Monday, December 23, 2019


Hunter - Oil on Canvas Board - 9 x 12
This is from a photo of my number one model, Bonita.  It is titled Hunter because she looked like she had her eye on something and was about to go after it.  I like how it came out and I'm not really ready to let go of it yet, but needed something to update my blog with, so here she is!

I just finished two portrait commissions and two still life commissions, and before that was in several local shows, so haven't had a chance to post anything lately.  But my New Year's resolution is to paint more and post more, so hopefully you'll see more from this blog in 2020!

Friday, May 31, 2019


Possessed! - 6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord

After doing several paintings of lipstick, I kind of ran out of ideas for painting titles.  So I went online to look at some actual lipstick names, and found some pretty interesting ones: High Voltage, Anarchy, Vampire, Jilted, Manic, Venom, Catfight, Bewildered, Possessed, Dementia... wow!  Not sure I'd want to put that on my lips!!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Pepper Party

Pepper Party - 6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord
I just came back from the Portrait Society of America conference in Atlanta, GA.  It was my first time attending, and I have to say, it was pretty awesome.  The conference included tons of information, demos by some amazing artists, great deals on art supplies, and an exhibit of the finalists of the competition that included absolute museum-worthy artwork.  If you haven't been before, I would highly recommend going at least once for the experience.  It is truly inspiring - whether you are a portrait painter or not.  Plus, next year it will be held in Orlando, so you could make a vacation out of it!

The above painting is another study in split-complementary colors, and trying to capture the slight translucency of the peppers.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Peppers & Vintage Pot

Peppers & Vintage Pot • 6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord
From our hand-me-down collection of vintage brown-drip dinnerware, this little soufflĂ© pot has made it into a few paintings so far.  It's fun and interesting to try to capture the finish.  Love the multi-color peppers too -- to eat and to paint.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Easter Greetings!

Easter Bunny • 6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord
Happy Easter!  This painting was done from a photo taken at the Michigan State Fair, back when the fairgrounds were on Woodward in Detroit.  So a few years ago! I just replaced the cage with some indicated grass and wild flowers.