Now showing at Home & Range Gallery in Cortez, Colorado. Home & Range is the brainchild of artist Rosie Carter who has combined her affinity for design and love of traditional hand-crafted goods to create a collection of handmade home-goods featuring her art and the work of other artists in the Four Corners region.  Find Rosie's work, her home wares, and several of my paintings at 2409 E Empire St, Cortez, Colorado.

Thanks for stopping by!

T.J.

Sentinal-sized
Sentinel

12" x 16" Oil on Canvas Board
SOLD

I love how this piece let me capture the heat of the day as a forgotten grain silo continues to stand it's ground.

steady-against-the-wind-sized
"Steady Against the Sky"

18" x 28"
Oil on Canvas
$760

Left for nature. These houses that raised work-hardened families sit alone to fend off nature after the final generation has left for town. I feel their faithfulness when I paint them.

"As Summer Comes"

6" x 6"
Oil on Panel
SOLD

This tiny piece is one of my favorites from the Home & Range show. Painted on encaustic board, the smooth surface brought subtle details from my brush.

"Night Watch"

8” x 8“
Oil on Canvas
$120

Ah! Another one that surprised me from this summer. I love how this one quietly stands in moonlight, with an unformed storm making it's threat.

"Independent One"

8" x 8”
Oil on Canvas
$120

This little guy snuck in to dominate this canvas. He exudes a quietness that we long for. A moment in the morning before chaos inserts itself.

"Evening Quiets the Meadow"

36" x 48"
Oil on Canvas
SOLD

Weber Canyon stands to the south, an ever-changing palette and shape, casting it's mood on the meadows below.

"Before the Rain"

48” x 48“
Oil on Board
$1280

Out of canvases, I turned to this piece of board I had bought for something else. What a different tactile experience! I started with huge expressive strokes and worked down to ones slightly more specific. The photo here does not do the piece or the strong framing concept justice. I will have a hard time letting this one go.

"House for Rosie"

12" x 12"
Oil on Panel
SOLD

A looser approach to a forgotten place, still standing proudly in the prairie sky. I want to go back here and wander around inside.

"Garden's Gift"

16" x 20"
Acrylic on Canvas
$320

Started several years ago from a gorgeous bunch of fresh garden carrots and originally on black. I broke out some acrylics and finished this piece for the show because it seemed to fit the them of the Home & Range Gallery.

"Sisters in the Sun"

24" x 36"
Oil on Canvas
$760

Sometimes the surface itself dictates how your brush will move and what kind of strokes it will leave behind. I think this one was asking for joy and I love how fluid and loose the piece became - the feeling of warmth and sense of solidarity the silos suggest.

"Treasure Lives Inside"

6" x 6"
Oil on Panel
$90

A small structure amid the rabbit brush. A small home? A large feed shed? Whatever it once was, the sky was in love with it that day.

"A Shy Hello"

12” x 16“
Oil on Canvas
$240

The pasture directly to our south has an every changing array of bovine and equine neighbors. One of the regulars is this bald-faced donkey. Very present, but not necessarily an extrovert.

"Near Miss"

“Near Miss”
8.5" x 18”
Oil on Handmade Canvas
$280

“Still Strong”

6.5” x 12"
Oil on Handmade Canvas
$220

I built these two very raw and chunky canvases as a precursor to the work I will do next. My intent was to paint them both with the quiet pastoral scenes of farm structures, standing majestically. The canvases called out for more a more rugged and aggressive approach.