I've been drawing and painting as long as I can remember, copying comic book panels as a kid, a career as a designer and animator, and the last twelve years as a painter. Hope you enjoy the work.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Rust Alley

9x12 Oil

A recently displayed some work during the Tangletown Garden Tour, since I had to hang out and babysit my paintings I decided to set the easel and go to it. The fish on the right is a mosaic sculpture that really caught my eye, so I framed it up against the house to make it pop, it adds a sense of strangeness to an otherwise restful scene. one of my favorite little geeky things I liked about this painting is the sharp pattern of reflected glare on the yellow house on the left, it was only there briefly, but catching details like that are the little things that elevate a painting.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Bluff Cave

9x12 Oil

This is yet another painting mined out of Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary, it's right in St. Paul just a few blocks from my studio and is a subject I return to often. Instead of the temptation to paint the grassy field behind me I decided to try the challenge of rocky bluff wall at the edge of the park. The light effect was fleeting and I was constantly balancing the values on the rock, keeping it dark enough to read as shadow while having it illuminated by the reflected light.