Friday, December 2, 2016

Opening Night at the Nicolaysen

Yesterday was opening night for my show and artist talk for "The Magic of Africa" at the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper.  The show will be in the Rosenthal Gallery through January 22, of 2017.  The paintings in this show were inspired by our 2009 visit to the Serengeti of Tanzania.  Many of the wildlife species depicted in this body of work are either threatened or endangered.  Climate change is but one of the factors threatening Africa's wildlife species.  These iconic wildlife populations are being decimated by poaching and habitat loss.  It is my hope that my art will make a connection with the viewer that fosters conservation values.

Monday, November 14, 2016

"The Magic of Africa" at the Nicolaysen Art Museum

 "The Magic of Africa" will be shown in the Rosenthal Gallery at the Nicolaysen Art Museum from November 18, 2016 through January 22, 2017.  For a sneak preview, visit and check out their exhibits page.  The artist reception will be Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the Nicolaysen Art Museum, 400 E Collins Dr, Casper, Wyoming.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Lincoln Center Holiday 100 show, Fort Collins

This watercolor painting "Iceberg Lake" was one of the studies that was done after my 2013 Artist in Residency in Rocky Mountain National Park.  Three of these paintings were selected for the upcoming Holiday 100 show in the lobby of the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins in mid-November through December of this year.

2017 Wyoming Governor's Show

My watercolor portrait "Sun Dance Kid" has been selected for the 2017 Wyoming Governor's Capitol Art Exhibition in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  This young man was one of the dancers at Cheyenne Indian Village during Cheyenne Frontier Days several years ago.  He was one of the Little Sun and Drum Dance group.  Many of these dancers are Arapaho, a tribe that practices the Sun Dance ceremony.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Red Desert Mustangs

11 x 15" watercolor

My show “Reimagine Wyoming” is in celebration of the National Park Service Centennial and the 125th anniversary of Wyoming statehood.  Opening Reception during the Laramie Pop Up Art Walk
Friday, September 16th, 2016
5:00-8:00 P.M.
Artisans’ Gallery
215 South 2nd
Laramie, Wyoming

Friday, August 19, 2016

Sun Dance Kid

 My watercolor painting "Sun Dance Kid" received First Place award at the 2016 Wyoming Watercolor Society Show in Sheridan.  This painting was done from a photograph that I took at Cheyenne Frontier Days Indian Village a few years ago.  Many of the dancers were Arapaho, a tribe that practices the Sun Dance.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

William Henry Jackson exhibit

Visited a gallery in Mancos, Colorado to view early photochroms by William Henry Jackson, whose work was important in the decision to establish Yellowstone as the nation's first national park.  Amazing exhibit, and Jackson is one of my heros.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Wyoming Governor's Show Purchase Award

Wyoming Arts Council
Purchase Award winners for the 2016 Governor’s Capitol Art Exhibition and Sale have been selected and will receive their awards during the show’s reception Thursday, Feb. 11.
The reception will take place from 5-7 p.m. in the Wyoming State Museum, 2301 Central Avenue in Cheyenne. The show will be on display until March 5.
This year’s four purchase award winning artists include: Martin Hagen, of Jackson, for his bronze “Good Mule;” Dan Hayward , of Laramie, for his photograph “True Spanish Mustang Mare as the Sun Rises;” Joy Keown, of Laramie, for her painting “Dark Eyes;” and Valerie Seaberg, of Jackson, for her mixed media composition “Boot Spur Horse Hair Vessel with Buffalo Nickel.”
“Abu –‘Father’ in Most Semitic Languages,” a painting by Cheyenne’s Rachel Ondrak received the Governor’s Choice Award.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Valparaiso, Chile

On January 31st we arrived at port in Valparaiso and disembarked the ship for the last time.  We took a day tour with transport to the airport in Santiago.  We especially enjoyed the Fonck Archeology Museum and their collection of Easter Island artifacts.  In the Casablanca Valley we visited Puro Caballo with a demonstration of Chilean horsemanship.  Our overnight flight was uneventful and the most dangerous part of the trip was probably the ride home from DIA in a snowstorm.We were pleasantly surprised to have an Antarctica Expedition team aboard the ship.  On sea days, these folks gave PowerPoint presentations where we learned about the research, wildlife, history, and more.  Expedition member Cory led the birding each morning at sea, with a Royal Albatross sighting on our last sea day.  We made many new friends and enjoyed every moment of the journey.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Castro, Isla Chiloe, Chile

Visited UNESCO World Heritage sites on the Island of Chiloe, three different churches, and also a museum where we learned about the life of the people here.  One of the most interesting parts of the tour were the palacitos, wooden houses built on stilts along the Gamboa River. The folks harvest shellfish and clams when the tide is low, and go fishing when the tide is high.  Yesterday we visited Puerto Chacobuco, Chile where we hiked a trail to a waterfall on a nature preserve, enjoying the beauty of the perennial rainforest.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Punts Arenas, Chile

Another early morning with an excursion to Magdalena Island Penguin Reserve where we saw thousands of Magellan Penguins with their downy young.  These penguins make burrows in the ground for their nesting, and we thought this quite appropriate because the wind was so strong it was difficult to walk!  There were also Kelp Gulls nesting here with their young, and hundreds of South American Terns.  The Penguins were entertaining to watch as the fed their young or waddled to shore to swim or fish.  One was especially so as he pulled on a man's trousers with his beak. Most of the time the Penguins completely ignored their human admirers, but who knows what that penguin was attempting to do?

