Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Remembrance - SOLD

A still life as a remembrance of a father.

9" X 12" Acrylic on canvas panel 

Monday, March 26, 2018

Chobe Girl

As we waited to enter the Chobe National Park in Botswana, I noticed this girl leaning against the side of the building as she waited for a ride. She captured my attention for no particular reason other than the fact that at that moment there was nothing else to look at.

Acrylic on gallery wrapped canavs
24" X 36"

Tuesday, March 20, 2018


This is a lovely lady I recently met in Botswana. She is studying to be a guide in the Chobe National Park there. Naturally her jaunty red hat caught my fancy immediately though it was quickly out shown by her sweet caring nature. During a particularly difficult hike through the slippery mud produced during the rainy reason, she unobtrusively made herself available to those struggling to complete the trek. All the while, she remained gracious and thoughtful, never making anyone feel like a burden. She's just adorable.

acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas
24" X 36"

Monday, December 18, 2017

Red Umbrella - SOLD

I just wanted to play with drips...

24" X 36"  Acrylic on gallery wrapped cnvas

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Old Woman in Tangier

I saw this woman sitting on the ground in Tangier. She was so much colorful that the rest of the ladies of her generation. It was hard not to be smitten by her garb and her wonderful face. I loved her.

20" X 20" acrylic and gallery wrapped canvs

Sunday, October 29, 2017


I met Omar in the Sahara recently. He was a 65 year old nomadic Berber who eventually decided to settle down in one spot. He now owns a small farm with a few crops and a bit of livestock. He's quite ingenious and was busy building pumps and wells to water his crops. When I asked his age, he proudly produced his I.D. which was very carefully preserved and kept in a re-purposed KoolAid envelop. I found him charming and quick witted and he served tea while we chatted.

UPDATE: Two months after I painted this, I learned Omar had passed away.

Acrylic on canvas 12" X 24"

Berber Walking Away - SOLD

After a month in Morocco I was completely smitten by the gracious and charming Berber people I met near the Sahara. I also loved the colorful fabrics. tiles and carpets that were everywhere. In one the hotel I saw a simple depiction which caught my fancy. I think what I loved was the simple palette as a juxtaposition to all the color surrounding it. Here's my version. 

Acrylic on canvas 24" X 36"

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Oyster Shucker

This is from a photo taken by my friend Tim Needham (Tim's website). Its a gentleman he photgraphed recently in New Orleans. I loved his face.

11" X 14" Prismacolor on Bristol


I'm back to colored pencil for this one. Manuel was a tour guide for a wonderful journey through the Basque country of northern Spain and then on to Portugal. Its an unusual angle I admit but for whatever reason, it appealed to me.

11" X 14" colored Prismacolor on Bristol

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Young Jimi - SOLD

A friend wanted this. Seemed like a reasonable thing. So to pass the time during a bleak winter period I obliged him.

Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas 20" X 20"

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Young Ballerina

Back to a favorite subject over the years and a return to acrylics. Its a little like going home.

24"X 36" Acrylica on gallery wrapped canvas

Sunday, June 12, 2016


Still playing around with colored pencil. Just an egg nestled in some fabric. Nothing too exciting but I like it.

Colored Pencil on Bristol Vellum 8" X 8"

Monday, May 9, 2016

Sarah - SOLD

A nice photo  is hard to resist - especially when it has something unique about it. In this case, the angle from slightly above, really sets it apart from the standard photo. Anyway, I asked her if I could use the photo as a reference and she graciously consented. I think I'm finished...

8 X 10 Prismacolor pencils on Bristol Vellum

Monday, April 25, 2016

After the War - SOLD

Some time, shortly after the end of WW II, Joe Gofford, the father of a friend of mine, was on his way home. One of his ship mates captured this image of him sprawled out on the deck of a troop transport. Its a favorite picture of his daughter who posted it on line one day and indicted wistfully that she wished she had a sketch of it. The pose was so unique with his elongated posture showing off the soles of his shoes, that I decided to indulge her wish with this quick sketch.

Pencil on Bristol Vellum 8" X 12" 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Girl on a Wall with Balloons - SOLD

This a continuation of the children with balloons series. It was spoken for almost before the paint dried. I struggled with what color to paint the balloons and finally decided not to go outside the palette I had already begun.

24" X 36" Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Girl With Red Balloons

This is one of those old thoughts that niggles in the back of your mind until you just have to work on it. So today, that's just what I decided to do. I kept the palette very limited and just looked at the blocks of color. I'm pleased with the results.

