Becoming A Better Realist Painter Through Abstraction

I’ve heard it said by more than a few realist artists that they have no connection to abstract art. It’s not their thing, they don’t get it, it’s not real art, etc. Of course, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I believe that some ... Read More...

Building Art Communities – Creating Collaborative Circles

I am fascinated by group dynamics and how being a part of a group can lead you to accomplish more, feel more connected, and be more successful. Why do groups of ordinary people create a performance far beyond the sum of their individual ... Read More...

Indulging in the Creative Process​

It’s all about the process and not the end result. 2017 was an experimental year for me. I modified my palette and decided to work from plein air & studio studies. My plan was to go small before going big. My palette now includes only 4 ... Read More...

Different Strokes for Different People!

I bet you thought I was going to say “Different Folks"! Well, that’s my point! You can, and should be different, folks! No one wants to see a second rate Sargent or Sorolla. People want to see who YOU are in YOUR work. I’d be willing to ... Read More...

Marketing is Such a Dirty Word

Over the last 7 years of being an artist, I’ve heard and said many comments, concerns and judgments around the subject of marketing. Some of which include: “I just want to paint”, “if the work is good, it will speak for itself”, “I’m not a ... Read More...

Paint Masses Not Grasses!

Perhaps one of the more perplexing problems for new and developing landscape artists is how to effectively depict grasses. It's easy for grasses to come out looking contrived or worse, like a bad hair transplant. I know, cuz I've been ... Read More...

So You Want To Create A Plein Air Event

Plein Air Artists and Plein Air Associations are frequently approached by organizations and communities for advice on developing a plein air event… that is, until they understand the incredible amount of work, resources, and community ... Read More...

Remembering William Whitaker OPAM March 5, 1943 – March 6, 2018

From birth to his final days, William Whitaker lived and breathed art. His art and his imprint in the art world will live on for generations into the future. The OPA Master painter was born into a family of artists and musicians. His life ... Read More...

How On Earth Did I Get Interviewed by the New York Times? Here’s the Back Story.

After many years of selling through a local fine art gallery, sudden reality hit hard. The gallery closed its doors and cancer took the owner’s life. She had promoted my work and referred many clients for commission projects. Together we ... Read More...

Miscellaneous Thoughts in 2018

This is an exciting time! It seems like more people are spending money again. There are more artists than ever doing really fine work. There are more people studying painting than ever before. There are more competitions, associations, ... Read More...