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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.