Sunday, January 31, 2010


12" x 12"
oil on wood panel

Friday, January 29, 2010

Random Facebook Pet Painting #6

12" x 12"
oil on wood panel

This is Bodi, he passed away a few years ago and belonged to Star Sosa of Wilmington.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Random Facebook Pet Painting #5

12" x 12"
oil on wood

Turns out the painting I posted last of the dog swimming is the #1 Flat Coated Retriever in the world for dock diving and in the top 5 for dock diving in the country! Pretty impressive!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


I have been published in an interview with an online magazine!

You can see it here:

Art Opening This Friday!!

I will have new paintings hanging at Jonkheer Jewelry Art Studio this Friday for anyone who is living near or in Wilmington, NC - Hope to see you there!!

For more information go to the

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

"Peace" in progress

16" x 19"
oil on canvas panel

I started this yesterday and at this point it is without color, painted only in burnt umber, later I'm going to layer in the color. I've been reading a book called Alla Prima: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Direct Painting by Al Gury and it talks about this process. I used to only paint in black and white then add some color. So I thought I would try this process and so far I'm really liking the results - I'm not even sure I want color.

I'm hoping to use this painting as a submission in a portrait competition. For some reason this painting reminds me of the beginning of a poem by Sara Teasdale. Here is the whole poem:

Peace flows into me
As the tide to the pool by the shore;
It is mine forevermore,
It ebbs not back like the sea.

I am the pool of blue
That worships the vivid sky;
My hopes were heaven-high,
They are all fulfilled in you.

I am the pool of gold
When sunset burns and dies —
You are my deepening skies,
Give me your stars to hold.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

New Prints Available

I just put up some new prints of recent work on Ebay.
Available in different sizes.

Sunday, January 10, 2010


8" x 8"
oil on panel

I'm starting a new daily painting project called R.F.P.P. Random Facebook Pet Painting. Which is just what it sounds like - using photos from my friends list for random pet paintings. So if your not on my friends list and you want a painting of your pet, you may want to "friend me" and put up a decent photo of your pet (cat or dog). You can use the painting in your profile picture and if you want to purchase it - they will sell for $75.

Here is an update on the "Queen Naomi" painting.
It's about 75% done - time to start the other commission!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

"Scout" with nose fixed

8" x 8"
oil on panel

Here is scout with his nose fixed. Apparently in the photo he WAS in a "mid-sniff".... I really love my job!!

Thursday, January 7, 2010


8" x 8"
oil on panel

This is a commission is a of a Red Bone Hound Dog - The nose looks a little crooked to me and in the photo it's crooked as well. I'm going to ask the client if this is accurate and if not I will need to change it.

I've noticed sometimes when you take photos of dogs, if your hold food, they will sniff and when a dog sniffs, their noses move back and forth. The photo given by the client my have caught him or her in "mid-sniff" and that is why the nose looks crooked and considering the sniffer on these dogs is what they were (guessing here) breed for, I'm guessing this is the case or maybe he or she just has a crooked nose. I probably should have asked before finishing the paint, but it's not that big of a change.

8" x 6"
oil on panel

Monday, January 4, 2010

2010 Uncorked

8" x 6"
oil on panel

This is my first painting of 2010. I hope everyone had a safe and peaceful new year celebration. Mine was very quiet... crablegs, steak, baked potato, movie and Welches sparkling for us. Guy surprised me with an engagement ring at 12:12. A very nice way to start the new year.

I wanted to take a break for a few days... actually I think it's been a week and although I haven't been painting the small paintings, I have been whittling away at the large commission of "Queen Naomi" and it's coming along really nice. I'm so excited about this painting! I will send photos later this week.