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.


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