“Flat Iron Miner’s Cabin”, Oil on Linen, 60″ x 36″
Jim wanted a painting depicting The Superstitions to the east of Phoenix, looming right outside his living room windows. His home, at the base of these mountains, was built on the site of an old miner’s cabin. A chair and sluice built by the miner remain on his property. My challenge was to create a unique composition using numerous reference photos I took at his home. Jim made his selection, shown above, from two compositional drawings which combined all these elements plus a miner’s pick and shovel. The rock formations, painted with small palette knives, took many weeks to complete. Jim was thrilled and said my painting exceeded his expectations.
“Splendour on the Prairie”, Oil on Linen, 36″ x 24″
Lorne and Ingrid live in Manitoba, Canada – prairie country. We met through the Arizona Fine Art EXPO. They selected a photo from my inventory for the sunset sky. The beautiful canola and flax fields were inspired by a reference photo sent by Ingrid. I used a small, rubber palette knife to create the textured, dense, brilliant blue and yellow fields. After receiving their painting, Ingrid wrote this testimony:
“My husband and I were both united in our love for Lauren’s art from the first time we saw it. My wish from that day on was to display one of her paintings in my home. The time has come and we couldn’t be more thrilled with it. We live on the prairies and Lauren captured them beautifully. She is a dream to work with. My only regret is not having enough wall space for more of her art.”
“Sonoran Splendor with Pinnacle Peak”, Oil on Linen, 32″ x 52″
Cary and Anne were interested in a Southwest landscape for a colorful focal point above their fireplace in their living room. They met me at the Arizona Fine Art EXPO, painting a brilliant sunset sky for a client’s home in Las Vegas. They loved the vibrant palette. I visited with them at their home in Northern Scottsdale to determine a painting size, discuss their vision and take photos. Recently remodeled , their beautiful home was featured in “Phoenix Home and Garden”. New landscaping included remarkable Southwest botanicals and cactus specimens, some of which appear in their painting. They chose Pinnacle Peak and adjoining mountains to frame their sky. A Gamble quail views it all. My goal was to create for them a vibrant painting depicting the incredible beauty and serenity of the Arizona desert.
“Desert Quail Outlook”, Oil on Linen, 40″ x 54″
Dave and Debbie purchased a second home in Northern Scottsdale and were looking for a prominent painting for their living room. Visiting the Arizona Fine Art EXPO, Debbie saw a painting of mine that she said was just what she was looking for. However, instead of a vertical orientation, they wanted a horizontal painting for the space they had in mind. I assured her I could paint something similar. After visiting their home, we agreed on the best size for their painting and I took photos of desert botanicals in their landscaping to include in the painting. Next came my compositional drawing, their approval, and the painting was started. After an extensive search, a barn wood frame became the perfect complement for the painting and the interior of their home.
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