Aqua de la Vida
Aqua de la Vida

For San Joaquin valley crops, this river is truly the “water of life.” The river has a few places where the shoreline widens and a small lake appears. It feels like the water is resting and gathering energy before it begins its final surge toward the irrigation canals on the east side of the valley.

Image size 24 x 30

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Sanctuary
Sanctuary

There are places along the river where all the world seems far away. There was hardly a ripple in the water nor a bird flying by. Just beautiful, quiet, silver water. The only noise was my sable brush on the paper.

Image size 18 x 24

$275

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Rio Magnifico
Rio Magnifico

It’s not the Colorado River, nor the winding Snake River nor the mighty rivers of the central plains but the San Joaquin River has an ever changing personality that draws canoes, kayaks, fishermen and yes, watercolorists. On this January morning, while the dew reflected rainbow colors onto the water and underbrush, my painting came to life.

Image size 18 x 24

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Buena Vista
Buena Vista

I moved to a different spot on the edge of the river to create this painting. It was truly a beautiful vision with the white caps on the turbulent cold water. The deep emerald color was memorable. I hope to go again to this location.

Image size 18 x 24

$275

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Golden Pond
Golden Pond

It was a beautiful fall day along the river when I saw these wonderful golden trees and their equally beautiful mirrored image in a little pond. This small painting seemed to capture the magic quality of clear water.

Image size 15 x 22

$200

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Sportsman Lake in the Fall
Sportsman Lake in the Fall

This tree and body of water are among my favorite places to paint and are found in many of my paintings. Each time I visit this location I find that the old tree and water have taken on the mood of the season. On this cold November morning, I could feel the nearness of winter.

Image size 18 x 24

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Dark Day on the River
Dark Day on the River

Early fall storms bring the most interesting contrast between darkened skies and the remaining golden foliage. Rain followed just as I finished this painting.

Image size 18 x 24

$250

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Secret Cove
Secret Cove

On a cold autumn day along the river, I found this little cove where the deep blue water gathered for a rest, away from the turbulence of the river. The contrast between the browning trees and the cobalt blue of the water caught my attention.

Image size 18 x 24

$275

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Millerton Shoreline
Millerton Shoreline

Late in the summer when the waterline was low, I found the shoreline at Millerton to be very different from when early spring runoff covered all the hills and valleys of this reservoir. While the storm clouds gathered over the distant hills, I tried to capture those interesting shapes laid bare by the low water.

Image size 22 x 30

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River Patterns
River Patterns

On a gentle curve in the river bed, the water continued to make gentle waves on the sandy shoreline. These patterns intrigued me. It looked a little like an ocean beach.

Image size 18 x 24

$275

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Bright Trees by the River
Bright Trees by the River

These trees are an exaggeration of the bright fall colors alongside
an Eastern California stream.

Image size 22 x 15

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Dinkey Creek
Dinkey Creek

I have painted Dinkey Creek many times and each time I see
something beautiful and wild.

Image size 18 x 24

$250

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Lake Oso de Oro
Lake Oso de Oro

Just down the block is this beautiful small lake which is the backdrop for a wonderful park and playground. Who would think that such beauty exists in a metropolitan area?

Image size 30 x 22

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Late Afternoon at Woodward Lake
Late Afternoon at Woodward Lake

When the sun is low in the sky, trees and water take on a golden
glow. This is on the north end of Woodward Park.

Image size 22 x 15

$250

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Lost Lake in the Fall
Lost Lake in the Fall

I have painted at Lost Lake many times and always find it changing. The water and trees tell you the season at first glance. In this painting, the trees had lost their green and the water was full and moving slowly. This painting won First Place and Judge’s Choice at the 2011 Big Fresno Fair.

Image size 30 x 22

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Near Sundown
Near Sundown

Another day at Lost Lake and the hills took on a violet glow as the
sun dipped behind the trees.

Image size 24 x 18

$275

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Rio Illuminato
Rio Illuminato

Naming a painting is harder than creating it! When I chose this river view, it was because of the iridescent quality of the air and water, just after a spring rain. The name seemed appropriate.

Image size 18 x 24

$275

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Summer Day at Lost Lake
Summer Day at Lost Lake

After the powerful spring runoff is past, Lost Lake becomes an idyllic place for families (and painters) to spend some time enjoying the summer view.

Image size 24 x 18

$275

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The Source
The Source

There is something mystical about a high mountain creek. This was painted at Dinkey Creek where I sat on a very sloping granite rock, trying to keep my brushes and paints from rolling away while capturing the power of the water.

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The Waterfall
The Waterfall

This painting was done in charcoal on wet paper with added color on rocks and trees. It won a first place ribbon at a competition.

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Water, Water Everywhere. All Rushing Out to Sea
Water, Water Everywhere. All Rushing Out to Sea

When I paint creeks and rivers, I think about where the water is
going. Most of it passes the farm lands and ends up in the ocean.
I was asked if this was a "protest painting." I hadn't intended that
but maybe it is. It was a prize winner at the Madera Agriculture in
the Arts show.

Image size 30 x 22

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Year of the Big Water
Year of the Big Water

The biggest water year in many seasons brought lots of opportunities to paint old subjects with a new perspective. This painting showed the water covering much of the picnic grounds at Lost Lake.

Image size 24 x 18

$275

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