10 x 17" Oil Sold
This view looking south over Cairo and towards Giza was painted from Al Azhar Park which is the largest green space created in the city in over a century. While painting this picture, I must have been in, and had my photograph taken over 80 times. Women, Men children, people of all ages took photos of & with me while I painted away at this unbelievable view. I decided at the outset of the journey to just let it happen, and it did. Most of the visitors to the site were Egyptian and everyone who spoke with me was so happy to greet me and welcome me to their country. I feel certain that the CIA had an easy time tracking me from all the Egyptian Facebook posts that I in that day,
9-1/2 x 17 Oil Sold
The streets of Giza are very much like being in the Old Testament. Many of the people in the area have horses and camels that serve the tourists that visit the Pyramids. I set up to paint this picture on the side of the road, one block from the exterior wall of the Pyramid boundary. Little did I know, I set up in front of the store of Uncle Sam. He brought tea and shared his breakfast and hash cigarettes with me as I painted. He spoke a little english and we were able to talk a bit as he had pulled his chair right up to my easel to watch. That's him in the foreground, striding towards me, and his name on the wall on the left.
Oil 16 x 20 Sold
Known as, The Three Gossips, in Arches National Park, Utah this natural monument stands 350 feet tall. It caught my eye because I wanted to call it, Three Sisters, for my step daughters. They are each unique, spectacular and different, and inextricably linked by nature.
Most of the formations in the park are composed of Entrada sandstone, which geologists say was part of a low arid coastal plain adjacent to a great inland sea 150 to 200 million years ago. Over time, the sand was covered by layers of sediment and hardened into rock.
8 x 12 Oil $1800
The Great Pyramid stands 481 feet tall and is the tallest and oldest of the Giza Pyramids. It is also the oldest of the seven wonders of the ancient world and the only one to remain largely intact. Egyptologists believe that the Great Pyramid was built over a 20 year period concluding around 2560 BC. Archaeologists believe Egypt's large pyramids are the work of the Old Kingdom society that rose to prominence in the Nile Valley after 3000 BC, in a span of 85 years between 2589 and 2504 BC. However, many historians of the past believe the creation of the pyramid are all considerably earlier. Radio carbon dating at Giza supports the idea that the Great Pyramid was built long before it is currently claimed by Egyptologists.
4 x 9-1/2 Watercolor $475
The location of this picture in Valle Vidal, New Mexico is part of the Carson National Forest. It was protected from oil and gas exploitation by an act of Congress in 2006, and donated to the people of the United States by the Pennzoil Company in 1982.
12 x 16 Oil $2900
Ghost of Edgar Allan Poe, was painted in Sullivan's Island, SC, where the great author of the macabre spent time as an enlisted man in 1827, between the American Revolution and the Civil War. While very beautiful, this island holds something very powerful, mystical. Sullivan's island was also the point of entry for approximately 40 percent of the enslaved Africans brought to British North America.
11 x 16-3/4 Oil $1800
There is a game you play when traveling through the Western states: New Mexico, Colorado, Utah etc. Is it a Butte? a Mesa? or a Plateau? This is a Butte.
12 x 16 Oil Sold
Al- Muizz Street is one of the oldest streets in Cairo. A United Nations study found it to have the greatest concentration of medieval architectural treasures in the Islamic world. Running the length of Islamic Cairo's central core, from Bab Al-Futuh in the north to Bab Zuwelia in the south, it is one of the most important places in Egypt's Islamic industry. In addition the impressive monuments scattered along its length, it also hosts a bustling neighborhood, home to thousands of craftsmen making wares to be sold in Khan Al-Khalili, which marks the streets midpoint.
6-1/4 x 10 Oil $1900
The overcast sky the morning I painted this picture made for an amazing contrast of warm and cool colors. The closest color situation I've seen like this was in the Blue Mountains of Australia. This was the view from our campsite on our trip to Arches National Park.
12 x 18 Pen and Ink on Papyrus Sold
Watching Giza come alive is a hypnotic experience. Hearing the donkeys and camels break the quiet of the morning air, letting the call to prayer drift from its awakening to a continuous song that flows from home windows and stable radios. Slowly watching the plateau fill with camels and horses as the early morning hustle begins followed by the tiny specks of humanity that dot the mountain. It is to say, moment after moment, am I really seeing this? The sheer size of the Pyramids in proportion to stirring below is truly enchanting and bewildering at the same time.
