I decided to name this "The Hunters" because it is unclear which one is the hunter, for they both appear to be hunting each other. This image was burned onto a piece of plywood 8 x 10 inches. It was an especially fun piece for me. As a boy living along the Washington side of the Columbia River, I heard many stories of the Bigfoot creature as I was growing up, and know a few people who said they encountered such a beast. 


I just finished this piece, a rendering of Multnomah Falls. A favorite place for Oregonians and all those who live along both sides of the Columbia River. Growing up in a small town in Washington State, my friend and I would bicycle there as kids -- about a 15 mile trip one way. 

Multnomah Falls, OregonThe hike to the top may be tiring for some, but you'll be rewarded with one of the most beautiful views of the Columbia River Gorge. I burned this image onto a 17 x 11 inch wood slice. I added some subtle coloring by mixing acrylic paint with urethane finish. It has at least three coats of UV protection polyurethane. I'm very happy with how it turned out, especially with the light touch of color, and the three dimensional effect. If you haven't seen Multnomah Falls (or the Columbia Gorge), you're missing out, friends. It is one of the tallest waterfalls in the world, and only one of 77 on the Oregon side of the river. 


It was very kind of Northwest 50Plus magazine to publish an article about me and my burn art. You can find the article (and a sample of my work) by clicking on the following link:

You can also currently see the full three page spread online by clicking on the January 2019 edition, and "flip through" to pages 14 - 16: Northwest 50Plus January 2019. 

 Click here to read the article:


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I’m pleased to announce that my piece “Every Tuesday” not only sold at the art exhibit, but it sold the very first day – before the artist reception even began that evening (last Friday). As required, the piece will hang in the exhibition for the two months of the show (Radius 25) before the buyers may take it home. 

One of the gallery workers at the Bush Barn Art Center said the buyers felt an emotional connection with the image, reminding them of a family member and his habit of going to a local diner for friends and coffee. It's always a joy to know that your art has been "adopted" by someone who connected with your work. 

I saw several new artist friends (from Artists in Action) and their supporters, along with a good turnout of Salem art patrons. Mine was the only pyrographic piece in the exhibit, and it was the first time many had seen serious art done in this medium. So I had the joy of explaining the "creative fire" of making fine art using merely wood and a very hot stylus. 


Image of a pet Sheltie burned onto pine

This is Haimish. “Haimish” (or Hamish) is the Scottish version of “James,” which (in the kindest sense of the word) means “follower.” It is also Yiddish for “friendly,” which is appropriate because this beautiful Sheltie dog has been a friendly follower in his family for many years. This portrait is a mixed media work of burn art, with (artist-quality) colored pencil, on about a twelve inch square cut of pine. There is something so fitting about using burn art to render animals, because the natural feel of the medium compliments such natural subjects as animals -- particularly wildlife.

Four antique images of pets
Artistic renderings of pets (even hunting animals or prize livestock) is a tradition that goes back as far as the beginning of fine arts. And there is no shortage of artists willing to render pets in all kinds of mediums, from bronze sculptures to cartoon-style images. If you wish to have a painting done of your beloved animal, I recommend my friend Jodeen at Conjure Fine Art. I've seen several of her works, and she's made many pet owners very happy with her pet portraits.


An abstract image of a Grizzly bear

Here is an abstract grizzly head, twelve inches across, burned onto crosscut basswood, naturally framed with its original bark edge.  

The inspiration from this piece came from the popular Zentangle © pattern art, and the book TangleEasy Wildlife Designs. Using the animal outlines in this book, and the suggested pattern designs, you can let your imagination run wild with ways in which to create your own ornate styled animals. 

I’m still trying to decide whether to add some color to the image, though many artist friends say the piece works well as it is. If I do add some watercolor, it will likely be some subtle fall hues (e.g., reds and oranges), which are my favorite by far. 

Usually abstract art intimidates me, but it was freeing to forget about having to accurately portray a bear, and just follow my whims with lines, curls, and random contrasting patterns. In my opinion, however, it does help to follow the contours of the shape (a bear head in this case) with several of the design elements, to help give dimension to the piece. 


Booth filled with art at outdoor arts and crafts fair.
We had a great time at the Canyon Art Fair in Mill City last weekend. I was grateful to sell a few art pieces and some copies of my book on the Pilgrims. The weather was less than cooperative, however, with breezes blowing my artwork down several times. Fortunately, none of it was damaged. I cannot say the same, however, for a fellow artist whose oil landscapes were blown to the ground, with one of them punctured right in the middle.

By mid afternoon the storm clouds came, with the wind blowing the rain beneath our (borrowed) canopy. The kind director of the art fair told the vendors we could leave early if we wish. This is not usually allowed, for the sake of late-arriving art customers, but a few of us took her up on her compassionate offer and began packing it in.

About the time my wife and I got everything in our Subaru Forester, the storm began to fade, and the sun revealed itself once again. I looked at my wife and pointed at the sunshine. “I’m NOT taking it all out again,” she said. So we didn’t. I slunk away, apologetically, leaving behind most of the other artists and crafters.

Despite suitable promotion, I'm sure we all would've liked to see more foot traffic in this out-of-the-way location for an art fair, but the scenery was beautiful, we made new friends, several locals came out, and it is always exciting to be around other artists.

Canyon Arts Center, home of Santiam Hearts to Arts Association
We got to chat it up with various painters, metal artists, glass workers, authors, chainsaw carvers, a potter working at his wheel, sketch artists, and many other creative and talented folks. How often does that happen? I was surprised at how many artists they attracted for the occasion.

Though far from any urban (or even suburban) populations, the Canyon Art Center has a lot going for it, including the loyal support of local art lovers and many artists determined to share their passion in the middle of the tree-covered hills of Oregon.


I decided to name this "The Hunters" because it is unclear which one is the hunter, for they both appear to be hunting each other....