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Ushuaia, Argentina

Early start this morning, took the End of the World Train to Tierra del Fuego National Park, visiting Ensenada Bay.  Upon returning, we walked along the harbor at Ushuaia and enjoyed the scenery and waterfowl.  In the afternoon, there was scenic cruising on the Beagle Channel with the snow covered peaks of the Andes Mountains.  The numerous peaks, waterfalls and glaciers make it the most spectacular mountain scenery ever.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Cape Horn, Argentina

Arrived at Cape Horn, the southern-most tip of South America after another rough passage over the Drake.  Going outside we soon learned the meaning of the Roaring Forties.  The weather did not seem to bother the many albatross though.  We are scheduled to arrive at Ushuia, Argentina tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Palmer Archipelago, Antarctica

An overcast grey day at Palmer Archipelago where we had visitors to the Vaandam from the Palmer Research Station.  These folks told us about the research being conducted in the Antarctic as well as the logistics of life there.  We cruised the Le Maire Straight enjoying spectacular vistas.  In the morning it was comfortable enough be outside, but the visibility became poor and there were snow flurries by mid-afternoon.  The folks from Palmer Research Station left the ship at one PM.  We will not soon forget the sight of those two small boats passing a giant iceberg as they entered the bay on their way back to the station.  The white landscape and grey-blue ocean framed the folks aboard, who looked like small red dots.  It is difficult to imagine the life they must lead in such an isolated and inhospitable frozen landscape.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Cuverville Island, Antarctica

Began the day at Cuverville Island where we saw a huge colony of nesting Gentoo Penguins.  Opposite the island are the shores of the Antarctic Peninsula with rugged snow-covered peaks and glaciated valleys.  The sky was overcast most of the day, and it was as if everything was in black and white.  We have been fortunate to see many whales on the trip, the Right Whale, Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, but today we had one of the highlights of the trip, a pod of 12-15 Killer Whales.  As an expedition team member pointed out, we didn't see any penguins in the water at that time (photo is of an Adele Penguin).  We were unable to cruise the Le Maire Chanel today because there were too many icebergs.  The Captain plans to take an alternate route to Palmer Archipelago and Palmer Station, our destination for tomorrow.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Admiralty Bay, Antarctica

Awoke this morning to calm waters and sunshine after a rough passage over the Drake yesterday. Looked out the window and saw our first iceberg. We were outside early to see the beautiful landscape of Antarctica at Admiralty Bay.  Saw several research stations on the coast, and also two large penguin colonies one Adele and the other Chinstrap penguins.  Lots of ice floes, some with penguins or seals on them.  After several hours in Admiralty Bay, we headed for Hope Bay.  There were many huge tabular icebergs blocking the bay, so no hope of viewing Hope Bay, and traveling to our next destination.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

Took the tender from the ship to the dock and caught the early tour to Bluff Cove Penguin Rookery.  Our driver, a 5th generation Falklander, gave us a good idea of what life was like on this barren windswept island.   We saw King Penguins, Gentoo Penguins, Upland Goose, Brown Skua, Dolphin Gull and Black-throated Finch.   We visited the Museum in Stanley and a walked along the shore.  Saw the flightless Steamer Ducks and Antarctic Tern as well as several cormorants, or shags.  Had lunch at a local hotel and took the tender back to the ship.  Had time to do a watercolor sketch of the islands before departure.  It was a beautiful sunny day, but we were told they had several inches of snow earlier in the week.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Today we visited Valdez Peninsula Nature Preserve where we saw sea lions, elephant seals, imperial cormorants, and giant petrels.  On the return trip we saw wild guanacos and rheas.  It was worth the  long drive from Puerta  Madryn.  We also saw osprey and turkey vultures, birds also found in North America.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016


 In Montevideo we took a tour of the city, saw the Legislative Palace, Prado Park, and Independence Plaza.  Visited the Carnival Museum where we watched a demonstration of Candombe drumming and dancing.  Back to the ship in time to do a quick watercolor sketch of the city of Montevideo . The above photo is of a ship boneyard in the harbor. Tomorrow is a day at sea.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Our first full day in Buenos Aires, visited the Saint Susana Estancia where we learned about the gauchos and life on a cattle ranch.  We saw burrowing owls, caracaras and many other birds.  We should arrive in Montevideo, Uruguay tomorrow.

Friday, January 8, 2016

The Magic of Africa

At the reception for my "Magic of Africa" show at the West Nebraska Arts Center in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.  The show will be there from January 7th through January 31st of 2016.  The gallery is open Tuesday-Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM and from 1PM to 5Pm on Saturday and Sunday.  Gallery admission is free and open to the public.  Thanks to all the folks who attended the opening reception, and for the Arts Center folks for such a wonderful presentation.