Recently I had the privilege and honor to donate one of my paintings “Secret Serenity” to the Director of the Birmingham Veterans Administration. The Birmingham VA is responsible for the care of most of Alabamas veterans through the area hospitals and clinics.

Here is a portion of the letter I enclosed with the painting at the presentation:

“Please accept my heartfelt thanks for all you do for veterans. As a past nursing administrator, I am well aware that many times the only time you hear from patients is when there is a problem. In the past I have been one of those patients.

Let it be known that without the Veterans Administration Healthcare, I would not be here to write this thank you letter today. My experience with the Ann Arbor, Michigan, Toledo, Ohio, Fort Wayne, Indiana, and the Huntsville/Birmingham VA’s have been as good as any military or civilian hospital I have worked at over the past 39 years. Are there issues – yes, as is any workplace, healthcare facility, or home, but they have improved over time which is a great goal.

Having returned to my hobby of painting after my retirement, I frequently end up wondering what to do with a painting. Please accept this acrylic landscape of the Tetons titled “Secret Serenity” for the the V.A. It is an acrylic painting covered with a UV protecting varnish. The painting is a 20 inches wide x 16 inches tall and 5/8” inch thick stretched canvas. I have enclosed a certificate of authenticity and seal as well as a brochure on the care of acrylic paintings.

Since I have started to sell some of my artwork, my family has decided to donate a portion of all sales to either the Gary Sinise Foundation or the Wounded Warrior Project.

If you decide to hang this painting, I hope it will bring happiness and joy into a veteran’s life. Wishing you all the best“

What I say here is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Yes, our VA is doing a great job when you consider the VA is the 3rd or 4th largest healthcare organization in the country.

I have stage 3 heart failure. If not for the VA I would not be here today. If you know of a VA in your area, send them a thank you – they would appreciate it!

Here is a picture of the presentation.

Lt to Rt 0 Huntsville Director, Dr. Cole Suttlar (My MD), Me, Stacey Vasquez – Birmingham VA Director

Music anyone?

I’ve been in a musical mood lately and hearing jazz! I already posted sexy soul, how about some louie and friends!

Here is “Beat of the Drums” an abstract of a drummer on the streets in New Orleans. You can see the drummer off to the right taking a break and his drums all aglow in front of the French Quarter architecture. 12″W x 16″ T stretched canvas acrylic painting. $225.00 would look great in your music room or band room!

“Beat of the Drums”

Want to do some “Groovin’ to some jazz, soul or funk with a bass sax just a roaring his toons. How about this 12″w x 16” t stretched canvas acrylic painting of just that scene. $195.00


And now the man that has been in my head this week. I call this painting Louie in honor of Louie Armstrong. Looking at the painting I can see Louie playing his horn and his cheeks just a bulging. 12″ T X 16″ W stretched canvas acrylic painting $195.00

Prints are available for all these above.

Final Countdown

My first show will be at the NEACA (Northeast Alabama Crafters Association) at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama the 20th through the 22nd. I am working hard getting as many paintings done as possible before then. Cherie and Joshua have to remind me to take my time though! I am using fast drying medium on my oil paintings but I don’t think they will be dry in time. Even with Artisan Fast Drying medium it may take a month to dry before I can varnish them.

Here are some of my latest:

This one is “Bridge to Autumn” 16″ W x 12″ T Acrylic. $275.00 I was thinking of Fort Rucker, Alabama and some of the trails I used to run our dog Nakita on. There was a bridge over a creek and in the Autumn/fall the trees were amazing.

Bridge to Autumn

This is “God’s Beauty” a 20″ W x 16″ T Acrylic. $275.00. This is a painting of a valley in Yellowstone Park. You see the mountains in the rear and a ravine below you with a stream and a rainbow.

“God’s Beauty”

This one is “God’s Creation” a 18″ W x 24″ T Acrylic. $300.00 Pretty much self explanatory. I tried my best to recreate the awe inspiring beauty of this first snow fall in late fall. Makes you just want to sit in the bench!

“God’s Creation”

I just love birds – raptors, ducks and geese, finches, hummingbirds, macaws etc. He we have a MacCaw, he is pointing his wing in the direction of the guy that just took his dinner! “He Went That ‘Away!” Acrylic 12″ T x 16″ W $175.00

“He Went That ‘Away!”

