A portrait of my great-niece Maddy splashing in the lake, for her second birthday. Granted, it’s really more of a present for her mom and dad, but years from now, when she’s forgotten all the toys and outgrown all the clothes, the family will still cherish this painting.
Funny… they always tell actors not to work with kids and pets, and they’re both my favorite to work with.
Painted in 2013. Acrylic on canvas, 16×20.
Maddy’s Reference Photo.
When I bought this doll-sized top hat at the craft store, the clerk asked, “Are you making a snow-man?”
“No,” I replied. “It’s for my dog.”
Beavis, my one-eyed Pekingese, looks like a proper British gentleman in this hat. I can’t not laugh when I see the photo, from the hat, to his stubby bowed legs, to how cute he is with a hair cut (his little tail!!!!), to his jacked up crooked teeth. I knew I had to paint it.
The uninspiring background of the beat up sidewalk and weeds were replaced with pavers edged in river rock and a flower garden.
Painted in 2013. Acrylic on canvas board, 11×14.
Beavis’ reference photo.
This was a wedding gift for my niece Sarah, of her, her husband Eddie and their golden retriever Toby James. But I didn’t want to wait until her wedding to give it to her, so I told her the frame was her shower gift and the painting their wedding gift, and gave it early. I’m not known for my patience.
It was my first time painting people portraits in ages, and I think the first time I painted a guy, ever. 2011. Acrylic on canvas, 24×36.
There were tears. Mission accomplished. :)
Considering it was my love of horses that got me really into art, it’s funny that I’ve only painted one in the past 20 years. Willie B is a gorgeous fellow, currently enjoying retirement on a farm in Kentucky. Painted in 2006. Oil on canvas, 18×24.
Willie B’s reference photo.
Copy of “The Honorable Mrs. Graham” by Thomas Gainsborough, painted around 1992 while in college for my landscape class, because I found plain landscapes to be dead boring.
Oil on board 24×48