Saturday, December 24, 2011

Work in progress

Top to bottom: Fossil Beds 28"x50", another orchard 34"x50", some plants approx. 40"x56", Black Crater approx. 40"x56".  The bottom two are big experiments and will probably change quite a bit from these images, but it's always nice to see where things start.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Another one finished

28"x34" (I think)
oil on canvas

Sunday, December 11, 2011


Orchard 2
oil on camvas

Monday, November 14, 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Friday, October 28, 2011

Self Portrait

Three painting sessions on this self portrait. I have been experimenting with dark under painting, and yields dramatic results. Also lots of fun to do. 34"x50".

Friday, October 21, 2011

Strange Experiment

Here's the beginning of a new painting painted on top of an old painting. It's a complete experiment, and I'm trying keep it loose. We'll see how it goes, but right now it kind of feels like I'm painting it out of the corner of my eye.

Monday, October 17, 2011


One more seascape. This one is from a reference image shot with my phone. The painting is 36"x60". Not quite finished, but it's getting close.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

More progress

Two paintings in progress. The top one is closest to being finished. The bottom one has lots of work to be done. Both are experiments is new ways of working the paint.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

New work in progress

Now that open studios is over, it's time to get back to work! These are just two of the several paintings I started this week. More to come soon...

Monday, September 26, 2011

Mission Open Studios

This summer has flown by, and it's already time for fall open studios. Please join me in my studio this weekend for lots of new paintings, prints, and photographs. Details below. Hope to see you there.

Mission Open Studios

1890 Bryant (btwn 17th and Mariposa)
Studio 212

Friday, September 30, 6-9PM
Saturday, October 1, 11AM-6PM
Sunday, October 2, 11AM-6PM

Monday, September 19, 2011


This month's Art Ltd. has a lovely review of my recent show at Artzone 461. The text, by Dewitt Cheng, is below.

Photography and Impressionism came of age together in mid-19th century Paris, sharing an interest in the new world as a compelling spectacle requiring no moral or allegorical justification. The staged tableaux of the classical tradition gave way to realism, nicely exemplified in Stendhal's description of the novel as a mirror carried down a road. With their oddly cropped compositions, blurred focus, and embrace of the fugitive and transient, the slice-of-life works of Degas, Manet, Monet, and Renoir paradoxically foreshadow Kodak. (Other painters took photographic roads not chosen by the Impressionists, of course.) Painter Heidi McDowell updates this symbiosis, exploiting the "quick, cheap and easy nature of digital cameras" and the auto's mobility to scan for images worthy of transcription into her chosen medium. McDowell: "Oil painting has its own 'artifacts' and unpredictable process-related effects... Rough painterly marks are often enough to indicate detail, and each medium mixed with the paint adds its own unique texture to the painting's surface." She includes in her finished works, however, the "digital artifacts, dust on the sensor, reflections in the car window and other 'aberrations' found in photographic source material."

McDowell's two dozen paintings from 2010 and 2011 in Road Trip are unsentimental and unfussy--no waiting for the photographic golden hour here--yet, despite their modest size, dramatic. Faraway views like Silo 2, Red Hill, Radar, and Reservoir are so suffused with light and atmosphere that their ostensible subjects, shrunk and faded by distance, seem, initially, almost irrelevant; once seen, however, they become surrogates for the passing viewer--silent sentinels. The askew horizons, close-up views, and tight cropping in Tank 2, Yosemite Landscape, Tank Reflection, Refinery 3 and House on Stilts commemorate the landmarks of the passing scene while recapitulating compositional devices employed by modernist painters and photographers alike. Her paintings of riders in passing cars (Duster, Fastback) add social observation, while the twin water towers in Victorville add deadpan humor. Such is the yield from a memory chip driven along a superhighway by a sharp-eyed driver/painter.

KQED also has a very nice review, Road Trips: Two Shows, Three Artists and Many Possible Paths, here.

The show came down in August, but I will have some work up at open studios in two weeks.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Back to work

Started the first five paintings over the past few weeks. The seascape has been around longer.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Gallery Photos

Great big thanks to everyone who came out for the show opening! I spend so much time alone in the studio with this work, and it is such a treat to share it with friends. Road Trip runs through August 21 at Artzone 461 Gallery.

New Finished Work

Spring, 28"x50", oil on canvas, 2011

Refinery 3, 50"x40", oil on canvas, 2011

87, 48"x72", oil on canvas 2011

152, 49"x64", oil on canvas, 2011

Duster, 28"x44", oil on canvas, 2011

Fastback, 28"x46", oil on canvas, 2011

House on Stilts, 34"x40", oil on canvas, 2011

Lake Crowley, 36"x60", oil on canvas, 2011

Bridalveil, 28"x50", oil on canvas, 2011

Sunset, 24"x36", oil on canvas, 2011

Reservoir, 16"x20", oil on canvas, 2011

Lighthouse, 34"x48", oil on canvas, 2011

Brentwood, 28"x50", oil on canvas, 2011

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Road Trip

I'm so happy to announce the opening of my solo show Road Trip this week in the main gallery at Artzone 461. This new body of work explores my interest our contemporary relationship to the landscape as it is shaped by car travel and recorded with digital media. More information can be found here. Hope you can make it to the opening reception on Saturday. Details below.

Road Trip
July 23-August 21
Artzone 461 Gallery
461 Valencia (btwn. 15th and 16th), San Francisco, CA

Gallery Hours
Wednesday-Sunday, noon-6PM
and by appointment

Artist Reception
Saturday, July 23, 5pM-8PM

Sunday, June 26, 2011


My partner in crime, Jon McNeal, has had some photographs selected for a show at the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek. Juried by the assistant curator for painting and sculpture at the SF MoMA, the show had over six hundred entries. About sixty artists were selected. Stop by if you are in the neighborhood. More info below.

Outlandish: Contemporary Depictions of Nature
July 7 - September 4
Bedford Gallery
1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA
Gallery Hours:
Tuesday-Sunday, noon - 5PM

Opening Reception :
Thursday, July 7, 6-8PM