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 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!