Life in the Mountains

Come see my work in its native habitat!

Come see my work in its native habitat!

Okay, for the last two months-ish, I’ve been hard at work on redesigning the brochure and website for North Idaho’s annual Artists’ Studio Tour. The brochure should go to press early next week, but here’s a sneak peek:

2018 Artist Studio Tour brochure

The tour is a great opportunity to see real working studios of 25 local artists: everything from quilting and jewelry to painting and sculpture—and of course drawing! My studio is the easternmost on the whole circuit, so start here and explore widely.

Stop by the homestead and see what I’m always crowing about. Admire Jessica’s garden,...


6 Big Advantages of Black and White Artwork

6 Big Advantages of Black and White Artwork

1. It matches everything. On Sunday mornings around here, my wife and daughters often change their outfits more than once because the colors don’t match. Because of my background in the fashion industry, they’ll appeal to me: “Should I wear this with that skirt, or that with this top?” Often, my response is “Black goes with everything.” And it does!

When you decorate your walls, a major consideration is how the wall art harmonizes with a favorite rug, sofa, or wall color. And often a special piece of art is foregone because “it doesn’t match.” Or, folks will buy a striking...


The real reason I run in the morning

The real reason I run in the morning

My dad ran daily all the years I was growing up, and for a while in my early teens I joined him. Then I decided it was hard and gave up.

It took until I was in my early forties, about five years ago, for me to decide to try again. It was hard at first; I kept at it because I don’t like quitting. And now I enjoy it so much I anticipate running until the end of my life, or I lose my legs (whichever comes first). My dad turns 81 this year and he still runs every day....


How to heat your house for $14.58 per month

How to heat your house for $14.58 per month

Nobody ever said heating with wood was easy. Nothing worthwhile is easy, except breathing. But I like it. I like everything about it, and if you’re up to it I highly recommend heating with wood.

Note to self: Have some sort of weapon in hand before attacking a skunk in the henhouse at 2am.

Note to self: Have some sort of weapon in hand before attacking a skunk in the henhouse at 2am.

So every now and again we get some kind of crazed super-killer maniac carnivore attacking the chickens. Last winter it killed eight or so hens and didn't eat anything except one chicken head—just killed 'em and left their bodies there in the snow. Not unlike those first-person shooter video games some people like to play, without all the feathers.

Needless to say, Jess and I were not amused.

We tried one thing and another to protect our egg-laying machines—basically, everything you'd try if you were in our shoes. No dice. These killers, whether a skunk, weasel, martin, shark, or whatever, have been...