Valerie Bye, Canoeing on the Coast, Oil on canvas, $400.00, This was a calm day on the coast. The reflections were like a mirror.
Alcohol inks, The colors on this duck were so spectacular that it just begged to be painted in alcohol inks. They are so vibrant on Yupo paper. $425
Alcohol Inks, $425.00. My youngest son is a wildlife photographer and he gave me permission to use his photo.
Tsunami, acrylic pour, $175.00. A fellow artist and I had a fun day experimenting with this media. It is amazing how the paints intermingle and make different textures and patterns..
Wolf Creek,Watercolor, $225.00. A beautiful day for a hike.
The natural Firefall is one of Yosemite’s most amazing spectacles. Around the second week of February, the setting sun hits Horsetail Fall at just the right angle to illuminate the upper reaches of the waterfall. And when conditions are perfect, Horsetail Fall glows orange and red at sunset.
But the Yosemite Firefall can be finicky. Several factors must converge to trigger the Firefall. If conditions are not perfect, the Yosemite Firefall will not glow.
First and foremost, Horsetail Fall must be flowing. If there’s not enough snowpack in February, there will not be enough snowmelt to feed the waterfall, which tumbles 1,570 feet (480 meters) down the east face of El Capitan. Likewise, temperatures must be warm enough during the day to melt the snowpack. If temperatures are too cold, the snow will stay frozen and Horsetail Fall won’t flow. Second, the western sky must be clear at sunset. If it’s snowing, raining, or even just cloudy, the sun’s rays will be blocked and Horsetail Falls will not light up. If everything comes together and conditions are just right, the Yosemite Firefall will light up for about ten minutes. To see Horsetail Fall glowing blood red is an almost supernatural experience.
20x60 Gallery wrap canvas $399
Taken along one of California’s most beautiful drives. 17 Mile drive in Carmel.
24x48 Gallery Wrap Canvas. $450
The purple-lavender sunset glow on the water of “Liquid Light” presents an ethereal view of this dusk waterscape. Lily pads and weeds create an appealing abstract reflection in this close-up water world. This framed original acrylic painting was created by international award-winning local artist, Randy Honerlah. Size is 30x40, $1400
Waimea is painted in shades of blue which remind me of the various colors of the ocean on the Big Island of Hawaii. The piece is 31 inches high and 36 inches wide framed. It is painted in acrylics on 3 layers of plexi which is stacked making the image 3-dimensional. It is $1200.
River’s Bend – 16” x 20” on metal and on display at Gold Country Artists Gallery – inspired by a trip to Glacier National Park and of the women who painted there, both in times gone by and current day artists! – An awesome scene with the cool breeze of the morning dancing across the Flat Head River at the old Benton Bridge is a scene to remember. The sparkling variety of color on the river rocks that reflected on the water below and the sun defining the lazy bends in the river is a scene that begged to be painted in Pastel. The original piece is now in its forever home, but you can still acquire a reproduction and is now available on metal, canvas or fine art paper prints in a variety of sizes. $210
Glistening Stream 18”x24” on metal and on display at Gold Country Artists Gallery – This painting was inspired by an early morning sunrise peeking over the mountain top and creating an awesome sparkle on the waters of the Cosumnes River below. The early morning light illuminated the waters leaving the rest of the scene in early morning twilight with one small sliver of bright light upon shore. The scene demanded that it be painted in pastel, the only medium that can produce the illumination it deserved. The original piece is now in its forever home, but you can still acquire a reproduction and is now available on metal, canvas or fine art paper prints in a variety of sizes. $330.
Original linocut, inspired by a California coastal sunset. Apollo – god of sun, light and the arts – blankets dazzling inspiration on the seashore as a girl bends toward a treasure. Limited edition: 10; 11” x 11” image is 18” x 18” matted/framed. Offered at $230.
Original 4-color reductive linocut. The Morro Bay State Park Estuary is home to shorebirds, seals and otters. A delight to walk the boardwalk, especially in winter during migration. Limited edition: 7; 9” x 12” image is 16” x 20” matted/framed. Offered at $230.
Original 3-color reductive linocut. Inspired by a Colorado stream in the woods where my husband and I camped, refreshing us during the heat of the day. Limited edition: 8; 9” x 12” image is 16” x 20” matted/framed. Offered at $230.
