Sunday, January 26, 2014

Upcoming Class - Focus on Figure Drawing

ink and white chalk, 10" x 8"

I am looking forward to teaching again at Artspace this Spring.  We will start with a "Focus on Figure Drawing".    

Working from a live model, you will develop an understanding of proper proportions, structure and basic anatomy of the human figure. We will use a variety of short gesture poses and work toward longer sustained poses using a variety of drawing mediums. Basic principles of drawing will be discussed to explore the use of line variation, and methods of blocking in volumetric forms to represent the expressive qualities of the human figure. This class will strengthen your drawing ability whether you are an absolute beginner or advanced student. Supply list provided upon registration.

Thursdays, March 20, 27, April 3, 10 & 17 
Tuition: $180 members/$200

charcoal on grey paper, 24" x 18"

conte on watercolor toned paper, 17.5 x 11.5

pastel on paper, 24" x 18"

I hope to see you in the class.  It should be a fun and informative five classes.  Please sign up early by either calling or using the link above.  Happy drawing!

201 E. Davie St
Raleigh, NC  

Thursday, January 16, 2014


Throughout my career there have been a few subjects that I continually am drawn to paint.  Of course the figure is my main love, but then too I am nearly equally drawn to nature.  I've had an on going series of paintings of dead birds that was started while still in college, though my fascination with birds likely started at a much younger age.  My childhood best friend's father was the director of the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Nearly every weekend was spent on some bird count our nature hunt.  But right now, I seem to have reconnected with insects.  Here are a few small, recent, little buggers for your viewing pleasure.

Cicada Killer, oil on panel, 5" x 5"
Progress Shots of Bumblebee:

Bumblebee, oil on panel, 5" x 5"

I have one more insect related painting that I just completed.  The paint has dried dull in some areas and needs varnish to even it out.  So until I can get a good final image, here are just a few progress snapshots of my painting titled Orchestrate Change which features a cocoon, likely of a Polyphemus Moth .

Orchestrate Change, oil on panel, 6" x 18"

Outside the Box Award

I am honored to share that the Portrait Society of America has given my painting Rising Tide a 6th Merit Award for the Outside the Box category for their annual Member's Only Competition.  Thank you Portrait Society for the recognition!

Rising Tide, oil on panel, 34" x 54", 2013