Colorado Wildlife, 2017 Edition

Some of the beautiful creatures in our awe-inspiring state, captured as best I can manage on a smartphone that keeps running out of memory. Hope you enjoy them!

Two young bucks, just getting their antlers in.

A turtle and a monster of a koi carp.


Beautiful mallard duck. He must have been used to humans, because I was able to stand just six feet away.


Turtle swimming with fish.

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“Arrivers” News!

I began the serialized science fiction tale Arrivers with the short story “Escaping.” After a surprising amount of success, even to the point where it was the hottest download in Space Marine Sci-Fi, I have decided to make it freely available on Smashwords. If you have not yet read it, here is its description:

The battlecraft Aphrodite is the only ship to survive an attack by the vicious Arrivers. Now it drags across a desert on the planet Tarcryss, damaged and with half its crew dead. Sergeant Tobias Carter is the only man available to defend the ship from pursuers. He is convinced no one is coming to help them. Even the ship’s reverend cannot convince him to have hope. And the Arrivers are catching up….

But that is not the only Arrivers news I have to share with you! Now, the tale continues….

I am pleased to announce that “Alliance,” the fourth episode of the Arrivers serial, is now available on Amazon Kindle. 8,500 words of sci-fi mayhem can be yours for a mere 99 cents!

Two days have passed since the battlecraft Aphrodite crash-landed outside the mining town of Elm’s Corner. Tobias Carter doesn’t trust the crime boss who has provided shelter to him and the other survivors. But when the Aphrodite’s captain is summoned to a meeting with their host, the key to survival may lie in combining forces against a common foe.

The Arrivers are on their way….

In a delightful surprise, fellow author and artist K.M. Carroll was very kind in taking a painting I had done for the new story’s cover art, and enhancing it to make it more eye-catching. She is already in the process of creating matching covers for the other stories, which will go up shortly.

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If you decide to read my stories, thank you. And I would love to see you post a quick review on Amazon. When it comes to digital publishing, reviews are how authors “spread awareness” of their work.

More stories wait to be told, so I shall deliver them. Onward!

Kronosaurus and Plesiosaur

I have finished another paleoart painting. This one depicts the giant marine reptile Kronosaurus, catching a Plesiosaur.

At the moment, I am continuing with my writing, and quite looking forward to presenting artwork at the Symposium for the Western Interior Paleontological Society, in March. They invited me to come set up a table in March, so I will be working on some more paleoart, as well as a few landscapes.

[I have started making prints for much of my artwork as well, so please let me know if you’d like to buy one. They make great gifts.]

Guess Who’s Coming to Christmas Dinner

Here is a commission I finished for a friend last night. Tyrannosaurus rex, getting ready to celebrate Christmas.

Contrary to popular opinion, T. rex most likely didn’t have vision-based movement. He would probably have seen you still or moving. So, in other words:

He sees you when you’re sleeping

He knows when you’re awake

You taste the same if you’re bad or good

So just run for goodness sake!

Paleo-Art in Progress: Spinosaurus Part 2

Now I can show the entire process, step-by-step, for how the Spinosaurus painting came to be, from preliminary sketch to the finished artwork. A scan of the painting is at the end.

Hope you enjoy the pictures!

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I first began with an initial sketch to set down the composition and shape of the dinosaur, as well as the eel he's catching.

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Next I added in some details and scale patterns that I thought would look neat. Note the little spines on his underbelly, somewhat like the spines on the throat of a bearded dragon.

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I copied the sketch on a sheet of tracing paper, then used that and a piece of graphite paper to transfer the shape onto an 8x10 inch masonite board.

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Here is where the trees and background begin to take shape, the water is filled in, and the two animals are given a contrasting color scheme for visual interest.

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Many details and highlights are added in, from the tree bark to the Spinosaur's eye.

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The finished work, with water highlights on the wet parts of the Spinosaur's hide, and dark stripes and spots for more of a natural pattern than just being entirely red.

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The final scan of the image.

Finished the Spinosaurus Painting

Here’s my latest finished painting. It is an 8 x 10 acrylic piece on masonite board. Scans of this and other paintings are forthcoming.

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A Spinosaurus aegypticus has just caught a large eel, which is still struggling to liberate itself from the predator’s bite. Unfortunately for the eel, Spinosaur teeth and jaws are designed to catch fish.