“Mimi in Red”, 10.25 x 11, oil on panel

I find creating portrait sketches exhilarating. I think there’s something about faces that we, as human beings, have an affinity for. As babies we fall in love with our mother’s face, and we just keep falling in lIove throughout our lives. I don’t know of any better way to study a face than to paint …

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“Balance is Key”, 8.5 x 11.5, oil on panel

I think we can all agree that in life, as in art, balance is key. It is a marathon, not a sprint, so you need to proceed in a sustainable way and find the right mix of work to play, saving to spending, activity to rest. In painting we are trying to find balance in …

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“Weightless”, Oil on Panel, 10 x 12

I love painting the figure, especially with a particularly inspiring model. When a model has a presence and a sense of what makes an interesting and compelling pose, it’s inspiring for the painter. This model definitely had a sense of what makes a dramatic pose with lyrical lines and powerful light. Though the dynamic strokes …

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“Amazon”, oil on panel, 16 x 24

Painting the figure is a skill that you have to keep sharp. This means spending hours in the studio with a model and not necessarily coming out with a finished painting. Often the result is a fragment; evidence of the artist working through an idea or approach.  Or sometimes it’s a new paint color,  palette …

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