Thursday, February 25, 2010


This is a portrait of my daughter Julia. I have drawn and painted my family members a number of times over the years, but now I wish I had done so even more. They are treasures to look back on and I know too that they will be passed on to future generations. If you are interested in having a portrait painted of yourself or another, please email me at and we can discuss details.
oil on linen panel, 8 x 6 inches, 2010

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Portrait Commissions

I am now accepting commissions for portraits. The commissioned work will be similar to the small paintings I have been featuring on this blog, and tomorrow I will post an example. For more information please email me at

Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Millinery

Amber brought in this striking green crushed velvet dress, and I immediately thought of the red hat that my wife found recently at a thrift store. I don't know if the composition really conveys the sense of a shop, but I went with the title anyway.
oil on linen panel, 8 x 6 inches, 2010

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Amber Sipping Tea

There wasn't really anything in the cup. I was going to add steam rising from it, but thought better of it. However, something is missing in this painting. What is it?
oil on linen, 8 x 6 inches, 2010

Thursday, February 11, 2010


Finally I'm back in the studio and today I was able to finish this study of Kristin in pale pink. I was somewhat uncertain about how to handle the background color, but ended up going with a slate blue that was neither indoors nor out, and I left it at that. It reads a little lighter and bluer than it reproduces here. 

oil on linen panel, 8 x 6 inches, 2010

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Shoulder Injury

I have not been able to paint for a few days due to a shoulder inflammation. I expect to post again later this week. Thank you all for your continued support.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Amber in Red

I cropped the figure more than I thought I would at first, but I still think that the conch shell serves to restate the femininity of the form. The chair is one that I have used many times because its subtle curvilinear design always seems to rhyme with my subject. Someone once said that the problem for modern painting was what to do with the background. I think they were on to something, but in this instance I can live with all the open space. If anyone can attribute that quote I would appreciate hearing from you.
oil on linen panel, 6 x 8 inches, 2010