Tuesday, November 21, 2017



2 new charcoal drawings. The one above is 12x13.5 inches, and the one below is 6x6". Both are in exhibitions, so email me for purchase information.

"The Coldness of Marble, the Sweetness of Life"

Friday, September 29, 2017

PHASE TWO -framing

Paintings newly framed and off to the North East Watercolor Society
 and the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society. 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Drawing in Barcelona!

charcoal and pastel

My drawing "Carra" is in Barcelona for an exhibition. It was purchased by the Art Renewal Center, a wonderful promoter/collection/ exhibitor entity that celebrates realism in the arts. Their purchase of my drawing was a thrill, and I am so honored to have them take my drawing to Barcelona. Wish I could go too!

Monday, September 18, 2017

ALLA PRIMA still life oil paintings

I took another painting workshop at the Ani Academy a few weeks ago. The title of the workshop was "Diagnostic Painting", and it was a great experience. I am still struggling with painting in oils, although My paintings have improved immensely the last year. The alla prima painting practice at the workshop was eye-opening, and I have gone on to paint a few more still lifes since.

This was my set-up at the Ani Academy. I estimate I spent about 10 hours on it. I was pleasantly surprised at how well it came out.

I have this great blue bottle, but I had to shorten it considerably to fit in my still life box. I think it came out great. This was probably 4 hours.

Here is an ambitious little still life, considering the nasturtiums drooped by the minute, so I had to do a bit of artistic interpretation along the way. This took about 3 hours. The finished product below....


I have admired other artist's painting of lemons, so I gave it a try myself. This was about 4 hours.

My sweet peas are actually a pretty magenta color, but I didn't take the time to mix the color up well, and it just looked bad. So, I turned to some pretty pinks and reds, so I could keep the chroma high. 
I think my 2 floral still lifes didn't turn out as well, because I was too far away from the still life, and I didn't have a good light on my easel. Painting in the dark does not work for me. 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

A ROSE AMONG THE THORNS watercolor painting

A Rose Among the Thorns
watercolor 17x11"

This painting is being framed, then headed to the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society Fall exhibition. I think it looks even better in person, so I hope it does well at the show!

QUEEN Charcoal Portrait Drawing

"Queen"  $350
charcoal and pastel  6x4", unframed

Another drawing from an old Roman sculpture. I hope to convey the feeling of the smooth marble and the sensuous curves of her skin.

Monday, August 14, 2017

BLESS MY SOUL oil painting

"Bless My Soul"
oil on linen 6x6"

Hydrangeas from a friend's garden. I love when there is a "connection" to a painting I am working on. I will think of her whenever I see this now. It's a good thing I like it!

Thursday, July 27, 2017


Well, I think these came out pretty cute. Each is 4x4", and I will frame them and take them to the local galleries. It is not my usual style, but what the heck.

"Sunny Flower"  SOLD
oil on linen 4x4"


"Fuchsia"  (SOLD)
oil on linen  4x4"


"White Lily"  $60
oil on linen  4x4"

Sunday, July 16, 2017


"Brandywine Rose"  $85, unframed
Watercolor  10x6"


"Here's Looking At You, Kid"  $85
oil  6x6"


"Peony Blush"  $1100, framed
watercolor  20x21"


"Persuasion"  (SOLD)
watercolor  8x8", unframed


Saturday, July 15, 2017


Here is a variety of drawings from my drawing group. If we can't entice a model, we either draw each other, or bring in some items for a still life drawing. I tend to use mediums that I am not real familiar with...

Amy's Toys
pastel pencils

Daffodil Still life
watercolor pencils

Iris and Lilies
colored pencils

Garden Bounty
colored pencils

Saturday, June 24, 2017

FLOWER ALlA PRIMA oil paintings

Golden Girl
oil on linen 4x4"


Pansy #1 (SOLD)
oil on linen  4x4"

I have been slogging away on a very detailed and time consuming painting, so the other day I decided to bring some flowers in and have a go at some alla prima pieces. They are only 4x4", and pretty cute.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

PORTRAITS OF A YOUNG LADY watercolor paintings

watercolor  16x13"

watercolor 27x18"

Here are 2 paintings of my young friend Kelly. She was originally hired to pose for the drawing below, but was a good sport when I had other ideas.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

CHARCOAL DRAWINGS portrait and still life

Odd Balls
charcoal 6x10"


Tree Spirit
charcoal  8x7"

It has been quite a while since I posted any new artwork. I have been working on some new coin designs for the U.S. Mint, and that takes top priority for me. These 2 drawings were completed under the guidance of the Ani Academy, and they are now at the Oxford Gallery in Rochester, NY. The exhibit is called "Doubles and Doppelgangers". 
Now, I am working on some watercolor paintings for a few future shows. Always working!

Friday, January 27, 2017


Here are a few portraits from the last several months. The charcoal drawings were done at the Ani Academy, and is usually a 3 hour pose. The pencil and color pencil drawings were done with my drawing group, which is usually 1.5-2 hours. After 9 years of weekly drawing group, I am getting pretty fast and accurate!