Wednesday, November 23, 2005


Over the last year I've run into Jared Clark a few times, mostly by accident, because we have similar friends.

The "Build" type installations/paintings he's been doing lately are really amazing. He must have a huge room somewhere, or two, that's packed full of all sorts of odd "finds".

I pulled the photos from his blog.

James Jean

Photo: "Study of K", Oil on linen, 11 x 6", 2003

When I see great illustration work it makes me want to drop everything and start drawing. Here's an artist, James Jean, out of LA that makes me want to do just that. He went to SVA and has been in everything from TIME to The New Yorker (Target AD).

What really caught my eye was the quality of his sketchbooks.

Photos: Sketchbooks

Monday, November 21, 2005

Robert Bechtle

When my brother was here this last spring, we went to the Robert Bechtle exhibit at the SF MOMA. It's amazing that someone can paint something so exact. They are beautiful. I love this painting shown above because it reminds me of the old blue Oldsmobile stationwagion that my parents had.

There is a really great video about Bechtle here. (I was surprised to learn that he uses a projector to aid in his painting, and that he considers his camera a kind of sketchbook.)

Photo: Robert Bechtle, Alameda Gran Torino, 1974, Oil on canvas

Saturday, November 19, 2005

"ridiculously cool"


Jordan sent me the link to this photography. She originally found it on the best product design blog out there called, DesignSponge.

This is some amazing stuff by Pierre Javelle and Akiko Ida at Mimimiam.


Photos by Mimimiam.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Julia Abelmann

San Francisco is full of talented people. One of those is photographer, Julia Abelmann. Check out her site. This is also one of the sites that I have built in the last year, though she had another friend design it.

Photo: Tom, Bernal Heights

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Hot Hot Hot

Here's a painting I just finished of my lovely wife.

Photo: "Jordan Ferney", Oil, 11" x 14"

Robert Coombs

Robert Coombs was the best painter in my class at Utah State. All of his paintings are crafted with precision. They are amazing. To my knowledge, he's still living in Logan, UT. Though he's showing in a couple of gallerys around the west. One of them is here.

His work kind of reminds me of Pino, though I wonder if he'd agree?

Photo: "Calming Memories", Oil, 12" X 16"

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Jeff Hein

If your in Salt Lake on the 3rd Friday of the month (or the 1st Friday in December), don't miss the SLC gallery stroll.

Last time I went, I visited Jeff Hein's studio. At the time, while I was still living in Salt Lake, I should have sacrificed and taken some classes from him.

It will be interesting to see the piece he entered into the 2006 LDS church art show.

Photo: "Metro", Oil on canvas, 60" x 48"

New Traditions Art Panels

I first met Tim Giles when we both took a workshop from Camille Korry a few years ago. Since then he has set up a fantastic business making and selling very high quality linen art panels. I put in my first order a few days ago and I can't wait to use them.

Check out his site at

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Jacques Crane

When Jordan and I got married we were lucky enough to have Jacques Crane paint our portrait. I love that painting! When I get a chance I will try and post the actual portrait he painted for us. But for now check out his work at

Photo: Attention Span 2

Monday, November 14, 2005

Casey Jex Smith

When I first moved to San Francisco, in 2004, everyone I knew kept telling me I needed to check out Casey's work. It didn't take long before I got to see a few pieces displayed at his apartment, and take a short tour through his studio. His work makes me want to be a better artist (and put more of myself into my own paintings). Check out his site @ Casey is also a contributor to Mormon Vision.

Photo: "Towards a New Zion", 8.5" x 11", colored pencil, pen & ink and collage on paper

Holiday Small Works Show

I've been invited to participate in the "Holiday Small Works Show" at the Apple Frame Gallery. The show goes up after the first of December. The piece shown is one the of the paintings I will enter.

Photo: "Cattle Grazing", 9"x12", oil on linen

William Whitaker

My friend is studying painting from William Whitaker. I haven't been exposed to much of his work before, but he has a great site and some really amazing work. Don't miss his "Figures" and "Techniques" pages.

Photo: "Holiday at Mountain Home", 22 x 28" oil on panel, 1986

Friday, November 11, 2005

A Painting a Day

Duane Keiser, an artist out of Virginia, has been painting small postcard sized painting everyday for what looks like the last two years. The paintings are mostly ordinary objects that are beautifully rendered. I wonder how quickly it takes him to paint each one?

Duane also pubishes videos of him painting his paintings.

Photo: "Broken Egg", Giclee Print listing at $25.00.

Bryan Mark Taylor

Bryan's creating some nice work. I visited his studio last month and it got me motivated to get out and paint more plein air work.

Photo: "Where Heaven Meets Earth", 30" x 40"

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Mormon Vision

This is a new forum for contemporary Mormon artists. After spending a few minutes on it, it already looks like a great resource for any Mormon artists in need of discourse and inspiration. At some point every "Mormon Artist" has to make a conscious decision as to how to mix, or not to mix, religion and art.

Great art, good soup...

We invited Mark & Pepper Elliot (check out his Web site) over for soup and he introduced me to the amazing work of Ryan McGuinness.

Photo: Ambitious Outsiders (2003), Ryan McGuinness, enamel on wood panel, 72" x 48" Courtesy of the artist and Deitch Projects, New York