In light of the world in crisis, I am now offering a 20% off sale in my Etsy store using discount code COVID19. This means 20% off prints, my book Down Deso, cards, and original watercolors. I don't know what the future will hold for us or how long this will last, but I know I'm going to keep making art and doing things that bring me joy. I hope you'll do the same.


It's that time of year again when I go out and stomp a labyrinth in the snow. Let's call it a mental health day or something. I find a lot of satisfaction in making these - finding the location, making the pattern and then walking back out all while in a beautiful setting. Snow conditions were a bit challenging this year with very crusty, hard snow and my site was on a slight slope, but the views were fantastic and the sun was out and warm. From above, the drone shot would have caught my mistake when I got lost in the middle and would definitely not be perfectly round, but that's what it's all about right?




"Blue Shift"
36 x 54 in; February 2020
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery MAR
"Kind of Blue"
40 x 30 in; February 2020
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery Wild

"Lonesome"
36 x 54 in; February 2020
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery Wild
I've been working on a lot of paintings lately in the blue color palette and I might just be in my blue period. Don't worry, I'm not sad, in fact this color blue makes me quite happy. I also love working on these small 10x10 inch studies, which feel very satisfying to make. This one is headed off to Gallery Wild in Jackson next week.
"A Prayer"
30 x 40 in; February 2020
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery Wild
"Grand Entrance"
30 x 30 in; February 2020
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery Wild
"Blue Valley"
40 x 40 in; February 2020
Encaustic + Milk Paint
SOLD
"Blind trust"
36 x 54 in; January 2020
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery MAR
"Sage Passage"
30 x 47 in; January 2020
Encaustic + Milk Paint
SOLD
"In A State"
40 x 30 in; January 2020
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery MAR
"Timp from Heber"
40 x 60 in; January 2020
Encaustic + Milk Paint
SOLD
"Jupiter in Profile"
30 x 30 in; January 2020
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery MAR
"Pines at Dusk"
47 x 30 in; January 2020
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery MAR
"Star Valley"
30 x 30 in; December 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
SOLD
"Lone Tree"
40 x 40 in; December 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
SOLD

On Saturday, December 14th, I gave a talk at Gallery MAR on how meditation is part of my artistic practice. I am by no means an expert in meditation, but I strongly believe that being present is a skill that can be practiced just like anything else. If you missed the talk, you can hear it as Gallery MAR had the foresight to record the talk so you can hear it as well. In the talk, I discuss how art and meditation play a roll in my life, and how to find unique ways to meditate in the non-traditional sense. You can listen to the whole talk for free on SoundCloud here.


Then we spend 15 minutes with this painting and discuss what we all see in it. This part of the discussion may not be as interesting to a listener who wasn't there, but if you stare at the painting while we talk, it might be a bit more fun. This painting is called Rojo Y Negro by Laura Wait and is available through Gallery MAR.

Finally, we finish up the talk with a guided drawing meditation that I narrate, while the guests of the talk participate in. It takes about 15 minutes and I would encourage you to do as well. All you need is a piece of paper and a pen or a pencil. No artistic skills necessary. I'd love to hear your thoughts and if you would be interested in me doing more things like this, especially the guided meditation.
"Silent Valley"
40 x 60 in; December 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
SOLD
"Foggy Blues"
40 x 30 in; November 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
SOLD
"Morning Hues"
25 x 40 in; November 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery Wild

Announcing my new ornaments are now for sale! These holiday ornaments are hand-painted on aspen wood rounds and then covered with a thin layer of encaustic (beeswax). Each ornament is completely unique and roughly 3.5x3.5 inches in size and about 1/4 inch thick. The sale os these ornaments is a way to raise money to plant trees in our forests and help combat change.

Head over to my shop to purchase your ornaments and help me raise money to plant trees!



Again, each ornament is totally unique - some very round, some oblong, some a little skinnier and some a little squatter. Each one is painted with a unique series of three layers of trees.



Along with the ornament, I will be donating money to the National Forest Foundation to plant 5 trees for every ornament sold. Right now is the most important time to plant trees to help offset the effects of climate change as a way to sequester carbon dioxide. The whole point of these ornaments is to actually to raise funds for this tree planting effort. The National Forest Foundation and many other tree planting organizations are running campaigns to plants millions of trees. I chose the National Forest Foundation for this project, because they are working to replant and revitalize our National Forests within the US which have been damaged due to wildfire, invasive species, beetle kill and overuse. This reforestation within our own country is critically important, just as all reforestation is around the world. As I live in the West, and spend a lot of time in our national forests, I wanted to give back to them.


To learn more about the importance of protecting our forests, reforestation, and tree planting, please check out the following links:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/want-to-stop-climate-change-start-by-planting-a-trillion-trees/2019/07/23/dcd8039c-ad8f-11e9-bc5c-e73b603e7f38_story.html

https://wildaboututah.org/a-world-without-trees/

https://www.arborday.org/trees/climatechange/plantatree.cfm

https://www.nationalforests.org/





"Unmistakable"
54 x 36 in; November 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery Wild
"Among The Trees"
38 x 60 in; November 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
SOLD