Painting Inspirations


This peace is a combination of imaginative fantasy and fond memories of sailing around the Hawaiian islands. Anchoring in small coves and scuba diving, fishing and taking the dingy ashore to explore the islands. Then to top off  the end to a perfect day watch the sunset on the boat.

"Skirting The Storm"

Memories of fishing offshore for Marlin in Hawaii and in the Gulf of New Mexico, fighting to land a big fish before being caught by a storm ourselves.

"Turtle Bay"

This was a 24 x 36 commission for couple of my best collectors who wanted a piece reminding them of their vacations in Hawaii swimming with Turtles and adventuring around hidden coves.

Now available on Giclee all my other collectors can finally enjoy Turtles too.

"Moonlit Serenade" "Banyan Moon" "Banyan Sunrise" "Moonlit Magic"

Is memories of building treehouses when I was a boy and all the imaginative  adventures that were pursed within. When my family lived in Crescent Beach Canada which was just south of Vancouver. We had a huge backyard on the edge of a forest. I built a treehouse on top of a 200 - 250 year old 15 foot high Spruce tree stump  with a radius of  9 feet at the top of the stump. This is where my love of nature first started. 

I wanted to capture the romance and carefree lifestyle of living on a deserted island at one with nature. Sitting on the Lanai of the treehouse watching the moonlight sparkling on the rolling surf, listening to the surf crashing on the coral sand and palm fronds blowing in the warm tropical breeze, Finally the sweet smell of tropical flowers with a hint of refreshing ocean mist.

"Moonlit Sanctuary"

A perfect sanctuary for all of God's creatures above and below the tropical surf. Young lovers walk hand in Hand along the beach. Bathed in the romantic glow of the moon, they return to the refuge and home built in the arms of a  banyan tree. From their Lanai they watch the moonlight and phosphorescent dancing the surf below. Below the waves is a playground for a family of dolphins weaving their way through a blossoming garden of coral.

"Journey In Paradise"

 This image was created from my imagination and memories of scuba diving at night and swimming with dolphins.

Bayou Moon
Theme: Bayou Scene ** Inspiration: This piece was inspired by my fishing & hunting along the Gulf Coast, observing some of the world most hidden treasures.

Mount Rushmore
Inspiration: I have lived in South Dakota and enjoyed hiking and fishing there. This is a little artist license with the fore ground. It is my idea of a perfect getaway to one of our country's most beautiful national parks.

Waikiki Daybreak
Theme: Seascapes / Sunrise ** Inspiration: Memories of growing up in Hawaii, spending time enjoying incredible sunsets and surfing in Waikiki.

Dolphin Moonbeams
Theme: Seascapes / Moonlit Inspiration: Memories of scuba diving at night in Hawaii on a full moon. 

Misty Reflection
Inspiration: This painting reflects memories of rejuvenating trips to our favorite Minnesota lake cabin. My family and I spent time fishing, swimming, hiking, and taking in all the beauty nature had to offer. 

Old Mill Trace

 Old Mill Trace is a commissioned original painted for a collector. The historic windmill from 1870 is situated among beautiful rolling hills, green pasture, and some happy local residents.

Waikiki Moon

Here I captured the mixture of moonlight and romance of one of the most famous beaches in the world, Waikiki Beach, in Honolulu. Living in Hawaii since my teenage years, it is one of my favorite places in the islands. 

Serenity Cove
This serene island destination is bathed in a warm tropical sunset. The viewer can imagine themselves strolling around the cove collecting sea shells and enjoying the sweet aroma of tropical flowers. More...

Forever Free

I was inspired to paint "Forever Free" after seeing a horse running on the beach, it's fluid motion in perfect harmony with the rolling waves. Both are unbound masterpieces of God's creation. More...

Electric Beach

Here, I am capturing the abundance of vivid colors of the tropical Napali Coast in Kauai. The moon's brilliance electrifies the waves as they wash across the beach. 
South Seas Paradise
In this painting, you can imagine yourself rowing ashore in the moonlight, on your way to visit friends at their quaint beach house. 

Destiny's Light

Inspired by the sleek and fast China clippers ('greyhounds of the sea') that raced across the Pacific Ocean between China, India, and the Americas during the early to middle 19th century. In this painting we see the ship safely anchored next to a light house guarding a South Pacific island. 
Waikiki Surf Aglow

This piece captures the natural romantic wonders of Waikiki in the moonlight. You can imagine yourself strolling down the beach, gazing across the rolling surf, and being hypnotized by the moon. 

Heavens Light

 inspired to paint Heaven's Light by having taken many adventures to the Napali Coast of Kauai with my family. Waterfalls cascade from the clouds down the majestic cliffs as the heavens radiate pastel warmth across rolling surf.
Banyan Magic

In this tropical fantasy the spectacular full moon radiates across the rolling surf, while warming the beach and lighting the way home to the cozy treehouse. 

Volcano Moon
This painting was inspired by a collector who wanted a tropical island volcano scene. The active volcano erupts across the bay as the viewer stands on a serene moonlit beach. 
Garden of Light
A lighthouse stand guard radiating light to guide ships to safety. Ocean creatures bask in the warm light of the moon. This garden of life is bathed in light from above. 

Moonlit Symphony
I was commissioned to paint this original by a Collector. It depicts a perfect moonlit island retreat in symphony with nature. 
Christmas Moon
My first "published" Christmas image is this magical Christmas scene. Santa is "up, up, and away" as he races across a majestic moon, while Mr. Snowman waves a fond farewell.

This original was a commission I painted for a family that loves mermaids. This is a special edition because it's the first "mermaids" I've published. The mother is lovingly brushing her daughter's hair in the warm tropical moonlight. 
An Indian Summer
This image is inspired by family vacations we took in the fall. We enjoyed warm, peaceful days of fishing and hiking. The serene lake here reflects the beautiful colors of autumn and the hazy mountain sunset.

This painting was commissioned by Al Hogue collectors, Bob & Laurie Shinn. The scene is inspired by both the, Shinn's and Al's love of Jimmy Buffet's music and theri mutual love of the Florida Keys. In the middleground, we see the float plane Jimmy Buffet uses to explore the countless islands of his Florida Keys. In the foreground we see Jimmy's parrot in the mangrove tree and the rare Florida Manatees swimming in the crystal clear Carribean Sea.