Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Gentle Giant

8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board  

I met this dog when I was on my way to the post office. He stopped everyone in their tracks. What a beautiful Newfoundland he was, scarf and all. He deserved a portrait for sure.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board  

I posted an oil sketch of Matthew (a man who was putting in our new tile) a while ago, and finally got around to doing his portrait. He has such an interesting face and was kind enough to allow me to paint him, beard and all. He told me his wife was making him shave it off….

Monday, April 17, 2017


9 x 6 Oil on Archival Board


Meet Gonzo, a Golden Doodle, who has been trained impeccably by Lesleigh Cook.  Sometimes you  meet a dog, and they look at you and you fall in love instantly.  That's how I feel about Gonzo.  He has a look that is hard to describe.  I tried to capture it here.  Very serious, ready for action, yet playful as well.  He is a therapy dog and whatever family was fortunate enough to get him should feel very blessed.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Girl in an Easter Bonnet

 8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board 


What a better way to say "Happy Easter" than to paint an adorable child in a very large hat?! When I paint a portrait, after sketching in the shape of the face I work on the eyes. If I can nail that part of the face, I feel like the painting has become alive. This is beautiful Ellery Ann. HAPPY EASTER/PASSOVER EVERYONE!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Less is More

8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

From my Saturday painting session at the Old Jail Hill Art Space at Goose Creek Studio, here is a quick study of Matthew. I rarely do oil sketches, but I loved the process…and I didn't have to lug all my tubes of paint. Only black and white. A revelation!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Pug - Commission

8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board 


Want a biscuit? Want a belly rub? Want to play? Not sure what that look is, but whatever, it definitely gets your attention. A real cutie for sure.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Morning, After the Rain

6 x 12 Oil on Archival Board


Lots of rain recently and some beautiful clouds to try to capture.  I was able to catch this scene just as the sun was beginning to come through those clouds.  Painted plain air and really fast to try to nail down what I was seeing before it disappeared, which it did in an instant!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Elegance - Commission

12 x 9 Oil on Archival Board


I was asked to do two portraits of this beautiful woman in different poses.  This one was my favorite.  A challenge, but what fun to do!  She looks so much like Lady Di, doesn't she?