Thursday, January 1, 2015


Portrait painting is one of if not the most challenging things an artist can undertake. Capturing the essence of a person requires an accuracy and attention to detail that few artists have. The work can be very rewarding, but it takes time to master and is not for everyone. I rarely do it, it isn't something I feel a natural passion for, but when a client requests it I am always happy to do it.
This portrait is of the great Boris Karloff in full makeup for the original Universal Mummy movies. I am a big fan of his and he had such an iconic look I had to draw him. This image was done in pencil.  

This image was a speed painting done for one of my classes and depicts the actor Vincent Price. It only took two hours and is only vaguely accurate, but it was more about color and teaching the students how to to do things than it was about the final results. 

This speed painting was of a local photographer friend of mine Jeffrey Nelson. It was done for practice sake and as a gift to him. 

Another great actor, Sidney Poitier. This pencil when I was a student. 

Monday, December 15, 2014




I love the Creation of Man; in one of my drawing classes we had to mimic some art styles outside our norm and this was the result of my efforts my first try. It has some problems, but I enjoyed making it. Death watches, ready to start his work.  

Digital Landscape Painting

Landscapes are not a favorite of mine, but this speed painting I did to teach my students how it works was a fun one. We used a photo of a very unusual view to guide us and then painting it in under two hours.


I was commissioned to create an illustration showing how the imagination refuses to be repressed and the internal struggle of the creative in oppressive situations by a professor I work with at IADT of Nashville. I am a strong advocate of creative freedom and agree with the following quotes on controversy. The images erupting from the man’s head show a progress of thought from left to right of shapes forms and connections in one way or another, illustrating the progress of thought. All of the other symbols are fairly straight forward and do not need explaining.

“I don't see how you can write anything of value if you don't offend someone.”
Marvin Harris

“How could anything non-controversial be of intellectual interest to grown-ups?”
Edward Abbey, Postcards from Ed: Dispatches and Salvos from an American Iconoclast


"The only time I feel alive is when I'm painting."
Vincent van Gogh

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Mural Concept

The thing I have to remind myself about trying to get work is that not everyone has the same vision and they can be afraid of ideas that are unique or might attract attention.  It is hard to get work here in Nashville Tennessee, but every now and then the effort feels worth it. I plan to refine this concept and to paint this image in detail and in full color in the not so distant future. 

Nudes in Charcoal

I love nude figure study. I think there is nothing more remarkable nor more beautiful than the human form. These are some quick studys I did to practice. I plan to do more paintings very soon. Ideas are being born as I type.

Edward Gorey

Edward Gorey's work in ink
My own, also in ink.
Edward Gorey (1925-2000) influenced my work before I even knew who he was. His style has been mimicked by many artists and I am no exception. His work appeared often in the New Yorker and has a strange humor to his work.