What could be better than creating art on magical Marco Island? Marco Island Center for the Arts is located just south of Naples, Florida, and beginning Friday, February 8, I will be teaching a three-day workshop exploring how watercolor and pastel can combine to produce paintings that are fresh and vibrant. All skill levels are welcome. Click here to register for this workshop and view the materials list.
I am a painter based in Naples, Florida. My work has been shown in exhibitions throughout the United States including New York, San Francisco, Milwaukee, Scottsdale, and Birmingham, MI. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Central Michigan University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa. In 1984 I attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture on scholarship. I have taught painting at the university level, and I am the recipient of a Pollack-Krasner Award and a Michigan Council for the Arts Creative Artist Grant.
In 2011 I completed the official portrait of Michigan’s Governor Jennifer Granholm, which now hangs in the capitol rotunda in Lansing. In 2013 I painted Allan Gilmour, President Emeritus, Wayne State University. In 2016 I was commissioned to paint the official portrait of U.S. Congressman Fred Upton, now hanging in the Rayburn Building in Washington, D.C.
I am currently developing a series of paintings based on a floral motif.
I began this blog in September of 2009. It was inspired by the Painting a Day movement. Although most of the earlier work posted here is less direct and involved more than one sitting to complete, the idea was similar to the daily painters in that I intended to regularly offer small, affordable oil paintings, mostly of the human figure, that were consistent with and derived from my larger, more thematic work. My intention was to post a new painting every other day, and the project was quite successful. However, I have now turned my attention to commissioned portraiture. I will continue to post both new and older work to the blog. Please come back often, or subscribe to follow this blog at the link below. I look forward to your comments, and please email any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.