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I offer this quote from Henry David Thoreau:

Many go fishing all their lives without knowing it is not fish they are after.


I often find myself sitting in a small camp chair beside a mountain trout stream, painting. 

People that are fly fishing, come by and give me a funny look,

or sometimes a nod.

I know that we are there seeking the same thing, the same experience: to be in flow, in nature.  For them catching  is the only reward.  They catch and release.   For me, painting is the same.  I am here to paint, not make a painting, but  I do not return my paintings to the stream of leave them behind on the ground.  

The logical place for these paintings is with someone who wants them.  



  • Western State College, Gunnison CO.

  • Elective art classes at Western.

  • Ski bum and painter.

  • 17 years utility worker in the mountains for the Denver Water Department.

  • 20 years utility worker in the streets of Denver for the Denver Water Department.

Like any serious painter, I have experimented with painting for a living. I know and respect greatly folks who have put in the time and effort to actively promote and sell  art as a livelihood. For me, however, my day job with Denver Water Department provided me a livelihood and time to become an amateur painter.  

am·a·teur. (ăm′ə-tûr′, -tər, -cho͝or′, -chər, -tyo͝or′) n. 1. One who engages in an art, science, study, or athletic activity as a pastime rather than as a profession.

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