Tag: Nature

Sweetwater Trail, Saguaro Nat’l Park


Park lands in the western states are being threatened on a daily basis. The natural beauty and stark intensity of desert lands just aren’t important to some people in power. The land is seen as valuable only in terms of what it can give up for money: mining, uranium, rooftops.

Close to my home are the Tucson Mountains, and the Sweetwater Trail, which still has National Park status, but lots of new rooftops dotting the pristine hills. I had a free day and went to walk the washes and animal trails just off the main human trail. Found a spot to set up and do an oil sketch.


It was so peaceful, yes warm because it has been the warmest recorded temps for this time of year, regardless of what some might say. But no snakes! Just coyotes howling a little in the distance and some birds rustling about.


Winter Events 2018

The winter fine arts season is upon us. Join me at the following events in Tucson, Arizona. I will be showing original oil paintings of southern Arizona landmarks.

Full Moon Open Studios at the Metal Arts Village:

Wednesday, January 31, 5-8pm; Friday, March 2, 5-8pm; Saturday, March 31, 5-8pm.

Art Safari at the Contreras Gallery:        Saturday, February 3, 6-9pm.

“Davidson Canyon”; oil/panel; 5 x 7″; 2017


To see more work, visit Betina Fink Arts at the Metal Arts Village. Open daily by chance or appointment.

Showing This Summer

Join me this month where my work will be in two local shows in the Downtown Tucson Gallery District (located on 6th Avenue at 6th Street).

“Summer Art Cruise”: Reception for these and other downtown art venues: Saturday, June 3, 6-9pm.

“Small Things Considered” 25th Anniversary Small Works Invitational; Davis Domingues Gallery; and “Women Artists of Tucson”; Contreras Gallery.

“Inner Canyon”; plein air; oil/wood; 8 x 10″.

“Hopi Point”; plein air; pen/paper; 6 x 4″.

“Sedona”; plein air; oil/wood; 10 x 8″.

Plein air outing at Ruby, AZ

Ruby, Arizona, one of the largest and oldest ghost towns in Arizona, and a destination for a recent painting trip on a sunny February day.


The atmosphere of the town lent itself to an inspired afternoon of wandering and exploring, and finally settling down to paint a view of the Mill, with Montana Peak behind.

The mill, shed and Montana Peak.

Stages of the plein air study, beginning with a yellow ochre underpainting, building up layers of colors until finally a 2 or 3 hour painting was as complete as it was going to be.


“Ruby”; oil/canvas, 10 x 8″

Then once more checking in on the Schoolhouse before we go back to Tucson.


Primal landscape: earth and sky. Kaua’i.

Winter:Dawn, Hanalei, Kaua'i.
Winter:Dawn, Hanalei, Kaua’i. Oil on Canvas, 4 x 5 ft.



This new painting will be featured in my upcoming show of Landscapes from Arizona and Kaua’i.

It was inspired by a visit a year ago to one of the most beautiful places on the planet: the northern shores of Kaua’i, Hawai’i.

I worked on the painting from memory and sketches done on site, and I also took some photos, just to jog my memory of how intense the sky was, and the delicate reflectiveness of the ocean. So primal, so endless, a wonder.

Sunrise over Hanalei.
Sunrise over Hanalei.