Archive for September, 2012



“Each Autumn, the images of light through turning leaves, calls me out. Wondering back roads, painting small studies, striving to capture what seems more glorious than ever before.” DIX BAINES

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Please note that the amount will not automatically update. We will update the current bid throughout the day. Bidding will close at 9:00 pm on Saturday, November 12th.  You may also call the Studio at 720.353.2670 or email your bid to






Dix Baines and I have found that as an artist (him) and a pianist (me) improving our skill takes exactly the same path; that being hard work, dedication, humility to keep learning, and passion.  Each year we celebrate what we have learned and enjoy sharing it with others by hosting the annual Dix Baines Studio holiday event



The Notes will be a piano recital, featuring music from Chopin, presented by Kathlyn Gogarty-Baines and the “Brushstrokes” will be a collection of  work by Dix Baines, including the annual 5×7 auction. As each painting is completed, it will be posted on this blog and may be bid on through 9:00 PM MST on Saturday November 10th.  If you would like to receive an invitation to the event or should you have any questions, please contact the Studio at 720.353.2670.

Additional details will be forthcoming. In addition you can follow Dix on Facebook ( and on his blog (




In 1996 Dix Baines was accepted into the long running “Arts for the Parks” art competition. This invitational art show was founded to celebrate the United States National Parks through the arts.  Each year 200 paintings were selected out thousands of entries.  The top 100 were sent on a year long exhibit through the US.  The second 200 were exhibited during the week of the “Arts for the Parks” show in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  Dix Baines had previously had a painting in the second 200 exhibit, but in 1996 his painting “Yellowstone Cutthroat” was selected as one of the top 100 paintings.  In addition, the painting was one of two that received the Yellowstone National Park Purchase award and is now part of the Park’s permanent art collection.  As the National Parks are as much about their resources as their beautiful vistas, the park superintendent felt that this painting spoke of one of their  most valuable resources .  The  native Yellowstone Cuttroat or “Golden” trout has been threatened due to the introduction of non-native species into Yellowstone Lake (

As we were fortunate to attend the show and awards ceremony where Dix accepted his award for his painting and as we watched the remaining paintings being auctioned off (just visualize a group of kids swapping baseball cards and that is about what the event was like-intense), it dawned on me that the art world and being an artist was actually a viable job.  Having grown up in a very traditional family, I had no idea that painting and selling those same paintings was something people did for a living.  I always thought it was something one did in old age when one retired!  I told Dix that night that he needed to quit his job as an Interior Design Project Director and paint full time.  The design world was not a lucrative business and so we had no savings, no 401 K, not retirement plan, no second home to sell….nothing.  Just two people….one who actually could paint….both willing to work hard and three small children to support. For the entire 10 hour trip back to Denver, we talked about how in the world we were going to make this “Leap of Faith.”  For us it was a very calculated risk.  We knew that we really only had to sell one painting a month and we would equal what Dix’s job brought him. And so we began planning…….

"Yellowstone Cutthroat" 16x20 **SOLD**


Dix Baines’ passion for painting did not become satisfied with painting an hour a day. Instead that hour pushed him to want to paint more and more.  Upon returning home after a full day at his “real” job, he would eat dinner and after the kiddos were in bed head to the “Studio” (such as it was in those days….just a basement room with cement floors and an easel) to paint.  After a couple hours of painting, he would fall into bed and then start all over again when the alarm went off the next morning at 6:00 AM. Often when he headed out the door in those early morning departures, his paints and easel would go with him. His lunch hours became about an hour more to paint, rather than actually taking a break and eating.   He often still made the trek downtown to the “Art Students League” to continue his instruction as well. It became an exhausting schedule and one that he continued until his “Leap  of Faith” in 1997.

"TWO OF ONE HEART" 16x20 oil **SOLD**

Prints are available of the above image.  Currently we are offering 15% off all prints. Visit to preview all available prints and call the Studio at 720.353.2670 to order.