10 x 19" Oil $3000 Sold
This is the view from approximately 2 miles into the desert and looking North towards the Pyramids. I left early in the morning from Giza, with all of my gear on a horse drawn cart that took me to this spot in the desert. A covered tent area similar to the one in the foreground of the picture where people on camel, horse, or 4 wheeler stop off to drink tea, have a picnic, and smoke shisha. I met many Egyptians while painting here, and they enjoyed checking out my pictures. One guy was very interested to know if I thought he would be able to meet any single ladies in Texas.
11 x 14 1/2" Watercolor $2400
I had actually drawn this picture in to paint it at sunset, but as I was painting a large group of children playing nearby noticed me. They must have asked, "What's your name?" 1000 times, as it was the only english they knew. After a while they started picking all the flowers and bringing them to me, then throwing them at me. After over an hour my patience wore thin. They thought it was hilarious. It must have been, a big American guy saying things they couldn't understand and obviously disheveled. They loved it. I left and luckily came back the next morning to paint the picture. I started here and ended up walking completely across Cairo that day.
7 1/2 x 10" Watercolor Sold
It's difficult to take it all in while you are amongst the partially excavated and still buried ruins of the Giza Pyramids. This view gives you a good idea of what it looks like amid these ancient pieces of civilisation.
4 x 12" Watercolor Sold
This picture was painted beneath the shadow of the statue of Omar Makram, a symbol of opposition to the foreign occupation of the French under Napolean. The temperature swelled to 90 degrees as I painted, hardly a soul passed me by. It was here that only 4 short years ago, Egyptians of all ages and religious backgrounds demonstrated, protested, camped, battled, bled, died. I could only think of all this city has seen.- over ten thousand years of civilisation. But on this day, only one older gentleman with a cane passed me by.
9-3/4 x 12 Watercolor Sold
"The pyramids do not fear the test of time. Time fears the test of the pyramids." This is the quote made by the Sphinx in the Sound and LIght Show that takes place in Giza every night, and has for the last 50 years. I painted this portrait from the closest vantage point I could reach, claiming my space amongst the Egyptian tourists, the Russians, and the Chinese.
11-1/4 x 14-1/2" Pen and Ink on Papyrus Sold
This might be the first piece of Egyptian papyrus that was shipped to me from Cairo, then carried back to Egypt, and used to draw pictures on with walnut ink made in the tradition of the early Italian renaissance. Regardless, this is a great view of the Sphinx. the Pyramid of Khafre, and Menkaure. You can really get a feeling of the size and proportion of them as well as how big they are in relationship to the people.
This is the inspiration and namesake for Naguib Mahfouz' 3rd book in the Cairo Trilogy for which he won The Nobel Prize in 1988. On giving him the prize, the Swedish letter wrote: "rich and complex works invites us to reconsider the fundamental things in life. Themes like the nature of time and love, society and norms, knowledge and faith recur in a variety of situations and are presented in thought provoking, evocative, and clearly daring ways. And the poetic quality of your prose can be felt across the language barrier. In the prize citation, you are credited with the forming of an Arabian narrative art that applies to all mankind."
Watercolor 7x10 (unframed)
I believe there is no better training for a painter, than to paint the sea.
Pencil 12 x 7-1/4 (unframed)
The Balanced Rock in Arches National Park, UT, stands about 128 feet high. This rock formation reminds me of the writer Edward Abbey who wandered the trails of Arches and Moab searching for peace and meaning on Earth. One of his best known works is Desert Solitaire.
Watercolor 5x11 (unframed)
Watercolor 6 x 9 $1300
One of the most interesting atmospheric lighting experiences I've ever painted with such a rich violet blue sky and this Martian red earth. Humans have occupied the region since the last ice age 10,000 years ago. Fremont and Ancient Pueblo People lived in the area up until about 700 years ago.
7 x 11" Watercolor $600 Sold
Valles Caldera is located in the Jemez Mountains of Northern New Mexico. It was formed during eruptions 1.47 and 1.15 million years ago. Kim is a natural flyfisher and we set out upon this stream with our friends Whitney Joe & Chris. I painted.
