From June 2010

Return to the Studio

I had a great time in California. The gallery hosts fantastic receptions with live music and friendly faces all around. The best part, as the artist, is to meet with people who collect your paintings. Cynthia, Michelle and Elliott at the Elliott Fouts Gallery are as thrilled with the results as I am, I’m sure. I really am fortunate to have had a successful first official solo exhibition.

But now my break is over and this morning I was back at it in the studio with headphones in place, paint squeezed out and daunting canvas staring me in the face.


Six Pieces of Luggage
20″ x 36″ — Oil/Canvas — 2010
• Sold

Bartlett Pear & Grapes
12″ x 24″ — Oil/Canvas — 2010
• Sold

I’m packing my bags and heading to Sacramento for the opening reception of my solo show. The reception is on Saturday, June 12 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. If you cannot make it to the reception, you could always watch the action through a satellite view on Google Maps. 😉

I’m looking forward to my trip, seeing my paintings again after sending them off over the last several months, and checking out wine country on a sunny warm weekend.

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A Video & Slide Show

Here is a short two-and-a-half minute video that I made showcasing a few of 33 paintings that I have currently showing at the Elliott Fouts Gallery (click here for an external link to the video).

If you follow this blog regularly you’ll know that this exhibition is something I have been working pretty hard on for the last 6 – 7 months. It really is a great pleasure to see the “June 5” date arrive and having a satisfied feeling with the accomplishment.

Lastly, here is a slide show of all the paintings (click here for an external link to the slide show).


I started painting tricycles nearly a decade ago.

Very early on in my fine arts program there was a project where we had to select an object as an idea and work with it over and over, repeating the image in different styles, mediums and formats. A friend had a fantastic ancient tricycle and it just resonated with me. I painted it in a classic realist manner, but peeled away all the surrounding imagery and focused on the tricycle alone in a straight-forward visual language stuck with me and never left.

Tricycle XIV
36″ x 30″ — Oil/Canvas — 2009

Two Tricycles
20″ x 40″ — Oil/Canvas — 2009


What I love about books is their versatility. They offer and endless bounty of compositions for me to work with, and they have themes and symbolism in a wide variety of manners.

These Are Our Friends
12″ x 24″ — Oil/Canvas — 2010

Red Book
12″ x 24″ — Oil/Canvas — 2010

Stacks of Books & Espresso Cups
12″ x 24″ — Oil/Canvas — 2010

Origins & Apple
16″ x 16″ — Oil/Canvas — 2010

Vintage Research
20″ x 20″ — Oil/Canvas — 2010