I first discovered Jan Van Eyck when I was about twelve years old. I fell in love with his paintings and I remember begging my mother to buy me a book about him. She did and I still have the book to this day. In the last almost fifty years since then I have studied lots of types and styles of painting: Abstract, Impressionism, Hyper Realism, Scientific Illustration, Natural History, Portrait, Botanical, Landscape. But still to this day, my favorite painter is still Jan Van Eyck. And in fact, you can find almost all of the above listed styles embodied in his paintings. Especially if you look close. Here are a couple of studies I did of his drapery.
The hilltop next to the Desert Lab with the slopes of Tumamoc in the background. There are lots of saguaros on Tumamoc. Saguaro cactus are found only in the Sonoran Desert and can live to be over 200 years old.
acrylic on panel
The finest bits of desert in the Tucson Region seem like some immense botanical garden...
widely dissimilar plants that ... are mingled with each other in matchless landscape effects.
The latest in my ongoing series of Anza paintings.
oil on panel
In 1775 Juan Bautista de Anza took 300 settlers from New Spain up into present day California and founded the city of San Fransisco. This city was named after Saint Francis who was patron saint of the expedition.
Trichocereus hybrids, sometimes called torch cacti, put on magnificent displays of large, brilliant flowers in early May. Collectors will throw impromptu parties when all their plants bloom on the same day. Although Trichocereus is not native to the U.S. (they are from South America) you can see them blooming all over Tucson in gardens, yards, containers and office buildings.
My painting of a juvenile Pygmy Owl - the bird that helped launch the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan. As Tucson keeps growing out into the desert, Pygmy Owl habitat has been destroyed. Pima County launched a conservation plan to protect it and other plant and animal species in the Sonoran desert. This little birdie has just left the nest.
A painting of Soldados crossing the Santa Cruz river. In 1775 Juan Bautista de Anza took 300 settlers from New Spain up into present day California and founded the city of San Fransisco after Saint Francis who was patron saint of the expedition. I have been painting scenes like this for over 15 years for the National Park Service, City of Marana, Arizona DOT and Pima County. Most are used as signs along the Anza Trail as it winds through Arizona and California. The current paintings are for galleries and illustrations for a book I'm writing on the expedition.