Original 2-block linocut. This picturesque cattail-lined pond is located at the Wakamatsu site in Placerville, CA. I imagined the reflected morning sun greeting a hunting egret. Limited edition: 8; 8” x 12” image is 16” x 20” matted/framed. Offered at $230.
Original 4-color linocut. Water is a constant theme, and here I wanted to express, almost abstractly, light reflecting the solid landscape above, while pink petals float on the surface. Limited edition: 5; 17” x 11” image is 24” x 18” matted/framed. Offered at $250.
Original 4-color linocut. When I saw this sand dollar on an Oregon beach, even though it was a empty shell, I loved how light and moving sea water brought the star “petals” to life. Limited edition: 7; 10” x 8” image is 20” x 16” matted/framed. Offered at $230.
Original 4-color linocut. I found it fascinating how the primary colors of the hot air balloon took abstract shape in South Lake Tahoe’s reflection. Limited edition: 8; 9” x 14” image is 16” x 20” matted/framed. Offered at $240.
Original 3-color linocut. Always a delight to follow the sanderlings at Morro Bay State Park playing tag with the surf in search of food. Limited edition: 9; 9” x 12” image is 16” x 20” matted/framed. Offered at $230.
Original 2-color reductive linocut. Husband Bob enjoying a peaceful sail on Jenkinson Lake in the Goat Island Skiff he built. Limited edition: 8; 8.5” x 6.5” image is 14” x 11” matted/framed. Offered at $125.
Original 2-color linocut. Curlews and willets compete with the waves snatching crabs as the surf ebbs and flows. I love the variety of shorebirds at Morro Bay. Limited edition: 8; 17” x 11” image is 24” x 18” matted/framed. $250.
Sunset was the perfect time for this North American Racoon to begin fishing for dinner. He moved along the brush behind the water, occasionally appearing at the water’s edge, looking for food.
Spawning salmon are the main food source for grizzly bears in Katmai National Park, Alaska. There is definitely a hierarchy that allows certain bears prime fishing spots in Brooks River and at Brooks Falls. These two bears, #409 female on the left, and #775 male on the right, are experts at fishing at the top of the falls and both have the dominance to hold their spots. Sometimes these bears catch more than 10 fish in an hour, which is needed to build their fat reserves for he extremely long winter hibernation.
This rich landscape and ocean habitat is home for an extremely high number of ocean and fresh water birds including Bald Eagles. It also provides habitat for marine mammals; everything from sea otters to seals to whales. The abundant variety of fish provides food for all the animals living there.
This popular breed of water birds is found throughout both North and South America. They rely on fish for food and will swallow their catch whole. They have webbed feet to maneuver well under water. In my opinion, they are the cutest member of the grebe family.
This Tri-colored Heron in central Florida is dependent on water and the fish it provides for food. This male bird is darker during breeding season, and will turn back to brown after nesting season is done. On a balmy evening in late March, 2018, I was able to capture him and his perfect reflection while he was on the hunt for dinner.
The migratory birds begin fishing early in the day. I happened upon this Tri-colored Heron just after sunrise in central Florida. The bird slowly meandered through the calm water, looking for breakfast. A feeling of peace and serenity came over me as I watched this bird travel through the marsh.
I have had the opportunity to photograph migratory birds in Florida several times in the past 5 years. During those times, I was never fortunate enough to photograph Roseate Spoonbills, so it was on the top of my list. I saw several small flocks of this vibrant bird, but all were to far for any good photos. My luck changed my last day at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge when I happened upon this single Roseate Spoonbill, fishing.
The road system on Kodiak Island, Alaska is not a long one and most of it parallels the bay and Kodiak coast. This photograph embodies The View from one of so many places on the island. Kodiak is the second largest island in the US and averages about 80 inches of rain every year. The rain keeps everything very green, but also provides some tumultuous storms and cloudy skies.