I was asked to paint Jupiter and the surrounding space. I then painted my own version called “Jupiter and the Cosmos” I created the design from different pictures on a royalty free website and included a distant nebula. What do you think? I will conduct a drawing from all who reply about this painting and the winner will receive a free painting in a similar fashion of space! I want at least 25 entries, so make sure and share this with every one in your mailbox. “Jupiter and the Cosmos” Acrylic 12″ T x 36″ W $300.00

“Jupiter and the Cosmos”

Well, guess what? What is it I love to paint? Yep – Birds. Here we have “Midnight Wisdom” an Owl sitting in a moss covered tree with the moon behind it lighting the night. Acrylic 12″ w x 16″ T $300.00.

“Midnight Wisdom”

I decided to try my luck at something I haven’t done in over 40 years. An abstract painting. Here is “Saxy Soul” a jazz saxophonist is N’Orlins! Playing his saxophone at sunset on the street. I altered the colors to give it an abstract appearance. Cherie won’t let me give it up, so don’t tell her I listed it for sale! “Saxy Soul” Acrylic 20″T x 24″ W $575.00

“Saxy Soul”

Joshua loves trees, trees of all types. He loves Christmas too! Here is “Simple Tree” an acrylic painting of an evergreen tree all by itself in winter. Acrylic 12″ W x 36″ T $150.00

“Simple Tree”

What reminds you of a wooden wall with garland made of pine, pine cones, twigs and red berries? Christmas! here is an acrylic painting of that scene. 9″T x 12″ W $45.00

“Simply Christmas”

My last one recently done is a sunset scene during winter. “Winter Sunset” Acrylic 20″ T x 24″ W $175.00

“Winter Sunset”

Until next time!

Oil Paintings

I just ordered my oil paint supplies. They now have many options with water mixable oil paints and with my health I was always hesitant to use turpentine and mineral spirits.

I have finished several more acrylics and just varnished them.

Here is a 12″T x 16″ wide acrylic of a Macaw pointing the way the criminal went! “He went that ‘away”

He Went That ‘away!

Here is a 12″ W x 36″ T acrylic of a lone tree in the winter. “Simple Tree”

Lone Tree

Here is a 9″ T x 12″ W acrylic painting of Christmas garland on a wall.

Simply Christmas

This is “God’s Beauty a 20″ W x 16” T acrylic of a view at Yellowstone.

“God’s Beauty”

Tis the season is coming and Santa made some magic happen here. “Santa’s Magic” a gallery wrapped 16″ T x 20″ W acrylic .

“Santa’s Magic”

God has always worked wonders and here is “God’s Creation”, a 18″ T x 24″ W acrylic.

“God’s Creation”

Speaking of God’s Creations, let’s not forget that God created the Universe – Here is “Jupiter and the Cosmos!” 12″ T x 36″ W acrylic.

Just call me the “Beaver”

Man, I have been busy as a beaver! I was a little disappointed in my old on line gallery so I found a new one at I have several new paintings as well. I do about four or five before I varnish them and I don’t want to post pictures until they are varnished, hence the time span between posts. Make sure and visit my site and order a painting or a print. If you are in northern Alabama on the 20th – 22nd of September I will be at the NEACA show in booth B13.
“Cherie’s Lantern”

Been Busy

Been a busy couple of weeks. Have 6 new paintings and working on two others. (When I get hung up, I start another painting of a different type (landscape, Portrait, Wildlife/Pet or still life) to get my mind thinking in different directions.

I started a painting of the Jaguar Temple in Belize that my son took a while back and had problems maintaining straight lines across a 40″ canvas. I could have used tape but I prefer not to whenever possible, plus I was concerned about messing up wet areas or recently dried areas.

I came up with the idea of using a straight edge they use in sawing wood! So now I can finish my sons painting. He has been so patient. (Even though he claims half of my paintings for himself, and my wife several so that doesn’t leave me much for shows or selling!)

One of my favorites the past couple weeks is a fantasy painting, I haven’t tried one of these for a very long time. I call it “I’m Home”. Make sure and visit my gallery – you can buy paintings, prints and even frames!

“I’m Home” 16″ wide, 12″ tall, 1 1/2″deep gallery wrapped stretched canvas