Portrait Painting Workshop

This last weekend I had the great pleasure of participating in Virgil Elliott’s portrait painting workshop in his art studio. It was a great opportunity to study with an artist who has been described as a “living master”.  Luckily, he lives in Penngrove, California,...

Seeking Fame and Success as an Artist

“Fame! I’m gonna live forever.” Or so the lyrics of the song go.  Americans are living in an atmosphere obsessed with celebrity, regardless if they have any real merit to be famous (or infamous). “Fame, for a painter,” said Pablo Picasso, “means...

Being an Artist vs. Making Art

Have you ever heard someone at an art gallery or museum say “I can do better than that” or “My kid in grade school could do better.” These comments are most often applied to modern or abstract works like those of Jackson Pollock, which are often seen as splashes of...

Posthumous Portrait in Progress

The mother of a friend passed away suddenly and I was asked to do an emergency portrait for the service. She wanted an oil portrait of her mother, but that would take too long. Since part of the portrait process is to do a preliminary sketch, I offered to do a pastel...

Oil Portrait Commission Finished

New oil portrait finally finished and dry. This 24 x 36 portrait of my friend Barney’s sister took many weeks and layers to get that luminous quality in the skin tones. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to do this, as it is my best work yet. Tell me what you...