Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Two Person Show at The Art Center in Butler PA

It's an exciting week, I have my first major show opening on friday, November 1. 42 paintings and drawings framed and ready to hang at The Art Center in Butler PA.  I will be showing with another artist named David Todd and the show runs through November 16. I sent the artwork out at the end of last week and I will be driving out for the opening. If you live in the Pittsburgh area, be sure to stop by and see the show. If you don't, stay tuned to the blog and I'll post lots of pictures!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Flora in Spring

 "Flora in Spring" is the second piece in what will be a 4 painting series of the seasons. In "Flora in Winter" (pictured below) she is mostly in shadow with just a hint of light, in Spring the light is growing, almost emanating from her person. The blooms are larger and more numerous, but the feeling is still meant to be soft and hopeful, it is the very beginning of spring and Flora turns to look at the viewer with just the hint of a smile forming on her lips, with quietness and a still anticipation for the bounty of flowers that summer will bring. The painting is 24x30, oil on linen. I've embraced a classical subject matter and am painting it in a fully classical manner, however within that traditional rubric, I look to challenge the traditional European notions of beauty that have characterized depictions of Flora all through history.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

At the Window

14x18 oil on linen "At the Window"

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Three day work week

With only three days to work this week, a panel for my new painting in transit, and no current paintings in the easel, I decided to take a week to do some daily paintings, Tuesday I painted cherries, Wednesday I did a master copy of an Ingres portrait, and Thursday decided to torture myself with Hydrangeas ( I suck at painting flowers). Overall it was a good week, nice to do some stress free work, be a little looser with brush work and not worry about finishing.

Hydrangeas 11x14

Bag of Cherries 8x10

Ingres Copy 8x10

Nest 20x24

"Nest" 20x24 oil on linen
The last of my winter/spring paintings to come off the easel. Since January, I've done 4 paintings, which, considering they were all pretty large, I'm very pleased. Here is one of my "still life with master copy" that I've done a number of over the past year. Bougereau's "Rest" is in the background, with a still life set up of birds in a nest in the foreground. To be honest, this painting was a struggle, not because it was difficult, but because I got very very bored with it. Almost right from the start I had to force it. I'm not sure if it was because I wasn't in the mood for a still life, or because I've painted these elements so many times before, or what, but the only part I actually enjoyed painting was the crumpled paper nest. But at any rate, I pushed through and finished it, even if it is not as high a finish as I generally like.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013


"Interlude" 24x30 

 Here is the companion piece to my earlier painting "Allegory of Poetry" (see below) "Interlude" is 24x30, and I have found that I actually like it better and think it turned out better than the original painting.  At any rate it makes a wonderful addition to the series.  I have three paintings planned for this series, "Allegory" "Interlude" and "Grace" that I will start on soon.  I feel like each time I paint the girls, I capture them a little better.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

The Fighter

"The Fighter" 24x30 Oil on linen on board
Here's something new, and a little different from what I've been doing lately.With "The Fighter" I was trying to capture a moment of preparation, a calm before a storm. The concept is more about the interior, a mental space inhabited by the fighter, rather than the action itself. The boxer is wrapping his hands and mentally preparing for the bout before him.  While the moment is quiet, it is also fraught with tension and anticipation, not a moment of serenity but of focus and controlled intensity.

Monday, April 29, 2013

"You be the Judge" Art Contest

Flora in Winter got picked to be a part of Brian Neher's "You be the Judge" Art contest.  You can vote for me at

Monday, April 22, 2013

Flora in Winter

 Well, it has been a while since I've posted, but don't think that I haven't been working. I've been working on four paintings since January, and they are all nearing their finish right now. I've been waffling over this painting for a month or so now, is it done? Does it need more work? Tweaking it here and there. Once I realized that all of my little tweaks and changes weren't really making a difference I decided that I'd best be on my way.  This painting is 18x30 titled: "Flora in Winter" The drawing is 15x25 and is a simple companion piece to it. 

The painting is about the surety of faith, the confidence we can have that spring will follow winter, that morning will follow night, and that joy will follow grief.  Through the dark times in our lives we hold onto the faith and hope that the light and life will come again.  Although Flora, the goddess of spring, is usually depicted in her heyday, surrounded by the bountiful blooms of spring, happy and carefree.  I decided to explore the time right before, winter, January and February when the only flowers around come from greenhouses, and the days are short and cold.  So rather than have her posed with bowers of flowers, she loosely holds hot house roses in her hand and the petals are falling. The light is only hinted at and the dark creeps around her feet. It is January and the darkest part of winter, but she tilts her head and gazes at you with the calm assurance that her time will come again, that she only has to bear the dark for a little while. 

Psalms 30:5
For his anger is but for a moment,
    and his favor is for a lifetime.[
Weeping may tarry for the night,
    but joy comes with the morning.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

2012 Wrap up: all the paintings

 Here are the eleven paintings I did in 2012, I know that I've posted them all as I finished, but its nice to see them all together, leave me a comment and let me know which you like best!
Portrait of My Father 18x24

Allegory of Poetry 24x36

Still Life with Prudhon 11x14
Place Setting 14x18
Veronica 18x24

Creation still Life 11x14

Verity 12x12

Titus 12x12

Waiting 22x28

Contemplation of Beauty 8x10
Service and Worship 14x18