Wildlife Art







Backyard Trails
16.5" x 16.5"
Prismacolor On Strathmore Paper
Original ~ $1,400

Backyard Trails
"Backyard Trails" is viewed through the timeless perspective of my in-laws beautiful backyard.  I prepare fairly exhaustive studies of the Southwest before beginning work on my wildlife drawings, but this piece is a rarity for me due to the lack of snow available to influence the majority of my artworks.  This particular artwork is the combination of several images superimposed with sharp contrast illuminating the slope beyond the snowdrift-covered creek where the deer make their way across the landscape.   A unique aspect of this artwork is the animal tracks intersecting spontaneously throughout the foreground, suggesting a story that stretches beyond the image.



* Featured in Hill Country Sun Magazine January 2013
* Featured in The Show Circuit Magazine Jan/Feb 2014

Lore of the Bluebonnet
11" x 17"
Prismacolor On Strathmore Paper
[SOLD]

Lore of the Bluebonnet
"The bluebonnet is to Texas what the shamrock is to Ireland, the cherry blossom
to Japan, the lily to France, the rose to England and the tulip to Holland.  It's not 
only the state flower but also a kind of floral trademark almost as well known to 
outsiders as cowboy boots and the Stetson hat."
- Jack Maguire












* Featured in Hill Country Sun Magazine January 2013
* Featured in Sunwatcher Magazine Spring 2014


Homage to the Bluebonnet
11" x 17"
Prismacolor On Strathmore Paper
[SOLD] 

Homage to the Bluebonnet
"Blue is the emblem of loyalty,
They're as blue as the deep, deep sea,
Their smiling faces bring gladness,
For they bloom for your and for me.

Bluebonnets, so gorgeous and stately,
In your mantle of blue and of green,
In the spring when you're in your full glory,
You're the loveliest sight ever seen.

You're beautiful when you sway in the sunshine,
You look like waves of the sea,
Ah, Texas was wise in her choice of flow'r,
So we offer our homage to thee."
- Julia D. Booth & Lora C. Crockett


* 2013 Brazoria County Fair (Floral)


Glimpse of Beauty
11" x 17"
Prismacolor On Strathmore Paper
[SOLD]

Glimpse of Beauty
During a recent trip to a Texas State Park, I experienced dreadful weather and unimaginable misfortune as I pursued new reference material for future artworks.  I was cleaning up my campsite on the final day when I noticed a beautiful cardinal resting in the branches of an old oak tree.  I grabbed my camera and was able to capture one quick shot.  Then, in the blink of an eye, the bird was gone.  It is through this momentary flash of nature’s majesty that I came up with the title of this artwork, "Glimpse of Beauty."  Within this drawing I dramatically enhanced the blurred vision of branches framing the bird, suggesting even this created artwork is fleeting.












Curious Coon
18" x 12"
Prismacolor On Strathmore Paper
 [SOLD]

Curious Coon
The predictably bold curiosity of raccoons brings a smile to my face, but their nocturnal clock and sneaky personality leave them frustratingly elusive to my photography.  That all changed when a desperate high school senior that needed to pass my art class asked if there was anything he could do for extra credit.  He agreed to assist me in acquiring some raccoon photographs.  The next morning I was shocked as I entered my classroom to see a well fed raccoon sitting in a cage.  After thoroughly documenting the coon, which I named Roger, he was rewarded with a treat and released into the wild.  My goal in this artwork is to communicate the inquisitive and comical nature of the intelligent mammal while evoking a sense of connection with the viewer through their lovable and deceptive pet like resemblance. 



Deer Friends
14" x 11"
Prismacolor On Strathmore Paper
[SOLD]
Deer Friends



“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” –Jesus Christ, John 15:13

Friendships will be placed in your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.  Regardless of how they form, friends are a gift and worth our gratitude.  Within this drawing, the glimpse of two gentle deer share time together as sunlight blankets the path before them.  Friendships will always carry with them an unknown future, symbolized in this drawing by a path leading off into the distance.  The level of friendship may only be discovered when we step out of our comfort zone and begin to share our joys, sorrows and life experiences with others.

Feeding Fawn
12" x 18"
Prismacolor On Strathmore Paper
[SOLD]

Feeding Fawn

"Love is a song that never ends
Life may be swift and fleeting
Hope may die yet love's beautiful music
Comes each day like the dawn

Love is a song that never ends
One simple theme repeating
Like the voice of a heavenly choir
Love's sweet music flows on"
- Composed by Larry Morey, Love is a Song
  Main Title of Bambi








Fuzzy Fawn
24" x 16"
Prismacolor On Strathmore Paper
[SOLD]

Fuzzy Fawn
I frequently draw deer in my wildlife artworks, and always enjoy capturing their elegant silhouettes.  In the encounter that inspired this drawing, I was fortunate to obtain the unmatched beauty of a resting fawn tucked away in the foliage as daylight dimmed. Emotion is certainly evoked as the tiny deer reflects something more like a pet or stuffed animal a child might grasp.  It is within “Fuzzy Fawn” that the viewer may search within the deer’s eyes and come face to face with himself or herself.

