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.
Making custom knives has been I love of mine for many years. I look at it as sculpture and another medium to work in. Some of the knives I make are working knives. Like utility, skinners, and hunters…while others are art knives or collector knives. This is an art knife. It’s D2 steel. Double tempered with a 3 1/2 inch blade with Victorian etching on both sides. The handles are exhibition grade mother of pearl. It has a 10 point diamond on either side the diamonds are e vs1 grade and very bright to boot! This also has a custom sheath that comes with it. Price available upon request. I hope you enjoy!
This is a style of portrait that is very tight. Most portrait commissions I do are in this style. However, once in a while a client will say they want a looser artsy style. Honestly, I love both styles for different reasons. When doing a lot of board room portraits in a tight style I have to slip in a few paintings in a different style just to break it up. Sometimes a change in mediums will help. I love water color portraits just as well. Painting any style portrait really brings a huge smile to my face. It’s very enjoyable and something I am always looking forward to doing.
This is a study of an old man done in oils and painted on 12×16 panel. I love to paint in impasto with lots of rich thick paint. Sargent once said the thicker you paint. The more your color flows. I also like the idea of lost and found edges, this engages the viewer more than a photographic image that spells out everything for you. I love paintings that have an abstract quality to them, it’s more difficult to paint in a half abstract half realistic style than one would think. I hope you enjoy and thank you for taking the time to visit my blog!
This is one of the many places I return to paint plein air. I start to paint and hold off until the right moment to capture the sunset at its best moment. I tried to compose this painting with the sun right on the “golden section”. I always try to avoid placing where I want the viewer to look in the middle of the canvas or sectioning up the canvas in “halves”. I do this by trying to think mostly in terms of thirds or odd numbers. Its seems much more interesting when doing so! I hope you enjoy the piece as much as I did creating it!