• Without reservation I can say I enjoy the creation of every piece I create.  Some are especially memorable and flow from hand to paper in an unexplainable way.  This is one of those pieces.  The subject is the mother of the client's wife.  The photo I worked from was taken many years ago; the mother passed away this year.  I didn't plan to do this in color, I didn't start the piece in color, it just all fell in place as I was laying it out.  I can only guess she was a colorful women with a rich life.  I mark this as one of my first, real color portraits.  The piece was finished in soft pastel and graphite.  I am excited to continue exploration of this new medium.

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  • Each year, for the past several, I have been asked to create works about Put-In-Bay.  This year I shook it up a bit and did one of the pieces in color.  It represents the signs of several of the island establishments.  I love the piece and even "customized" it a bit for the family.  The other two pieces focus on the Round House and Frosty's.  They were finished in white pastel and graphite (my absolute favorite mediums.)  Click on the pictures for a larger view.

  • I haven't had a lot of opportunity to draw homes, but I sure love it when I do.  This piece was especially interesting.  I was given a series of photographs taken this fall and was asked to create a summer scene.  This involved the ignoring of some pumpkins and mums, and adding geraniums and green trees.  The fact that the home is brick also adds an element of interest and made for a wonderful end result.  The picture is 11x14 on fine art Strathmore paper.  I used color pencils, soft pastels and graphite.  I should also mention it took a couple of tries to get this one right.  I believe it was well worth it.  

  • For this portrait, I was given a series of current photographs (including the couple's wonderful dog) and a wonderful photograph from the couple's early years together.  I put them all together to create a unique and composition.  The final piece is 11x14 and finished completely in white pastel and graphite.