Model Tom

Posted on September 12, 2018

My brother-in-law Tom is an excellent model.

The Sub

Posted on September 11, 2018

Here’s a crop from ‘The Allegory of Climate Change.’ My husband served as a model for this one – it’s a running joke between our friends that Matt is in all my paintings because someone always calls in sick on photo shoot day, and he is the sub!

Home Stretch

Posted on September 4, 2018

WIP: just need white highlights on the skin and to paint the last bit of flowing fabric. I’m into the home stretch on this one…

Night Sky Study

Posted on August 15, 2018

I’ve done this little study for the background of my current large painting. I don’t want to be experimenting on it. I’m unsure if it works for me – I’ll have to think on it a while.


Posted on August 9, 2018

Give’Em a Hand

Posted on July 27, 2018

Hands are so expressive, and so, I must get all those little shadows just right.

So Beautiful!

Posted on July 26, 2018

Apologies for the terrible photo.

The Eyes Follow You

Posted on July 24, 2018

Attempt No.2 to get the eyes just right. It’s a really subtle and complicated expression. I want to show how he is at once vulnerable, scared, and ready to enter into a sexual encounter with the viewer. Plus, the eyes have to follow you no matter where you move in the room. I think this will work.

Torn Between Two Versions

Posted on June 24, 2018

I’m really torn as to how to paint this painting of the female gaze. My primary goal is to present a figure that is sexualized, however, he retains his subjectivity; that is, we recognize him as a subject with thoughts and feelings. He is not merely an object for our titillation. I want him to be ‘naked’ and not ‘nude.’ The first image of the figure floating in space will be more like the original Pedro Americo painting ‘The Night’ that I am basing the image on, but it also puts the image in the realm of fantasy/objectifying the subject. I want to complicate the relationship the viewer has with the subject, so perhaps the second version would be better? Or maybe something else between the two? I want to have the most impactful image, and that includes lighting, cropping, realism vs painterliness, etc. I’m taking so much into account right now and having a hard time determining what will work best and get my point across.

Colour Study

Posted on June 22, 2018

I’m about to start a big painting and I want the skin to appear to be in the moonlight, so I’ve done this colour study to see if a different technique will work. On a burnt umber imprimatura (coloured ground) I’ve done a grisaille, which you can still see in the face. Then I worked in skin colour and hair on top of that. I don’t like it. This ain’t gonna work. Good thing I did a colour study first before digging into the final painting!