Self-Portrait At the Beach With my Mother

This piece is oil on canvas, 18×24. SONY DSC

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Watching the Sun Rise

This painting was inspired by the morning light that streams through my living room window. In this piece I especially love the contrast between the cool light from the window, and the warm light from the room behind the figure. Watching the Sun Rise is part of the current show at the David Adler Music and Arts Center, and will be up for two more weeks.

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Watching the Sun Rise, 16×20 inches, Acrylic on Canvas. Prints available at Fine Art America. The original is also available for purchase.

Vintage Photography Portraits

Leading up to Christmas, I usually do a lot of portrait commissions. This year I had a client who was willing to experiment with hers. I’ve always loved vintage photographs, and so for these I tried to approximate the color of a vintage photograph, but with some variation in the warms and cools of the color. I’m really excited about how they turned out. I’m updating the custom portraits page to include these, and hoping I’ll have the chance to do many more in the future.

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Bell Tower at the Botanic Gardens in Autumn

I painted this in mid Autumn on site at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. I was high on a hill-actually the same hill I painted the Japanese Bridge from, but facing the other direction. It was an absolutely beautiful day; this time of year every day painting outside is particularly wonderful, because I never know which day will be the last before it is too cold. Prints of this piece are available at Fine Art America. The original is also for sale.

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Bell Tower at the Botanic Gardens in Autumn

14×18 in, acrylic on gessoboard

$150.00

 

I Am

I painted this for the owner of Blue Sky Yoga Studio in Libertyville, Illinois. She sat in this pose for an amazing four hours, with barely any breaks. We chose this pose because it was her favorite, but once completed my favorite thing about the piece is how it reimagines this common image from art history with a female subject.  Prints of this piece are available at Fine Art America.

SONY DSCThis piece is 30×24 in, acrylic on canvas.

New work From the Current Show

New paintings! After a very successful opening reception at the Jack Benny Center in Waukegan, Illinois last night, I’ve uploaded images of some of the paintings shown there that haven’t previously been on this website. We were so honored that so many people came and looked and showed their support, and were particularly thrilled with the number of kids that came. A few of these pieces have sold, but many are still available and can be seen anytime the Benny Center is open through the end of September. Please see my Fine Art America Website for a complete list of availability and pricing, as well as for prints of any of these pieces.

To visit the work in person, please stop by 39 Jack Benny Drive, Waukegan, Il, Monday-Thursday from 10am-9pm, Friday from 9am-5pm, or Saturday from 9am-4pm.

Capturing the Sunrise

This is a series of three pieces I painted as the sun rose over Lake Michigan at Illinois Beach State Park this morning. The first piece is tiny-5×7-because the sun rose so much more quickly than I could paint it. The second one shows the sky in transition. Shortly after I started it a dense fog blew in, picking up the colors of the sun and muting the light surrounding it. By the time I started the third piece, the sky was thick with fog, though there was a tiny sprinkling of light at the water’s edge where the sun rose above the fog. I recently read a quote in the book, Hawthorne on Painting, in which Charles Hawthorne is reported to have said, “A painter spends his life in despair trying to paint the beauty he sees…”  I felt this so acutely this morning, striving to emulate beauty that seems so far out of reach. But Hawthorne says later on the same page, “If a man lives a lifetime and seriously and humbly studies these things about nature-the beauty of the spots of color made by objects as they come together-it cannot but react on him as a man and, by the time he has painted for forty years or so, he’ll begin to have a glimmer of what beauty is.” So I’m making it a goal to hold off judgment of my work for another thirty years or so.

SONY DSCSunrise Before the Fog, 5×7, acrylic on gessoboard

SONY DSCSunrise as the Fog Blew In, 11×14, acrylic on gessoboard

SONY DSCAfter the Fog Blew In, 9×12, acrylic on gessoboard

Prints of these paintings can be purchased at Fine Art America by clicking on the appropriate painting. All three originals are also for sale.