Snowy Mountains



It’s so important to discover beauty in your surroundings particularly in difficult times. After living in the south for three years, I had almost forgotten how hard winter can be. Persistent sickness, below zero temperatures, and long dark evenings didn’t make it any easier. ┬áBut, whenever I would start to wonder why we ever moved to such a cold place, all I had to do was step outside. The Bob Marshal Wilderness is in our back yard, and I was struck be the amazing beauty of these snow covered mountains time after time.

The birds have returned to the valley and the snow is starting to melt. It was so nice today we even went for a walk. Spring is wonderful, but the mountains are never so beautiful as when they are covered in snow. This painting is the first in a series of winter paintings I will complete this summer. I’m enjoying the limited pallet and simple beauty of these snowy mountains.





Three Amazing Women Artists I Admire

Today is International Women’s Day and I’m highlighting three amazing women artists that I admire. Being an artist isn’t easy and the field is even more difficult for women. Although I am only writing about three for the sake of time, I admire any woman who continues creating and inspires others around her.

Pages from “Sketchbook for the Artist.” by Sarah Simblet

1.Sarah Simblet is an amazing artist and writer. I admire her ability to draw loosely and fluidly as well as detailed and realistically. Being adept at all drawing media and styles is the sign of a great artist. Sarah’s book “Sketchbook for the Artist” is one of my favorite books on drawing. She has written several other instructional books over her career including, “Botany for the Artist” and, “Anatomy for the Artist.”


2.Erin Anderson is a young artist that paints beautiful realistic portraits. Anderson paints primarily with oil on copper. The copper background gives her paintings a modern abstract element that is truly stunning.




3.Camille Leidigh is the last artist but certainly not the least. I have admired Camille’s work from as far back as I can remember because she is my mother. She is the artist that taught me to always strive to do my best. She was my first watercolor teacher. She was the one that read through volume after volume of art history books with me in high school. She was the first artist that inspired me to create. Camille Leidigh proved to me that you don’t need to be famous or have your art in galleries to influence and inspire others. I don’t think it is any coincidence that four out of five of her children artists. Here are a few of her amazing paintings.




So, think about it. Who are some women artists that have helped or inspired you? Don’t forget to acknowledge them and thank them if you can.