20" X 20" Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Panamanian Ox Cart Driver

On a very hot day in Panama I took an ox cart ride to the Ron Abuelo Rum distillery. I sun was not only hot but high in the sky. As we disembarked the carts this drivers face captured my attention and imagination. It was Carnival and most businesses were closed, including the distillery, but we were on a specially arranged visit and this man was one of three who hooked their oxen up to their carts and drove us to the distillery when he could just have easily stayed home and celebrated. By the way, 30 year old Rum is quite a treat.

Acrylic 11 X 15 Strathmore 140# cold press

Embera Lady

A couple of weeks ago, on a trip to Panama, I was fortunate enough to visit a village of the Embera people. It was an enlightening opportunity. The people were friendly and welcoming. We were able to enjoy a delicious lunch with a local family. This amazing group are diligently working to keeping the native traditions alive while allowing small numbers of tourists to visit. They produce lovely handicrafts and live off the land and the adjoining river. This lady was a fine example of the beautiful faces I saw there.

Acrylic 11" X 15" Strathmore 140# cold press

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Me and Dad

This child is considerably older now but the sweetness of this photo still tells a great story of love between father and son. Over the years I've looked at it many times thinking "I should do something with this". Finally I couldn't resist. The boys hair is not as yellow as it appears but my photo skills are not the best.....

Prismacolor pencils on Bristol Vellum
8" X 10"

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Vietnamese Village Lady Smoking

I photographed this lady in North Vietnam several years ago. Over the years I've come back to look at her numerous times. She was crouched on the bare ground enjoying a cigarette while watching a group of American tourists exploring her village. She never interacted with anyone and I often wondered what she was thinking. I would have liked to hear her story and wish she had shared her memories of the war years.

Prismacolor pencil on Bristol Vellum

Monday, September 21, 2015

Wash Day - SOLD

This didn't turn out as well as I had hoped but it was a learning experience and fun none the less. I've always loved this photo. My niece took it a couple of years ago. She washed for a husband and two sons so there are always lots of jeans in the laundry. During summer she hangs them outside to dry.

Prismacolor on Bristol 



I recently decided to try colored pencil. it's quite a different expirience but I am finding it an interesting change,

Prismacolor on Bristol Vellum

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Ken Dermer

It's a good thing I got busy today to clean up some unposted paintings. I just found another one from a trip to France in Dec 2014! Ken was our guide extraordinaire for a lovely cruise down the Seine to visit village Christmas markets. He was terrific.

Acrylic on Arches 300# cold press paper
9" X 12"

En la Playa - SOLD

This little piece was a request by a friend...his favorite photo of his lovely wife. I liked the photo too as it had some nice strong contrast and just seemed so natural.

Acrylic on canvas 16" X 24"

Bull Elephant

I've been terribly lazy of late what with the lovely weather and all. This was painted months ago though I never bothered to post it.

Acrylic on canvas 16" X 24"

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Woman With a Ring II

What can I say? I'm still having fun with this series. I can,t say why they appeal to me but it's been such fun...I do like jewelry!

acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas  24" X 36"

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Woman With a Ring - SOLD

The 7th in this series of women with their jewels. I've nothing more to say except it has been an interesting journey so far. Now wherever I go, I am looking at the jewels women wear and noticing how they display them. Some women go to great lengths to help you focus on their jewels. Others simply take them in stride...

24" X 36" Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Woman With Jewels in Back

It's really a shame you can't see this in person. Her necklace and earring is made with strands of iridescent copper and beads created with blobs of mica. The beads are quite 3 dimensional but it doesn't photograph as such.

Acrylic on 24" X 36" gallery wrapped canvas

Friday, March 14, 2014

Three Strands

I have been having such fun with this series...even with a month away in the middle I was able to keep my interest and enthusiasm going (not an easy task). I wasn't sure this would work and I struggled for quite awhile until I finally felt it showed what I was trying to convey. For this whole series I have been using interference paints and iridescent paints on the jewelry which does not photograph well at all. Suffice to say, they are a lot more fun in person.

24" X 36" Acrylic on canvas

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Girl with Pearl Necklace -SOLD

I love the juxtaposition of ideas between the pearls and the cigar. I think it's rather unexpected. At the same time I love the dark moody club feel. My last few paintings have been in bright colors and I probably needed to return to my comfort zone with something dark again. I'm have a lot of fun with this series. there are still 6 more I want to do. Then what? I'll have 10 paintings of women with their makes me laugh.

24 X 36" Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas