It’s Tour de France time!

It’s that magical time of year when we have the TV playing for hours every day for three weeks so we can catch all of the Tour de France action. No really, it’s better than it sounds.

Anyway the Tour started last Saturday, and true to form my husband and I have been faithfully watching each stage and getting our daily fix of cycling action. This weekend the racers head into the mountains and the drama will really start. [hand rubbing]

The first time I worked a Tour trip back in my guiding days was in 2010. I remember most vividly the climbs on Col de Peyresourde and Col du Tourmalet. On the climb up Peyresourde, I ran into Didi the Devil, an iconic caped German spectator who follows the Tour each year wearing red tights and horns. On Tourmalet, between pouring rain and blasting winds, we got to watch the heavy-weights as they duked it out up the epic climb. One of the best parts of being on a steep climb during a big race is that the experience is so intense – you get to see the cyclists really suffering their way up – much more slowly than on flat terrain – so you can get a good long look at everyone. And the crowds are crazy at Tour mountain stages. With all the people there, it can be tough just to get a good spot along the road. Some people park and camp for days staking out their spot along the road.

This brings me to my Epic Ride series of paintings. These custom paintings are based on your favorite – most epic – maybe even legendary – rides you’ve done, want to do, or have seen the pros ride. (These can also be based on an epic run or hike!) You can read a bit more about these paintings here.

I’ll be back in the studio next week, and I have a few open slots for commissioned paintings in the next few months. Email me if you’d like to chat with me about a possible custom painting of your own or just give me a call at (336) 283-0185.

And if you’d like to commission an artwork and want to spread out the cost over time, I’ll be happy to set up an interest-free payment plan for you. Read more about this here or simply email me to chat.

Alpe d'huez painting
“Alpe d’Huez,” one of the paintings in my Epic Rides custom series.

The Mountains are calling and so is the Giro

It’s May… which means it’s Giro d’Italia time. This iconic race around Italy means we get to watch the drama of cycling unfold over three weeks while cyclists race their hearts out through gorgeous Italian landscapes. And since we’re well into the race, it means we’re hitting the mountains. And you know I’m obsessed with mountains – especially Italian ones.

Whenever it’s Giro time I think back to my days guiding bicycle tours in the Italian Alps.

In honor of the Giro and mountains here are some of my favorite mountain paintings available.
These are part of a collection inspired by my time guiding cyclists in the Dolomites, one of my favorites spots in the world. By playing with color and brush marks, I am sharing what it FEELS like up there. Bright hot sun, sharp cold air, big skies, vast sweeping green lush hills, and big jagged rock… The effort of making it up a climb and the elation of flying downhill afterward… These paintings bring this energy into your space.

Simply click each image below to find them in my shop.

Go Easy, oil and acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30 inches
How to Keep Warm, oil and acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30 inches
Among the Weeds and Other Blossoming Things, oil and acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30 inches
How to Satisfy the Bird, oil and acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30 inches

If you’re looking for something made just for you, check out the Epic Ride paintings I’ve made. These custom paintings are based on your favorite – most epic – maybe even legendary – rides you’ve done, want to do, or have seen the pros ride.  And for those of you who have an Epic run or hike in mind, I’d love to make that painting for you.⁣

Interested in getting your own Epic Ride, run or hike painting? Email me to start the conversation. ⁣
I’ll create a beautiful, custom work of art to bring your dream to life or memorialize your accomplishment, so you can share the story of that adventure for years to come.

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