Thursday, July 30, 2015

A Conversation with Antrese on The Savvy Painter Podcast

I am a huge fan of The Savvy Painter Podcasts and I was honored to be interviewed by Antrese Wood, who is great at hosting artist interviews and she's an artist herself.

If you're interested in listening to my recent talk with Antrese, click here.  You can also subscribe to The Savvy Painter Podcasts on iTunes.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015


6 x 8"
oil on panel

I'm coming back to life and painting again.  Yay.

Continuing with my new series ArtistZ - a woman standing in the blue light of one of Marc Chagall's 'America Windows' in the Art Institute of Chicago.

Chagall makes me happy, calm.  The paintings can be complex, with movement and scenery and music playing.  My favorite painting of Chagall's is 'Lovers In a Red Sky'.

Monday, July 6, 2015


6 x 8"
oil on panel

A new addition to my series ArtistZ - featuring one of my favorite paintings by Francis Bacon.   It's tough to pick a favorite of Bacon's, I suppose this piece has a figure sitting and I often paint that subject.  And I dig those colors together, the mustard-gold, navy blues and that neon green in the top third.

One of the first artbooks I bought, years ago, was of Francis Bacon's work - I was very into the illustrators Brad Holland and Marshall Arisman - both painted strikingly-dark subject matter, a bit eerie, perfect for illustrating dark stories.  Those years I dreamed of being an illustrator.  Bacon was very much the same vein, but his compositions and large blocks of color around figures, his distorted figures, his macabre, nightmarish works really grabbed me.  

This painting by Bacon featured in my painting is one of many studies of Peter Lacy, whom Bacon had a tempestuous relationship with until Lacy's death in 1962.