The Wood Nymph – sold

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Oil on canvas, 12″x9″

This is my version of a Pre-Raphaelite wood nymph. She’s an ethereal, enchanted creature who wanders unscathed through misty woods in a diaphanous gown. Bedecked with a floral crown and clusters of violets in her flowing locks, she seems a bit wary and ready to take flight.

Inspired by the fanciful art of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, in particular the later work of John William Waterhouse, I kept this painting delicate and impressionistic. I like the effect of the silvery light and the soft brushwork which allows the figure to merge with her natural surroundings. I enjoyed painting this figure within the natural scene and how it hints at a story. This is a theme I may explore further in future.

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Reclining Nude in Bed – sold


oil on canvasboard, 5″x7″

This figure study captures the direction and movement of morning light on a reclining nude. I don’t normally crop figures this way but I like how it emphasizes the angles and shapes. I also enjoyed observing the light and shadows both on the figure and in the light and dark areas of the bed and background. I like how it turned out. I think the closer focus on the figure allows for more detail at the same time it creates bolder shapes which gives this small painting great presence.


Flapper in a Cloche Hat – sold


Oil on hardboard panel, 8″x6″

There is a certain intensity to this girl. She’s a bit fierce. This may be a result of the slickness of the board surface that results in the paint strokes keeping a certain edge. This makes for a bold look that’s a bit different from my work on canvas. I’m not sure I have complete control of the paint on this surface yet but I like some of the accidental results.

Flappers tended to be dramatic. They were in rebellion against traditional rules of modesty for women, wore a lot of makeup and clothing that scandalized the polite society of their era…this is why I find them to be a fascinating subject for paintings.


Nude in a Red Chair – sold


Oil on hardboard panel, 7″x5″

While painting this one I focused on the angles and the light falling across the figure. It’s a serene seated pose but I like the energy produced by the various angles of the arms and legs. The unusual vintage chair and the paneled interior add to the timeless charm of this painting.

This model is just as naked as the one in my previous painting, Standing Male Nude, but so far no one who’s seen it has had any discomfort with her body or level of nudity. Everyone also seemed to think that my earlier female nude, Woman in Bathtub – sold was just a nice painting. It’s a minor thing but interesting to me that male bodies seem to trigger a reaction of mild discomfort, even in a painting, whereas a female nude is seen as pretty standard stuff.


Portrait of a Girl in Pink – sold

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Oil on hardboard panel, 7″x5″

Experimenting with mood, expression and color combinations. Trying to create a completely new painting frequently is quite a challenge but I enjoy when I find it taking me in different directions. I’m finally finding myself departing from tight realism and evolving a more fluid and personal style which has long been an elusive goal. I’m still a realist painter and interested in depicting a person rather than a cartoon (not that there’s anything wrong with that, just not something I want to do) but in this case I’m happy to find a touch of whimsy and personality.

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Man in a Hot Tub – sold


Oil on hardboard panel, 10″x8″

This painting is a combination of figure study and portrait with a water element…several things I really enjoy. The movement of the water was a great challenge to paint, as was the wet skin and hair. There’s something calming yet lively about this painting.


Man at the Beach – sold


Oil on gessoboard panel, 7″x5″

Another beach study, this time a man walking in brilliant turquoise water. I love this one because the water looks so warm and inviting. I really got into the wet skin reflections and I was pleased that my brushstrokes stayed distinct and spontaneous.




Woman in the Waves – sold


Oil on gessoboard panel, 7″x5″

I like the hesitant quality of this woman’s stance as she looks out at the water. The water might be a bit cold or the waves look a little rough and she’s just not ready to dive in. I also enjoyed that first day at the beach sunburn on her shoulders which pops against the cool tones of the foam and contrasts with her still-pale lower half. I’d be quite happy to be sunburned on a warm beach right now.

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Woman in Bathtub – sold


Oil on hardboard panel, 7″x5″

I love painting the highlights on shiny wet skin. This is one reason why bathers and people at the beach are favorite themes of mine. I was pleased to find some colorful reflections in the highlights on this figure.




Portrait of a Young Man – sold

male nude portrait

Oil on Canvas, 12″x9″

A portrait of a young man painted in a classical realist style. This man reminded me of a Caravaggio figure with his intense gaze.