Dragonfly #3 oil painting by Rich Cleveland

Dragonfly #3

Painted this one for the third time, a commission from Moab local Jeanette Kopell, someone my wife and I have known more than 25 years. Thank you Jeanette! Every time I painted this one, I made small improvements (in my opinion). The second one went to Anita Hallberg of La Read more…


Just trying to paint something larger than usual. I paint a lot of small studies, 8x10s or 9x12s, every week for practice. For this one, I did something different that always ends up making the final result turn out sort of…not as expected. For this one I did a detailed Read more…

Sand Dune Arch

Sand Dune Arch

SOLD – Sand Dune Arch – 8″ x 10″ oils on stretched canvas. I took some liberties with color. Maybe it’s just me, but do you see an eagle… and a dog…? It’s got a lot for a little painting. Headed to @moabmade soon.

Morning Glory Rappel Painting

Morning Glory Rappel

This little 9″ x 12″ painting was done as a study for a larger version, which is now being done as a commission for someone who contacted me via my Instagram account. I used an overexposed but nicely composed pic of Morning Glory Arch, then added the rappelling figure later. Read more…

Bighorn Sheep on a mesa in Moab, UT

Bighorn On The Mesa

SOLD – Latest painting! Bighorn sheep on the mesa in Moab, Utah. Working title “Harold” 16″ x 20″ Oils on stretched canvas. Desert Bighorn Sheep are named ‘Tse’tah Dibe’ in the Navajo Language, which translates to ‘Sheep of the Rocks’. Bighorn sheep are sacred to the Navajo People. This is Read more…

Mary Jane Canyon Falls - Oil Painting by Rich Cleveland

First Painting of 2023

Mary Jane Canyon Waterfall in Moab, Utah. Oils on paper, 6″ x 8″. This is a study for a future painting (not for sale). I’ve been experimenting with different surfaces, mediums, canvas toning and more. I also built a new plein air painting easel and palette box, with a nice Read more…