This is a pic of my latest painting. It’s a low horizon piece at about 6 o’clock. The sun was down and causing an orange glow in the sky. Sometimes these soft light pieces are very calming and easy to look at. It’s all done in broken color in a very impressionistic style. I hope you like.
Here is a video I made! 🙂 I love teaching other individuals how to paint. I especially love it when students have that real passion for creating! Art workshops are important in my opinion and they help all artists grow no matter what level they may be at.
This is a sample of some of my pet portraits. I go about it in the same manner as I would when painting a a persons portrait. All the rule of painting apply still and the subject never changes the rules or guidelines. I try to capture the dogs expression just the same as I would any other portrait I would paint. I am a big fans of dogs and cats. In fact I love painting them. Afterall, animals are so much a part of individuals families as another individual would be.
This is a fly fisherman painting done while in park city utah. It’s on the Weber River. It was late afternoon and the sun was flowing across the valley. I love these small studies of the effect of light on a scene. Fly fishing is one of those activities that just brings so much pleasure. It’s an activity that takes place in the beautiful outdoors and really what is there not to like about it! This is 11×14 inches on panel done in oils. I hope you like it.
This is a sample of a little boys portrait. It is done in a tight photographic style. and even though I paint the head and hands in this style, I still try to keep the rest of the painting loose and flowing. A painting must have a certain rhythm to be pleasing to the eye. Rhythm come naturally to the painter. However one must be aware of it while executing the painting. Sometimes it has to do with brushstrokes, and other times it might be done with composition or light. But, with whatever it takes it will always be an easier painting to look at if it contains it.
My dad was the greatest influence of my painting career. He took the time to start me painting at the age of 5, and was the one that encouraged me to become an artist. His paintings followed a strong New England tradition of style, as did Emile Gruppe’, Edward Harrington and Marshall Joyce as well as many other great New England painters. The key to this as well as many of his other works is a strong control of the viewers eye. A very simple composition is important as well and a way of leading the viewer into the painting while creating an emotional response. He would tell me one must edit at all times to create a strong point of view and he would say “what you leave out is just as important if not more than what you put in”. This was a lesson it try to keep in mind every time i approach the canvas.
This is a large studio piece I did from a smaller painting done on location one summer night this past summer. There was this typical red clay road leading through the field towards the sunset. Earlier that day was the tail end of a summer storm so the cloud formation was just absolutely beautiful. At just the right moment I tried to capture the suns light reflecting under the storm clouds. I love this effect. This piece was 48×60 inches. The on location piece was a 16×20 size piece.
This is an example of one of my working knives. It is a typical hunting knife one would use for hundreds of purposes. It is Damascus steel in a random pattern. Double tempered which makes for a very tough blade. That holds an edge for a long time. The handles are made out of mycarta and carved in an armadillo pattern so one can have a good grip without slipping they also have fancy carved pins. Damascus steel is three or four different kinds of steel all folded together so on I microscopic level it cuts like a serrated edge.