The Artist

Updated January, 2022

Edgar Degas knew: “Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.” 

Feb1-igpost-grouppaintings copyLearning to be a better painter during the years of the pandemic has helped me stay focused.  While I painted with watercolors and savored urban sketching during my travels for pre-pandemic years,  I’ve come to enjoy painting still lifes and plein air (outside on location) with oil paints.  Most recently I completed a challenge to paint for the first 31 days of 2022 and it was an illuminating challenge in ways I could not have expected.  For starters, every grocery run brought new possibilities for painting!

While it was a great joy to build and sell musical instruments and make music for more than 12 years, I’m taking a reprieve from making and selling the instruments.  I hope you will join me as the road curves and leads to destinations yet unseen or imagined.

You can find my paintings at


  1. Hi Richard, Like the oxymoron “quick turtle”. Looked for your dulcimers on your site, but guess the turtle has taken over the domain. Look forward to hearing the Quick Turtle Band. Thanks for your good cheer!


  2. Hi Judy. Thanks for dropping by my site. I have built dulcimers in the past. Now I make made-ups with little stories to go with them. We actually will be having songs by the QuickTurtle Band in the near future. I love what you are doing. Hope it provides both spiritual and financial sustenance. Be happy to follow your journey.

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