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January 19, 2015
Hiking to the base of Castleton Tower near Moab, UT

Looking Back on this Present

Part of why I live in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado is that I’m close to the desert. I have a deep need to be near both. I need to get up high on a mountain every bit as much as I need to immerse myself in the red rock […]
October 26, 2011
Tribute to Jose Posada, mixed media on canvas, 30" x 40", ©2012, SOLD

Tribute to José Posada

This painting, in celebration of Dia del Los Muertos, is a tribute to José Guadalupe Posada, Mexican artist and print maker who’s work I find so inspiring. It’s also a tribute to Brazilian artist José Francisco Borges and José Cuervo, but in this case Patrón. Also to singer Lila Downs, […]
July 12, 2011


Hiking in the desert of Arizona: March – splendorous – swimming holes/red rock shelves/blissful naps in the wilderness. May – tolerable. By July the heat was only bearable if you succumbed to it. We carried liters of water and let the salt stains have their rule on the underarms and […]
April 4, 2011


This painting, inspired by many amazing boating trips down the Dolores River, was just completed this morning. It’s an auction item/donation for the Dolores River Festival, to help raise funds for the Dolores River. Be sure to stop by this super fun family event, with boat races, kids activities, food, […]
April 4, 2011

Desert Waters

Can you feel it? The heat on your shoulders bearing down, the cool green (or brown) splash of the desert river. The rocking of the boat like a mother’s arms. Water in the desert. A paradox of the greatest kind. Greens, blues, browns, oranges – all equally intense out here. […]
October 20, 2010

Desert Trees

Camping at Hittle Bottom, across from the Fisher Towers near Moab, UT this fall with my family, there were two trees wrapped around each other.  In the distance, desert towers I had once climbed called my attention from every view. The campsite was flat, and a peacock lived in the […]
September 8, 2010


Solitary and austere. On the edge of a cliff above the Grand Canyon, on a rocky ledge in Indian Creek, or deep in the desert southwest. This juniper tree has been in so many of my adventures.