“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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” Red Sun Hat”, Oil on Canvas Board, 9.75 x 13

Sometimes the presence of a model really pervades a painting. This model had been a professional artists’ model for years on both the East and West Coast. I think you can see the dignity in her bearing and her profile speaks volumes. The red sun hat is, of course, a very strong shape and color, …

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