Desert Portraits

Riz Orkestra

Riz Orkestra

I had great fun on Monday making portraits for two longtime creative friends. D.R. Lunsford (Douglas) will soon publish his first collection of short stories featuring one of my portraits on the cover (I’m looking forward to reading it, Doug!). ‘Riz Orkestra is an amazing self-described “one-man-folk-roots-blues-band” who will hopefully soon be releasing another CD (we listened to fresh takes while driving) and I hope he’ll consider using my portrait of him. This article describes Riz as a musical “savant” – check him jamming on the Dobro, beautifully soloing on a Steinway, tearing it up on the vibraphone, and grooving on the blues slide guitar – Riz has immense talent. I’ve known him for

D.R. Lunsford

D.R. Lunsford

more than 20 years and he is one of the most gifted musicians (and people) I’ve listened to and with whom I have had the opportunity to jam with, record with, and photograph. Riz is The Master.

Doug’s portrait was made mid-day at Thousand Palms Oasis in Coachella Valley and Riz’s was made in Joshua Tree National Park near dusk. I used a single strobe, light stand, and umbrella for both. Enjoy, and please keep an eye out for D.R.’s book and Riz’s CD.

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Upcoming Exhibitions

I’ll be exhibiting my work at Art Under the Umbrellas on November 30 in Old Town La Quinta (in the Coachella Valley, east of Palm Springs). This is a one-day show, Saturday only, and I’ll be present and showing my work from 10am to 4pm. You can find out more about this show and its location hereArt Under the Umbrellas is FREE to attend and I’d love to see you and share my work with you. 

My photograph Juniper Study will be shown in the inaugural 2013 Joshua Tree National Park Art Show, opening reception on Friday, December 6 from 5-8pm at the 29 Palms Art GalleryFifty Juniper Studyartists from California, across the nation, and as far away as England, have been selected for this juried art show with their artwork inspired by the unique natural beauty and cultural history of Joshua Tree National Park. I will not be in attendance, however, due to my overlapping Death Valley photography workshop, but I hope you’ll attend and have a wonderful time. Don’t forget to include a visit to the Park (Joshua Tree, that is) as part of your experience. Here is more information regarding the 2013 Joshua Tree National Park Art Show.

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Upcoming Exhibitions – Oct/Nov 2013

Beverly Hills Art Show. October 19-20, 2013I’ll be exhibiting my work once again at the Beverly Hills Art Show on October 19-20, 2013. This wonderful outdoor show takes place on Santa Monica Boulevard in the heart of Beverly Hills, between Rodeo Drive and Rexford Drive. I’ll be present both days from 10am to 5pm and would love to meet you and show you my work (I’ll be in space 342 between Canon and Crescent Drives) . This show is FREE and more information can be found here.

On November 9-10, 2013 I’ll be exhibiting my work at the Rancho Mirage Art Affaire in Rancho Mirage, California (east of Palm Springs). The Affaire is FREE, and more information can be found here.

I hope to see you soon in Beverly Hills or Coachella Valley!

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11th Annual Indian Wells Art Festival

2013 Indian Wells Arts FestivalI’ll be exhibiting again this year at the 11th Annual Indian Wells Arts Festival. This wonderful festival takes place April 5-7, 2013 at the beautiful Indian Wells Tennis Garden, a $75 million state-of-the-art facility surrounded by desert mountain vistas. More than 200 award winning artists transform the magnificent path-lined plaza with a spectacular splash of color, featuring hundreds of pieces of one-of-a-kind artwork available for purchase. Offerings include painting, drawing, ceramics, glass, photography, sculpture, jewelry, apparel and hand-crafted wares. With a celebrated reputation for its high quality and wide variety of fine art and quality craft, the Festival has been ranked one of the “100 Best Fine Art Shows in the country” by Sunshine Artist magazine; “Best of the Best” by Palm Springs Life magazine; and ranked in the top 100 in both fine art fairs and fine craft shows by Greg Lawler’s Art Source Book.

There is a $12 entry fee per adult, but please download and print the advertisement seen here to receive 2-for-1 admission.  Come on out to the festival to enjoy Coachella Valley’s beautiful spring weather and fine art and please say hello! Please click here for information, maps, and more. I hope to see you there!

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Upcoming Exhibitions

Beverly Hills Art ShowI’ll be exhibiting my work  in three locations over the next month. First up is the Beverly Hills Art Show – this weekend – October 20-21. This wonderful show takes place on Santa Monica Boulevard in the heart of Beverly Hills, between Rodeo Drive and Rexford Drive. I’ll be present both days from 10am to 5pm and would love to meet you and show you my work. This show is FREE! More information can be found here.

One week later you’ll find me exhibiting at Art Under the Umbrellas in Old Town La Quinta in the Coachella Valley, east of Palm Springs. This is a one-day show – Saturday, October 27 only – and I’ll be present and showing my work from 10am to 4pm. Find out more about this show and its location here. This show is FREE!

My last public exhibit of 2012 takes place November 10-11, 2012 at the Rancho Mirage Art Affaire, in Rancho Mirage, California (east of Palm Springs). This affaire is FREE, and more information can be found here.

I hope to see you in Beverly Hills or the Coachella Valley!

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