Drapery Study (2018) Charcoal heightened with white conte on Gray Paper 16 x 22″ When I teach drawing classes, I try to find a balance between formal, academic drawing and experimental markmaking which allows the student to express themselves more freely. I find studies like this to be incredibly valuable. The level of complexity requires
I was asked to paint a mural at my daughter’s school in 2015, on the theme of the decline of the pollinators. The school has a strong connection with nature, healthy living and science. They have growing domes on site, and use them to teach the kids about all aspects of the food chain. At
Study from a workshop with Juliette Aristedes at Scottsdale School of Art Oil on Linen 12 x 9″ In 2018, I was privileged to study figure painting with Juliette Aristedes at Scottsdale School of Art. This study is one of the exercises we did from the model in class.
Light Bearer (2018) Oil on Linen 21 x 16″ After making a Master Copy – imitation – the next step for my students is to apply the skills they have learned by copying, by making a painting of their own design in the style of the master – emulation. This exercise has a long
Sylvia Pankhurst (2018) Oil on Canvas 40 x 40″ Sylvia Pankhurst was the daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, founder of the British militant group, the Womens Social and Political Union (WSPU) – better known as the Suffragettes. The term ‘Suffrage’ means the right to vote. The suffrage movement began as a peaceful campaign in Britian in
Oil on Canvas 40 x 60″ My decision to paint the ‘Pietà’ came after reading a piece by George Saunders on the role of artists at times like these: “…the people making a lot of these Trump initiatives don’t seem able to imagine the actual victims of their programs….So those of us who are in
Oil on Canvas 30 x 40″ This is one of the most difficult pieces I’ve ever painted. I organized and curated an art exhibition with my group, the Tahoe Activist Artists last year, entitled ‘We the People: Visualize a World of Conversation and Connection’. One of the venue hosts is a board member of
Oil on Canvas 40 x 40″ “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe” – John Muir This painting is done in one colour – raw umber (with a little black). It is essentially an extended underpainting – this is how all of my