2016 Nature Works Show

Hello.  It's a little over a week away from this year's Nature Works Show in Tulsa.  It is now my 8th annual run.  I did not know when director, John Reeves, invited me to exhibit in 2009 that it would turn out to be one of my best shows year after year since then.  Being that it's one of the top wildlife shows in the country I didn't know how a landscape painter would fare.  But I established a loyal following pretty quickly and for that I'm grateful.  It's been such a great organization to be a part of.  The majority of their earnings go towards nature conservancy purposes in the Tulsa region.  In addition, many significant bronzes have been installed in the city parks. 

This year's show preparation took me into the clouds where I like to go.   For me, the infinity of space and drama in skies touch a deep part of me.  As in a spiritual pilgrimage, I feel larger than the everyday minutiae when I open my canvases to sky and clouds.  

New Mexico Lilies, oil, 36"x36"

New Mexico Lilies, oil, 36"x36"

Sky Over Prairie Flowers, oil, 15"x30"

Sky Over Prairie Flowers, oil, 15"x30"

Then a surprise surfaced.  I've always been drawn to O'Keeffe's paintings of Jimson flowers, a common wild plant that often spreads rapidly in yards.  But being so common, it is an amazing flower that opens in a beautiful lily shape in the day and closes shut at night.  I painted 3 paintings and like what I want to do with skies, I bring in the element of infinity in the compositions.  In a sense, they are like clouds in a sky.  Pictured is the largest painting.  

Please come the show if you are in the neighborhood (times and directions in Events).  Thanks for reading and supporting my work.