Thursday, April 10, 2014

Live Painting Demo April 11, 5-9 pm

My painting demonstration is going to be streaming live from 5-9 pm tomorrow on April 11.  To view go to:

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Live Painting Demonstration- STREAMING LIVE!

This event will now be streaming live.  Go to

Come join me for my first live painting demo!  At Principle Gallery, 208 King St, in Alexandria VA.  From 5-9 pm, on April 11th.  I'll be painting a portrait in an art gallery full of wonderful pieces in historic Old Town.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

New drawings

"Self Portrait"19x22", charcoal on paper.  Unsold

"Self Portrait" Detail

"Heidi" 19x26", charcoal on paper 2014.  Unsold

"Teapot" 19x26", charcoal on paper.  Sold

"Bow" 21x22, charcoal on paper.  Unsold

Saturday, March 22, 2014


"Locks" 19.5 x 26", charcoal on paper. 2014 Sold

This drawings relies on line as much as it does on tone and shading to convey the overall impression of life, form, and dimension.  I start the work with a gestural, flowing line sketch and then proceed to block in shadows and establish form from there.  Much of the calligraphy you see in the lower half of the drawing was established right off in the first few minutes.  Then I establish my point of study, in the this case the face, and expand my focus from there.  I could have kept going in the same manner, or even have left the hair less finished.  In either case the drawing would have conveyed what I had wanted it to and served its purpose.  In other words this is a "stop when you feel like it", expressive, notation taking sketch.  I like to do these in contrast to my much longer and involved oil painting projects.  

Some of my tools; sandpaper for filing a point, conte crayons in black and white.  Conte pencils in black and white, soft, medium and vine charcoals.  Jumbo charcoal, a kneaded eraser, bristle brushes.  Refreshment.  

Work in Progress, charcoal drawing of an Alt, Beck & Gottschalck doll

The progression through the stages of a drawing.  In these works I am trying to keep my hand loose and I find for that this works best if I keep my drawings life size.  That way I don't have to really sharpen any needle fine points, but rather this lets me take advantage of the natural shape and marks that these tools make.  I strive to leave impressions rather than details.  

Friday, March 14, 2014

Pen, Ink And Charcoal

Here are some new works in various drawing media.  I have added two brand new sections to my online portfolio called "Drawings & Small Works" and "Pen & Ink" respectively.  I hope to flesh these sections out by adding new works on paper regularly.  The energy and calligraphy that is possible in drawings is a wonderful thing and I hope that more of my budding ideas find expression this way so that I can share them with you.  Whenever I get "tired" of painting, working with these medias really refreshes me.  They are fascinating to develop and learn with, and i enjoy these new ways to annotate and abbreviate my subject matter.  

"Self Portrait With Studio Doll" 24x19", charcoal on paper. 2013 Sold

"Orlando" 22x15", charcoal on paper. 2013 Unsold

"Screaming Clown" 16x14", charcoal on paper. 2013 Unsold

"Brown Teddy" 4.5x4.5" Sold

"Ophanim" 4x4"

"Study of a Putto" 5x8" Sold

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Saturday, February 8, 2014

The Armand Marseille

The Armande Marseille, 12x16 inches, oil on canvas 2013

Over the last year or so I have been at work on a series of doll portraits.  As far as Teresa Oaxaca's go these oil on Claessens linen paintings are petit; each measuring in at 12x16 inches.  They could almost fit under your arm if it were not for the gigantic baroque frames in which they inhabit.  

New paintings from this series pop of at unexpected times.  Various people have responded to them in strong ways, describing these ineffable works as uncanny, macabre, and beautiful, or inspiring. Here is one such review from the owner of this painting.
"...I just LOVE my little Armand Marseille Doll painting....I call it 'Carpe Diem!' Because it is a constant reminder for me to seize the moment, and to live well! I have it in my studio, and it makes me smile every day! Thanks so much for bringing this little wonder into the world, it makes me happy!"

The Kestner, 12x16 inches, oil on canvas 2012

Sometimes I don't get to hear what people think of my works as was the case with this piece which hung for a time in a gallery window of Old Town, Alexandria.  

Currently only the "Mexican Doll" inhabits my studio to keep me company, for which I am really glad because it is an exquisite piece.  The magenta and viridian make an unusual harmony and serve to set off the yellow gold of this Bru doll's head and the small skull that she carries.  This piece brought to mind for me the carnival atmosphere Day Of The Dead celebrations.  More info on this piece.

Some closeups 

I like the way the red contrasts with the pink here.  I've been using lead white which makes for great texture.

This frame is great.

Nice sleeve details.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

New Works at TRAC 2014

I'm happy to announce that I will attending TRAC this year and will have four of my pieces up on exhibit.  Women By Women is one of two shows that will be taking place at CLU galleries and a special visit and talk will be given as part of the conference while the works will be up.  It will be great meeting people there and attended the series of lectures!

"In My Shadow" 29x30, oil on canvas

"Bad Lot" 30x22, oil on canvas.  Artist made frame.

"Pursuit" 28x28, oil on canvas.  Artist made frame.

"Childhood" 58x30, oil on canvas.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

International Artist Feature

International Art Magazine has published an article, my first, in which I take readers through my process of painting a portrait.  In issue 95 which should be on stands by now, you can find six pages of info about my materials, process, and some photographs of me and my work.  There are a lot of other demos in this magazine too if you are not already familiar with International Artist. 

Friday, January 24, 2014

The Uncanny Exhibition, Coming Oct. 2014

I am excited to announce that I will be taking part in an exciting and comprehensive exhibition this year along with David Gluck and Katherine Stone.  Held at the S.R. Brennen Gallery which showcases some of the finest painters of our day both the venue and the lineup of artists promises to make this show a must see.  A website for The Uncanny has just been launched where you can check in regularly for updates.  You may expect more high quality images of paintings that will be heading to the show, plus studies, drawings and behind the scenes views into the three artists processes. 

I am very excited to be a part of putting this exhibition together.  Working in a series will present new challenges for me, and perhaps give me a chance to create works that bounce of one another to create a sort of narrative of their own.  The incentive of knowing that I must hang around a dozen of my pieces up together with those of my fellow exhibitors will push me to create something truly special.  It has always been enormously instructive for me as an artist to see my work hanging alongside other pieces. The brain is a social organ and whether its taking a familiar stroll through my National Gallery of Art, visiting my local art dealer, or just being amongst people all of these things stoke and sustain the creative fires.  

Thursday, January 16, 2014

January Studio Updates

Things have been very busy in the studio lately.  I find myself working day and night working on paintings and frames, anticipating quite a few shows I will be taking part in this year.  The soonest show will be coinciding with TRAC 2014 (The Representational Art Conference) and I will be sending  four of my works to the Kwan Fong Gallery at CLU.  Show dates February 15-April 12.  More info soon on that and more..

Lately I have been designing and completing a Carousel Style frame for a square format allegorical still life.  Its been slow and meticulous work, but very rewarding to see much vision completed to well with its own custom frame.  

Using the same oil paints that I work with on canvas I can control very well my hues, drawing them from the painting as it were.  

"Pursuit" 28x28, oil on canvas

I feel like it really makes the work pop.

In addition I was delighted to see one of my works "Late Hour" get into the latest edition of Fine Art Connoisseur.  The magazine is a very good read to have over tea.

Furthermore if anyone is interested in learning more about some of my techniques International Artist just published an article I wrote which illustrates how I created a portrait.  It's in the February 2014 issue.