Monday, December 31, 2012

"Cherries and Silver"

"Cherries and Silver" 8 x 10 oil on panel
And here's the last entry for 2012
Happy New Year and stay tuned in 2013!

Monday, December 24, 2012

"Old Studio Bottles"

"Old Studio Bottles"  8 x 10 oil on panel
These quick little studies are a great way to pass a rainy Christmas Eve!  Merry Christmas everyone!

Monday, December 3, 2012

"Apple Blossoms"

"Apple Blossoms"  20 x 16 oil on linen
From back in spring, here is a still-life of apple blossoms from my garden.  When I finished this piece, I thought that I had totally missed the subject.  So, I turned it face in towards the wall, way in the studio corner, and just left it, actually forgetting all about it.  After I recently found it  again and took another look, maybe I didn't miss the subject by too far after all.  Sometimes it's really hard to be objective about a painting, especially when you have just exited its "furnace of creation."  On pieces that I feel unsure of, I've learned that letting them sit and percolate, out of sight, nearly always produces something when seen them again with a fresh eye.  Moral of the story, "don't throw that painting out just yet!"

Monday, November 19, 2012

"Dunn's Rock Afternoon"

"Dunn's Rock Afternoon"  11 x 14 oil on panel  SOLD

Autumn always seems to go by far too quickly, here's a recent painting from one of my favorite locations west of Asheville.  This prominent rock outcropping has always fascinated me, and catching it with the afternoon sun of early November was just too irresistible not to try and capture. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Lemons with Amber Bottle

"lemons with Amber Bottle"  12 x 16 oil on panel - Available
Here's another installment in the "still-life" department.  A couple of years ago, I found this old amber bottle in an antique shop, and after pairing it with some lemons and a branch of oncidium orchids, I felt that I had the makings of a nice harmony.
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Monday, October 22, 2012

"Ridgeview Autumn"

"Ridgeview Autumn"
Hard to believe that Autumn has arrived, once again, and is already slipping past.  Here's a plein air study from a ridge close to my studio... the cows chilling in the shadows were great fun!
Painting is available through the studio:

Friday, October 12, 2012

St George Island Sunset

"St George Island Sunset"  20 x 24 oil on panel  SOLD
Another addition from my painting adventures on the gulf coast... here's a sunset, done from my plein air study.  Mosquitos were very hungry when I was there on location, was nice not to have to swat anything here in the studio while painting this version!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

"St. George Island Sunrise"

"St. George Island Sunrise" 8 x 10 oil on linen 
Just spent a great week on the Gulf Coast of Florida, painting with fellow members of The Plein Air Painters Of The Southeast (PAP-SE).   I ended up staying in the St. George Island State Park, a magnificient and quite isolated park, some 9 miles long!  Here is a my plein air study of the rising sun, which only lasted a moment! 

Saturday, September 1, 2012

"August In The Italian Garden"

August is a wonderful month for the spectacular Italian garden at George Vanderbilt's home.  While on location, Tyree Purvis shot this photo of me working on a quick color study.

photo courtesy of Tyree Purvis /  To see more of Tyree's photography
from this day, check out his gallery:
And here is a shot of the plein air study, which I quickly did, with the intention of working it up into a larger studio version.
"August In The Italian Garden" plein air study 11 x 14 oil on linen

And the larger studio version, which is 24" x 30"

"August In The Italian Garden"  24 x 30 oil on linen  SOLD

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Ongoing Exhibition Grand Bohemian

Small Works

Through August 24th, 2012

For more info call: 828.398.5555
or visit:


Monday, July 9, 2012


Here is a video promo shot by Asheville Citizen-Times' Carol Motsinger on the upcoming exhibition which opens Saturday, July 14th - 5 - 8 pm

Grand Bohemian Exhibition

"Small Works"

The Grand Bohemian Gallery
11 Boston Way
Asheville, NC  28803

July 14 - August 24, 2012

Opening  -  Meet The Artist
Saturday, July 14, 2012
5:00 - 8:00 PM

For more info call:  828.398.5555
or visit:

Friday, June 22, 2012

New Gallery Announcement

New Gallery
I'm very pleased and excited to announce my new affiliation with Coco Vivo Fine Art And Design, with galleries located in Charleston, South Carolina and also in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.  You can check their website at the link below for works in both locations.

COCO VIVO in Charleston
25 Broad Street - Gallery Row
Charleston, South Carolina 29401

COCO VIVO in Boothbay Harbor
129 Commercial Street
Boothbay Harbor, Maine 045328

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

"Beryl's Parting Glory"

"Beryl's Parting Glory" oil on panel 12" x 12"

Tropical storm "Beryl" caused me to delay my recent trip to Charleston, where I participated along with other members of PAP-SE (Plein Air Painters of the Southeast) during our paintout and opening exhibition.  It was nearing sunset when I caught this view of the remnants of the storm, which was breathtaking and truly the storm's parting glory!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

"Kirkpatrick's Valley"

"Kirkpatrick's Valley" oil on panel  10.5" x 14"

Using my plein air study for reference, here's my studio version of this farm scene, located in an absolutely gorgeous vallery near Asheville.  It's not often that I find a subject that is near perfect "as is", but this scene needed almost no editing to create what I think is an effective composition. 

Saturday, April 28, 2012

"Still Life with Mandarins"

"Still Life with Mandarins"  oil on panel  11" x 14"

One more still life painting, painted during convalescence from my awful knee injury back in December.  I sure hope to soon be back on two legs again!  This painting was lots of fun!

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Monday, March 26, 2012

"Cup and Plum"

"Cup and Plum" oil on panel 8" x 10"

Here's one of my late winter efforts working with still life, which I love doing. This wonderful Bavarian porcelain cup married nicely with the plum, and the blossoms are inspired by the red leaf plum, which has just finished blooming, in my garden.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

"Garden Party" Exhibition

"Spring on Henry Lane" 16" x 20" oil on canvas


"Garden Party"
March 26 - May 17, 2012

Art Walk and Artist Reception
March 30, 2012 6 - 9 PM

Historic Cabarrus Courthouse
65 Union Street South
Concord, North Carolina 28026

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Salon International 2012

"Clouds Over San José" oil on panel 14" x 11" SOLD

The Salon International just released their accepted entries list for this year's exhibition. Along with "Crock with Pears", this little studio version of "Clouds Over San José" will soon be heading to Greenhouse Gallery in San Antonio, TX.

Dates and more information to follow soon!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

"The Golden Hour"

"The Golden Hour" oil on panel 11" x 14" SOLD
I've been waiting for an idea to use this amber bottle, and after a recent visit to the supermarket, I realized that I had just the makings of a painting that would let the bottle shine. The wonderful thing about doing a still life with veggies is that you get to eat them when you're done!