June 05, 2017


While in Atlanta at the annual conference for the Portrait Society of America I was able to hobnob with a number of artists that I'd never actually met personally, which was really enjoyable. One of the artists I had the opportunity to meet was Debby Lucille Bird, a figurative and portrait painter from Kentucky. Debby was so friendly and warm and as we talked and I got to know her a little more she'd mentioned that she kept a blog where she interviewed artists who were also parents and how they kept those two thing balanced.

Anyway, for some reason Debby felt that I was worthy of being interviewed for her blog. If you're curious about my reflections on maintaining and balancing a career as an artist and being a parent you can find the interview on her website over here!

January 02, 2017

Long Overdue Update

So it's been a long time since I've blogged here. There are several reasons, and I think they're all mostly good ones.

One of the reasons is that I've been fairly busy painting, trying new things, and just trying to improve in general. Lately, anytime I finish a painting, if I think it's a keeper I've been adding it to my website  rather than blogging about it here, so there are several new paintings that I haven't blogged about.
I'm not going to go back and try to tell my thoughts about each one of those more recent paintings. Instead I'll just put up this one to give a sense of where I'm at lately. This most recent painting was a pretty fair challenge. The photo I used as reference had to be altered a fair amount compositionally and color-wise. Painting from life a lot and studying other artist's paintings whose work I admire has helped a lot in terms of color and seeing shapes. Working as a professional illustrator has gone a long way towards recognizing good composition. I still have many aspects I want to improve in but all in all things are going in a good direction. I'm hoping for even greater break-through paintings/milestones this year. Just have to keep my nose to the old grindstone.

Mother Natures Son
Oil on Canvas 9 x 15

October 02, 2016

My New Website

I haven't been all that active on this blog because lately I've been trying to get my website together.

I don't have all my images up on it yet but I have enough that I thought I'd go ahead and publish it anyway. 

Check it out here:

Hope you like it.

May 24, 2016


Something I haven't tried much in a while are still-life. I had some flowers I had bought thinking I would use them together in a figurative piece. That one didn't work out as well as I'd hoped. I'm sure I'll return to it eventually. I don't take defeat easily. In the meantime, I thought, I had better make use of some of these great flowers, so I put together a little floral in container situation to paint. Waste not want not, right?

Sorry for all the glare. I had a difficult time getting a shot without glare. I'll eventually post a better shot, but this will do for now.

Oil on Linen - 9 x 12

A Positive Step Forward

I think all my recent painting efforts combined with the workshops I've attended is starting to show dividends. It goes without saying that the more you practice, or put time into something, the better you will get at that thing. I'm definitely not ready to say that it's become easy, but certain aspects are becoming a bit more, natural, shall we say.

Anyway, I felt like this past Friday's open studio effort at Bay Arts was a nice step towards developing my own style. Yes, it is just a sketch, but I like it as is.

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