Portrait reveal

Meredith, Olivia and Emile. Aren’t they lovely? I’m really excited about how this portrait came out. I think their affection is apparent, as well as their likeness.

The collector loved the painting from the photos I sent, but I’m waiting anxiously to hear how it was received in person (I do that every time I ship a painting!). Some of my paintings look just as good in a photo, but some – maybe most (like this one) have a luminous quality, and some subtlety, that I think makes them better in person.

A portrait of three people takes me a little more than three times as long to paint thank a painting of one person. There’s the obvious challenge of getting each portrait correct, with the added challenge of getting the portraits to work well together.


Thanks so much, Manny, for being a collector! I hope your painting brings your family joy.

Horse and woman portrait painting sketches

horse paintings, portrait artistsI’m well into a very fun portrait project. A few weeks ago I took (a couple hundred) photos of this lovely young woman and her horse.  They chose 5 photos that may be the right one, and I made sketches to make it easier to choose. Here are 2 of the 5 sketches.

It’s hard to see how a painting might turn out when the background and other extra info is competing for attention, and so sketches help both me with my process and the collector with deciding…

I really love painting horses and people together, and these two are such a striking pair. I can’t wait to find out which one of these gets to the heart of what they want to remember.

(Click here for portrait information.)

Landscape paintings of my Neighbor’s Pine Trees

Neighbor’s Pine Trees / approx 12×6 in / oil on hardboard

I have been admiring these very tall pine trees since we moved in, and enjoyed painting them in the late afternoon light yesterday.

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