Thursday, December 8, 2011

Steve Schall - SOLD

I took a break from my Africa series to paint this quick sketch of Steve. He's a writer friend who is always digging for details in every conversation. We met for drinks the other night and I snapped a photo with my cell phone. I loved the fedora and just couldn't resist the temptation to capture that cocky look of his.

Acrylic on Arches 140# cold press 10" X 14"

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Samburu Tribesman

Isn't this a wonderfully etched face? I was so taken with this as a study in charactor. I would have loved to know what wisdom he contained due to his life experiences. There was a certain calm about him that seemed to engulf all those around him. He made such an impression on me. I believe he will be the capstone of my Kenyan experience.

10" X 14" Acrylic on Arches 140# cold press

Monday, December 5, 2011

Masi chief

I was so intrigued by the earring this Masi chief was wearing. As it turned out, it was a film canister in which he stored his chewing tobacco! Talk about recycling! He was a charming gent and was quite happy to show me his tobacco stash. Only one of his ears was stretched with this rather large loop.

Acrylic on Arches 140# cold press 10" X 14"

Sunday, December 4, 2011


I just returned from a marvelous trip to Kenya. Gatiki was our guide and made our trip a delightful experience. Such a gentleman and a gracious host for his country. Since I don't paint animals, I will remember my journey through the faces I paint, starting with our guide.

Acrylic on Arches 130# cold press paper 10" X 14"

Monday, August 22, 2011

Dance Class - SOLD

An artist friend of mine, Kathleen Sauerbrei, sent me a reference photo of Sloan's first dance class. She knew somehow, I would never be able to resist the charm of these little girls watching their parents drive away and leaving them to face the dance master. Of course I have no way of knowing if that is what is actually happening, but that is what I see. Anyway, she was correct. How could I resist?

12" X 16" acrylic and Arches 140# cold press

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


This is one of those I've been wanting to do, well, it seems like forever. There's so much I love about the idea of her intently watching someone else perform and perhaps waiting for her turn. For me this is a girl who lives and breathes dance so much so that she stays backstage to watch every move and every dancer, not wanting to miss a thing. I've painted this idea before in "Waiting in the Wings". I never get tired of dancers.

Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas 30" X 40"

Friday, July 15, 2011

Old Fairlane - Sold

I swore I'd never do another vehicle with lots of chrome. However, as time passes one forgets about the difficulties. I was helping my sister-in-law with a garage sale when this car pulled into the driveway. I immediately rushed into the house for my camera and have not been able to get the car out of my mind since so I finally succumbed and pulled out a canvas and got to work.

Acrylic and gallery wrapped canvas 24" X 36"

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A Distant Shore - Gifted

I always seems to gravitate to musicians - obviously this one is not in the same style as most of my musicians but a realistic style seemed to suit the scene better. What's on that distant shore and does she wish she were there? I like to imagine that her dreams reside across the water and seem so far away from where she is.

Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas 24" X 36"

Friday, May 6, 2011

Ezra's Lesson - SOLD

Here's another version of Ezra. This is still on paper but done with my usual acrylics. I am thinking I may do him yet again but on canvas. We'll see where he takes me next...

12" X 16" Acrylic on Arches 130# cold press

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Ezra's Easter - SOLD

This is nothing very serious. I'm thinking about painting Ezra so since today was Easter, I did a quick study in Pastels (both the color and the medium). I rarely work with pastels but it was something I could do quickly and for fun.....I didn't finish it but what I was really thinking about was the crop...anyway I was so amused by the outcome that I thought I'd share it for your entertainment!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Parisian artist in Montmartre

A couple of weeks ago I was in Paris and visited the Sacre Coeur and Montmartre. I was taken with the artists who fill the space between cafes and street performers. The artists themselves were more interesting than the art. I loved this man. He was just sitting there watching as people passed. Of course he was wearing a beret - what could be more Parisian?

18" X 18" acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Self Portrait

For a Rogues Gallery challenge in Wet Canvas here's a self portrait...a different style and always a dismal effort when one is painting one's self! Honest - I used to be younger!

Acrylic on Arches cold press paper 11 X 14

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Fishin With Dad - SOLD

This is Chad and Ryan out for a little father and son time on a summer's day. Just two guys out doing what every little boy loves to do...spend time with dad fishing in a lazy stream, talking about guy stuff and enjoying the sunshine. What could be better?

Acrylic on Arches 140# cold press 9" X 14"

Friday, March 11, 2011

Annie's Apple

Such a pose, I couldn't resist. I wanted to do something soft for a change so I dug through my files and found Annie. She's been in my cue for some time but didn't feel the desire to put her on paper until today.

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

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Danseur in Repose

I rarely repaint a subject twice but I made an exception in this case. Several years ago I painted him in blues though I have always wished I had done him differently. My son sent me some canvases for Christmas - one being 12" X 36". Perhaps it was a joke or just a little encouragement to do something different. In any case, I was compelled to revisit my dancer. I compared both paintings side by side and now I'm not sure which I actually prefer?! Coloration gives each an entirely different feel.

Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas 12" X 36" $500

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A Stroll in the Surf

Something nice to think about in the midst of winters rain and drear. The water is greener than it appears here but not being a photographer at heart I find I am unable to capture the true color. In my next life I'll take some lessons. For now, I am not interested in the mechanics of photography. Suffice to say, I have enough trouble with paint!

24" X 36" Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas $1,500

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Jimi - SOLD

Jimi Hendrix is a special request from my son. It was Jimi or Jerry Garcia - in my mind there was no choice!

24" X 36" Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas