learn how not to quit.

October 29, 2015

My walls are bare.

Flour Power

Flour Power (middle) is up for one more week at the Beverley Street Studio Show Teachers and Students Show at the Shenandoah Valley Art Center


“Still being Still”
A solo show at HotCakes runs through Nov. 28th.
Artist Reception, November 8th, 3–5 pm

Starting Fresh

I am honored to have Starting Fresh (right) hanging in a group show at carpediem, An Extraordinary Art and Artisan Exhibit featuring more than 40 artists and artisans.  
November 1–December 24
Artist Reception, November 1st, 3–5 pm 

Nina Ozbey, Erica Lohan, Tim O'Kane, Mary Murray, Blaise Gaston and Ralph Dammann will demo/play the mandocello. Artists receptions will be held every Sunday for other artists.

My walls are bare.

October 21, 2015

Moving on to something new.

“Still being Still,” is what I named the show that is currently hanging at HotCakes. So named because I seem to be drawn almost exclusively to still life painting as a subject. Something about the mass, composition and color excites me.

The finished piece, Cut Up.

Cut Up, oil on canvas, 30 x 20 inches

October 11, 2015

Slogging Through

Light Weight, in progress
I have had this still life set up in the studio for longer than I care to admit. Fortunately, there isn’t anything that can spoil or rot, which are often subjects of my work. There is fire under my ass to finish this and move on. Get ’er done! Getting close.

August 08, 2015


Fresh Start, 2014, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches
Fresh Start, signed, sealed and shipped! I am excited to have a painting accepted in the Virginia Artists 2015 Juried Exhibition at The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center in Hampton.

August 22 – October 11, 2015

July 11, 2015

Weigh In, 2015, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches   

There is nothing like having a full week to concentrate on painting—no work, no cooking, shopping, cleaning, no distractions. I love my time at Nimrod Hall art camp. The place is charming, bucolic, quirky and my fellow artists are talented, supportive and fun. Days are spent painting alone or in small groups; some prefer plein aire and some of us like working in studios. We gather for meals in a cerulean blue dining hall, for swimming in an ice cold spring-fed pond, for tubing on the Cowpasture River, for wine and conversation on porches. We are hopeful and happy, dirty and tired, inspired and by week’s end, reassured that we are indeed artists. 

February 23, 2015

All about the art

Cut You, in progress
I started setting up this still life weeks ago and it has gone through dozens of renditions. I am excited to have finally gotten past the drawing phase and into painting. Large brushes are so much fun.

February 17, 2015

A little color on a gray day

Simply Radishing, 2015, oil on panel, 6 x 6 inches
If you have ever visited my website, you might have read my artist statement and know that color sends me—it just makes my heart skip. So on a gray cloudy morning, there is nothing better than a little infusion.

February 16, 2015

Better with Butter

Better With Butter, 2015, oil on panel, 8 x 8 inches
I am enjoying painting artichokes these days—they are prehistoric looking. Who first thought to eat these things?

February 04, 2015

Wants and Needs

When budgeting, the question of wants and needs is often swirling about. I always want a better studio, more room, a taller ceiling. But because real needs eat into the budget, I am learning to be happy with the studio I have (second bedroom). After a day of sprucing up, what more do I want or need.

February 02, 2015

From long ago

Sausolito Coffee, oil on canvas, 32 x 40 inches, 1987

Flower Stand, oil on canvas, 20 x 30 inches, 1986
I recently participated in a facebook challenge, “Three for Five.” Artists are posting three pieces of art each day for five days. It was interesting to look back on some old work. Here are a couple that I did back when there were four very active country boys under foot.