Watercolor 9 x 12" $1900
The Balanced Rock, Arches National Park, UT, stands about 128 feet high. This rock formation reminds me of the writer Edward Abbey who wandered the trails of Arches and Moab searching for peace and meaning on Earth. One of his best known works is Desert Solitaire.
8 x 12" Watercolor $1400
The Pueblos are considered to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the United States. This has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are about 95,000 acres attached to the Pueblo, including the Blue Lake, which the people consider sacred and from which their people originated.
8 1/2 x 9" Watercolor $500
Ancestral Pueblo people lived here from approximately 1150 ce to 1550 ce and human presence in the area has been dated to over 10,000 years ago. They carved their homes into the volcanic tuff of the cliffsides here in the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico.
8x 11 pen & ink on papyrus $400
Located in Valle Vidal, Colorado this massive rock formation sits at the confluence of the Rio Costilla and Comanche Creek. I had been reading Philip Meyer's 'The Son' when we came upon it and it lured my imagination right in.
4 x 7 Watercolor Sold
A view on the little island of Jamaica, looking west toward Montego Bay. Respect.
Watercolor 7-1/2 x 3-1/2 (unframed)
4 x 12 Watercolor Sold
View of the Statue of Liberty from Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Watercolor 4 x 7-1/2 (unframed)
These empty fields tell a story of a now decrepit industry that has left an island at war with itself and its identity. Haitians that once toiled in the fields are now seen as undocumented immigrants trapped on an island where there is no place to return.
Watercolor 4x7-1/2 (unframed)
Thankfully, the beauty of nature can sometimes ease us from the pain that the lands hold and help guide us to a more positive future.
15-1/4 x 20 Oil Sold
One of the three remaining gates in the walls of the Old City of Cairo, Egypt. It is the last remaining southern gate from the walls of Fatimid Cairo in the 11th and 12th century. Built in 1092. Sometimes the severed heads of criminals would be displayed along the top of the walls. This was done as recently as 1811, when the severed heads of Mamluks from the Citadel massacre were mounted on spikes here. Now it stands guard to the busy market thoroughfare of Khan al Khalili.
11-3/4 x16 Oil Sketch $500
This dirt alleyway is shared by international guests, local people, camels, small motor vehicals, horses, and dogs. The young boys from the stable next door groom and train horses here. It is one block from the Giza entrance to the Pyramids and home to my great friend Ahmed, owner of the Pyramids Loft.
12 x 8 Oil $1800
This painting is the Pyramid of Menkaure along with one of three of the Queen's pyramids. Menkaure is the third largest pyramid and is 200 feet high. It was painted as the sun was setting through a thick atmosphere.
12 x 8-1/2 Oil $1800
Khafre is the second tallest pyramid on the Giza Necropolis. It is 448 feet high and is made of limestone blocks weighing more than 2 tons each. Because of it's elevated location and steeper angle of inclination at it's construction, it appears to be taller than the Great Pyramid of Giza.
6 x 12 Oil $1200
Near Taos, NM. Painted from the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge at the last light of day. I remember this light as I had been painting it for a few hours as my friend Chris arrived back from an 18 mile run in preparation for the NYC marathon.
5-3/4 x 12 Oil $900
About 1.25 million years ago, a spectacular volcanic eruption created the 13 mile wide crater-shaped landscape now known as the Valles Caldera. It is currently a dormant volcano that could erupt again. It is located in the Jemez Mountains of Northern New Mexico.
4-1/2 x 14-1/8 Oil Sold
The Bedouins are an Arab seminomadic group, descended from nomads who have historically inhabited the Arabian and Syrian Deserts.
9-1/2 x 13 Graphite and Charcoal Not For Sale
One of my hosts and a great friend whom I met on this journey. Like all my new friends I met, he exemplified Egyptian hospitality. We celebrated his birthday with lamb kofta, singing and dancing on the rooftop overlooking the pyramids, and many friends. I drew this portrait to give to him as a gift, but before I left, he gave it back to me as a gift. Genuine article!
12 x 27-1/2 Watercolor $2500
I rode out with all my supplies in a horse drawn cart about 2.5 miles in the Giza desert. I stayed all day in the shade provided by a Bedouin tent. People came and went all day by camel and horse as I painted, and it felt like a true window into timelessness and space.
12 x 27-1/2 Watercolor $2200
Looking south from the banks of the Nile in Cairo, the history of the world flows toward you as modern and ancient boat life pass by and the sounds of the city fill the air.
