Heaven and Earth, acrylic 30 x 24 inches SOLD
As an artist, my primary goal is to share the wonders, beauty, and drama of the visual world and touch the evidences I see of God’s hand at work in the realms of nature and people. With its harsh majesty and drama, the Grand Canyon is the perfect subject. The problem is that the closest images can come to reality is a feeble approximation. To truly appreciate it, you have to see it for yourself. In this view of Zoroaster Temple, I used the approaching storm to capture the interplay of nature’s forces while accentuating the canyon’s vastness.
Capitol Reef Trail, oil 30x30
The incredible morning spent painting here was peaceful, silent, and still. The colors of the sunrise changed, moment by moment, seeming to come in waves. As the sun got higher, the light became even more exciting. I knew then my goal was to communicate the thrill of the sparkling light touching the edges of the sheer, ancient walls, with the glowing colors of reflected light within the shadows. My greatest delight is to share with the viewer this deep, exuberant joy.
South Rim Sentinel, bronze edition of 20 20 x 16 x 6 inches
I always enjoy returning to wildlife themes, especially when the subject is one of the “great cats.” I am fascinated by the grace, stealth, beauty, and coiled power of the cat family. The Arizona mountain lion, also known as the cougar, puma, and sometimes the panther, is the fourth largest cat in the world after the tiger, lion, and jaguar. Visitors to the Grand Canyon State should take special note of this fact while they are out enjoying our many hiking trails.
Quiet at High Noon, oil on canvas 20 x 16 inches SOLD
A raft trip through the Grand Canyon is a wild ride through churning rapids followed by quiet, mirror-like miles. One minute you’re dreamily floating along, then suddenly you’re racing through terrifying white water. The constant roar of the river lowers to a restful murmur as the rapids give way to beautiful reflections of the sheer red walls of the canyon. In this painting, I hope to capture some of the grandeur of the canyon and the peace you find in the midst of such an amazing place
Immensity of Light, oil on canvas 40 x 24 inches SOLD
On azure wings of piñon jays, Light flies from rim to depths to rim again.
Soaring on updrafts, wafting on zephyrs through caves and crevices, resting on sunbaked ruins,
Then taking, once again, to the air, vanishing behind a veil of evening’s lavender blue.
Evening Cadence, oil on canvas 15 x 30 inches SOLD
Painting Wotans Throne is always a challenge because the beauty and colors are subtle. I fall into the way purple changes into red and red into yellow; it has movement and grace. Many evenings, I do not paint. I just sit at the highest point on Mather Trail and absorb the disappearance of day into night.
Zoroaster, oil on canvas 26 x 21 inches
Seven years ago, I traversed 23 miles along the Tonto Platform directly below the South Rim of the canyon. I was searching for a viewpoint that included the Colorado River. This year’s painting is one of several images generated from that hike. It is done in the fashion of a portrait painting, where the seated monarch is the actual crown jewel of the Inner Gorge, Zoroaster Temple.
Canyon Chiaroscuro at Powell Point, oil on canvas 48 x 24 inches
During the 2015 Celebration of Art, as monsoonal thunderstorms rolled across the canyon, I painted and photographed lighting throughout much of the night and into the early morning. As the sun rose, light streamed through the clouds, painting the dark depths of the canyon with shifting designs. Moisture from the night’s rain darkened and saturated the rock color as clouds danced around the Temple of Osiris and distant features across the canyon.
Toward Otter Point, oil on canvas 16 x 20 inches
I am inspired by exploring the Grand Canyon to see what catches my eye, a spot that speaks to me, then to sit quietly and draw. I think about the painting I want to create. This spot spoke to me about history, the people who camped here in the 1920s, and I imagined their experience at Hermit Camp. The painting expresses my moment next to this dynamic buttress in the Grand Canyon.
Pa Hay Okee Green, acrylic and paint pen on canvas 39.5 x 29.5 inches
In Everglades National Park, crystal-clear water lazes through miles of tall, graceful—albeit unmerciful—sawgrass. Cypress domes and mixed hammocks dot the vast miles. A slight change in elevation, and pine forests provide a home for deer and panther. Near Florida Bay, mangroves predominate. Pahayokee, an overlook off the main road, spotlights the sawgrass. Along its elevated boardwalk delicate intimacies are revealed at one’s feet, while the infinity of space is perceived in the expansive view of the River of Grass and in the wilderness of the sky above. It is a sacred place of peace.
View into Bright Angel Canyon, oil on canvas 14 x 18 inches
The role of atmospheric perspective in the appearance of landforms is of supreme importance at Grand Canyon. This painting is an attempt to revel in that aspect by detaching from the rim and foreground to float above Bright Angel Canyon, like a bird, free in the immensity of air.
Yellowstone Falls with Sacks, pastel on watercolor paper 30 x 22 inches
This painting is the lower one hundred feet of Lower Yellowstone Falls. I scrambled off the trail because I wanted to get a view that everyone sees in its totality. I wanted an intimate painting of a glorious falls.
