Tuesday, April 4, 2017


Sans Soucis
11" x 16"
Watercolor




I'm having a horrible time trying to photograph my paintings correctly.  The top photo is using my old Canon Power Shot S95 and the bottom one is using my iPhone 6 Plus.  Both photos have been edited in my MacBook Pro.

The Canon has always been fine but not as "clear" while the iPhone is a bit too hi-def and on the cool side.  I always have to adjust the blues.  My work however is not as hi-def as the iPhone makes it out to be - it is too harsh.  I'm torn and so I've posted both. 

Which one do you like best?

Saturday, March 4, 2017



Just say "PIMMS"!

24" x 18"
Watercolor






"Midnight at the Moulin"
18" x 18"
Watercolor

Thursday, November 10, 2016


"A & T on board"

22" x 22"
Watercolor

I painted this portrait of two of my dearest friends as a birthday gift.  They have shown me such wonderful support and friendship over the years.....I took this picture when on board "SoulShine" - the 50' LRC trawler owned by my boss!  It was a wonderful sunset cruise on the Chesapeake Bay......


Monday, September 12, 2016



"Coup de Foudre"
22" x 22"

Watercolor

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Art for Dance


"Alex at the Window"
16" x 16"

Barter Art for Dance
One way to get free Argentine Tango Lessons!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Re-working a portrait in Watercolor


Lee Perry as an Army Nurse in the Philippines.

Fernando Amorsolo https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fernando_Amorsolo , a wonderful painter from the Philippines,  painted her portrait and asked her to pose without smiling in a photo that he could use to prep.  As we all know painting portraits of folks smiling always leads to an odd emphasis on the teeth which throws off the portrait.


Lee in her test pose 



Lee Perry by Fernando Amorsolo
Lee did not want to be painted in her uniform and borrowed this green dress for the sittings



Lee Perry

When I first started to paint I did this portrait from Lee's test photo.
I wanted it to be somewhat stylized but I always felt that the upper lip was a bit too wide.
This was done in 2010



Lee Perry

I had a last minute solo show at City Hall in Annapolis and had to come up with a number of paintings.  I decided that the time was ripe to attempt to "improve" on the original watercolor of Lee that I had done in 2010.  One of the most interesting discoveries was that one didn't necessarily have to be completely exact in a rendition in order to have a subject look like themselves in a portrait.  Looking at the lovely work done by Fernando Amorsolo one can see that there are some slight differences but that the overall effect is spot on and very beautiful.

It isn't easy to correct watercolor as those who choose to work in this wonderful medium know all too well.  But I am pleased with the result and am afraid to tamper with it anymore.