Most of my childhood summers were spent with my family living in a yellow tent on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. My father, a biology professor at San Francisco State University, conducted his fieldwork there studying the rare Kaibab Squirrel, taking us along each year to “help”. These summers created a deep appreciation in me for the canyon country and the native cultures of the Four Corners region.
Painting has always been a primary passion of mine, so it is probably not surprising that I pursued my higher education along those lines. I earned my BFA from the University of Utah and MFA from Washington State University. Completing these studies, I moved to New York City where I worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for several years.
After more than 30 years on the east coast where I raised my family in Washington, D.C., Chicago and the suburbs of Boston while painting and exhibiting the western imagery that I find so inspiring, I returned “home” to the west. I now live and paint in Sedona, AZ.
The uplifting strength of the Grand Canyon and, in particular, the Native cultures that have evolved and endured in relationship to this powerful region are the lenses I continue to see my world through. If a painting is successful, some of the appreciation for the drama, power and sheer majesty of our world is shared.
Selected Exhibitions and Awards
2014 Mountain Oyster Club; 45th annual Western Art Show and Sale, Tucson, AZ
2014 Garlands Collector's Room, Sedona, AZ
2014 Bill Hester Fine Arts Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2013 Sedona Art Museum, Sedona, AZ; invitational
2009-10 Kolb Studio Gallery, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ; solo exhibition
2008 Massachusetts Audubon Society, Sharon, MA; invitational
2005 QUER Gallery, Bern, SWITZERLAND; solo exhibition
2004 Mariposa Museum, Peterborough, NH; solo exhibition
1987 Greene Art Gallery, Guilford, CT; solo exhibition
1987 National Arts Club, New York, NY; “New York, 1987”
1986 C.G. Rein Gallery, Santa Fe, NM; “Emerging Artists”
1985 Ariel Gallery, New York, NY; “Landscapes & Still Life”
1980 East Bay Watercolor Society; San Francisco, CA; Award of Merit
Louise Sheldon McDonald's book "Sedona's Best Artists"