Art in Public Places 2010 Pianos About Town

Fort Collins Pianos about Town project.

Artists paint (donated) pianos and they are moved about town every two weeks and are meant to be played!

My piano is the story of the Owl & the Pussycat, a poem written by Edward Lear in 1861 for a friend’s young daughter and it’s love and humor are as real today as then.  I had a great time painting in Old Town Square and reciting the poem to passerbyers; some knew the poem and those who didn’t loved it!  People played the piano while I painted, a great time was had by all!

Art in Public Places 2008

City of Fort Collins Transformer Mural Project

The Cache la Poudre river is plays an important part of Ft. Collins history and identity.  This mural depicts many of the creatures that use the Poudre River  on a regular basis.  Because these creatures come from many places and use the river in many different ecological zones I borrowed from the Native American idea of the Four Directions to depict this concept.  The Native American interpretation assigns the color red to the south, white to the east, yellow to the north, and blue to the west.  In this mural I have used local birds that to represent those directions; the red tail hawk for the south (red), the magpie for the east (white, sunrise), goldfinch for the north (yellow), and the great blue heron for the west.  The animal tracks range from bear to mouse.  People often refer to this as their “favorite” box. (Thanks!)

Art in Public Places 2009

The City of Ft. Collins Transformer Mural Project

This mural was fun to paint.  It’s Aesop’s story of the Hare and the Tortoisep.  The moral of the story: Slow & Steady wins the Race is just as true as it was when the fable was written in ancient Greece 2600 years ago!

Art in Public Places 2010

Art in Public Places

City of Fort Collins Transformer Mural Project 2010


The theme of this mural is “Rainmaking.”  The images are drawn from Kiva Murals located in New Mexico.  The murals were painted approximately 600 years ago by the Ancient Puebloan People.  The artists who created the Kiva Murals used symbols representing scarlet macaws, rain clouds, lightning, and dragonflies to depict rainmaking activities that took place in the kivas.  They also painted large abstractions of these symbols.  The scarlet macaws represent the south and the sun which, along with the rain, made the corn grow.  Like humans, the dragonfly and the mosquito need rain to prosper and play an important role in “Rainmaking.”  The Butterfly Maiden, Cloud Blower, & Mosquito Man play important roles in bringing rain to the people.

Subjective Abstracts

Here are some subjective abstract paintings, take a look you’ll know what I mean, some seem more abstract than others but the subject is the story behind them.

Fontanelle, Living Dune

When I worked as an archaeologist in Opal WY (Exxon Sour Gas Plant on BLM land) my job was to draw cross sections of the dunes where we were working.  This painting recalls that time and work.

Watercolor on Paper  28″ x 20″ $500 USD (framed)

Woman Across the Prairie

This painting is an image of a woman as the landscape, the metaphor was strong in my mind for several years before I had the nerve to actually paint it.

Watercolor on Paper 34″ x 48″  $1095  USD

Brown Trout

I’ve painted trout for 25 years, inspired by my fly fishing safaris throughout the Western U.S.  This one is very popular and people see eyes, smiles, and dreams in it.

Watercolor on Paper 25″ x 35″   Original $1095  Giclees available in any size.  Posters $15.00 or $25.00 framed.

Dark from the Past

This is a composite of the elements of Kiva Floors that I’ve seen in Ancient Puebloan Houses.  The firepit has center stage in this painting, the vent is above it and the sipapu at the very bottom.  The sipapu is where the people came out of the earth and into the world.

Mixed Media on Paper  26″ x 23″  $200 USD