Monday, August 5, 2019

Half-hour portrait

Not that I want to grow hair on my face (!), but I think it's pretty fascinating how some people can change their appearance drastically just by growing a beard. It's fun to imagine how different this guy would look without his.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Half-Hour Portrait

Sometimes beautiful people are more difficult to capture, but other times I know immediately that they're just going to be sheer joy to paint, and I find myself thanking whatever fate brought them my way. That was the case here--oh what a face!

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Half-Hour Portrait

An incredible painter/friend/teacher (you know who you are) used to stress the importance of getting value right in a portrait. Over and over. It’s one of the most important lessons I’ve learned. Interesting how the turquoise undertone in this one functions as a shadow in some places and reflected light in others.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Monday, June 3, 2019


Jack Brennan, incredible runner, amazing coach, and one of my favorite people. He was my first half-hour portrait ever. (And then a second one a few years later, when he grew a beard.) He’s in a coma right now, but I know he’ll pull out of it. I can’t wait to hear his voice again.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Dual Portrait

A painting of more than one person is exponentially more difficult than a single-person portrait. But the reward is being able to capture a dynamic like this one.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Half-Hour Portrait

As a general rule, I find children a bit easier to paint than adults. I’m not exactly sure why, but I almost never encounter a kid who gives me that “oh my, this likeness might be hard to capture” moment.  Partly their faces are just less complicated—fewer experiences, both physical and emotional, have left their mark. But some of my favorite portraits are those that surprise me, that are a struggle to the end, when all of a sudden everything clicks, and I’m like, “Whoa, I love this one. How did THAT happen?”