* "Second Place" Brazosport Center 2012 People's Choice
* "First Place" 2012 Galveston Art League Juried Art Show
* Cover Art for Hill Country Sun Magazine January 2013


Gulf Coast Seagulls
11" x 17"
Prismacolor On Strathmore Paper
[SOLD]

Gulf Coast Seagulls
Seagulls have long been a favorite bird for me to observe.  Living on the Texas coast, I have come to view ocean and seagulls as synonymous.  It’s my observations and enjoyment of seagulls, which eventually led to this particular artwork.  The two gulls are strikingly similar in contrast to the rolling waves behind them, but on closer observation it is strangely apparent that one of the seagulls is missing a leg.  The coastal bird is known for losing their legs through horrific, but sadly all too common action by vacationers, where they offer food in one hand and then attempt to grab the bird when they fly close enough.  The blurred ocean waves and undisguised pencil work in the background are the abstract suggestion to the frailty and impermanence of life.











Lantanas
11" x 17"
Prismacolor On Strathmore Paper
[SOLD] 

Lantanas
This piece is reflective of an experience I had on my first trip to Rockport, TX.  I had created several floral artworks that had garnered a lot of interest, but I expected the coastal town of Rockport to provide me with gulf coast images, leaving me pleasantly surprised when I discovered a beautiful cemetery filled with flowers of all types.  I was stunned at the level of color and life that was in full bloom encased within an environment associated with death and mourning.  Visually, the contrast between the "Lantana's" bright and simplistic petals and the dramatically dark leaf patterns offer the same subtle sense of restfulness and peace I encountered as I first documented this beautiful cemetery.











Prickly Pear Cactus
11" x 17"
Prismacolor On Strathmore Paper
[SOLD]

Prickly Pear Cactus
Former vice president John Nance Garner, also known as “Cactus Jack,” so eloquently extolled the virtues of the cactus, from its hardy durability to its orchid-like beautiful flowers.  It was during a trip to Aledo, TX, I stumbled upon a gorgeous prickly pear cactus and understood why Mr. Garner was so passionate about that particular plant.  The cactus interpreted in this artwork stood tall as I documented it, wearing a crown that glowed in the hot afternoon sunlight.   I made it my mission to illuminate this cactus in a noble effort to offer others a similar experience.  The tendrils of blurred color cutting through the cactus and bleached background further enhance the depth of field, setting the cactus apart from its surroundings.  





* "First Place" 2012 Brazosport Center Fall Juried Show
* Featured on Prismacolor's website
* Featured in IN Magazine March/April 2014
* Featured in Sunwatcher Magazine Spring 2014

Tattered Butterfly
24" x 16"
Prismacolor On Strathmore Paper
[SOLD]

Tattered Butterfly
Beauty is often misunderstood.  While the superficial voice screams for beauty achieved only in magazines through the skills of photoshop elitest, nature has a different interpretation.  Life leaves a mark regardless of how hard we run from it and that is what inspired “Tattered Butterfly.”  There is a spiritual transformation as butterflies emerge from their coccoons, but is that untested beauty lost as the butterfly nears the end of its life?  I argue beauty is magnified over time as we face challenges and continue to shine.

* Featured on Prismacolor's website
* "First Place" 2013 Bay City Art League Juried Show
* Featured in Sunwatcher Magazine Spring 2014

Poor Man's Pig
20" x 16"
Prismacolor On Strathmore Paper
[SOLD] 

Poor Man's Pig
Armadillos are known as “Poor Man’s Pig” throughout the South.  I was on my way back to the campsite at Brazos Bend State Park when an armadillo nonchalantly strolled past, nose buried in the foliage by my boots.  Apparently, mealtime was a bigger concern than the presence of a hiker.  I began snapping several photos of the armadillo blanketed in the evening light.  Between photographs the surrounding trees shifted colors as the sun set, offering a new canvas of colors.  From an artistic standpoint, I enjoyed exploring the wonderful variety of color and texture in this piece, from the armadillo’s intricate armored pattern, to the colorful leafs, to the setting sun’s light.

* Featured in Hill Country Sun Magazine January 2013
* "First Place" 2013 Brazoria County Fair (Wildlife)


Wildflower Sunburst
11" x 17"
Prismacolor On Strathmore Paper
[SOLD]

Wildflower Sunburst
Henry Beecher once said, "Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made, and forgot to put a soul into."  There is a truth to the joy flowers breathe into our world. Symbols of healing within a hospital room, tokens of apology after a fight, glimpses of life within a cemetery - the list goes on.  It is with the above mentioned that "Wildflower Sunburst" grew to life within my studio.  An artwork intended to be bright and full of soul.














