Drawing for a Painting

I've recently created a Facebook page for my creations - not just the stuff I draw and paint but everything that my two hands and one brain create.  In an effort to promote that new page I'm giving away a free commissioned watercolor portrait (8x10, 1 subject).  In order to enter the online drawing all  you have to do is visit my FB page, enter the Discussions tab and follow the instructions there.  But hurry because the drawing is on Saturday, November 13th.


Little Girl Ballerina

5x7 watercolor on Bristol paper.


5x7 watercolor on Bristol paper.

Apples In Yellow Bowl

5x7 watercolor on Bristol paper.



Another little 5x7 watercolor.  A loose portrait of my cousins sweet daughter Rachael.

Colors and Shapes

This is a little 5x7 watercolor on paper.  Enjoying the freedom of imagination and expression.  My kids asked me, "what is it?"  My answer ... "whatever you want it to be."


Playing with charcoal, water and color editing - "Silence"

I recently watched a portrait artist use powdered charcoal and water to create a portrait.  I have yet to truly understand the medium but here is my first attempt with it.  11x14 charcoal and water on Bristol paper.  The top image has been modified by the computer to have a blue cast which I felt imbued an added depth of emotion, the bottom is a close-up of the original. 


Graphite self-portrait

                               A better rendering of my likeness in graphite (pencil).  Sketch paper, 8x10.



'Sisters' is a painting I did just for the joy of it.  The little angel on the left is a dear family friend.  Her photo is circa 1940.  Water color on paper, 11x14.


Portrait of a Mother

8x10 pencil portrait created from one of the only photographs taken of my friend and client's mother who died when my client was a six-year old girl.  As with some of my other restoration type work the reference photo was a trick to work with.

Great-great Grandma of dear friend

This is Nancy McClain, pioneer mother and Great-great (perhaps another "great") Grandmother of my dear friend and client.  The only photo of Nancy shows a woman who had endured suffering and heartache.  My friend asked me to create a pencil portrait of her grandmother without the hard edge that age and the old photography style created. 


President Barack Obama

President Obama.  Graphite on paper, 8x10.

I was seeking to create a very textured work with this piece.  The lower image shows the texture created in the thickly layed graphite.  


Charlie A.

This was done for a friend whose husband of more than 60 years passed away on Tuesday.  16x20 graphite on Bristol paper.  The bottom image is a close up of the portrait.


Mesa, Arizona Mormon Temple Before Dawn

This is an impressionistic painting of the Mormon temple in Mesa, Arizona.  Oil on canvas, 24x30.

Prints available upon request.  Original-unframed $500


Emma with Violin

Emma with Violin. Oil on canvas board 11x14. First painting of the new year, 2010.
Prints available upon request.