The incredible energy of our oceans is represented in this 16” x 20” painting completed on linen board. I combined plaster of paris, clear gesso and blue acrylic paint to create a powerful texture and 3D form. Price: $200.00
I chose to represent the majestic power of ocean waves in this 16” x 20” painting completed on linen board. I combined plaster of paris, clear gesso and blue acrylic paint to create a sense of motion, line, and texture. Price: $200.00
I created an 8” x 10” ink painting of the ocean being polluted by human made chemicals and plastics. The red shades represent the danger of toxic chemicals being released in our water, and the green shades represent the growth of sea plants known to be poisonous to ocean life. The curves of the waves create a sense of wave motion. Price: $100.00
I created an 8” x 10” ink painting of the ocean shores being polluted by human made garbage. The cool blues of the water contrast sharply with the ragged power of the browns found at the bottom edge of the painting. The contrasting lines found in this painting create a sense of tension. Price: $100.00
26” x 36” framed photograph available for $395. The blue of the glaciated river, the red-tinged darkness of the lava cliffs, and the orange, crimson and gold of the autumn foliage make a spectacular frame for the waterfall itself, whose shape on the left looks angelic to me. I photographed this scene at Hruanfossar in Iceland. This photograph is also available in a smaller size, 20” x 25” for $285.
18” x 24” framed photograph available for $265. A coastal brown bear hunts for clams along the Cook Inlet in Alaska. The pinks and oranges of dawn, combined with the stillness and quiet of the morning, made me feel as though I was living inside of a seashell.
26” x 36” framed photograph available for $395. The older the ice is in a glacier, the more compressed it is, and therefore the more blue it is – which makes this iceberg a gift from many centuries ago! I love the varieties of blue in this scene, from aqua to denim blue to deep indigo. This photograph is also available in a smaller size, 19” x 25” for $285.
“By the Sea” is a 20” x 28” framed photograph available for $285. A slow shutter speed captured such lovely movement in the ocean’s wave in this photograph. The lava formation, eroded over centuries and left alone on the beach, makes me think of fairy tales: could it be a troll’s house? I was fortunate to have a fog bank roll into the landscape, obscuring the headlands behind it, and providing a soft background upon which the viewer could project their own stories of sea monsters and mermaids.
“Emerald Falls Enchantment” is a 29” x 39” framed photograph available for $495. Emerald Falls is a beautiful set of waterfalls on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge. I wore my fishing waders, climbed into the river, and set up my tripod to capture the movement of the water in this quintessential Pacific Northwest scene.
“Fighting Bears at Silver Salmon Creek” is a 19” x 19” photograph printed on canvas and set in a wood float frame, available for $225. This photograph of two coastal brown bears was taken in Lake Clark National Park, Alaska. These two bears were pacing up and down along the shoreline of Silver Salmon Creek seemingly ignoring one another, when suddenly they erupted into a territorial fight. The bears roared ferociously, bared their teeth, and pushed and shoved each other with fierce intensity. Water churned, rocks flew out from underfoot, and strings of saliva sprayed from their mouths as the bears sparred for dominance. The fight lasted just a little over a minute, and believe me, my heart was racing the entire time, as I felt exhilarated, awed, and a little frightened, too (we were close enough to the bears that I was able to take this photograph at only 210 mm). Can you guess which bear won the contest? The bear on the left was the victor, and the bear on the right slunk away. This photograph is also available as an 18” x 18” framed photograph for $185.
“Iceberg Fantasy” is a 20” x 26” framed photograph available for $285. If I was forced to photograph only one thing for the rest of my life, then icebergs would be near the top of my list. I love the drama of icebergs calving from glaciers, as well as the peacefulness of icebergs floating in a calm sea. What a range of emotions an iceberg can evoke! I was drawn to the high-key pastels of this scene, and felt, as I was photographing it, that I was truly in a wonderland of ice.
“Iceberg Interior” is a 16” x 24” framed photograph available for $225. In Iceland, there is a beach called Breidamerkursandur, whose black lava sands are the perfect backdrop to the jewel-toned icebergs that are often washed ashore there. I was able to walk up and touch this iceberg, and I loved exploring and photographing the incredible shapes trapped in its frozen interior.
“Lake Tahoe’s Bonsai Rock” is an 18” x 24” framed photograph available for $245. A classic scene from Lake Tahoe, although it takes some doing to locate the aptly-named Bonsai Rock, just south of Sand Harbor! The setting sun cast a beautiful glow upon the famed Rock itself, as well as the stones in the foreground.
