Hello and welcome to Nightowl Studio.
I want to say to all who know me as an artist; due to a recent change in my life I am not painting at this time. So for those who frequently visit my website or collect my work you will not see any new paintings from present day, dating back to January 2015. For now, I have packed up my unfinished paintings with all the brushes, easels, props, music, reference material and collectibles that made my studio such a unique space to work. Nightowl Studio was a wonderful place to be alone or to mingle, a space meant for creating alluring things or to simply relax with friends and family while talking over the events of the day. All who visited me there will say the same… it was truly a unique space to share a good story and a bottle of wine with a friend. We all will miss the long nights of stories, music and creation that took place there and I alone will miss the warm comfort I found in hearing the footsteps on the floor above my head while my family bantered and moved about life above me in my home. Of course I will also miss the unique gift of sublime power in creating a world of my own, a gift to share with anyone willing to saunter there with me. To wonder through the misty valleys of the Rocky Mountains, into the cockpit of a P-51 Mustang, or a journey through time dancing by the fire under a moonlit night on the Missouri River. But mostly, I think I will miss being in the company of so many good people; my family, our friends, artists, lovers of art and collectors alike, honest, interesting, uniquely talented and great people. My hope is that I’ll have another studio like it again some day, to share my creative space with friends and family as before. But until then, please know this, that for the past 30 years it was my privilege to share my life, my work and my home with friend or a perfect stranger… even if only to inspire them to do meaningful things with their life.
In closing, I hope these images of my work will leave you with a smile or perhaps cause you to reflect on a special time or place in your life? My wish is that my art will somehow stir your emotion and put your spirit in a good place… and please let me offer this to any who seek it; know that I am never to busy to share with anyone the wonderful experiences I had as an artist while simultaneously taking my part in raising two wonderful boys to be great American men. The ups, the downs, the good and not so good attributes that come with a creative spirit. To share and embrace the unique experience of living life as an artist as well as the difficulties loved ones ultimately endure having to live with one. I would look forward to the opportunity to share my ideas or discuss the topics and beliefs in which I built my life and my art… about the very soul I once carried that served as a catalyst for creating wonderful stories through my art. And if all I have now to give is encouragement in helping a perfect stranger make something useful of their life, then I will take pleasure in doing so. I will continue to encourage good people, as before, to find and develop the talents given to them by our creator. To inspire others and to guide lost souls to the peaceful world found in solitude and the wonders of the creative spirit, a good cup of coffee, a close and trusted friend and the glory of the great outdoors.
So jump in and relax while you browse through a few select paintings created by a simple man, an artist who loves wildlife and the wild outdoors, who loved his life… who loved to create wonderful things with his hands.