The mighty Susquehanna has run its path through Pennsylvania to the Chesapeake for millennia. I have grow up with it and its beauty is in my soul. It has many faces and moods that I love to capture. Of special interest is the Columbia/Wrightsville bridge, which, for many years was the longest continuous concrete span in the world. It is a beautiful and grand bridge that provides endless inspiration.
It’s late fall and the leaves are off the trees. A golden sun and unseasonably warm weather makes for a perfect morning of fishing.
A prolonged cold snap brings ice to the mighty Susquehanna. After an overnight snow, the Columbia/Wrightsville bridge glows in the morning light.
Just as the sun begins to break through the trees and morning fog on the banks of the Susquehanna River, a flock of geese take flight.
The grand old bridge is the perfect place to work the currents for fish, and for this fisherman, a favorite morning spot to catch a few.
Grand Old Bridge
Reflected in the calm waters of the Susquehanna, the morning sky and Columbia/Wrightsville bridge combines to create a peaceful image. A high-flying flock of geese completes the idyllic scene.
Morning is a beautiful time to be at the river. I created this painting to capture the stillness and beauty of the morning mist hanging on the river, slowly revealing the islands as it burns off in the morning sun.
It snowed the night before, and all is calm and bright. This scene is captured at the visitor’s center in Columbia, and features an antique street light and the ever majestic bridge.
Snowy River Morning
A frosty morning after a snow brings out the beauty of the river, the glow of morning light and the starkness of trees ready for their winter rest.
The Columbia/Wrightsville bridge glows golden in the morning sun. With an overnight snow coating the ground, the bridge and morning sky is reflected in an unusually calm Susquehanna River.
Lancaster County Scenes
Lancaster County is my home. No matter where I travel, when I come home, nothing looks or feels like it. We are blessed with some of the most productive non-irrigated farmland in the U.S., and our farms and landscapes are the envy of the thousands of visitors that come to Lancaster County every year to take in their beauty. That is inspiration enough for me.
There’s nothing like a fat moon hanging in the late autumn sky. With the sun setting in the west and the simultaneous rising of a harvest moon in the east, it is a treat for the senses.
A new day dawns over the Lancaster County farmland. It’s late fall and the fields lie fallow, waiting for spring. The morning sky has a blush of soft colors, casting a special glow on the landscape.
Reflecting the famous Lancaster County work ethic, the lights in the barn are on early, as there are cows to milk. The frosty dawn reflects beautifully in the Conestoga River.
Off to Market
An Amish buggy can be seen leaving the farm at dawn, making its way to town for market.
Marsh at Sunset
Heavy rains have filled the marsh on the edge of a farmer’s field. The grass and plants in the marsh create a mosaic of textures and colors as the sunset casts its reflection in the water.
Star Barn Reborn
One of the most iconic and photographed barns in the world, the famous Star Barn sat for years in disrepair next to Rt 283 in Middletown, PA until it was purchased, moved to Ironstone Ranch outside of Elizabethtown, PA and completely restored by David and Tierney Abel. This image was captured during the Grand Opening event in the summer of 2018.
The Long Lane
There’s something both mysterious and beckoning about a long farm lane. In its roughness, it takes you back to an earlier time. it leaves you wandering… who lives back there? Are they watching?
Old Tree at Sunset
There’s nothing like a humid Lancaster County summer evening. We call it the three H’s. Hot, hazy and humid. Love it or hate it, it has feel and beauty all its own. Just up the road from my home, this old, solitary tree stands guard in a field of corn. This scene captures the feeling of the humid, sweltering evening and a sun glowing yellow and orange in the hazy sky.
The autumn leaves are still on the trees. It’s October in Lancaster County and snow is not expected for another month. Mother nature has other plans as an early measurable snow creates a beautiful contrast of the vibrant colors of fall and the stark white of winter.
This view in Manor Township, Lancaster County near where I grew up captures the quintessential look of Lancaster County farmland... Rolling hills lush with fertile fields dotted with farms sprouting silos. This particular farm features silos that glow in the late afternoon sun.
The beach is another favorite place and subject. Its power, beauty and inspiration is endless. I love to capture it’s moods, whether peaceful or angry, soft or wild.
After the Storm
An passing afternoon thunderstorm at Myrtle Beach, SC leaves in its trace a striking cumulus cloud as it drifts out to sea.
Winter brings its own beauty to the beach. A cold, powerful morning wind shapes the sand into waves that echo the surging ocean nearby.
A morning winter cold front rolling in from the north brings the spectacle of the clouds forming their own “wave”. The morning sun still shining in the eastern sky creates a striking contrast of turquoise ocean against deep blue storm clouds.