Into the Abyss, oil on canvas 30 x 24 inches SOLD
Inspired by a winter view of the Grand Canyon from Hermits Rest Road, this painting captures the warm sunrise glow on the snowy canyon cliffs. The steep drop to the canyon floor and a brief glimpse of the Colorado River in the vast distance all add to the grandeur of this canyon view.
Bill Cramer Ephemeral, oil on linen panel 36 x 24 inches
The setting sun, filtered through clouds in the western sky, creates dramatic light and shadow effects within the Grand Canyon. In sharing one of these fleeting moments through Overture to Evening, I will hopefully inspire you to contemplate often the beauty, mystery, and drama of our land and sky.
Temple of Light and Stone, watercolor 24 x 18 inches
In the temple of light and stone that is Grand Canyon, I am devoted to painting the complex and intricate geometry of uplift and erosion. Many and varied are the intimate spectacles that compose this geologic wonder. Details appear and vanish in astounding progression as light, shadow, and color define the magnificent architecture. Along the North Rim’s forested Cape Royal, at an elevation of 7,865 feet, a ridge of Kaibab Limestone nestles one of Grand Canyon’s great treasures, a natural rock arch known as Angels Window, here fleetingly pierced by sunrise light.
Inner Warmth, oil on canvas 16 x 24 inches
When visiting the South Rim earlier this year, I was struck by the contrast of the warm red canyon walls and the cool blue snow. The sun was low in the sky and cast a dappled warm light, which added to the stillness and serenity of the scene. I painted a small study on location, and referenced it while painting in my studio. Inner Warmth is an expression of the magic I experienced that day.
Magnitude and Tranquility, oil on canvas 36 x 24 inches SOLD
I wanted to capture the light as it made its way through the rocky canyon walls, as it reflected a million colors onto the water. It challenged me to show the tranquility and solitude of the river, as well as the magnitude of the rock walls that surrounded each side. I was able to give my painting life and subtle movement with broken edges and blended painting strokes. I wanted to show a more intimate scene of the Grand Canyon while showing it in a new light and capturing it with a fresh new look.
Taking the High Road, watercolor 24.5 x 19.5 inches
The red sandstone formations of southern Utah are especially accentuated by a coating of snow on the horizontal planes. After spending a mild winter day painting just a few miles from my studio in Moab, I was inspired by this view of Turret Arch from along the winding road up to the Windows section of Arches National Park.
John D. Cogan Gilded Walls of Yellowstone Canyon, acrylic on canvas 54 x 22 inches
During this centennial celebration of the National Park Service, no other park has more significance than the first established as a national park by an act of Congress in 1872: Yellowstone. One of its most notable and famous features is its canyon, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, carved by the Yellowstone River. Iron compounds baked by the heat of the hot magma lying below the surface have created an array of colors in the rhyolite, shades of purples, blues, reds, and yellows, the last giving its name to the rock, the canyon, and the park.
Grand Canyon, acrylic on canvas 20 x 20 inches
The multiplicity of hues, the contrasts within the geology of the canyon made this view both intriguing and somewhat difficult to get down on canvas. Laying color down, making changes, intensifying hues, simplifying the overwhelming details required work and the hope that my love and belief in beauty would allow me to get the painting done.
Sweet Sunrise, oil on linen panel 36 x 24 inches SOLD
I love the West. I love the colors and the brilliant light of the West. I love the challenge of capturing that light in my paintings. The moment captured in this painting was one of those glorious moments when the canyon is aglow, bathed in golden sunlight. It was one of those moments that remind me that I paint for fun!
Adrift Through Time, oil on canvas 48 x 24 inches
One is continually reminded of the immensity of time while floating through what I consider to be one of the Gardens of Eden on Earth. Time has patiently sculpted the terrain we currently see, and buried other things we don't. This spark of the present moment can only be truly appreciated through living passionately, yet also being completely aware of the past and the future. With foresight, we have preserved this wild place for future generations to also unplug themselves from modern conveniences in order to reconnect with our wondrous home, the Earth.
Mitch Baird Evening Token, oil on canvas 20 x 24 inches
Nothing is more majestic than the light dissipating in the Grand Canyon as you stand on the rim, watching the day end. It is mesmerizing to watch the last rays of the sun wander up the layers of strata and evolve into a stripe of glowing red-orange light. My goal for this piece was to capture just that moment, when the last rays are tipping the South Rim, blasting the North Rim, and creating a sliver of warm light against the stark, cool shadows of the canyon. As an artist, it is a challenge and a blessing to capture a fleeting moment at one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
Just Another Day, oil on linen 30 x 20 inches SOLD
I have based this painting on a trip I took to the Grand Canyon a few years ago during the height of the monsoon season. Each afternoon, the storm clouds built up and simultaneously revealed and concealed the details, forms, and colors of the canyon as they drifted across the sky. I have tried to capture this in my painting.