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 on turquoise
Head of Brown cow on green
Cow with horns on blue
Black and White 490
June 1 - Aug 20, 2019 Carpinteria Arts Center 855 Linden Ave, Carpinteria
Sept 15 - Nov 15, 2019 Glenn Dallas Gallery 927 State St, Santa Barbara
Ongoing Roost Restaurant 1305 State St, Santa Barbara
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.