"Wonson Cove" 12 x 16" was painted en plein air
in September 2013. It is new since this it's debut to
the public and since I had to enhance it just a bit
in the studio this week before it goes off to the
winter exhibit at the Rockport Art Assn. the show
opens March 1. I was inspired by the atmosphere
and the tide and was challenged as it quickly moved
out to recreate here the low tide pool. This is quintessential
"Randy" is a formal portrait done from life in about 3 sittings or more
and about 10 hours or more in total.
There are three ways in which you may commission me to do a portrait for you. Below where I show you children are my commissioned portraits from pictures and I explained some of my requirements in order to do one for you.
On the other hand if you were to require one like "Randy" above of course with your formal attire if you like and a pose that is most appealing I will create a life size painting from head and shoulder to head to waist to head to toe, it's all up to you. But I will walk you through it and offer suggestions, even background which of course would be extra, each element adds to the final work and the final price.
The third way for me to paint a portrait (below) is the most fun, most spontaneous and most spirited.
It takes place at my studio or your home, office or if you like outside. It's a one time thing, Colorful, painterly allowing the viewer to mix the brush strokes and color patterns together to make a whole. A whole person, a day in the life if you please. Each an heirloom!
This is an example of what I began to describe above.
Excuse me while I complete my website update.
Soon I will set aside a feature page just for my collection of portraits. Thank you
"Rachel" sat patiently and eagerly for her portrait
and couldn't wait for it to be finished. Mothers know if their children are
up for this type of sitting. They have to be happy about it.
It will show if they're not. I don't mind a bit trying
the painting of your child from life I can garner
great details to complete it from a picture if necessary.
Give it a try, just email me and we'll work out the process
please use "portrait" in your story line Thanks the artist
For Mother's Day 2014, I will create an heirloom portrait for you from
your most favorite picture and I will do it for a very
special price starting at just $300.00 for a head and shoulders.
I will take orders up until March 27th.
All you have to do is provide me with a high resolution jpeg
via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, I'll take
a look and give you a quote and we'll go from there.
I guarantee you won't be dissapointed and I will
provide you with spirited, believable oil
portrait rendered with love. Thank you
Dads: see if you have any pictures with Mom and
her child what a great painting that would be.
Candids are so beautiful! Can you picture it?
"Justin, High School Captain" oils on canvas
16 x 20" gifted to him for his graduation June 2013.
Rather it turns out that it more a gift to his parents
since he is away at college today and they
have put it in their room.
"The portrait you did is great and has become our family's
most treasured possession" Justin
"Corey, The Windup" oils on canvas 22 x 40"
Private Collection 2013
Portraits are a pure joy to do and since I began them 40 years ago I've always wished to see the reaction when the gift was given, I had the chance to be there when this painting was unwrapped and that was even more pure joy! As an artist I want my paintings to have homes because they have my heart and I know my subjects intimately, studying their eyes, their features and gestures, I seek to capture life and soul, an exceptional likeness and timelessness. In Corey's portrait it all about a day in his life. Who he is and where he'll go in the future. When he goes to college on a Sports scholarship his parents will still have him with them on the wall. The Artist
"Sarah Marie" oils on canvas
16 x 20"
I received a message from Sarah's mother,
"The gift of the portrait you painted of my daughter Sarah is Amazingly beautiful. I was totally surprised and speechless. You are an exceptional artist and I am very thankful that you worked with my husband and my daughter to make this the most memorable Christmas ever!"
Beth D. Muskegon MI Dec. 2013
Thank you family, the artist
"Three Sisters" oils on linen 18 x 24
Merry Christmas 2013
Please Click on any image to see details, thank you
"Waterfall" 14 x 18"
oils on canvas
Award winning painting!
This painting in the open air was so invigorating, I was overwhelmed
with the sounds of this waterfall and excited about the movement.
This is what it's all about! This painting is available at the Northshore Art Assn. fourth summer exhibit going on now in Gloucester. The NSAA is celebrating 90 years of fine art and the artists that have gone before us. Continuing the tradition are artists today who pack their gear and head for parts unknown. The inspiration then sparks the imagination and passion that artists have enjoyed for all time.
done on location in Biddeford ME another invigorating painting
keeping up with the tide and the feeling I was inspired by.
The colors and mood were other inspiration. This was a weekend
that I shared with other artists as we stayed in a retreat center
and were there just to paint and interact with each other at the end of the day.
