt that the lighting helped to dramatize the pose and bring out the colors in the composition.

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