Hiking during our travels has been a great inspiration for the cow paintings. Five years ago we enjoyed a trip to the Dolomites in Northern Italy. While there I took many close ups of the cows I encountered during our hike across the largest meadow in Europe. I also enjoy traveling up to Hollister and Santa Ynez, CA to photograph the cows on many of the ranches. I usually take photos from the roadside. It's entertaining to see what the cows will do in my presence with a camera. Sometimes they are curious and stay close by "posing" for me. Other times they run as soon as I get to the gate. One time I encountered a bull who snorted and began to charge at me. By making portraits of these large animals, I feel that I have given them more of a personality. My cow images become almost human with their tag "earrings" and fluffy "hair pieces".
Cow with horns on blue sold
Front Half 28" x 40" $2000
White Fluff 18" x 24" $850
Humble 8" x 10" $300
Just a Number sold
Pillows 8" x 10" $300
Who's for Dinner? 11" x 14" $400
Quiet 9" x 12" $375
Cow Daze 12" x 12" $375
Hungry 18" x 24" $875
Head of Brown cow on green sold
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Meet the Artist
After extended travels in Italy and France, the love of the region's local produce and flora has become a central theme in my work. I strive to portray a "portrait" of each of my subjects. Painting the beauty of the somewhat mundane object is an inspiring challenge for me. Everything that I paint once had a life and continues to in my oil paintings.