Taos Pueblo Chapel...

Still experimenting with watermedia and gouache in particular. Painting from photographs when I’m stuck inside is a good exercise. I can slow down and concentrate on the capabilites of the medium. 

Near Santa Fe...

Still getting reacquainted with water media. Gouache and watercolor pencil painted from a photo taken during a trip to Santa Fe. Something small to do in the gallery without making a big mess and often pieces remain “unfinished.”

In Alaska, historical is a log fort from the Russian occupation or a Native American village site.

I was stunned when I first came “outside” by the “ancient” architecture of Seattle, then the magnificence of European construction blew me away.

As I render these beautiful buildings, I ponder on the question of elegance reaching toward heaven and how many poor and ill could have been helped by the same monies and time spent to construct religious edifaces all over the world. Yet, something in every culture and denomination drives us to make incredible sacrifices to erect sacred structures.

Tremont Activity Center...


Tremont Activity Center, 7119 SE Knight Street, Portland, Oregon. Gouache, watercolor pencil and pen. Approximately 8” x 10” in a watercolor sketchbook.

I’ve been intrigued by religious structures since seeing a small church on Big Island silhouetted by the sun against dark storm clouds in 1991. One day, I’ll paint the little church. Wandering around Europe I couldn’t turn a corner without bumping into a cathedral, chapel, synagogue or mosque. After returning home, I realized Portland has an abundance of religious architecture to explore with a pen.