We Made It!

After driving 4,200 miles from Maine to Oregon via DC, Nashville, and Santa Fe, we finally landed in Bend just before Christmas. We're settled and we're loving it! I have a small studio setup and got back into the swing of things last week. The first painting I made here was a small portrait of friend Joy during a hike along the Deschutes River. Jonathan and I plan to hike along more of this river and fish its waters soon; until then I'll happily let my paintbrush keep me connected to the East Outlet and Maine's waters as well! As 2015 comes to a close we're just incredibly grateful for this adventure we're on and can't wait to see what transpires over the next year. Many and belated thanks to all who helped make my November sale -- and as a result this adventure! -- a huge success. You know how you are and you should keep an eye out for a postcard from Bend!

On The Road...

Indeed, what is the adventure in traveling such great distances and achieving such daring acts if (like any workaday consumer) you choose your experience in advance and approach it with specific expectations? The secret of adventure, then, is not to carefully seek it out but to travel in such a way that it finds you. To do this, you first need to overcome the protective habits of home and open yourself up to the unpredictability. As you begin to practice this openness, you’ll quickly discover adventure in the simple reality of a world that defies your expectations. More often than not, you’ll discover that ‘adventure’ is a decision after the fact — a way of deciphering an event or an experience that you can’t quite explain.
— Rolf Potts, Vagabonding