Friday, November 16, 2012

New Address

Hey everyone. After much debating I have decided to change my blog and its address. I will no longer be updating this blog and all of my new posts can be viewed here:

I have added a couple of features to the new blog to make it easier for everyone to stay in touch with updates, along with an easier way to share it with others.  See you there.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Last Two

Thanks to everyone who showed up at Ghostprint Gallery on opening night. If you couldn't make it to the opening, the show will be up through November. Here are the 2 most recent paintings I completed for the exhibition.

The Merhige Farm
30" x 90"

Under the Bridge
34" x 47"

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Thursday Preview

Now that we have all braved the hurricane, it's time to think about more important things, like my show. The previewing is Thursday, November 1st from 6-8pm. I hope to see you all there. Here are a couple more images to entice you to go.

The Mansion (Study)
15" x 20"

Bouquet in a Window
26" x 20"

Monday, October 15, 2012

Upcoming Exhibition

Hey guys. I know it has been a while since my last post but I actually have a good excuse: I have been cranking out paintings for my November exhibition at Ghostprint Gallery in Richmond, VA. This will be my first show with Ghostprint and I am excited to be working with them. The show opens for a previewing on November 1st and the exhibition's official opening is Friday, November 2nd. Needless to say, it is crunch time and I have been frantically trying to finish a 30"x90" painting in time for the opening. Here is a small preview of some recent work.

This first piece is a Christmas gift (from last year) for my girlfriend. It is a painting of the house she lived in when she moved to Richmond. This will not be in the show.

The Schoolhouse
15" x 20"

The next piece may or may not be in the exhibition. It is a study for a large piece I completed for the show.

Under the Bridge (study)
14" x 20"

Friday, August 24, 2012


Here is a portrait commission I recently finished. I made the epic drive to Fort Lauderdale, Fl (from Virginia) to work with the model and develop the composition. This was by far the most intense process I have used for completing a commission, but I was quite happy with the final result. The first painting I painted from life. The second and final piece was created from the study and photographs I took.


36" x 36" 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Finished bedroom

Here is the final version of the bedroom painting. I decided to title it "3:45pm" which is the time shown on the clock, though it is too small to read at this image's size.


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Mansion

Here (finally) is the finished painting. I will be updating soon with more work.

The Mansion

Tuesday, July 10, 2012


Here is the finished study of the farm. I spent numerous nights painting the scene from life, and one of those nights the sky looked incredible. At the time I wasn't sure (and I am still unsure) if I wanted such an active sky in the final piece, but still I couldn't resist painting it. The study shows the sky on that night, and I've adjusted it (and a few other things) in the value study. Let me know what you think. Also, I'm not sure if I am going to keep the title because I don't want any relation to those books/movies.

15.5" x 30"

Friday, June 22, 2012


Lately I've been getting back into charcoal drawing and I'm really enjoying it. At first I was using it as part of the process of creating a painting, but the drawings had enough of their own energy to stand alone. I am experimenting a lot with my charcoal technique, but here are the first two drawings.

There are some drawing issues in the face, but it was a decent first attempt.

Monday, May 21, 2012


I've been working diligently on this painting and I feel like it's getting close to finished. I'm really enjoying the way I'm applying/scraping/destroying the paint and I want this history to show in the final product. I'm finding that what's tricky about this process is that I need a good balance of refinement and looseness or the painting starts to look like crap. Ultimately, I need to refine a few things and then screw up other things and I think the painting will be finished. At least that's what I hope.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Progress and Looseness

I have been feeling the itch to loosen up for a couple of months. My work is not usually as tight as it has been, but I felt the need to push myself in a more realistic direction. I'm having a lot of fun now that I've loosened up and I feel like I should have been painting this way all along. The difficult thing I'm experiencing now is how to know when my paintings are done. I don't feel like either of these are finished yet, so I'll probably paint until I get sick of them and then call them finished.
 I had some more compositional issues with this piece. Here is the block-in before I was going to build the smaller canvas. At this stage I still wasn't happy with the composition so I made everything a little bigger.

Here is the result (with a bit of work added) but I am finally content with the composition. The previous iteration didn't have the impact or power I wanted to convey, but I found that making everything fill out the canvas more did the trick. It also meant that I didn't have to build another canvas, which is a win all the way around.

 I put this guy on the back-burner for a while. This is what it looks like 3 sittings after it's first post. I worked on it a couple of months ago when I was trying to get it ready for my solo show but (luckily) wasn't able to finish it. The painting at that stage - which I unfortunately didn't document - was really stiff and didn't have the energy that was so nice in the early stage of the piece, so yesterday I pulled it out again and got wild with it. Now I'm starting to have fun with it again.

Thursday, April 26, 2012


I have been putting it off for years, but I finally created a website. It is really simple and isn't 100% finished yet, but I'm happy with its overall look. Also, it was dead easy to make using iWeb and updating it should be very quick (I don't know the ins and outs of web design, nor do I like sitting in front of my computer for long periods of time). Without further ado, my new website:

Let me know if you have any comments or questions.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Composition Issues

Here is some process work for a new painting. I posted a preliminary drawing for this painting about 3 or 4 years ago and I've finally gotten around to working on finalizing the composition, colors, etc. It took about 3 weeks for me to finish the drawing and compose it to my liking. I then painted the color study from life, and while doing so I realized there were compositional problems. I spent another week editing the composition, built the canvas (35"x45"), and transferred the composition.
After getting the painting to this stage, I once again realized that I wasn't 100% satisfied with the composition. Annoying. But with the magic of a digital camera and Photoshop, I edited the composition to reduce the amount of space on the right side of the painting to finalize the composition once again. I have learned to listen to that little nagging voice in my head (and listen quickly), or I will never be completely satisfied with the piece.

This is what the painting looks like now (it's a mess, I know). When I get around to it I will build the new panel, strip the painting from it's current panel, and stretch it around the new panel. I only took off an inch and a half - it isn't much out of 45 inches - but I have the tendency to be anally-retentive with my compositions.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Farm composition

This is the composition for a new piece I am getting ready to start. I might still tweak this a little, but I am mostly satisfied with it. In this scene the sun had just set behind the trees next to the house, and the porch light of the house had just been turned on; there was something quiet and beautiful that begged to be painted.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Exhibition News and the Finished Kitchen

Ahhh. It feels good to be done with this one. I got really sick this week and had to power through the last few hours of the painting, but I needed to get it done for my solo exhibition next week. The exhibition is at Blue Spiral 1 Gallery in Ashville, NC and it opens on March 1st. The show is open until June 2nd, so you have lots of time to see it if you can't make it to the opening. Also, the work will be available to view on the galleries website:

"Evolution of a Kitchen"
36" x 45"

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

New painting progress

I've been working diligently on the kitchen painting, but I think it is time to step back from it and work on something else. This is a painting I started back in September and put on the back-burner until now. It measures 28"x 35" and this is what it looks like after 4 or 5 sittings. The room was dark and my canvas was poorly lit, which explains some of its current value and color issues. I hope to remedy these things in the studio.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Kitchen, part 4

More progress! I've been working on some other paintings lately, so I put this one on the back-burner for a couple of weeks. Since the last post, I've started to add more objects that were in the kitchen and refine areas. The difficult thing with this painting is figuring out when I have pushed and pulled the objects enough to achieve the idea (or feeling) I want to get across. I am also having fun capturing the glow from the window.