Wednesday, September 8, 2010


Pastel on Sandpaper with an underpainting of wet pigment. 36"x28" Ala Prima, done in 95 minutes with an audience and while making comments.

My favorite portrait to date. Everything worked. Jack was a perfect model. Have you, when doing a portrait, had the sense of interference on a vibe level, coming from the model. I believe some models are compelled to attempt to control the process, although I don't think it's a conscious impulse. Sometimes I feel it so strongly that I can hardly see the model. Jack was the exception that proved this is true. I was relaxed and free while I painted him. I learned to identify this interference and, I hope, to be able to deal with it with more awareness when next I encounter it.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Boy! I'm Good!

I hung a show today.

After spending the last 15 years making Wallis Paper the success it is, while taking the opportunity to drop out of showing and search for the next level in my work; my breath was taken away by how good the show looks. I wish you could all see it. In my time of hiatus, I have continued to grow. I am happy and proud.

The show is at:
Lexus of Portland
8840 SW Canyon Road
Portland, OR 97225

May 3 thru May 30
Sun 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
Mon-Fri 8:00 AM-8:00 PM
Sat 9:00 AM-7:00 PM

There will be a reception at my studio
10915 SW 37 Ave, Portland
May 8th and May 9th 3 to 5 PM
See what's on the easel now.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Waterlilies, 24"x36" watercolor underpainting and pastel on sandpaper.
A very hot July day at Giverny, standing on the bridge in the full sun, doing just the most essential parts, no finishing, no unnecessary detail. I learned a lot about less is more.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Giverny Spring

From my painting trip to Giverny.