Archive for the 'Portrait' Category

Cezanne-esque Feminine Woman (Sort of)

I recently went to London for a family visit during which I visited the National Portrait Gallery’s Cezanne exhibit. One of the paintings on display commented that the painter’s style included using warm and cool colors to create facial features of his portrait subjects, among other techniques. This is my rendition of a feminine woman in which I attempted to increase my use of cooler tones for her complexion. I have room for growth to add even more cool colors.


Facial Close up

Closeup FaceAfter painting my brightly colored drag queen individual I feel inspired to paint different facial features and body parts.  Soon to come is a close up of a human eye.

Man in drag with parasol

Man with parasolIn early June I worked at Denver’s PrideFest which was a colorful and flamboyant event.  I got to watch this man dressed in drag perform a rendition of Amii Stewart’s hit Knock on Wood.  Here is my rendition of his colorful outfit.

Summertime Painting Fun

Now that summer is here and school is out I get to have some fun and finish a painting I started in January.  I had a lot of fun with this one although the colors didn’t come out as I intended.  The summer poppies were inspired by a family roadtrip to Glenwood Springs, Colorado and were really just for fun.

Tango dancers  Summer poppies

Wintertime Adventures

JettaAfter a break of several months I finished this playful portrait of Jetta, a black German Shepherd who loves to catch her tennis ball and pull her food and drink containers to the middle of the kitchen floor.


Next I produced a rather comical impressionist scene of my friends’ cabin Mount Sherman in Fairplay, Colorado that coincidentally overlooks the 14er Mount Sherman.  The characters on the mountain are enjoying the snowy conditions while those on the deck are enjoying the outdoor spectacle!

Mt Sherman

Painting in a Cast

This winter I broke my wrist and my first thought was, “I can’t paint.”  It turns out that I actually could.  Inspired by the Sochi Winter Olympics I produced this colorful downhill skier.  I didn’t really plan for him to be headless, it just happened.  The most interesting piece of this painting is the second body in the bottom left corner that Downhill skiercould either be perceived as a shadow of the main character, or one of his buddies who has fallen by the wayside.

I’ve been watching “Breaking Bad” for the last three months and am wondering if the macabre, graffic storyline and images have been influencing my art negatively.  The piece to the right was intended to be a gymnast clinging to rings, and the character to the left was intended to be a clown.  This is a rather eerie scene which I’m not sure I like. Gymnast


This fall I was tasked with producing a few mermaids, a perfect theme for Halloween.  These are a new subject matter to me and I’ve enjoyed the whimsical, colorful personalities of these ladies.  The mermaid blowing bubbles underwater is my favorite.  The next little lady is sitting on a rock.

Mermaid Blowing BubblesMermaid on Rock