First Footprint on the Moon

lunar footprint painting

© Copyright 2012 – Present

Size: 18″ x 24″
Support: Gallery wrap stretched canvas
Description: A rendition of mans first step onto the lunar surface. This painting did not require a frame as the image extended all the way around the sides of the painting.


Artist Comments: This painting depicts the historic event of man’s first walk on the moon. It is one of two custom paintings commissioned by an art collector living in Japan. The other painting is “Land Rover Tracks of Mars.”

Man first stepped on the moon July 20, 1969. The iconic footprint depicts the infamous day when Neil Armstrong first put his left foot on the rocky Moon surface. The Apollo 11 crew had taken TV cameras with them and this meant people all over the world could watch when it happened. You can read more about this historic event at NASA’s web site:  Apollo 11 – First Footprint on the Moon.

First Footprint on the Moon is my first painting of the space art genre. Since I have never been to the moon nor seen the iconic footprint in person, it required some research on my part to come up with this composition. I used a NASA photo of the footprint and spent time studying their photos of the moon’s surface to get an idea of what it would be like there. For the background I used photos of strange “alien looking” landscapes found right here on earth to complete the composition. Then, I added the distant view of earth in the night sky to add the finishing touch. My client absolutely loved his painting when it was done. I love it too. In fact, he was so happy with it that he commissioned me to do another one for him. This time the setting would be Mars.

For more information on how to commission a painting select Art Commissions.


Heceta Head Lighthouse

lighthouse seacoast painting

© Copyright 2000 – Present

Size: 16″ x 12″
Support: Stretched canvas
Description: A depiction of a famous Oregon coast lighthouse. This painting sold to a private art collector in California.


Artist Comments: I find Oregon to be one of the most beautiful places in America. Having lived there for a number of years, “The Beaver State” has inspired numerous paintings of its scenery. Heceta Head Lighthouse is one of those paintings.

This oceanview oil painting is of the historic Heceta Head Lighthouse, built between 1892-1893. Perched high on a bluff approximately 150 feet above the sea, it stands watch over the Oregon coast 2 miles north of the famous Sea Lion Caves. Its beam can be seen for 21 nautical miles making it the strongest light on Oregon’s coastline. Heceta Head Lighthouse is a favorite place for tourists as it is one of the most-visited lighthouses in the United States. The lighthouse offers visitors easy access and an outstanding view of the Oregon coastline and Pacific Ocean.

Although I no longer live in the Pacific Northwest, Oregon continues to be a source of inspiration for me. Below are two more paintings of Oregon.

A Few Interesting Facts About Heceta Head Lighthouse

  • Year beacon first lit: 1894
  • Height: 56′
  • Automated: 1963
  • Year first constructed: 1892
  • Materials: Stucco, Brick
  • Coordinates: 44.13737°N, 124.127835°W
  • Tower shape: Conical attached to workroom
  • Original lens: First order Fresnel lens
  • Range: 21 nautical miles
  • Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

For more information about this seaside attraction, please visit this website.


The Giants of Sequoia National Park

national park painting

© Copyright 1998 – Present

Size: 12″ x 16″
Support: Stretched canvas

Artist Comments: This snow painting was inspired by a photograph of the giant Sequoia trees located in Sequoia National Park, California. I’ve seen and walked among these giant trees, they truly are magnificent!

Visit the website of Sequoia National Park for more information.

Note: This painting sold to a private art collector in California.


Clownfish

clown fish painting

© Copyright 1998 – Present

Size: 9″ x 12″
Support: Canvas panel board
Description: A rendition of a Clownfish swimming among sea anemone. This painting sold to a private art collector in Texas.


Artist Comments: Clownfish are a salt water fish. They are also called Anemonefish because they are often found living among the sea anemone. They are colorful little sea creatures that come in a variety of colors: yellow, orange, or a reddish or blackish color, and many have three white bars or patches of white depending on the species. Clown Anemonefish prefer the warmer waters of the Indian and Pacific oceans, as well as  the Great Barrier Reef and the Red Sea. They are not found in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean, or Mediterranean Sea.

My painting makes this tiny fish look much larger than it really is, as they only grow to between 3 and 7 inches in length. I was visiting a pet shop with my kids one day where some of these where fish on display. I was simply amazed at how tiny these wondrous sea creatures actually are!

Some Interesting Facts About Clownfish

  • All Clownfish are born male. Later after maturity, some will become female.
  • They typically eat algae, zooplankton, worms and small crustaceans.
  • Clownfish live in a “symbiotic” relationship with their host anemones.
  • They are extremely aggressive fish and will defend their territory and the sea anemone that they live in.
  • The Clownfish will live up to 5 years in captivity and up to 10 years in the wild.

More information and photos of Clown Fish can be found here.


Oregon Coast South of the Sea Lion Caves

OR coast seaside painting

© Copyright 1977 – Present

Size: 9″ x 12″
Support: Canvas panel board
Description: An early painting by the artist depicting the Oregon coastline. This painting is owned by the artist’s daughter and is part of a private collection in Texas.


Artist Comments: This ocean wave painting is one of my early paintings just starting out as a professional artist. It shows the Oregon Coast looking south from the “Sea Lion Caves” towards Cox Rock. Cox Rock is one of thousands of islands which sits off the Oregon Coast. It is nearby to Sea Lion Point and Heceta Head.

The Sea Lion Caves is America’s largest sea cave and is located about midway on Oregon’s 400 miles of shoreline. It can reach from the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway U.S. Highway 101. For more information about the Sea Lion Caves visit their website.

There isn’t a lot of information about Cox Rock. What I have learned is it is an island off the Oregon Coast and which isn’t easily assessable if you want to explore it and it’s hard to find. Visitors to the island will probably want to use their GPS to guide them there. Coordinates are below.

Facts About Cox Rock, Oregon

  • Coordinates: 44.1109544°N, -124.1262313°W
  • Approx. Elevation: 75 feet (23 meters)
  • USGS Topo Map Quad: Mercer Lake
  • Feature Type: Island

Other Paintings of Oregon Scenery

I used to live in Oregon and have found it to be one of the most beautiful places on earth to live and paint. I’ve painted several paintings of Oregon scenery, some of which are listed below.


Covered Bridge of Lane County Oregon

covered bridge painting

© Copyright 1997 – Present

Size: 12″ x 9″
Support: Canvas panel board

Artist Comments: One of the many things Oregon is known for is its covered bridges. Lane County seems to have an abundance of them. My friend Judy and I had a delightful time one autumn day discovering some of those bridges. The covered bridge depicted in this fall painting is Earnest Bridge over the Mohawk River.

You can find out more about the historic bridges of Lane county here.

Note: This painting sold to a private art collector in Texas.