Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Recently delivered

Here are two commissions that have found their way home recently. Could I have asked for more picturesque subjects for either? Love what I do! 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Portrait Society of America Conference

I'm coming off of a fantastic weekend of inspiration. At the four day conference, there was amazing talent wherever you turned and overwhelming enthusiasm for the promotion of the fine art of portraiture. One major highlight included meeting and hearing speak the grand nephew of John Singer Sargent, Richard Ormond, pictured above. Each year following the conference, I return to the studio all the more driven and well adjusted in my thoughts with my focus on the big picture as I go on this wonderfully uncertain adventure of being an artist.

Sunday, October 26, 2014


This is one of the pieces on display at Classic Center Exhibition. 'Alyssa' is 11''x14'' in oil on linen. I enjoyed painting this quiet moment. I like the warmth of her ears in the sea of cools. A portrait without a face can be a refreshing approach every once in awhile. It helps me to remember the interconnectedness of all my subjects and see that the portrayal of a person, in this instance, also includes a drapery study, a still life and an assessment of color and temperature. However, somehow the inclusion of a face can sometimes be a game changer and command too much attention in relation to the rest of the painting.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I have three paintings on display at the Classic Center in Athens, GA for the next few months. 'Taormina Vendor', a portrait of an Sicilian street vendor, is in Lyndon House's permanent collection which is on exhibit. Then two other more recent paintings are included in the show as well. I will post images, but go see them in person along with some other wonderful work!

Friday, August 22, 2014


I have been missing drawing lately. Though my hand has been busy,  I haven't had/made time for my first true love art-wise. So, I dug up this drawing from open studio to inspire myself and others to return to the fundamentals. I'm a firm believer that those drawing skills must be honed in order to do all the other fun stuff like painting, sculpting, etc. Happy Friday! Happy Creating!

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Bentley's head and shoulders portrait was such a fun work in process. Those incredible blue eyes rivaled old Frank Sinatra's himself. It ended up taking a touch of pthalo blue to get us there! Bentley's talented mom helped me in creating Lilla's birth announcement. She did the gorgeous calligraphy and I painted the flowers in watercolor.