“Looking for Salmon” is a 22” x 26” photograph printed on canvas and set in a wood float frame, available for $445. I was photographing bears in Lake Clark National Park, Alaska, watching them dive into the water, chasing salmon. It's great fun watching bears trying to catch salmon - it's a lot harder for them to succeed than it appears in the nature documentaries on TV! Whenever the bears I observed failed to catch a fish, they inevitably stood up and looked around in seeming bewilderment. I put my camera on my tripod in a vertical position so that I would be able to capture this behavior. I was rooting for the bear to catch the fish, but sure enough, it missed, stood up, and I took the photo.
“Poetry of the Sea” is an 18” x 27” framed photograph available for $325. The movement of water around old jetties and piers is a source of endless fascination to me. I keep trying to make out what the bits of wood in this photograph are spelling. I’m sure it’s a most beautiful poem.
“Rosamund’s Reflections” is an 18” x 27” framed photograph available for $275. We were just about to sit down for breakfast at my friend Rosamund’s home, when suddenly she shouted out, “grab your cameras, grab your cameras!” We rushed outside, and the autumn hillsides surrounding the lake at her doorstep were lit up with the most beautiful light. We spent a joyful morning photographing this scene. At one point, John came out bearing hot tea and biscuits. What a perfect day.
“Storm Ending” is a 24” x 28” framed photograph available for $395. The Outer Hebrides, an island chain off the west coast of Scotland, feel raw, barren, ancient, and wild. The fantastical sea stacks seen from the Isle of Lewis were full of foreboding and threat when we photographed them during a storm. But when the sun broke through, we literally shouted with joy as the sea stacks and cliffs lit up, and a rainbow kissed the far-away rock. It was still raining on us as we tried to capture this incredible scene, wiping the raindrops off of our camera lens after each press of the shutter, racing to get just the right composition before the sun disappeared behind the dark clouds. What an exhilarating time!
“The Language of Time” is a 20” x 22” framed photograph available for $245. The movement of water around old jetties and piers is a source of endless fascination to me. Tides and currents speak a language of their own as they push and pull against the structures that human beings have built in lakes, seas and oceans across the continents. This photograph was made at Lake Wakatipu in New Zealand.
“The Tumultuous Sea” is a 23” x 28” framed photograph available for $395. The Outer Hebrides, an island chain off the west coast of Scotland, feel raw, barren, ancient, and wild. The sea arch I photographed on the Isle of Lewis is a gorgeous testament to the forces of time. It was the cauldron of churning water that really drew me in, though, for I loved both the incredible color and the driving movement of the waves.
“Translucence” is a 26” x 36” framed photograph available for $395. I had no idea that an iceberg could look like it was lit from within by a lamp. Thank you for the blessing of light refraction! The slow shutter speed I used caused the reflection of the iceberg in the ocean water to stretch like taffy, a beautiful effect I had not expected. This photograph is also available in a smaller size, 19” x 25” for $285.
“Water Spirits” is a 20” x 26” framed photograph available for $245. I made this photograph on a gorgeous autumn day while standing on a high bank looking down at a tree’s outstretched branches above a shaded river. Because I used a slow shutter speed, the autumn leaves carried by the river’s current became streaks of color and light. Even the rare glimpses of sky reflecting in the dark water turned into brilliant streaks of blue.
“Winding and Free” is a 21” x 27” framed photograph available for $285. Have you hiked the trails of the Columbia River Gorge in the Pacific Northwest? This photograph was made on the Oregon side of the Gorge. I wore my fishing waders and set up my tripod in the middle of Gorton Creek in order to capture the feeling of floating in the beautiful greens of the Gorge. The current was surprisingly strong, so I didn't spend too much time trying to find different compositions! Gorton Creek was a wonderful place to make a photograph, because there wasn't much downed wood, sticks, or anything else cluttering up the banks of the river. This is unusual, because most creeks and rivers look chaotic when photographed, due to the detritus of the forest. The title of this photograph, “Winding and Free,” is a nod to the beautiful song “River” by Bill Staines.
“American River Cascade” 20 x 30 Oil -$600-I painted American River Cascade after spending time at a friend’s cabin on the river near Kyburz, California. The river is ever changing and I was challenged to paint it and the huge granite boulders. It would seem like the boulders could block the water but it always finds a way around them creating cascades here and there. I love the many facets of the river from still and deep to rushing and turbulent.
“Serenity” 12 x 24-Oil-$400-This scene is from a portion of the Feather River in Plumas County. What attracted me to it was the quiet and peacefulness of the moment and the glow of the light. It totally takes one away from the chaos of the world and transports you to another place.