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 work has been commissioned portraits. I’m taking commissions for 2023.
The best paintings, in my opinion, don’t come from a posed picture from a department store, photo studio, or the like. They look so…posed. Where’s the fun in that? The best ones come from life (although kids are very hard to do from life – I need to work from photos), 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, one in 2021, and one in 2022), 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, custom work being done (do you want to be added to my 2023 waitlist?), I’m 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 2023.
Contact me today, and let’s talk about a custom painting for you.
I’m a member of:
- American Watercolor Society (associate member)
- National Watercolor Society (associate member)
- Portrait Society of America (associate member)
- Redlands Art Association
- Hemet Valley Art Association
(Most of my work is commissions, and I can’t enter most of those in competitions since I didn’t take the source image, so it’s been awhile).
- “Mother and Child,” Pencil, October 15, 1988
FAI 23rd Annual Juried Exhibition
- Honorable Mention, “Ryan,” December 9, 2003
Arts Council for San Bernardino County Member’s Exhibition VI