For Your Birthday, Dear Friend

During her second bout with cancer, Terry banished her first-time chemo wig and sported a variety of adorable hats.  Eventually she came to the conclusion that she didn’t care to hide her nearly bald head anymore.  At the gentle urging of her friends in art class, Terry removed her cap and as a great favor […]

Alla Prima Process

Alla prima paintings are completed in one sitting.  When I paint a portrait this way, I draw with my brush, minding the spacial relationships between features.  Next, I lay in the darks using full color, to support the forms of the face.  The midtones, the lights and their transitions blend into the previous wet passages […]

A Portrait of Artistic Multimodality

“Julian” Oil on Canvas 30″ x  40″ It’s been quite a while since I’ve dabbled in the world of WordPress.  So, all week long I’ll be posting a backlog of paintings beginning with this one.  It’s a near to life sized portrait of my son, Julian; composer, arranger, singer/songwriter, musician, writer, teacher, and visual artist.  Below […]

Portrait of T

  Portrait of T. Oil on Linen 20″x 29″ My favorite post of the week.  I’ll be back when I finish several WsIP.  Till then, thanks for your “likes” and comments.  They add fuel to my productive fire:)   Detail, Portrait of T

A Passive Upbraiding

  Oil on Linen with Gold Leaf 16″ x 20″ Beginning 1 & 2 Hair: meaningful in so many traditions and cultures.  The way that we wear it may be a statement, a passive rebellion, an identifier, an obsession, a tabu or even a code.  It’s a point of pride and a worry, and it’s oh […]

The Haunting

  One of several paintings haunting me.  I’m holding myself to higher standards lately, hanging onto nearly finished pieces, putting them aside for weeks, seeing them anew and correcting.  Only after many improvements, am I letting them go. There are a couple more waiting to be released…soon…maybe..;)

Precarious Cloaks

  Oil on Linen 11″ x 14″ Oil on Canvas 8″ x 10″ Oil on Linen 6″ x 8″ Oil on Canvas 12″ x 12″ New additions to  the “Cloaked” series. Lots to say, this post… These paintings are intriguing and confounding me.  Many attempts live under layers of grounding gray, waiting for a new […]

Angles

Oil on linen 24″x 30″ I haven’t posted for quite a while, but I’ve been working on the “Cloaked” series and larger figure paintings. Though I employ friends and family to pose just as models, these paintings most often turn into portraits, like the one above.  

Looking For Light

While struggling with the dark “Cloaked” series, I felt compelled to search for a little light.  This is one of two recent pieces expressing that urge to find the light.  Tomorrow, another light seeking painting.

Cloaked

11″x 14″ Oil on Linen “Cloaked” is essentially the next- generation in the “Divide Series”.  Much like the original “Divide Series”, there is a barrier-a separation between the individual and the world.  In this new series, the divide takes the form of a headpiece.  Its connotations may or may not be religious,  from a time long past, […]

One, Two, Three

Occasionally, someone will ask about my painting process. I have in the past, posted my usual digital painting and oil painting process.  But once in a while, I’ll choose this method.  It’s not an overall block-in, refine and refine again way to work.  It is instead, a little by little fill in method. While this technique […]