On top of Wheeler Ridge with Highland and Silver Peaks over my left shoulder.

On top of Wheeler Ridge with Highland and Silver Peaks over my left shoulder.

Many of my designs begin as what our family calls going on an “adventure with daddy”.  Over the years since our son Anderson (he is now 3) and daughter Greta (she is now 16 months) were born, I have taken them on many little adventures.  Whether it's a bike ride in a trailer through Calaveras Big Trees State Park, a hike to the top of Wheeler Ridge on Ebbetts Pass, or a camping trip out on Union Reservoir, I have come to treasure these "adventures with daddy".  

The little adventures have also served to be a spring board of sorts for inspiration and creativity.  These excursions naturally lead to ideas for many of my paintings including the one at the top of this post called Highland Silver Peak which I painted shortly after the hike seen in the video below.  

I love spending time with my children in the outdoors and where we live provides us with an endless supply of destinations for our "adventures with daddy".