• I've had the idea for this image (and a few others) for quite some time - part of a story that is tucked up in my brain: Suppose one year and all the kids of the world were "extra" good.  After the calculations are done, it is determined that there is no way for Santa to deliver presents to every single good child before sunrise. Mrs. Clause recommends faster animals to pull his sleigh, a sort of a "sports model" sleigh!  This kicks off  the Santa Rodeo.    This image would be one of the final pages of the book.  Would this story be something the children in your life would enjoy?  Let me know.
  • Recently three bucks, all with impressive velvet-encased antlers, trotted out of the field behind our home.  They were a happy trio of bachelors for the time being, but I anticipated gallant battles as soon as that velvet came off.  This painting, with the Wallowa Mountains in the background is a reminder of that encounter.

  • For the last few summers a family of foxes has dug their den and had a litter of kits on the property next door to us.  This years kits have already moved on, however most evenings, when I go out to move water, I still see one of the foxes - striking this pose - if you could call it that - as it quickly disappears into the bushes!  I am certain that the fox is avoiding me... but typically it acts as if it just has "Somewhere to Go".

  • vigilance-matted vigilance
    5" x 7" Miniature Watercolor painting on watercolor paper.   Matted and framed.
  • Original 5 x 7 watercolor painting on watercolor paper.
  • 11 x 15 Watercolor Painting.
  • If you have ever heard an elk bugle, you are one of the privileged.  The sound sends shivers of excitement up my spine every time I hear it!  This little paint was a lot of fun to complete...  it is only 4" x 4" and the painting extends over the edge of the canvas... so no frame is needed.   Bumpers and hanger attached, so it comes ready to hang.  A perfect gift for the avid outdoorsman or hunter.  Custom paintings similar to this available.  Contact Crystal for details.
  • I hope you get out into the fall colors to see some elk.  Watching the bulls, hearing their bugled challenges to each other remain vividly inspiring long after your adventure.  11 x 14 Original Acrylic Painting on canvas paper.  

  • Life is good in Joseph Oregon.  This buck was enjoying his apple dinner so intently that he hardly noticed my presence.  I thought he was beautiful... though I could sympathize with the Joseph Oregon gardeners and orchard owners who have been feeding him so well all summer!   This image continues around the edge of the painting so there is no need for frame.
  • As a kid, I often went walking in a meadow on my grandparents farm on Alder slope. One day, hearing an odd noise, I sat down on a log and waited. Pretty soon two fawns popped up out of the grass in front of me only about 10 feet away.  I'm not sure who was more surprised, me, or the fawns.  Have you ever surprised a fawn?
  • Deer Grove

      Shortly after leaving Enterprise, Oregon when headed toward La Grande on the left side of the road is a grove of trees that always catches my eye. It is not big, and there is nothing about it that should make it stand out from any other similar grove of trees. But I always look at it... wondering what might live there. This painting shows my imagination of who lives there.