Thursday, December 1, 2011


Just finished this commission piece

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Western Art Show at the Cavalryman in Laramie from November 16th through December 13th with an opening reception Thursday afternoon from 4-6 PM

Friday, October 7, 2011

Ark art show today | Laramie Boomerang | Laramie, Wyoming

Ark art show today | Laramie Boomerang | Laramie, Wyoming
Ark Art Students will be showing their work from artist in residences by myself and Travis Ivey at the Cooper Center in Laramie this evening.  I am excited to reconnect with the students and see their work.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Enjoyed my Artist in Residency at the Cooper Center in June, and my student's work will be shown at a reception here in Laramie this Friday evening.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Alexandra Cockar wrote a nice article about my conservation art work that was on the front page of the Laramie Boomerang on August 31, 2011.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Participated in the Oregon Trail Days Art Show in Gering, Nebraska the weekend of July 14th-16th.  Enjoyed networking with other artists and made a few sales. 

Thursday, August 4, 2011

"The Magic of Africa" will be showing at the Rock Springs Community Fine Arts Center from August 3-30th with a closing reception on August 30th from 5 to 7 PM, and an artist talk at 6:30 PM.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

This watercolor painting, "Rising From the Plains" just received the award "Best Western Landscape" at the Western and Wild Horse Art Show and Sale in Rock Springs.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Wyoming Wilderness Association summer activity

Honeycomb buttes Molvar.jpgHoneycomb Buttes WSA Photo by Erik Molvar

5. Friday and Saturday, June 17-18
Red Desert, Honeycomb Buttes WSA painter's campout (moderate)
Join Liz Howell, WWA director & painter, and Joy Keown, Laramie Artist, at a car camp near the Honeycomb Buttes WSA. Friday morning we'll rendezvous in either Lander or Rawlins (depending on where you're coming from) to drive into the Red Desert. Hikes Friday afternoon & Saturday morning will set up for painting the gorgeous Honeycomb Buttes. Campfire critiques at night. Saturday afternoon--those who wish to attend the Red Desert Rendezvous in Rock Springs--we'll pack it up to attend the Rock Springs Red Desert Rendezvous and Conference that night where we can display our art pieces! All mediums encouraged.  Contact or call 672-2751 for more info or to sign up!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Galapagos Islands

We had no internet availability in the Galapagos, and were quite busy when we returned home, but I wanted to comment on our trip.  We toured with Ecoventura, a company that has won conservation awards.  Our ship, the Flamingo I, had room for twenty passengers and ten crew members.  The group was small enough that we enjoyed getting acquainted with everyone.  Our tour guides, Karina and Ivan, were excellent, very knowledgeable and conscientious.  We visited Genovesa, Ferdinandina, Isabela, Santiago, Bartolome, North Seymour, Santa Cruz, Espanola, and San Cristobal.  I was able to do a watercolor sketch almost every day.  We saw frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, waved albatross, flightless cormorants, Galapagos penguins and many more species of birds.  One had to be careful not to step on the marine iguanas, they were everywhere.  The land tortoises were not so common, but we did see some in the wild.  We also saw "Lonesome George", the last Pinta tortoise, at the Charles Darwin Research Center on Santa Cruz island.  Did my first snorkeling and saw amazing marine life, including sharks, rays, moray eels, green sea turtles, and many different kinds of tropical fish.  The days flew quickly by, and now it all seems like a wonderful dream.
Just finished this portrait of "Mother and child in the Andes"

Sunday, May 8, 2011

This miniature watercolor painting, "Teton Range" was chosen "Best Earth Landscape" at the 2011 Wyoming Wilderness Association's "Celebrating Our Wild Earth" miniature show in Sheridan.

Saturday, April 23, 2011


Met our tour guide,Marcos, at 9 AM and visited the historic district of Quito, a world heritage site.  Visited several churches, Franciscan and Jesuit.  One was begun in 1533, just three years after Pizarro arrived, and took seventy years to complete. Visited a fair trade shop and purchased Ecuador chocolate that was wonderful.  After lunch we visited the museum of archeology and saw Ecuador artifacts and art from periods prior to the Incas through the Spanish occupation to the present.  The gold artifacts and other types of metal, silver, copper, etc. were beautiful and the different processes for their production was explained.  The earliest known metal work was found here.  Walked back to the hotel in the rain. Quito is at 9,000 feet and gets afternoon showers typical of the mountain regions.


Arrived in Lima, Peru on Sunday.  The city is situated near the Pacific Coast in an arid region.  We walked from the airport to our hotel, which was just across the street.  It gets dark early near the equator and we flew to Cusco early the next morning, so did not see much of Lima.  The streets of Cusco are very narrow, and many structures are built on Inca ruins.  Many streets are the original Inca cobblestone.  They were fantastic stonemasons, and their structures have survived a centuries of earthquakes.  The stones are fitted together without cement, joined perfectly.  I spent an hour in the morning doing a watercolor sketch of some buildings across from the hotel.  Some local women who sell trinkets outside the hotel watched me paint and admired my work. We toured several ruins near Cusco, and then stayed in the Sacred Valley on our way to Machu Picchu.  We visited a traditional market in Pisac, and enjoyed the colorful dress of the peasants.  We stopped at a nature park where we touched and fed the llamas.  There were also alpacas, vicunas, and guanacos.  We rode the train to Aguis Caliente and viewed the Andes Mountains and the river gorge.  The peaks are very steep and rugged,  most are covered with trees and are very green, but there are also snow capped peaks. We spent the day with our guide exploring the ruins of Machu Picchu.  About five hundred people lived there, we visited the condor house, the sun house, etc.  Hiked to the top of the hill to get the famous photo in the afternoon, and then on to the suspension bridge.  There were llama with young grazing the grass on the terraces, and I got some great photos.  Spent the night at Inkaterra Hotel in Aguis Caliente.  The hotel is built on a former tea plantation, and has botanical gardens, beautiful landscaping and Spanish style architecture.  The following morning we enjoyed a bird walk with a naturalist, and later an orchid walk with another naturalist.  We saw many beautiful birds and orchids, and saw tea and coffee plants.  We also visited the tea house and learned how they make the tea and coffee.  The hot tea and coffee we had for breakfast was made by the Inkaterra employees.  The food has been excellent, natural and healthy with lots of fruits, vegetables and grains, and fish.  Took the train back to Cusco, and then an early flight to Quito, Ecuador.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Doing a watercolor pouring demo for the Laramie Art Guild Saturday, March 5th, 11:00 at the LCCC Albany County Campus, Art Room.

Monday, February 28, 2011

This painting "Giraffe and Acacia Thorn" was done from one of my Africa photos taken in January of 2009 in Tanzania. I am getting ready for my "Africa" show in August of 2011 at the Rock Springs Fine Arts Center.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

"Black Bear and Huckleberries" was done from a photograph that I took in Yellowstone last summer. We were there for one week and saw a total of seventeen different bears. This one was feeding on the huckleberries.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

This painting of my friend Deb, called "High Country Cowgirl", was painted from one of her Facebook photos. I saw it and loved it and asked permission to paint it.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

This painting of a Masai Woman is my latest Africa piece. I have an upcoming Africa show in August at the Rock Springs Community Fine Arts Center.