The artist at work. Personalizing a leatherbound journal.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Art Imitating Life--Frontier Life

Ken and Ron at the Colonial Art Fair.  - COURTESY KEN SCOTT & RON VAIL

There is a wonderful article about Friday night's art show
that Ron Vail and I are having in Indianapolis. 
Check it out on BLUE SKY WINDOW.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Mermaid Fraktur

Small painting of a Mermaid done in early fraktur style.
Ink, Watercolor & graphite on the inside of an old book cover.
I really like this one. 
Looks like it has been lovely cared for 
and handed down from generation to generation.
Contact artist for pricing.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Art Showing Coming Up!


Since 2011, both Ron Vail  & Ken Scott have been selected by Early American Life magazine as two of the top traditional craftspeople and artisans in the United States, a total of six times.

Ron has received this honor for the powder horns and other horn items he makes., while Ken has been chosen for both his leatherwork and his paintings.

Ron’s horn work represent those items made and used  by soldiers, long hunters, mountain men, Native Americans and early settlers of this country. Typically the items are made to appear old and well used. They are purchased by historical reenactors, museums for display in dioramas, and by interior decorators and individuals wishing to display them in homes or offices.

Ken’s work is owned by curators and museums, collectors and historical reenactors worldwide. His work has been featured as movie props, used in TV documentaries and videos and seen numerous times in magazines and on their covers. He made the hunting pouch for Davy Crockett (Billie Bob Thornton) in the movie “The Alamo,” as well as provided other props for that movie.

The work of both of these talented artisans is well known and is recognized for uniqueness, top of the line quality workmanship, fidelity to period design and attention to detail. Their goal as artists is to create every item with an aged look and feel to it.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Mount Vernon

This one is done in ink & watercolor on laid paper. 
11 x 17". 
Contact artist for pricing.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Naturalist Painting of a Great Blue Heron

And yet another one.
This naturalist painting of a great blue Heron
is done in ink, watercolor & graphite 
on the inside of a book cover antiqued to look old.
I really like how the graphite drawings and marginalia add to the piece.
Contact artist for pricing.

Naturalist Painting of a Swallowtail Butterfly.

I really enjoy painting butterflies. 
This have such a wonder aesthetic about them.
This one is also done in ink, watercolor & graphite
 on the inside of a book cover antiqued to look old.
Contact artist for pricing.

Turkey Hunter Fraktur

Another of my recent work. 
This one is done in ink,watercolor and graphite
on the inside of a book cover antiqued to look old.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

McAfee's Station

Here is a painting I just completed and delivered last week.
The customer is a decedent of the McAfee’s. 
Now it seems like his relatives want on too.
Last year before the CLA, I went down to McAfee just north of Harrodsburg

 and south of Lexington and did the research on where the station was. 

Got a good look at the lay of the land and took dozens of photos. 

Presently, on the site, there is a stone house that was built in 1790, 

just 5 years after the station was abandoned. 
I talked to the owners and will deliver them a print of this
 just before the upcoming CLA. 
It is ink and watercolor on laid paper.
11" x 17"

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Naturalist Study of a Painted Lady Butterfly

Here's another Naturalist study of a Painted Lady.
I did it in ink, watercolor & graphite 
on the inside of an antiqued book cover.
If y0u are interested in having me do one for you, contact me by email:

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Naturalist Study of an African Crowned Crane

This painting was one of those that 
I completed at the recent 
Naturally Inspired Paint Out at the Indianapolis Zoo.
It is done in Watercolor, Ink & graphite on an antiqued book cover. 
It will be on display at the
 the Zoo's White River Gardens 
and will be auctioned in August.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Naturalist study of an Eastern Blue Bird

This painting is one of my latest. 
It is a naturalist study of an Eastern blue Bird.
Size is approx. 9" x 12"
Ink, watercolor & graphite on a
book cover antiqued to look old.
If you are interested in me doing a naturalist painting for you,
just contact me by email:

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Naturalist study of a Lunar Moth

Naturalist study of a
Lunar Moth
Ink, Watercolor & graphite
on the inside of an antiqued book cover.
Contact artist by email
for pricing:

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Capt. Stede Bonnet's journal account of his sighting a mermaid

Stede Bonnet was a wealthy plantation owner in Barbados. 
Apparently got tired of that, he bought himself a ship
 and became a pirate. 
Albeit for a short time, He and his ship were captured by Blackbeard. 
A few moths later Bonnet was taken prisoner and hung in
Charlestown, in the Carolinas.
This painting depicts his sailing out of Bridgetown in Barbados, going around the island into the Atlantic where he spotted a mermaid near Bathsheba, on the eastern side of the island.
Ink Watercolor & graphite on the
inside of a book cover antiqued to look old.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Two New Naturalist Paintings

 Great blue Heron
Ink, watercolor & graphite on the inside of an antiqued book cover

Ink, watercolor & graphite on the inside of an antiqued book cover
contact artist  at his email address:
 for pricing.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Naturalist drawing of a Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher
This naturalist drawing was made for
Leslie Martin Conwell
who commissioned it as
 a Christmas gift for her husband Rick.