There is something pure and sumptuous about painting a classical still life with fruit. The splendid colors call for a full palette. To get the colors bright enough, I sometimes use them straight out of the tube.
Kitchen Table Wisdom 15" x 24.5" SOLD
With chocolate chip cookies in the making, this still life painting recalls nostalgic childhood memories with mom and grandma.
Simple Pleasures 12.5" x 19.5" SOLD
This nearly monochromatic composition includes a cup of coffee and the New York Times, which is offset by the cherry Danish on a blue striped plate. . . I'd like to play with this as a theme: the art of ordinary moments.
Mangia Bene (Eat Well) 20" x 30" $2,200
This still life painting in the classical tradition features a Mediterranean meal. Olive oil and balsamic vinegar, salami, mozzarella, and ripe tomatoes that beg to be sliced...Here's your next meal served Italian style.
In Vino es Sanitas (In Wine there is Health) 20" x 22.5" SOLD
Yellow Boots 40" x 30" SOLD
This figurative portrait painting features two small children - my niece and nephew - beach combing when the girl fixes her sights on a bottle with a note inside.
Heirloom - Portrait of Olivia 18" x 14" $995
This is a classical portrait of my friend's daughter, Olivia. I found out later she is sitting in front of an old photo of the grandmother she was named after.
Candy Covenant 24" x 30" $1,600
In this figurative painting, two girls compare candy while a boy (my nephew) observes astutely. The "covenant" implies that the candy will be shared, because that is what friends do. I began experimenting with figure painting after visiting the Norman Rockwell show at the Tacoma Art Museum (April 2011) numerous times.