Goldfinch and sunflower

Here's a painting recently completed for my neighbors, to celebrate their 1st Anniversary. The painting was purchased and a fundraising auction earlier this year, and I worked with them to create a bird painting that had special meaning. Both K and her husband S live in close contact with the natural world. They keep chickens,…

Art Saves Lives

I want to introduce you to one of my clients, someone who's passion, faith and creativity is dedicated to the children of Metropolitan DC. Reverend Delores Roberts is the founder and director of Zoe Life Ministries, a non-profit organization devoted to improving the lives and education of disadvantaged kids. Starting in her home community of…

art from Mountain Retreat

SKETCHES My week on the Rapidan River allowed much time for contemplation via drawing and painting. One notable feature of the landscape there is the many dead hemlock trees. The area we stayed was formerly a grove of massive Hemlocks which were all killed in the 90s by an invasive insect.  Now you will see…

a new portrait underway

I'm indulging in some fan-girling, and started an oil portrait of Sherlock, the 21st century version as played by Benedict Cumberbatch. Here's the underpainting. Next steps: refine the skin and begin to suggest some colour.  This is painted with Torrit Grey, a special colour from Gamblin. Click here for an animated step-by-step.

another chapter comes to an end

When the film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, opens July 15, yet another chapter of the Harry Potter phenomenon will come to a close. Just before the final book was published in 2007 I discovered an entire world of HP fans online, including lots of fan artists and writers creating fanwork in…

New Bird Painting: Garden Life

I painted this in late March at my Community Garden, where bluebirds are encouraged for their prodigious bug eating prowess, not to mention great beauty and state bird status. I love how the early spring feeling came so readily in the underpainting here. I may do a bit more to it, but it's essentially finished.…

the Art of Your Existence

Friday morning I was groggily opening the Washington Post Weekend section and flipping though the music articles. I noticed a story about a Baltimore band I've recently been listening to, Lower Dens. I was intrigued by the tale of a woman who had pursued her art as a folk singer-songwriter and come to realize it…