Campsite, Bluff Springs

8×10 oil on panel, plein air

“To those devoid of imagination a blank place on the map is a useless waste; to others, the most valuable part.” -Aldo Leopold

My husband spends his time in town pouring over maps looking for these blank spaces.  Our family has many trail miles, fresh rasberry stained clothes, blisters, paintings, and fantastic memories to show for all his hard work.

Morning Paddle

  8×10 oil on panel plein air
“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your element in each moment.”       — Henry David Thoreau 



Waxing Moon, Pack’s Point

16″x 20″ oil on panel

“I have spent weeks in the desert, forgetting to look at the moon, he says, as a married man may spend days never looking into the face of his wife. These are not sins of omission but signs of pre-occuopation.”

–Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient

Soul of the Desert

7″x5″ pastel on sanded paper

“Night and day the river flows. If time is the mind of space, the River is the soul of the desert. Brave boatmen come, they go, they die, the voyage flows on forever. We are all canyoneers. We are all passengers on this little mossy ship, this delicate dory sailing round the sun that humans call the earth. Joy, shipmates, joy.” — (Edward Abbey, The Hidden Canyon — A River Journey)