Thursday, December 30, 2010

Sweet Melissa - Private collection

This is sweet Melissa - a very special person. She was invaluable to me when Kevin was so ill. She was so great with him and made his final days a joy. She's funny, witty and intelligent. He loved her so!

18" X 18" Acrylic and gallery wrapped canvas

Monday, November 1, 2010

Heidi - commission

24" X 36" Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

Monday, October 25, 2010

Rocker # 2

The second in my rock musicians series is a drummer. I was drawn to the contrast between the way the light played off his hair and the darkness in the lower portion where drums and cymbals block the light.

24" X 36" Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Robert Cray - SOLD

I rather like this one. I've used this style before and now I remember why I do not use it more often. While it seems simplistic just painting the shapes of color. I find it much more difficult and I have to paint so many more layers to get the paint smooth and fairly free of brush strokes. This was fun and I may decide to do some more of these. I also stepped away from my normal palette and with some quite happy with the results.

24" X 36" Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

Thursday, October 14, 2010

John Swegle - gifted to a friend

John is the son of a very good friend. He's a senior in high school and will be leaving home to go to college in the near future. I know his mother will miss him terribly so I thought she might enjoy having a reminder of him around to ease the loss. He's an interesting, charming and thoughtful young man and I hope I've captured that for her.

24" X 36 " acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

Monday, October 4, 2010

Lindsay Rose

Lindsay is my nephews daughter. This is from a photo he took of her peeking through some wild mustard or some other random plant. She's a cute little thing and very charming too!

9" X 12" Acrylic on gallery wrapped linen

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sk8ters - Gifted

You often see young skate boarders hanging out on benches or stairs. It seems to me they are at that cross road between childhood and adulthood. They're not quite ready to give up the thrill of skatboarding and yet not ready to settle into a job/career. I always admired their skill and daring as they race through town - it's as if they were born with wheels on their feet. The modern day version of Mercury.

Acrylic 24" X 36" gallery wrapped canvas

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Connected - Sold

I liked the idea of internet connections even though she's a solitary figure, probably home alone. I wonder how connected that really is? How connected can one be looking at a computer screen without hearing the inflections of the voice that make connecting in person so much more meaningful when you can hear the emotions in the spoken word? Just some questions I have.

20" X 20" Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. $800

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Corner Men - SOLD

I grew up watching the Friday Night Fights with my dad. Since then I have always loved the sport though I've rarely watch them in the recent years. My nephew, Greg Vogel ( took some photos for ESPN last week and when I saw them I knew I had to paint this one. If you click on the image, you can see an enlarged version.

24" X 36" Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas.

Thursday, July 1, 2010


This is the daughter of John Gottlieb, another recernt portrait. It was difficult becacause I have never seen her in person so who knows if I captured her or not? She just s beautiful young lady and I loved her big straw hat.

10" X 14" Acrylic on Arches 300# cold press

Friday, June 25, 2010

Barclay - Gifted to a friend

Two things I don't paint are landscapes and animals - however, Barclay is a special friend who lives on the same floor in my building. He's a grand pal and often joins us for wine on the terrace. He loves toast and he doesn't make any noise. He's got so much hair I wonder sometimes if he can see me at all. If I had a dog, I'd have one like Barclay!

20" X 20" Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

Friday, June 11, 2010

Girl with Braids

I haven't just sat down and drawn in a very long time. I've been thinking about polishing off those rusty skills. I obviously didn't get seriously detailed here but I did get a great deal of satisfaction in putting pencil to paper and seeing what kind of results I could get after so many years. This all came about when I was looking for something and came across my old drawing tablet. Perhaps I'll do some more. It's certainly a lot easier and faster than pulling out the easel and paints (and clean up is a breeze)....

Monday, June 7, 2010

John Gottlieb Bracchi

This is a charming and wonderful man from Santiago Chile. He was our tour guide on Saint Patrick's Day in Chile this year. It was a fabulous tour that made Chile one of my favorite places in the world. Not only is he a great guide but he's a charming and delightful host! He got into the spirit of the day and we had an amazing exerience in Chile as a result.

