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The source material for this piece comes from a high water trip on the Green River with my son, Oscar (who was seven at the time). We had been hanging in a rarefied patch of noontime shade, taking photos, eating lunch, and laughing. We embarked in our inflatable kayak and I got back to taking photos on the fly, focusing entirely on the task at hand. Then, Oscar slipped out of the craft without a peep. Until he peeped! downstream quite a ways. He didn't panic, as he had been coached, and we dragged his wet muskrat self back into the boat and laughed, laughed, laughed. As we were settling back into calm, the current took us near this wall, baking in the June sun.

Pastel and found campfire charcoal on watercolor paper

Artwork dimensions: 28" wide x 14" high

Framed dimensions (frame is darkish cherry on the front, black on sides; mat is off-white): 35" wide x 21" high

$1,200 framed


artwork: 16" wide x 8.5" high

$350 framed


artwork dimensions: 8" square

$250 framed



The monsoon season is probably my favorite time of year on the Colorado Plateau (July/August-ish). I don't mind the heat, and I love the opportunity to witness a place transforming, sometimes aggressively, within a short matter of time. The rain, the waterfalls, the surging waterways, the lightning: it's all exciting and hard to not absorb every nuance. And the time right after the deluge, when the smell of sage floats through the air, and everything still in place looks healthier: these are the moments that keep me here. 

I also love the rainy season because I love what water does in the desert: where and how it runs and where and how it collects. My preferred way of traveling through the backcountry is to follow the water (as opposed to trying to carry all that I'll need). I create my route based on known or likely sources for drinking water. Sometimes I strike it rich (water-wise), and other times I strike out, leading to a very grumpy and potentially hallucinatory me. When I do find the water I need when I need it, I consider it a precious gift. I am not above thanking the water I find, or even kissing it. 

This August, my dog and I went car camping and art making above Labyrinth Canyon of the Green River. The scene I dug into here is all about the water. Working from the bottom up, this composition includes: lovely potholes (dry at the moment), the Green River being absorbed by shadow, a spring (in the center of the piece indicated by the lime green vegetation), a seep up there in the purple alcove, and capping it all off is some wonderful virga (streaks of rain that evaporate before reaching the ground).

Pastel and found campfire charcoal on watercolor paper

Artwork dimensions: 22" wide x 30" high

Framed dimensions (frame is chocolate brown; mat is off-white): 29" wide x 37" high

$1,100 framed


On many popular western rivers, river runners are required to camp at designated sites. This management tool is used to minimize the impact of camping along the river corridor. A few rivers assign camps when you launch, so you have your itinerary mapped out for the duration of the trip. The advantage of this is you don't have to wrestle for a good spot while on the river. You don't have to view other boaters as competition for primo campsites (the common greeting on non-reserved-campsite rivers is, before Hello even, is "Where are you guys camping?"). The downside of a designated campsite system is a lot of the camps are totally hammered. They potentially receive use every day of the boating season. This amount of use results in hardened soil, denuded vegetation, and, mostly, pests. Common companions at heavily used sites include mice, ants, yellow jackets, bears, ring tail cats, and ravens. 

My friends and I floated the much-coveted Yampa River last summer. Our first camp was crawling with ants. There was some low-level anxiety about the critters at first, but I quickly devised the solution of dragging my inflatable kayak into camp and sitting, and then sleeping in it. The ants had a hard time crawling up the slick rounded edges of my boat. One of my boat-bound activities included drawing the un-hammered beach across the river (featured here).

Pastel and found campfire charcoal on watercolor paper

Artwork dimensions: 12.5" wide x 5" high

$300 framed (buyer selects frame and mat)