Bird's Eye View
20" x 16"
Prismacolor On Strathmore Paper
[SOLD]

Bird's Eye View


I have long been fascinated by birds of prey, particularly Red-tailed Hawks, which are a hallmark throughout North America.  I have always lived and traveled in and around the rural countryside where it’s not uncommon for your only company to be a bird of prey, a lone speckled spot soaring across a big Texas sky.  The challenge in this piece was balancing the impressive beauty and color palette with the fierce and deadly characteristics known of raptors and then orchestrate that into a harmonious composition.
* Featured on Prismacolor's website
* "Third Place" 2013 Bay City Art League Juried Show
* Featured in The Show Circuit Magazine Jan/Feb 2014
* Featured in IN Magazine March/April 2014
* "Best of Show" 2014 Brazosport Center Fall Juried Show


Like A Bird On A Wire
14" x 10"
Prismacolor On Strathmore Paper
Original ~ $750

Like A Bird On A Wire
 
"Like a bird on a wire 
Like a drunk in a midnight choir 
I have tried in my way to be free"
- Johnny Cash, Bird on a Wire






* Featured in Colored Pencil Magazine August 2014



Knee Deep
16" x 28"
Prismacolor On Arches 140 lbs Paper
[SOLD]

Knee Deep
"Mind on a permanent vacation 
The ocean is my only medication 
Wishing my condition ain't ever gonna go away"

- Zac Brown Band, Knee Deep 








* Printed in 2013 Texas Gulf Bank 100 Year Anniversary Coffee Book
* "Best of Show" 2013 Brazosport Center Fall Juried Show
* Selected for the 2013 National Society of Artists Fall Juried Show

* "Special Merit" 2013 Light, Space & Time Juried Show
* "Best of Show" 2014 Galveston Art League Winter Juried Show
* Featured in Sunwatcher Magazine Spring 2014


The Mockingbird - A True Texan
20" x 16"
Prismacolor On Arches 140 lbs Paper
Original ~ $1,800
$1,200 limited time Christmas sale price

The Mockingbird - A True Texan

"The mockingbird is found in all parts of the State, in winter and
in summer, in the city and in the country, on the prairie and in the 
woods and hills...is a singer of distinctive type, a fighter for the 
protection of his home, falling, if need be, in its defense, like any 
true Texan..."
- The Texas Legislature 1927





* Featured in Fort Worth, TX City Magazine December 2013
* "Honorable Mention" 2014 Texas City Juried Art Show


Texas A&M Bluebonnet
11" x 17"
Prismacolor on Strathmore Paper
[SOLD]

Texas A&M Bluebonnet
As a native Texan, I look forward to the spring when bluebonnets, along with other wildlife flowers, begin to paint the countryside in vibrant color.   “Texas A&M Bluebonnet” was a departure for me from the traditional bluebonnet that I so often create.  This highly detailed drawing resonates with the brilliance of Texas springtime.  The “Texas Maroon” bluebonnet was designed by an Aggie horticulturists, Greg Grant, in an effort to create a bluebonnet representative of Texas A&M colors.  Eventually, the Aggie succeeded in producing a bluebonnet that both pays homage to the state flower and offers respect of Texas A&M’s long standing legacy.  My effort within this artwork was to generate a high contrasting color scheme that allows the bluebonnet to make a bold statement on behalf of both Texas and Aggies alike.








* Featured in IN Magazine March/April 2014

The Prince
30" x 18"
Prismacolor on Arches 140 lbs Paper
Original ~ $3,600

The Prince
Deer are so graceful and delicate that it is with intricate care that I approach this subject, not wishing to deliver an artwork unworthy of their royal position among the animal kingdom. Look closely within the detail of this drawing and you will see deep within the color palette a depth of life within the eyes and velvet antlers "The Prince" wears atop his head like a crown.


* Featured in Colored Pencil Magazine August 2014
* "Best of Show" 2015 Bay City Juried Art Show

More Than A Peck
8" x 10"
Prismacolor on Arches 140 lbs Paper
[SOLD]

More Than A Peck
You must remember this, A kiss is still a kiss
A sigh is just a sigh, The fundamental things apply
As time goes by

And when two lovers woo, They still say, "I love you"
On that you can rely
No matter what the future brings
As time goes by

Moonlight and love songs - Never out of date
Hearts full of passion - Jealousy and hate
Woman needs man - And man must have his mate
That no one can deny, It's still the same old story
A fight for love and glory, A case of do or die
The world will always welcome lovers
As time goes by
- Frank Sinatra, As Time Goes By


Aerial Pursuit
30" x 18"
Prismacolor on Arches 140 lbs Paper
[SOLD]

Aerial Pursuit
The title for this artwork, "Aerial Pursuit," was derived by the bird's buoyant flight and dog-like barks which inspired famed ornithologist R. C. Murphy in 1936 to describe them as "unworldly...aerial beagles hot on the scent of aerial rabbits."  Skimmers are incredibly graceful migratory birds to observe as they swiftly glide over the shimmering gulf coast of Texas. 



* "First Place" 2014 Galveston Art League Fall Juried Show



Birds of a Feather
22" x 16"
Prismacolor on Arches 140 lbs Paper
[SOLD]

Birds of a Feather
"Birds of a Feather" began with a intricate study of painted buntings, the most gaudily colored North American songbird.  My intentions were to display an array of different colored males in all their glory.  The challenge came in discovering a background suitable and complimentary to the vivid brilliance of the birds.  It's this conscious effort that allows the viewer to appreciate the birds' elegant form as they perch upon a Guajillo tree.