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My newest work will be featured at Scott Milo Gallery in Anacortes, Washington, with an opening artists' reception during the First Friday Art Walk on April 6th.

Ten new pieces are from my most recent plein air painting trips to New England, Canada, Italy and of course, the Pacific Northwest. Every painting in this show was painted on-site, or from painted studies made on location.

Sunset, Grossetto, Italy
Sunset, Grossetto, Italy
I continue to pursuit and refine my plein air painting techniques with an emphasis on grabbing the light and weather conditions while providing the viewer with a sense of time and place through the medium of pure pigment pastel.

The pastel medium has become my favorite as it creates so many facets and refractions when it's mixed on the surface of the paper-and holds color permanence indefinitely. It doesn't have to dry (and turn dark with age), nor fade because it's been mixed with water or chemicals. It's really what the cave painters used and it's the exact same pigments used today to manufacture all other paints (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.,) but in the purest form!

Tulip Fields, Skagit Valley
Tulip Fields, Skagit Valley
I hope to see many of you at this opening and look forward to showing my latest work. This show runs through April 24th.

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