Category Archives: Southwest Desert


Desert Starlight

Desert Starlight

12×18 pastel painting – $75 does not include shipping
Black matt, No frame,
No Longer Available…


Red Rock Crossing, Sedona AZ

I think Sedona, AZ is the most beautiful place I’ve ever been to.  Everything about it is just gorgeous.  The energy, the scenery, the people, the weather..  Even the McDonalds is pretty (and no, I didn’t eat there).

The painting I did below is of Cathedral Rock, from a picture I took at Red Rock Crossing.  (I changed the sky a bit though – giving it a stormy look in the distance).  At the time I was there, I had no idea that I was near one of the 4 energy vortexes in Sedona.  I knew something was special about that place.  You can just feel it in your soul.

I’m lucky I was able to get a few pictures because right when I got there, I slipped on a rock & dropped my film camera into the water and some of my photos were destroyed.  Bummer!

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Monsoon Season

One thing I miss about living in Arizona is the summer thunderstorms that happened frequently in the afternoons (also known as monsoons).  I lived in Mesa for a while and it seemed that almost every afternoon I’d get off work & as soon as I parked it would start to rain as I ran (or sometimes walked) to my apartment.  It was nice that I could cool off from a long hot ride home since I didn’t have air conditioning in my car.  The water in the pool was way to hot to cool off in, so  I would just sit out on my balcony watching the storm roll in,  getting misted by the huge pellets of rain crashing on the handrail of the balcony.  Or sometimes it would even rain sideways.  I LOVE thunderstorms..

As my parting gift, Arizona gave me one last beautiful storm to capture on film.  I took this photo on my last day in Arizona driving back to Illinois.  As I was looking for somewhere to pull over with some sort of foreground I came across this tiny pond (or puddle?) and these weird little desert trees.

This was taken just east of Flagstaff on a road near the Meteor Crater.   If anyone has driven I-40 you should know what I’m talking about.

Arizona Sky

This is the sunset from my 1st day officially living in Arizona.  I had just crossed the Arizona border & decided to get off the highway & take a scenic route to get some photos.  Below is a photo I used for the sky in my painting.  I changed the plant in the foreground though.


Original Pastel Gifted to my mommy but I do have prints available

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Apache Trail

Just a little story about this photo:

I painted this from a photo I took while I was visiting Arizona.  My best friend and I went on a day trip to drive the Apache Trail.  Wanting to get some more photos from a different perspective, I got out of the rental car & walked down a trail that looks like it goes to the water’s edge.  Well, I got about half way down & I noticed bugs flying in the air & it wasn’t until I walked into the swarm when I realized they were bees!!  I didn’t know if they were killer bees or not but I didn’t want to chance hanging around so I held my breath, & ran back up the trail to the road & into the car as fast as I could.

Apache Trail 11×14 pastel

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Superstition Mountains – Print

Original Pastel SOLD but I do have prints available

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