Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Miner #2

This painting is a small portrait of an unknown miner probably dating back to the 1950's.  I always admired  Robert Henri's portrait work.  I try to capture some of that drama and character that he had in his work.

Friday, March 23, 2012


I occasionally do some images that have to do with labor or mining.  I search the archive photos for images and sometimes combining photos for a larger image.  The interest in the subject comes from my grandfather who was a coal miner in Appalachia region of Kentucky. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Coming and Going #38

This painting is another from the series of people coming and going.  I like to choose bright sunlight for these images so I can  break the painting down to abstract shapes.  Some light shapes come out of darkness and  dark shapes come into the light.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Beach #5

This painting is part of the series of beach paintings.  I am not sure how I am going to arrange all of these small paintings into a large painting.  But I want the figures to have some connection to each other as in this painting.  The conversation that these two figures are having lends a narrative to teh piece.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Reader #16

This painting is part of the series of female figures reading.  This one in particular looks more impressionist than others.  I didn't plan it that way, it just happened.  For some reason, anytime you have  plants or flowers, it automatically looks impressionist. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Beach #4

The beach paintings are a new series I started doing about a year ago.  I plan on doing some larger paintings based on these smaller works.  The lakefront here in Chicago supplies me with a never ending resource of material to use.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Reader #14

One of my favorite subjects, the female figure reading in sunlight.  I use small touches of intense color in the lights.  You can see the cadmium red and yellow stand out through the greys and browns.