12 x 27-1/2 Watercolor $1600
Looking south from the banks of the Nile. The boats with sails are called "faluccas". When night falls, the party boats also come out playing loud, electro middle eastern jams.
12x18 Pen and Ink on papyrus Sold
One of three remaining gates in Old Islamic Cairo. It wa finished in the year 1087. The shafts in the towers were for pouring boiling water or oil on attackers.
14-1/2 x 22 Watercolor Sold
Western North Carolina, DuPont State Park. The Blue Ridge Mountains began forming, during the Silurian Period, when North America and Europe collided approximately 320 millions years ago.
9-3/4 x 15-1/2 Watercolor Sold
I did this quick sketch after painting the street looking the opposite direction. A cafe, just hotplates in an alley on one of the oldest streets and thoroughfares on the planet.
12x16 Watercolor $600
The Nile is an active thoroughfare at all times of day in Cairo. I loved seeing the various modes of transport mingling in the water of this life giving river.
Watercolor 3.5 x 4" Sold
Dominican mountainside path with low lying clouds.
4 x 7" Watercolor $200
14 1/2 x 22" Watercolor unframed
Cataloochee Valley is nestled in the Great Smokey Mountains. It was orginally settled by the Cherokee.
Watercolor 3 1/4 x 7" $200 Sold
7 1/4 x 13" Watercolor $800
A view looking west on what used to be sugarcane fields; where the mountains meet the ocean. This is the area near Puerto Plata, where the Spanish set foot in the New World in the 15th century. I traveled to this area with a group from Heart of the Cross and its founder Jessica Tripp, which provides young people with transformative opportunities and experiences to equip them to become exceptional servant leaders. While I was leading part of the group to paint murals in the village of Saman, two other parts of the group were building cinder block style homes for families in need. This group of Asheville students handed out hygiene kits at the landfill, milk and eggs in a very poor village, visited a men's recovery group, and lifted the spirits of children in Saman. It was truly a remarkable experience and much of my work from the Dominican Republic was done in the early morning or late evening when I wasn't working with our group and 50 or so village children of Haitians and Dominicans with paintbrushes in hand.
5 3/4 x 10" Watercolor Sold
Hard rowing Egyptian Rastaman!
4 x 7" Watercolor Sold
Watercolor 3 1/4 x 7 $200
Watercolor 3 1/2 x 4 Sold
There's nothing like waking up to jungle sounds and seeing the crashing waves. From my Vantage on the property of Dominican Crossroads, tranquility seems so much more attainable than the hard existence that takes place for many on the island.
Watercolor 3x4-1/2 Sold
This mountain was directly across the valley from Dominican Crossroads where I stayed. It's the highest point in the Santiago Province of the Dominican Republic.
Watercolor 3-1/2x4 $150
Looking west toward Haiti from the Dominican Republic.
Watercolor 3-1/2 x 4 $200
Dominican Republic where the old sugarcane fields and mountains meet the sea.
5 x 11 Watercolor $350
The reason the ocean is blue is because of the absorption and scattering of light by the water molecules. In water, absorption is strong in the red light and weak in the blue light, thus red light is absorbed quickly into the ocean, leaving the blue. This is especially visible in the Caribbean.
6.5 x 8.5 Watercolor Sold
A Medieval Islamic fortification in Cairo, built between 1176ce and 1183ce.
5 x 7 Pen & Ink on Papyrus Sold
You can rent out one of these to cross the Nile in downtown Cairo, sometimes a much better idea than a taxi!
Watercolor 3-3/4x7-1/2 (unframed)
7-1/2x3-1/2 Watercolor (Not Framed)
7 1/4 x 13 1/4 Watercolor Sold
It is a view like this that the Taino Indians would have looked out upon in the late 15th century when the Spanish, lead by Columbus, arrived to the Caribbean.
9 3/4 x13 1/4" Watercolor $1300
This structure has a famous platform where the sultan would stand to watch the beginning of the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. It is considered to be one of the major landmarks of the city, and is the last remaining southern gate from the walls of Fatimid Cairo in the 11th and 12th century.
13 1/2 x 17 Pen and Ink on Papyrus $500
There are horses and camels everywhere around the Pyramids of Giza. Amongst the ruins there are crews of people holding animals and waiting on a loud shout or whistle that will tell them to bring them around!
