2016 is a great year!

The year of 2016 has been nothing but amazing thus far, beginning with winning a Best in Show, a Best in Landscape, a People's Choice and a Judge's Choice award! There were many adventures and events attended as well, including the Plein Air Convention and Expo held in Tucson, Arizona in April, the Bisbee Plein Air Festival in May, also in May I held my first ever plein air workshop with 10 students, and most recently I was super excited to participate in the Maynard Dixon Camp Out as a guest artist in Mount Carmel, Utah!
What an amazing experience getting to see the grounds and studio of Maynard Dixon, not to mention meeting great artists! The landscape is of course gorgeous there in southern Utah and I got a lot of painting time in as well.

This path with art continues to grow and expand and I am truly grateful for all of the support and encouragement along the way. I am fortunate to have met some amazing people that have helped me realize this dream of being a full time artist. Thank you so much!!!...

Highlights from the Plein Air Convention...

 The paint out line up in the wash at Catalina State Park. What a line up too!

 Painting with Brad Holt at our host Marlene Whitlock's house in Tucson.

 They joke about the artists being rockstars...not sure if it's a joke lol! Dave Santillanes after giving his demo.

Last day of the convention I got to paint with some greats! (left to right) Bill Cramer, me, Brad Holt and Joshua Been. What a blast!

Some highlights from the 2016 Maynard Dixon Camp Out...

Painting in Johnson Canyon with Glenn Renell and Joe Nicoletti.

A plein air piece painted along the Virgin River
"Around the Bend"
12x9 in. oil on linen panel

Painting early morning light along the Virgin River.
 A scene through the window of Maynard Dixon's Studio of the wet paint sale.

The interior of Maynard Dixon's Studio.

"Timeless" 12x12 in. plein air oil on canvas panel
Diana's Thrown - a very popular scene to be painted in Mount Carmel. Dixon painted it several times himself. I thought I should give it a try in honor of the event :)


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