It is available for sale
12 x 16 is a nearby location that has inspired me each
time I pass by it. Challenging and beautiful are these lilies and I can
understand why generations of artists have recreated them.
It is available
Harbor Garden oils on linen 16 x 20"
is available, Doesn't a lovely feeling come over you
when you imagine yourself in this place. The scent of a wildflower
garden juxtaposed with the ocean air, the sun on your shoulders are
overwhelming you with a sense of wonder.
Harbor Garden framed
Vineyard Roses oils on linen 16 x 20" is for sale.
I can still sense the blush roses as fresh as the day
I painted them on location. The quintessential brick walks
can be found in quaint villages throughout New England built
long ago and still as charming
Vineyard Roses framed
Storybook Village is 14 x 18" oils on linen and is available.
What prompted me to paint this little corner was the
dancing shadows on the brick walk and the fence and architecture and
the bold contrasts. The composition which the sun's light
enhanced was just waiting for me.
Painted on location in Edgartown Village on Martha's Vineyard
and inspired by the blush roses which you can find all over
the village and I was in the right place at the right time to
record this also charming scene when the roses are at
It is for sale
"Harbor and Garden" oils on linen 16 x 20" is available to purchase.
The second most rewarding accomplishment is finding a home for
my work with someone who loves it, the first reward is in accomplishing
the sense of place, a successful composition and a feeling like no other!
This is a winter painting but warm none the less. "Ocean Views"
oils on linen 16 x 20" encompasses the view from some very original
cottages which are a view themselves. I was particularly enamored
with the complimentary color which played a part in making this a
lively and inviting painting. It is available for someone's home. Enjoy!
"Edgartown Blues" is unlike any seaside village
quintessential blue hydrangea painting. There's not many flowers here but still they
take center stage. A warm and inviting painting that I just want to
walk up to the fence and see what's beyond. One of my favorite paintings
it is available.
"Nantucket Colors" oils on linen 16 x 20" is looking for a place
to call home with someone who loves it.
The dappled light I enthusiastically painted on location
as with all the paintings in this collection.
The traditional colors, the way you can meander up the street across
flagstone and brick and hear the clackity clack of vehicles on the cobblestone
nearby and you can't help but think of yesteryear when it was horse
shoes and wagons that had been passing by. Juried into the
Rockport Art Assn.
"Brick Row" oils on linen done on location on Nantucket Massachusetts.
The dappled light was challenging and inspirational and the colors
of the brick made this canvas come alive with warmth, history and charm.
It is available for sale and is 16 x 20"
"Around Town, Gloucester" oils on canvas 20 x 24" is available
Charming villages grace New England whether you're by the sea
or in a small town. The character is from one generation
to another sprucing up and making it new and exciting!
"Dockside Whimsy"I just thought I'd toss this painting into this section
of my portfolio because it makes me smile.
I did it in the winter in Oak Bluffs MA
and I learned that this particular boat had many lives, once it was a sailing vessel,
here it is a combination, kind of like the house that Jack built.
I get a kick out of imagining the characters who have sailed it and
repurposed it over time.
this a sampler of how
Let me introduce you below to my latest series
the collection is coming about
"A Ford of Many Colors" two time award winning painting 20 x 20"
(on gallery wrapped canvas) and included
in the Sept 2013 issue of Plein Air magazine...
is looking for a guy's room, or a den, a burger joint or a contemporary, transitional
couple's living room. You have to appreciate that these old
cars will never come this way again. They were classic when made,
and characteristic of a new wave of transportation. They have
romanticized a simpler time.
"Antique in the Pines" oils on 24 x 24 gallery wrapped canvas is an award
winning painting at the Northshore Art Assn. in Gloucester now in it's 91st year.
Today it is a national association. I found this old International
in Berlin MA which inspired the collection's nickname,
Car Heaven which is really a business with really cool cars at it.
"1927 Custom International" oils on canvas 20 x 20"
is looking for an appreciator. This remained my favorite new
painting until I did the next one and the next one of these old cars.
"Hound Dog Dodge" has got to be my favorite of my old car series
because she reminds me of my old basset beagle that lived for 18 years.
The nose up in the air got me immediately when I found her in the woods.
If she finds a home with you it will be bittersweet but that's why I paint
for myself first and ultimately for you. This painting was juried into
last spring's Academic Artist Exhibition a national venue.
