Friday, August 26, 2016

Striped Light

This is an earlier version of my previous post. It was one of the first in an ongoing series of paintings based on the Great Lakes.

Oil on paper, 4.5 x 12 inches, 2015

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

White Shoal Light

This piece is based on the White Shoal Light, a lighthouse located 20 miles west of the Mackinac Bridge in Lake Michigan. It remains an active aid to navigation.

Oil on canvas, 10x20 inches, 2016

Monday, May 2, 2016

Big Red at Night

I am in a group show opening this Saturday at Button Gallery in Douglas, MI. Douglas is on Lake Michigan, across the river from Saugatuck. I am showing ten new works inspired by the Great Lakes. Big Red at Night is one of the pieces. The theme of the exhibition is “Eye on the Land”.

Details are here.

Big Red at Night, oil on canvas, 11 x 14 inches, 2015

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Spring Classes

This spring I am teaching pastel, watercolor, and an open painting class at Paint Creek Center for the Arts in charming downtown Rochester, MI. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings respectively. All levels are welcome. Details are here.


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

David K. Page

This is my portrait of the late David K. Page, benefactor of the new Children's Hospital in Troy, MI.

Oil on linen, 30 x 24 inches, 2016

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Winter Teaching Schedule

I am offering a number of classes this winter at both the Birmingham-Bloomfield Art Center and at Paint Creek Center for the Arts. You can find detailed information here.


Monday, November 9, 2015

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

New Buffalo Studies

Recently I was in New Buffalo and took advantage of a sunny Sunday to make some watercolor studies of Lake Michigan. All are 4 x 6 inches. I gave up on the last one because I was cold and wet, and it was getting dark.


Sunday, October 4, 2015

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

First Novel

This painting was inspired one night while walking home from my old studio in downtown Ferndale. I caught a glimpse of a young person typing in one of the many basement apartments along Nine Mile. Several sketches preceded the actual painting.

Fine art prints of this painting are available here.

Oil on panel, 16 x 20 inches, c. 2005

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


When I was in art school at the University of Iowa there was a lot of talk about drawing, especially pertaining to line.

Bamboo pen and ink, 2003.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Head Study

The worst thing about going through all my old drawings was having to spray them with that noxious fixative. I went through over a dozen cans. Fortunately my studio is big and has good ventilation.

Graphite on paper, 12 x 9 inches, c.1997

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Charcoal Study

I just finished cataloging well over a thousand old drawings, watercolors, pastels, prints, and oils, including thirty-five sketchbooks. I am going to post some of them in the next few weeks as I complete a portrait commission. Here is the first.

Charcoal on paper, 9 x 12 inches, c.2002

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Woman and Chain

Continuing to post older work. Fine art prints of this painting are available here ...

Oil on panel, 16 x 20 inches, 1998

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Portrait of Sarah

I worked with Sarah only once or twice, but she was a very expressive model. This painting is unique in that it was done on copper. The copper panel was given to me by the artist Ken Kaiser, who prepared it himself. The original painting as well as fine art prints are available here...

Oil on copper, 10 x 8 inches, 2015

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Top Hat

I am going to post older work as I continue with commissioned portraits, as well as developing a series of paintings of the Great Lakes. Fine art prints of this painting are available here.

Oil on panel, 12 x 10 inches, 2001.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Kenneth B. Katz

Ken Katz is an art conservator and the 2014 president of the Prismatic Club in Detroit. He is also a mountain climber, and some of the mountains he has climbed are represented in the paintings which hang behind him. Also in the paintings are several buildings in Detroit which are of significance to him. The setting for the portrait is the interior of the Prismatic Club.

Fine art prints are available here.

Oil on linen, 30 x 24 inches, 2015

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Patrick J. Curtin

My portrait of Patrick J. Curtin, Spaulding & Curtin Funeral Directors LLC, in Ferndale, MI.

Fine art prints are available here.

Oil on linen, 20 x 16 inches, 2014

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Mark R. Weber, PhD

Dr. Weber was president of the Grosse Pointe War Memorial for over thirty years. It was a pleasure and an honor to paint his portrait.

Fine art prints are available here.

Oil on linen, 24 x 30 inches, 2014