Reflections and Sky Holes

In choosing a subject to paint I often find I’m drawn to water. Of all the elements we find in the landscape it is the one that pulls at my creative heart. Perhaps it is because it is life-giving. Or maybe it’s the ever-changing ... Read More...

An Interview with Suzie Baker

I had the privilege of meeting Suzie Baker, briefly, at the Oil Painters of America (OPA) National Convention, held in Dallas, a few years ago. However, the first time I became acquainted with her work was when she won the Artist’s Choice ... Read More...

Paintings That Speak

What makes you fall in love with a piece of art? At the 2017 Cowgirl Up! show in Arizona, I was smitten with a painting by Phoenix artist Jessica Garrett.  Jessica's rosy, lit-by-the-sunrise-mountains reminded me of watching the morning sun ... Read More...

Artistry and Craftsmanship

You enter an art museum… you come around a corner… and there it is: a painting that immediately draws you in. Somehow through mere paint on a canvas it speaks, stirring your soul, even though the painting was painted long ago. Amazing isn’t ... Read More...

Packing for A Painting Trip

Recently I had the pleasure of taking a trip to Maine with other painter friends. This was not a workshop. We wanted to get together to paint beautiful scenery, talk about our shared passion and enjoy each other's company. Packing for ... Read More...

No Matter What, Paint

I love to paint most everything but my passion is doing figurative work, especially portraits. Nothing is more satisfying than to first capture a person’s likeness and then catch at least a glimpse of what I think of as his or her spirit ... Read More...

BACK TO BASICS: COLOR

In a fall post last year, I spoke about the importance of value in the hierarchy of a painting’s success. Color was the third item listed: 1. Drawing 2. Value 3. COLOR 4. Edges In this post I’ll briefly share a few thoughts on ... Read More...

Rooms

Attending my high school class’s fiftieth reunion this past June has me in a reflective mood. Home, back then, was South Florida, and I had not been ‘home’ for many years. It was a good school, Coral Gables High. A large and diverse ... Read More...

Two Keys

You’ve spent your life hoping to learn the ‘secret’ to becoming a better artist – while being told there are no secrets. Well maybe not, but I have come to believe there are two ‘KEYS’ that can help you open the doors leading down that ... Read More...

John Singer Sargent:
Nascent Modernist?

Most painters today think of Sargent as a realist; an artist who was capable of painting extraordinarily life-like portraits and beautiful landscapes with ease and fluidity. While both points are true, there is another aspect to Sargent ... Read More...