Thursday, July 14, 2016

Lincoln Commission

This is a recent commission for the Brain family. With all the political discussions going on here in the United States and even abroad in the UK, it was a breath of fresh air to spend some time with old Abraham Lincoln. It was fun to listen to some audiobooks about his life as I painted this piece. As we have faced trials recently, may we take his advice from another time when the country was on the verge of bursting apart:

"We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature."

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Drawing for Parley's Stake Trek

Brigham Young, 12"x 16", graphite on paper

Leaving Navuoo, 12"x 16", graphite on paper.

Ephraim Hanks, 12"x 16", graphite on paper

James Willie, 12"x 16", graphite on paper.

Dan Jones, 12"x 16", graphite on paper.

Levi Savage, 12"x 16", graphite paper.

Amy Loader, 12"x 16", graphite on paper.

Patience Loader, 12"x 16", graphite on paper.

The River Crossing, 12"x 16" graphite on paper.

Elsie Nielsen, 12"x 16", graphite one paper.

 George and Sarah, 12"x 16", graphite on paper.

 Emily Hill, 12"x 16", graphite on paper.

Linford, 12"x 16", graphite on paper.

James Kirkwood, 12"x 16", graphite on paper.

Bodil Mortensen, 12"x 16" graphite on paper.

Chimney Rock, 12"x 16", graphite on paper.

Recently, I was asked by my local church to do drawings for their upcoming youth trek. They are highlighting certain pioneers who traveled the Mormon Trail about a 150 years ago. I was hesitant because I have plenty on my plate as is, but as I drew these people I came to appreciate their sacrifice and fortitude. Many of my ancestors walked that trail and this experience has inspired me to research their stories. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Wright Brothers

First Flight, 24"x 48", oil on canvas.

Attracting a Crowd, 36"x 48", oil on canvas.

I recently did these two pieces for the dental offices of two old friends. They went to dental school at UNC and their building was inspired by and constructed in the fashion of an old cigar factory. They wanted pieces that had some Tarheel blue and were connected to North Carolina, so we came up with this concept. What a miracle it was that flight was first achieved by two bicycle makers from Ohio who were worked tirelessly to solve any problem they met.

If you are in the SL area and need work on your mouth, look up Jon Rasmussen and Dave Stoker, they are the best in the business.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Men in the Wind

My wife and I recently spent a day at Peal Harbor. Our time there led me to pause and reflect on the men and women who choose to serve their fellow citizens by joining the armed forces. We often if not always seem to take these people for granted. I am thankful that this visit reminded me of our many freedoms and those who have served and are currently serving our nation.

This painting is about those who answer their nation's call. The Men in the Wind, 36"x 48", oil on canvas.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

One of Toil and Blood

One of Toil and Blood, 36"x 72" diptych, oil on canvas.

Paul Davis challenged me to paint the same thing twice, approaching one in a conservative manner and the other in a gutsy fashion. I tried it a few times, but never really committed to it. So after all these years I went all in on this one. I now understand what Paul was trying to teach me.

Available at Terzian Galleries, Park City Utah

Sunday, January 10, 2016


Helper, 48"x 48", oil on canvas

I became interested in paintings trains and laborers after participating in a show that was based on living in the small town of Helper, Utah. I have a lot of respect for those who get up everyday, roll up their sleeves and go out into the world to make a better life for their loved ones. 

Sold at Terzian Galleries

Monday, January 4, 2016

Took Thence a Stone

"Took Thence a Stone", 48"x 48", oil on canvas.

As I painted this piece, I reflected on the Aesop fable about the Lion and the Mouse. Sometimes the small or the weak are deemed inconsequential in this big world we live in. Sometimes, though, it is someone from that category who steps in and saves the day.

Sold at Terzian Galleries.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Put it on the Line

Put it on the Line, 36"x 36", oil on canvas.

I've been thinking a lot about composition lately and the proper prep work to achieve interesting balance. I hope Wayne Thiebaud would be proud.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

For Us to Strive

For us to Strive, 30"x 48", oil on canvas.

This was an enjoyable world to live in for a month. I contemplated on the various roles that would make a racing team successful. While only the driver gets to hold up the trophy, there are many hands that make that moment possible. It reminds me of a quote by Albert Einstein.... 

"Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose.

From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing do know: that man is here for the sake of other menabove all for those upon whose smile and well-being on own happiness depends, and also for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day I realize how much my own outer and inner life is built upon the labors of my fellow men, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received." 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Working Men

Here I Raise, 24"x 30", oil on canvas.

Bid Thee Farewell, 24"x 30", oil on canvas.

Both available at the Meyer East Gallery in Santa Fe.