Artwork

Drew this picture of Stacey and me from a reference photo taken the year before at our annual Christmas train ride. I always get some great shots during that ride. Now have a half dozen art pieces created from train ride photography. Created this to celebrate Stacey and my 25th wedding anniversary (11/28/2017). Where does the time go? My lovely bride gets more beautiful every year. I am a lucky guy – friends/family never hesitate to tell me I married up. Hard to argue – I agree. I’m not much of a facial hair guy, but decided to grow a beard that Winter. Yeah, it’s pretty white. Too many similarities to Santa Claus for me to keep it.

Painted this one from a reference photo I took on my phone at Longwood Gardens. Tried to loosen up on this one. Completed this in under three hours. Like all the contrasting greens in the background. Lots of cool blue highlights. Turned out better than it felt as I was painting it. Fun to do some of these “quickie” paintings, but, in my heart and soul, the more detailed paintings/work are more my speed.

Went to Rome, Italy on a family vacation in 2014. Loved the fruit stands. Had lemons the size of footballs. And, the fruit was displayed so radomly and beautifully around the stand. I’m always attracted to scenes at dusk with lots of lights. This one didn’t disappoint. Enjoyed painting the cool background against the stark warm light of the stand. Also enjoyed the contrasts of warm and cools in the shadows. That’s my wife, Stacey, in the foreground, looking as beautiful as ever. And, if you look closely, you can see the Colosseum at the end of the street.

Decided to do a family portrait. Didn’t want the normal pose. Wanted something that felt more like my jumbled still life paintings. During Emily’s high school graduation photo shoot, I coaxed my family into laying on the ground for a photo. Was rough going. I think the photographer had all of a second or two to take the shots before the kids started complaining. “This is stupid, Dad!” Fortunately, I was able to combine two of the shots to create a reference for this painting. Turned out better than I had originally hoped. Was fun working the faces – could get lost in all the subtle color changes. Really enjoyed painting this one. And, glad I was able to capture and paint another portrait of my family at this stage of our lives.

Drew this portrait from a reference photo taken on family vacation to Ireland in 2017. This guy was cruising around the Bunratty Castle village playing his fiddle for anyone to hear. He kept popping up around corners. And, yes, he did have that same quasi creepy look on his face.

When vacationing in Ireland the Summer of 2017, my family had the opportunity to visit a sheep farm. The kids got to hold and feed lambs. And we saw a great sheep dog herding demonstration. The sheep dog was wild – he seemed amped up. His constant pacing and intense gaze kept the sheep in line. Liked the dog’s intensity. The farmer seemed to be the sweetest of guys. But, his lingering by the wool trimmers let you know he meant business. Thought the combo of two reference photos would make a nice drawing.

Painted this portrait from a reference photo taken by and old friend and photographer, Buddy Eleazer. Buddy takes safari photography trips a few times a year. He usually shoots wildlife – amazing work – but, I was especially drawn to an image he shot of a young lady from the Himba Tribe. Can tell she’s a girl because the girls wear two braids in the front. The boys wear only one braid. Thrilled Buddy let me use his photo. Captivated by the image. And, if you look real close, can see an image of Buddy in the eyes of the girl. Soon after completing this painting, Buddy was able to take a print of my painting to Africa to give to the girl.

Painted this portrait from a reference photo taken by and old friend and photographer, Buddy Eleazer. Buddy takes safari photography trips a few times a year. He usually shoots wildlife – amazing work – but, I was especially drawn to an image he shot of a young lady from the Himba Tribe. Can tell she’s a girl because the girls wear two braids in the front. The boys wear only one braid. Thrilled Buddy let me use his photo. Captivated by the image. And, if you look real close, can see an image of Buddy in the eyes of the girl. Soon after completing this painting, Buddy was able to take a print of my painting to Africa to give to the girl.

Created this colored-pencil drawing from a reference photo taken at The Tower of London – one of the guards standing at the entrance to one of the halls. Was in London on a family vacation the Summer of 2014. Yes, the guard was a pretty good model because he didn’t move.

Created this drawing of my son, Cole, from a reference photo taken on the train between London and Paris.  Family vacation the Summer of 2014.  Cole’s really in to soccer – wore soccer jerseys almost the whole trip.  Pretty amazing – in the U.S., no one comments on his shirts.  As soon as we landed in Europe, he received a steady stream of comments on the various shirts he was wearing.