12x16 Watercolor Sold
9 3/4 x13 1/4" Watercolor Sold
One of my favorites. I'm happy with the color and being able to see the scale of the stones compared to the people in the background.
11x17 Pen and Ink on Papyrus Sold
My host, Ahmed, took me to this spot on my first visit into the Pyramid complex. It is a sight that really calls into question one's own humanity and place in a world that could create such a magnificent wonder, so long ago.
9 x 12" Pen and Ink on Papyrus Sold
Watercolor 6x9 $1300
6 x 15 Oil Sold
The calm energy of this place is palpable and is a release for the soul. It's one of those places that really makes you feel free.
Pen & Ink on Egyptian Papyrus $500
Sometimes as you travel you can feel the inspiration of a place. Here, the atmosphere was rich in the detail Hemingway was able to find in his writing.
Looking west up this street in Old Havana reminded me of sights I have seen in the French Quarter and even have a subtle feel of Charleston. However, the decaying nature of the city and the deceiving taste of the island's freedom give it a personality all its own. You can wander the streets of Old Havana for hours as the music floats from bars and the people wander out of their homes and into the streets.
In 1772, French landscape architect Jean-Claude Nicolas Forestier designed the paseo, lined with trees and with marble benches. Lining the boulevard are once important buildings imitating styles from Madrid, Paris, and Vienna. The buildings are now mostly in terrible state of disrepair. El Prado was the first paved street in Havana. It is host to free art classes every Saturday where I met and worked alongside other Cuban artists.
From my spot on the corner of Plaza Vieja, this was a great view up Calle Brasil in Old Havana. Behind me a 3 piece band played songs from Buena Vista Social Club while I painted. These streets are filled with tourists from all over the world and the neighborhood is teeming with Cubans that call Old Havana home. A UNESCO world heritage site, Old Havana was founded in 1519 by the Spanish. Pirates, artists, bums and revolutionaries of all flavors have walked these streets for centuries.
The Capital Building was constructed after the post WWI sugar boom and is very similar to the capital building in Washington DC.
The square is notable as being where many political rallies take place and where Fidel Castro has addressed more than a million Cubans on many occasions, such as May 1 and July 26 each year.
Jose Marti is a Cuban national hero and an important figure in Latin American literature. In his short life, he was a poet, essayist, journalist, revolutionary philosopher, translator, professor, publisher, freemason, and political theorist.
Sometimes called the Apostle of the Cuban Revolution, Marti was first exiled from Cuba in 1871 and spent much of his life abroad. In 1895, he returned to Cuba to fight for its independence and died on the battlefield.
I basically choose Airbnb locations based on the views I can get. I always look for a place where I can start painting as soon as my eyes open and this location was perfect. Overlooking Old Havana and staring at the Communist Party building, this urban perspective really caught my eye when I noticed the graffiti looking up at the Communists. They had a rally on a Saturday when I was staying here and the Cuban woman who ran the apartment looked at me and rolled her eyes, “Huh. Communistas.”
In was 1492 in Cuba, when Colombus saw tobacco for the first time in the so-called New World. Cuba’s orginal Taino Indians rolled and lit some mysterious leaves they called cohiba. Cuban black tobacco is still considered the worlds best, given the unique conditions certain parts of the island provide for its cultivation, a distinction which remains unquestioned 500 years later. The essence of the difference lies in the tobacco’s taste, based on the combination of four factors, present only on the island: soil, climate, the Cuban black variety, and the know-how of the country’s tobacco farmers and cigar makers.
Ending up in Cojimar upon my arrival was really a bit of luck to whom I can thank President Obama and Kieth Richards. Havana being filled up with travelers from afar, this old fishing village, which was Ernest Hemingway’s inspiration for The Old Man and the Sea was my first Airbnb lodging. A few tourist strode through to see the café where Hemingway wrote and mostly drank after a day of fishing and the Spanish Fortress that is here. It seemed like the ocean was on the end of every street in this little village.
On a large traffic island overlooking the mouth of the harbor is a rather grand statue on the right-hand side. Gómez was a war hero from the Dominican Republic who fought tirelessly for Cuban independence in both the 1868 and 1895 conflicts against the Spanish. The impressive statue of him sitting atop a horse was created by Italian artist Aldo Gamba in 1935 and faces heroically out to sea.