Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Watercolor with Pastel on Marco Island

Marco Island is a magical and alluring barrier island just south of Naples, Florida, known for its spectacular kayaking and paddleboarding off Tigertail Beach. It is also the home of Marco Island Center for the Arts. Beginning next Friday, October 12, I will be teaching a three-day Watercolor with Pastel workshop at the Center. We will explore how these two media can be brought together to achieve unexpected results, including how to bring an otherwise flat watercolor back to life. All skill levels are welcome. Click here to register for this workshop and view the materials list.

Friday, September 28, 2018

October Classes at Naples Art Association

I am excited to begin teaching classes at the Naples Art Association in beautiful downtown Naples, Florida. I will be teaching watercolor, with an emphasis on seascapes, and portrait painting from the model. Each course is four sessions, and classes begin the week of October 8. You can register and view the materials list here.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Fall Classes at Alliance for the Arts

Beginning in September I will be teaching watercolor and portrait drawing at Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers, FL. Classes meet Wednesday and Thursday mornings, respectively, and will run for six sessions. All levels of experience are welcome. To learn more and to register for one or both classes please visit here.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Sunday, April 8, 2018

David DiChiera


The Detroit Opera House season opened last night with Puccini’s Tosca. It was also the unveiling of my portrait of David DiChiera, founder of the Michigan Opera Theatre. Many thanks to David, Ruth Rattner, Wayne Brown, Bill Austin, Lisa, Cristina, and all the others who made this possible.

Pictured are David, Ruth, my son Gabriel, and daughter Julia.

David DiChiera, oil on linen, 36 x 48 inches, 2018


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Spring Term at Paint Creek


Spring term starts next week at Paint Creek Center for the Arts in Rochester, MI. I am teaching Portrait Drawing, Watercolor, and Painting on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings, respectively. To learn more and to register visit here.

Julia, conte crayon highlighted in white, 9x6 inches, 2004

Saturday, September 23, 2017

2017 Abstract Exhibition


Tonight was the opening of an exhibition of abstract painting and sculpture at Paint Creek Center for the Arts in Rochester, MI. I was one of five jurors. Information about this impressive show can be found here.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Fall Classes at Paint Creek

This fall I am teaching pastel and watercolor at Paint Creek Center for the Arts in Rochester, MI. Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, respectively. Classes begin September 19. Details and registration information can be found here or call (248) 651-4110.

Tawas Swimmer, watercolor, 8x6 inches, 2010

Monday, July 17, 2017

Pastel Workshop

I am teaching a two-day pastel workshop at Art in the Loft in Alpena, Michigan. July 28 and 29, 10am - 4pm, with a break for lunch. Spaces are still available. Details and registration here.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Watercolor and Pastel


I am teaching pastel and watercolor at Paint Creek Center for the Arts in Rochester, MI this summer. Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, respectively. Classes begin next week. Details and registration information can be found here.

Gabriel, watercolor on paper, 8 x 6 inches, 1995

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Congressman Fred Upton

Thursday was the unveiling of my portrait of U.S. Congressman Fred Upton from Michigan’s 6th district. It hangs in the Rayburn Building in Washington D.C. A number of public figures spoke just before the unveiling, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, and Senator Lamar Alexander. On Friday, Fred gave us a great tour of the Capitol Building. Many thanks to Congressman Upton’s staff and to Jean Daniel, Camille Massie, and Lee Fonvielle of J. Daniel Portraiture and Fine Art.

Oil on linen, 50 x 36 inches, 2016

Monday, February 13, 2017

Paint Your House with Watercolor

I am teaching a watercolor workshop this Wednesday night at Paint Creek Center for the Arts in Rochester, MI. We will focus on architectural structures. It could be your own house or any other building of your choosing. It will be a lot of fun and costs only $45. All art materials are provided, just bring a photograph of what you want to paint. Register here.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Learn pastel at Paint Creek Center for the Arts

There is still room in my pastel class at Paint Creek Center for the Arts in Rochester, MI. We will explore soft pastel as applied to still life arrangements with a focus on the floral motif and color theory. Demonstrations will include blending techniques and a discussion of specific paper types. We meet weekly 9-12 beginning this Tuesday, January 17. Beginners are welcome. 

Registration details are here.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Winter Classes at Paint Creek

Starting January 17 I am teaching pastel, watercolor, and painting on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings respectively. Classes are at Paint Creek Center for the Arts in charming downtown Rochester, MI. Beginners and all levels are welcome. For more information and registration go here.

Under the Dock, watercolor, 9x12 inches, 1990

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.

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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
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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.

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Monday, November 9, 2015