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Featured Artist – American Impressionist Alan H. Curtis

Alan H. Curtis, Tucson area resident, is best known for his “plein air” style of impressionism. His paintings capture the beauty of the American scene, from the dynamic landforms of the desert to waterlily-filled ponds of Eastern Massachusetts and the golden hills of Northern California. Curtis has spent his life recording on canvas the scenes, people, and places most important to him.

Among the recordings are paintings of his six children. His current studio is in Northwest Tucson.

In his own words, an artist should be more than a painter. “An artist should build boats, be able to fix cars, create beautiful gardens, cook delicious meals, bake homemade breads, and whip out an occasional masterpiece.”

Alan Curtis’ studio gallery is open for private showings only.

—————————-, the online studio of American Impressionist Alan H. Curtis.

Curtis’ work, which has been featured in American Art Review magazine, holds a unique ability to capture both subtle and dramatic emotions. His paintings and prints reflect his talent for capturing diverse American themes, such as a hot eggs-and-bacon breakfasts, dramatic Southwest landscapes, California’s blooming hillsides, and the flower harvesters of Half Moon Bay.


Alan H. Curtis (1943- ) hails from a family of artists –

Uncle Howard Curtis (1906-1989) – and PHOTO
Aunt Eleanor Curtis (1910-2008) –
Father Roger W. Curtis (1910-2000) – and AskArt
Brother David P.


Other paintings of Alan H. Curtis can be viewed online at John Stayman Fine Art:

Oracle State Park is OPEN

Oracle State Park by SearchNetMedia
Oracle State Park, a photo by SearchNetMedia on Flickr.

Oracle State Park had its Grand Re-Opening last month. Visit Arizona Highways blog has some great info about the Re-Opening. With the so weather perfect, this a great time to visit.

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Fresh produce at River Road Gardens Farm Market in Tucson

For more information, visit their website by clicking here.

Birding Walk at Sweetwater Wetlands in Tucson on Jan 19th

There is a “Birding Walk at Sweetwater Wetlands” in Tucson.

Sweetwater Wetlands Park
2667 W. Sweetwater Drive
Tucson, Arizona

It will be a leisurely walk led by birding experts. Expect to see a variety of wintering sparrows, hawks, falcons and migrating warblers. Bring your binoculars. Ages 12 and up. Reservations required.

8-9:30 a.m. on Jan. 19th. Free. 615-7855.

Even cacti need a hug in Tucson today

Cactus Hugger

Originally uploaded by SearchNetMedia

The weather is perfect to walk or take the tram in Sabino Canyon

For more information on Sabino Canyon and other places to hike, visit

Sabino Canyon

Originally uploaded by SearchNetMedia

Where to find fragrant firewood for your fireplace in Tucson

If you are looking for a “good wood” and “good measure – good price – good delivery“, then visit Good Wood Residential and Commercial Firewood on the corner of Stone Avenue and Sahuaro Street. Their yard is located just south of Grant on Stone.

Choose from cedar, juniper, mesquite, pecan, pine, eucalyptus, oak and more.

GOOD WOOD Residential and Commercial Firewood
Tucson, Arizona

Arizona beetles, blugs, birds and other wildlife

For those of you that like Arizona birds, beetles, bugs and other wildlife, like us…then visit Margarethe Brummermann Ph.D.’s BLOG; Arizona: Beetles Bugs Birds and more.

Saguaro cactus flowers starting to bloom in Tucson

Saguaro Cactus in bloom

Originally uploaded by SearchNetMedia

We have seen saguaro cactus flowers in bloom most months in Tucson. However, it is a rare flower or two that you see in the late fall and winter months. Starting this month, and for the next couple of months, you will really see the saguaro cacti pop with beautiful white flowers.

The wildflowers continue to bloom, and also today we really noticed the small yellow creosote bushes and red ocotillo flowers. A beautiful time to visit Tucson.

Finger Rock Trail exploding with colorful wildflowers in Tucson

Finger Rock

Originally uploaded by SearchNetMedia

The wildflowers are really popping out along Finger Rock Trail in Tucson’s Catalina Mountains. While there are already many flowers in bloom along the trail, the next two weeks will be even better.

The “Poppy” wildflowers start right as the trail takes a steeper incline about an hour in the initial more level trail. So, even if you don’t want to walk a more difficult trail, just hike it for 30 yards to see some spectacular flowers.

To see a SLIDESHOW of Finger Rock Trail, and to see some recent wildflowers, CLICK HERE.

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