Morning dawns bright and crisp on the beach. A winter wind blows mist off of the breaking waves as a man and his dog get some exercise.
After the Rain
Virginia Beach features a concrete “boardwalk” lined with lights. Still wet after a day of rain, it provides a study in nighttime reflection.
As the best selling book of all time, the Bible is filled with words and verses that give hope, direction, guidance, and salvation. Combined with inspiring images, my hope is that these verse panels will provide that reminder and inspiration to those who view and read them.
His Mercies Never End
A reminder that each morning is a new gift from God.
Lamentations 3: 22-23
The Lord is My Shepherd
Psalm 23 is one of the most beloved scriptures in the Bible. We are reminded of God’s protect and provision in these verses. Psalm 23: 1-3
Hope in the Lord
Where we place our hope matters. These verses provide encouragement to continue the journey in His strength. Isaiah 40:31
Your Hand Will Guide Me
Where ever we go in life, His hand will guide us.
Inspiration from Psalm 139:7-10
My daughter started riding horses when she was about 8 years old. Over 15 years later, it remains her obsession. She is also a very talented photographer. Most of these images have come from her camera, and I have done my Photoshop work on them to transform them into paintings. We’re a pretty good team, I’d say.
To the Barn
The sun is setting and the horse seems to sense it’s time to head in for some hay and water. So… its to the barn.
A horse can look directly into your soul. There’s no denying the love and loyalty captured in this beautiful closeup of a favorite friend.
A beautiful, golden fall evening makes a great excuse to fit in a quick ride through the field. The dog tags along for fun.
View from Lauxmont
On the York side of the Susquehanna River, one of the most spectacular views around can be found at Lauxmont Farms. Horses graze in the meadow overlooking the river hills.
Winter time brings its own special beauty to the landscape. The leaves are gone. The fields are fallow. The trees show their other side… the beauty of form, line and shape shown in their branches. Snow ushers in a quiet beauty of its own. Soft and swirling, it brings a peacefulness that can best be enjoyed in a late evening walk.
A cold, snowy, refreshing walk with the dog. The snow is gently falling, the day is done and the world is quiet and peaceful. In the distance, the warm light of home beckons.
It is said that when a cardinal is around, angels are near. This cardinal brings a touch of brightness and hope in the midst of a winter storm.
A dusting of snow has coated the field overnight. The day is bright and crisp. Having long its leaves, a grove of trees reveals the stark beauty that only winter brings.
Scenes from France
My wife was born in France and has made excursions back there her entire life. On a recent trip, she snapped some shots that, after I got my hands on them, made their way into the Studio collection.
Cafe at Le Carillon
The Hotel de Ville makes a perfect backdrop for the outdoor French cafe, Le Carillon.
A Stroll in the Park
A stroll down the gravel walkways of the Champs-Elysees park in Saint Quentin, France is the perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon.
My wife’s grandmother (grand-mere in French) owned this pitcher. This beloved French keepsake combined with beautiful light streaming through the kitchen window creates a classic still life image.
The lake at Speedwell Forge is a favorite kayaking location of ours. It is also a great place to bird watch.
Waiting for Launch
Speedwell Forge Lake in Lancaster County, PA is a favorite place for fishing, canoeing and kayaking. The shoreline is populated with a variety of colorful canoes and kayaks that lay waiting for their owners to put them in the water.
Great Blue Heron
Poised on a branch at Speedwell Forge Lake in Lancaster County, PA, this majestic heron waits motionless as it scans the water for its next catch.
Here & There
Scenes from our travels, and other paintings that don’t fit in a category. :)
One of our favorite vacation spots is Massanutten VA. On a visit in early spring, I caught this image of newly budding trees reflected in a small pond.
Out Since Dawn
On a recent vacation to Treasure Lake near Dubois, PA, an early morning stroll next to the fog shrouded lake yielded this image of some fisherman patiently waiting for a bite.
A storm coming over the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, as seen from the Shenandoah Valley near Massanutten, VA shows off the majesty and beauty of this mountain range.
After sustaining a tragic loss in our family, this cardinal has been a near constant presence in our back yard. It is said that when a cardinal is present, angels are near. We certainly find comfort in this beautiful bird’s presence.
We planted the Ameryllis bulb, not sure what to expect. The surprising result was this stunning floral arrangement.
Abby the Tabby was a beloved family pet and my daughter’s favorite cat. My daughter captured this image of Abby enjoying her favorite spot in the sun.
Geese in the Fog
On a foggy morning, this gaggle of geese were caught hanging out next to the Susquehanna River. The fog obscured the background and gives the image a soft yet colorful appeal.