9" X 12" Acrylic and Arches 140# cold press

Sunday, June 6, 2010

After The Tears

This is a little girl at a school I visited in the delta region outside Buenos Aires Argentina. Some of the children were frightened when we entered their classroom. One small boy became quite upset. This child managed to regain her composure and offered a thin smile. She was so brave and just darling. I couldn't resist capturing that little face.

9" 12" Acrylic on Strathmore 140# cold press paper

Sunday, May 23, 2010

To The Finsh Line

Normally I steer away from landscapes and animals. However, being the huge horse racing fan that I am, I was moved by the recent Kentucky Derby and the Preakness to give the equestrian endeavors a shot. This is my nod to racing.....

30" X 30" Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas $2,000

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Water Lily

Water lilies are lovely blossoms floating, sometimes found in the most unusual places. This is the third and final painting of white blossoms. I think I'm over this latest floral phase. I have a couple new ideas forming somewhere in my mental musings. We'll see where I go next.

20" X 20 " gallery wrapped canvas $800

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Sweet Magnolia

I'm on a roll with white flowers. Here's my take on the wonderful magnolia blossom. When we lived in CA, we had a magnolia in the backyard. My children used the center of the spent blossoms as "hand gernades".

20" X 20" gallery wrapped canvas $800

Monday, April 12, 2010

Frangrance in White

It seemed time to get back to some basics and for this I selected a lovely gardenia. I took the time to do a complete underpainting before adding any color. White flowers are perhaps the most difficult to paint but with an underpainting to clearly define tonal values all one needs is to determine if you want to end up with a warm or cool effect. I selected warm because the gardenia has very warm under tones...and they smell heavenly.

20" X 20" gallery wrapped canvas $800

Friday, April 9, 2010

The Tango Lesson - SOLD

Inspired by a recent trip to Argentina this one is reminiscent of the rainbow colored structures in the Boca section of Buenos Aries. It's a charming and captivating area filled with artists and craftsman selling their wares in the street. It's almost electric just to be walking the streets here. The area began with dockworkers who used materials left over from the docks to build their homes. Using whatever paint was left, they created this amazing vibrant environment. Fiercely proud of the neighborhood, they continue to maintain the brightly colored tradition.

20" X 20" gallery wrapped canvas $800

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Girl On A Swing

What can I say? I had some left over paint and some time on my hands . This goes along with my boy playing ball - we'll call it a children at play series huh?!

9" X 12" Arches 140# cold press $250

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Cuban Sandlot Ball

I've had this in the back of my head for a very long time. Today was a sunny bright day and it seemed the right time to pull it out and get started. This is a young Cuban boy playing ball with his friends in a bleak space with nothing but bare earth as a back drop to his game. I used a limited palette to depict the the mood - it is the action that captures here.

Acrylic on Arches 140# cold press 9" X 12" $250

Monday, January 25, 2010

Kylie - gifted to Kylie

Kylie is the beautiful child of a new friend here in Portland. She dances and is a great ice cream buddy! Unlike most young girls her age, she's a pleasure to be around. I met her mother and her through my terrace mate. I've kept this one very soft because that's the sort of child she is.....

Acrylic 10" X 14" on Arches 140# cold press paper
(not for sale)

Friday, January 8, 2010

On The Fence

Today I felt like doing something softer and I really needed to feel paper again. There's just something so special about working on paper. I know I've said it before but some of my most pleasurable sessions are those on paper.

9" X 12" Arches 140# cold press paper $250

Monday, January 4, 2010

Margarita Ball - SOLD

Sometimes a concept works and sometimes not so much. Here's an example of the latter. It was great, in my mind's eye, but the execution didn't seem to come together as I had hoped. Back to the drawing board. P.S. I've updated the photo because I think I may have salavged this one.....

12" X 12" Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas.