Dec 30, 2011

Plein Air 2012

I took my art box and added some pieces and now I have a homemade pleinart easel. The last time I painted outside was when I was in the 5th grade. I plan on getting out there as much as possible in 2012.

Dec 27, 2011

Dec 2, 2011

Why Not?

A lady at the church asked me to paint a deer on an antique sled she is giving as a Christmas present. Hey, why not?

Oct 28, 2011

First Show

These old friends have been framed and will be appearing in my first show ever:  Small Works 2011 at LBI Foundation for the Arts and Sciences; Nov 4- Dec 19.

Sep 7, 2011

"Barnegat Wetlands"

16 x 20 oil on canvas
Please enjoy this video showing the stages of the painting "Barnegat Wetlands".

Apr 4, 2011

#6 Geronimo- Apache

10 x 8 oil on canvas panel

I decided the best way to end this series was to paint the most infamous Native Amierican of all--Geronimo.  It is from a photograph Edward S. Curtis took in 1905, 4 years before Geronimo's death.  He was a ferocious Apache warrior who did all he could to fend off the encroaching settlement of land by outsiders.  Eventually, he succumed and surrendered.  Late in life he was reduced to travelling around to fairs making what he could off of his celebrity status.

Mar 22, 2011

Footbridge at Double Trouble

8 x 10 oil on canvas panel

Took a break from the Native American series to work out this little landscape.  Not far from where we live you'll find a serene place called Double Trouble State Park.  Deep inside the woods you'll come across this wonderful footbridge that makes its way over a gently flowing river.  The sound of the water and the glow of the sun will put you into a calm trance that will capture you and not let you leave the forest...ever.

Feb 24, 2011

#5 Eagle Elk-Ogalala (Sioux)

10 x 8 oil on canvas panel

Eagle Elk was a warrior and hunter from the Ogalala tribe, a division of the Sioux, originating from Bad River in the South Dakota region.  He was a cousin to Crazy Horse.

Feb 14, 2011

# 4 Apsaroke Mother

10 x 8 oil on canvas panel

Behind every great Native American there is a great Native American woman; and behind every great Native American woman is the next generation.  The Apsaroke tribe was a matrelinear culture whose generations were traced through the mother's side.  It was also traditional upon marriage for the man to move in with his wife and mother-in-law.  They were a northern plains tribe that eventually settled in the Montana region.

Jan 31, 2011

Assiniboin Man

10 x 8 oil on canvas panel

Here is the third painting in the series; a man whose name we do not know.  He was from the Assiniboin tribe that was located in Montana and southern parts of Canada.  This tribe was known for its hunting prowess and fur trading.

Jan 23, 2011

New Chest-Piegan (Blackfoot)

10 x 8 oil on canvas panel

This is my second painting in the series of Native Americans based on the photographs of Edward S. Curtis.  This striking figure had the interesting name of New Chest and was part of the Piegan Nation (Blackfoot) in the Montana region.

Jan 21, 2011

Three Eagles-Nez Perce

10 x 8 oil on canvas panel

I came across the awesome work of Edward S. Curtis who photographed thousands of Native Americans in the late 1800's and early 1900's.  He wanted to capture a vanishing race.  His work, I believe, stands as the best of his time in capturing the soul of the people who lived on this land for centuries. 

So this is the first in a series of paintings I'm doing to honor Curtis as well as the people he photographed.  It's an old Nez Perce cheif named Three Eagles.

Jan 20, 2011

The Barn

11 x 14 oil on canvas

This is the barn at my parents house in Virginia.  I painted it for my brother Marc who loves spending time there.

Mountain T.O.P.

11 x 14 oil on canvas

This is a scene from Mountain T.O.P. Ministries, located in the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee.  I painted it for my sister Sonja who ministers there on a regular basis.