"Pals" has been shown only once, juried into the opening of the 90th
year exhibition at Gloucester. It is 18 x 24" and for sale. Kind of whimsical
don't you think? Each of the collection of old cars have only been
around a short while so they haven't been introduced to their new owners.
A newcomer to the group is to be seen soon.
Boats are what inspired my love for painting character and which lead
me to begin painting the car collection you previously saw, I painted this view
on location in two mornings! Yep with all the rigging and complications.
I am so pleased with it and it is for sale. It is the "Amastat" a replica that
the crew teaches young people each summer the art of sailing.
Interesting note is that the bible from the "Amastat" was
used by our MA governor to swear into office in 2008.
The Kalmarnycle is another Vineyard visitor which replicates it's original.
The painting is 21 x 16 with a customized frame since it is not
standard and it is for sale. I did this indeed on location in
just two mornings!
"The Drying of the Nets" in Menemsha Martha's Vineyard
is 16 x 20 and available. I still smell the fried clams in the air
when I painted this a suppertime. But I pressed on.
If you've ever been to Menemsha it is a casual gem on the northwestern
part of the island. At sunset the visitors to the ocean, some with wine
and some with their to go dinner applaud the sunset!
I have a sister painting to this one that I will reveal soon.
"Menemsha Harbor" oils on 20 x 24 linen
is available to a great home, to someone who enjoys the scents
and the anticipation of summer opening up.
Done on location early in the season.
The "End of the Line" speaks to me about the Spirit of the Sea
and I imagine the journeys and the ups and downs these seafaring
vessels have made. It is 20 x 24" and is for sale.
Of interest is that the title says more than it appears. The Quitsa Strider II
has taken it's last fishing trip. Notice how the hull has been chopped, that's
so to be in conformity to laws and laws are why our New England fishermen
are having to drop out of their generational careers.
"Gloucester Boatyard" oils on canvas 11 x 14" is for sale
I did this at the end of the day on the last day of August. It was the second
painting that day, the first being a very very hot day was a little labored, this
on the other hand was fun and fantastic!
I like my paintings to have meaning and perhaps history, this one is
for "Two Friends" is history, it was being dismantled this day and the next
Upon returning to complete it there was evidence of a fire which
caught on since they had been using a torch, I still managed to finish
this painting en plein air and it is available. It is custom framed since
it is not standard I'm guessing about 28 x 12"
"Marine Basin" oils on board is an Emile A Gruppe Memorial Award winning
Painting, property of the artist.
Edmund's Island, Mystic CT is a moody
moving day at the coast. Loved every minute of painting it
and it is available. 18 x 24"
"Nantucket Sound" This view can be found on the banks of
Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard Massachusetts.
I lovingly displayed the interesting
landslide leading to the sea.
16 x 20"
oils on linen
is for sale
Nantucket Sound Framed
"Squibnocket" is on the SW part of the island of Martha's Vineyard
and is only approachable after six in the pm unless you live in W. Tisbury
on the island, my residence was in Oak Bluffs for 8 years.
Miss you island! This painting is 11 x 14 and is for sale
Jones Salt Marsh in Gloucester is 15 x 30" and is for sale. Done on a late September Day
on Cape Ann, I was intrigued by the marsh and the color display. I purposely painted at late day to
incorporate drama in my painting.
framed "Jones Salt Marsh'
Spring Melt is 12 x 24 oils and is for sale below is the presentation
of it in frame format. The colors and shadows and juxtaposition
of the ice and melting reflections on the water make this
an interesting, challenging and rewarding to paint
en plein air.
"Acadia National Park" is an awe inspiring place and I did
this painting there in about 3 hours. It is 12 x 16" and is for sale.
A cute little "mini" (for me) painting is 16 x 16"
and it depicts a secluded corner in an otherwise busy Vineyard
Haven downtown near the harbor. "Riley Reads or "Readers Niche"
is for sale, Thank you for looking.
To get a price on anything you like, please
don't hesitate to email me and just put
painting on title line so I'll know at
email@example.com Thanks again. The Artist
Last but not least is this 20 x 24 painting on linen done on location
"Edgartown Harbor" was painted in three visits to capture the
sights the sounds and feeling of a great bright summer day.
me painting en plein air and holding my canvas while
the street's building created a wind tunnel near sunset.