August 29th, 2015
I was thrilled to find out today that for the 2nd time in less than a year one of my new drawings "Emerging Young Artist" will be published in an upcoming new book by North Light Books titled "Strokes of Genius 8". The well know and critically acclaimed series Strokes of Genius has highlighted some of the finest drawings from artists the world over. This is my 2nd work to be published in a hard cover book as my drawing "Mrs Crye" was featured in last December's release of "Art Journey; Portraits and Figures". Publication dates and details will follow as I am updated from North Light Books.
August 28th, 2015
I would like to invite everyone to the opening night event of the annual Arkansas League of Artists art show held this year at Cantrell Gallery. Two of my paintings, "Hide and Seek" and "Good Harvest" were juried into the show which is being judged by award winning artist Carole Katchen. The awards ceremony will be from 5:30 to 6:00 pm on Friday, September 11th followed by the opening night reception from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. The exhibit represents many of the finest artists in Arkansas and was open to both members and non-members of the ALA. The exhibition runs through October 31st and can be viewed Mon-Sat 10am to 5pm at Cantrell Gallery, 8206 Cantrell Road in west Little Rock. For more information go to http://www.alaartshow.com/
February 9th, 2014
I am excited to announce my membership in the prestigious International Guild of Realism. This outstanding group showcases many of the finest artists of today that work in the realm of realist art spanning the entire spectrum of realism including classical academic, contemporary, trompe l'oeil, photorealism, surrealism and super-realism. IGOR is allied with the Art Renewal Center (ARC), a leader in the rebirth of classical realist art and the Scottsdale Artist's School in Scottsdale Arizona, one of the finest art institutes anywhere. My fellow members of the guild are truly some of the most incredible artists of our time. I urge you to please take a moment and visit the guild's website and check out the works of many of the greatest realist artists today at : http://www.realismguild.com/index.html or simply click on the link below titled 'for more information'
Thanks to one and all and I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!!!
February 4th, 2014
I am also happy to announce that Karen and I joined the Arkansas League of Artists this month and attended their first meeting of the year last Tuesday. The ALA is now in its 50th year and is home to some of the finest artists and absolutely the best people you would ever want to meet. We had a wonderful time getting to know as many folks as we could and really enjoyed the alla prima demonstration by guest artist Holly Tilley from the Maumelle Art Group. We are looking forward to being members and participating in the upcoming events and shows this year. Please take a moment to visit their website at the link below.
February 4th, 2014
I am thrilled to announce my membership in the Oil Painters of America. I am honored to be accepted into this outstanding organization that has been at the forefront of promoting an nurturing representational art and the artists that produce it. The quality and character of the art and artists associated with OPA are truly top shelf and I look forward to participating and competing in the upcoming events later this year. Please take time to visit their website at http://www.oilpaintersofamerica.com/
August 14th, 2013
I would like to announce a limited time offer on three of my most popular historical works-Stonewall Jackson, At Ease, and The Forgotten Soldiers.
These are being offered at the reduced price of $50.00 for an 11 x 14 canvas print. The offer expires this Friday, August 18th, at 5pm eastern time. The links for the promotion are as follows:
The Forgotten Soldiers
Also, all three can be viewed under the special promotions link at:
Once again, this promotion only lasts until Friday at 5 pm eastern time and are limited edition prints of only 10 available per image. I would like to thank everyone for visiting my website and taking the time to view and support my art.
August 12th, 2013
I'm happy to announce the completion of two new works. The first, Hide & Seek, is a major work I have been working on for about 4 weeks. It is a 30 x 40 oil on canvas showing two young girls playing hide and seek with the older girl trying to play a quick prank on the younger sister by hiding behind the same tree that she is counting 8, 9, 10....ready or not! This was a departure in technique from my usual smooth finish that I normally use in portraiture as I employed rather heavy impasto on the tree trunk to simulate the texture of bark. It allowed me the opportunity to experiment with Liquin Impasto gel (by Winsor & Newton) and I must say it works exactly as advertised. While I have used and will continue to try different brands and products I can honestly say that I have always been satisfied with Winsor and Newton paints and mediums and without a doubt the finest brushes I have ever used are their Series 7 Kolinsky Sable rounds. (Please note that since I can only show one image with this particular blog I posted the image of the 2nd work. The image of Hide & Seek was posted on the brief blog of Aug 7th. Both images and be viewed on the posted link.)
The second work is actually a quick 6 hour study to try out some other new materials-a set of greyscale soft pastels that basically represent the 10 step Munsell scale. Being a bit new to pastels in general I decided to give these a try and as usual I reached for my favorite Wolff's Carbon pencil for better control of the darks and Generals white charcoal for the fine lights. Throw in a bit a graphite pencil for general sketch and outline of the finer details, stir, blend, smudge and simmer for 6 hours and there you have it. I will probably do an oil portrait of this same image at a later date as the expression and pose are one of my favorites.
Til next time, enjoy the view and thanks for stopping by to visit.
August 7th, 2013
Hi everyone . I am happy to announce the completion of a new major work titled 'Hide and Seek' a 30 x 40 oil on canvas. It depicts two young girls playing hide and seek and big sis is hiding behind the same tree little sis is counting getting ready to shout 'here I come!' I will talk more about the piece later today as its getting late here. Good night all and happy painting.
July 12th, 2013
I would like to welcome everyone to my website. I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone that has taken time out of their day to view my work and I hope it has brought some measure of enjoyment to all. I posted one of my older works today, a still life titled 'Violin and Rose'. Yeah, bet no one has ever painted that subject before! The main reason for posting it was for me, it was a beginning or a rebirth if you will, of my art. I was 40 years old when I completed that work and still at my regular fulltime job. I recall the curiosity and a bit of trepidation wondering if I could still produce any art worth looking at or if I would get frustrated and trash the whole thing. Music was very big in my life at that time. When I quit art at age 16 my creative energies and fire were channeled into music, mostly as a guitarist. Later I learned to play piano and basically any fretted musical instrument but the violin was one that frustrated my attempts to master it. That probably was the main reason for painting this piece along with a challenge from a co worker that enjoyed and produced her own artwork. I knew very little about painting in oils and what little I could dig up was in old books I still had from years ago. However, once I experienced the freedom of mixing and blending the oils on canvas I was hooked. For me oils are patient. I had time to work the paint and not be in a hurry to get it over with as I had been when I was younger. I know other mediums can produce unbelievable work and I am always in awe of masters of acrylic and watercolor just to name a couple. But for me, oils suit my personality. I was in a rush my whole life until I was able to retire from my day job. Now I just want to sit back, relax and watch paint dry.....!
Hope you have a great, relaxed and peaceful day.