Hands

Posted on August 4, 2019

Lots of hands drying here. These hands will be available at my solo exhibition ‘The Allegories’ at @wolffgallerypdx in Portland, OR, opening on Sept 6th.
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Medusa

Posted on July 10, 2019

Medusa sketch, 12×16,” oil on gold leaf canvas, 2019
As the story goes, Medusa was a beautiful maiden minding her own business, when along comes Poseidon and rapes her in the temple of Athena. Athena is enraged and transforms Medusa’s hair into snakes and gives her an ugly face that will petrify onlookers. King Polydectes sent the hero Perseus to get Medusa’s head, and Athena helped Perseus by giving him a mirrored shield, which he used to look into in order to slay Medusa. Throughout history she has been known as a monster but things are starting to change. She’s actually the perfect representation of female rage and conjures up real life examples of blaming rape victims.

Available for purchase – email me!
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Hand Gestures

Posted on July 10, 2019

I find hand gestures in art to be fascinating because you can say so much with so little. The first hand study is the Benediction (a Christian blessing) and the second is the Vitarka Mudra (representing the discussion and transmission of Buddha’s teachings). These 5×5” studies on panel are available – $125 for one, $200 for the pair. Email me!
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Tnook

Posted on June 7, 2019

A little commission I did recently. The dog recently passed and the owner cried when she saw my portrait.

Julio

Posted on May 23, 2019

WIP: Our friend and old neighbour Julio was murdered by another psycho neighbour who was lusting after Julio’s daughter. Having escaped the Pinochet regime in Chile who ‘disappeared’ people in his family, Julio wasn’t one to take things lying down and voiced his opinions to the pedophile, who later ambushed Julio in the woods and killed him. This portrait will be for his lovely widow and three kids, who miss him truly every day. RIP

The Allegory of Depression

Posted on May 23, 2019

I’ve been working on this painting for some time now already and I’m getting near the end. I’m working with walnut oil at this stage now though, so it takes forever for the paint to dry between layers. Still to do is fix up the tonal values a bit, then final colour glazing.

Stages of a painting

Posted on April 12, 2019

Grade 1 Report Card

Posted on March 17, 2019

Mrs St Louis was such a nice lady.

Commission WIP

Posted on March 17, 2019

I’m running behind schedule on a commission because I didn’t like the first one and I’m doing a second. I started my process in the usual way on the first attempt by painting a burnt umber wash, waiting for it dry, and then painting using various browns. It didn’t work. I realized that the background had to be warmer, so I started the second attempt with cadmium orange instead (which took foreeeeever to dry). I think it works better with the blond, but I need to do a second pass and paint in the background flowers still. Lesson learned: you can’t do golden dogs like other dogs.

Nearly Done

Posted on February 9, 2019

Getting there. Just need the colour in the dress and it’s pretty much done.