I enjoy painting and drawing, and have since I was a small child. I really love doing watercolor portraits of children, although I’m doing adults and pets, too. In fact, a lot more pets!
I’m mostly self-taught, although I’ve learned from several wonderful teachers over the years, starting with Jerry Nicholson at Edison High School in Huntington Beach, CA. Much of my work has been commissioned portraits. I’m nearly transitioned to full-time painting, and I’m taking commissions for 2022.
The best paintings, in my opinion, don’t come from a posed picture from a department store or photo studio, or the like. They look so…posed. Where’s the fun in that? The best ones come from life (although kids are hard to do from life), candids, off your camera or mine, in a variety of situations that convey energy, interest, or personality, or even just “Awwww.” Some pictures practically paint themselves. Each painting has a backstory. But with memorial paintings (I did three in 2020, and one in 2021), that may be the only picture you have. I can probably work with it.
I like to choose from a variety of photos of the subject, if I can, to give you the best painting. I often take some creative license on the background, etc. We can discuss it and come up with a solution.
Keep an eye out on my site. I have a several personal paintings in process, commissions being done (do you want to be added to my 2022 waitlist?), starting to enter juried art competitions again, and I’m doing a lot more work now. I’m also working on offering prints, notecards, and the like online in 2022.
Contact me today, and let’s talk about a commissioned painting for you.
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