The paintings above are from the Bucks County area and New Hope. I have spent much of the time during my years at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia painting in beautiful Bucks County. I love the New Hope School, Daniel Garber, Edward Redfield, John Follinsbee, George Sotter, Lathrop, and many others. Many of my paintings were done at the same Quarries that Garber painted in New Jersey. The two quarry paintings above were painted from Bowmans Hill looking over the river valley towards Lambertville NJ. I’ve painted another one of the same view in the winter which sold at Rago’s Auction (of Antiques Roadshow ) last year for $4200. including buyers premium. The water scenes are of the Delaware River painted at Washingtons Crossing and the backyard of my friend Dorothy’s house in New Hope. I continue to travel to Bucks County, to see my friends and to paint the inspiring landscape of the area that feels so much like home to me.
To me Venice is the most beautiful city in the world. The light, the color, and magnificent architecture surrounded by the canals with the gondolas and boats of all types make it a magical city. In addition it is the birthplace of some of the greatest art of all time including painting, sculpture, and music and to me that makes it irresistible. The beauty of Venice has lured artists there for centuries and captured their hearts and I too have succumbed. The paintings above were done from the apartment I rented with my family on Guidecca and were all painted from either the balcony or the roof terrace.
I painted these desert scenes looking at the Catalinas in Tucson. I loved the way the light raked across the mountains creating the interesting shadows and color. The view is of Finger Rock from the Swan and River Road area. Both paintings were done from nearly the same spot but months apart. In one of the landscapes there was an iron cross set up on one of the paths.
I painted these at the Empire Ranch in Sonoita, AZ. I did the first landscape on site during one of the TPAPS paint outs. It sold at the Empire Ranch 100 show. I did the second painting of the cowboy on horseback after the Empire Ranch Shoot out in spring 2007. It shows the windmill and water tower on the ranch property.
This is a portrait which I just began of Elliot. It is in the initial block in stage. This is a commission for a family here in Tucson who came through my studio at one of our open studio weekends a couple of years ago and purchased one of my landscapes. They came back a few weeks later and added another one of my paintings to their collection. They have since become great friends with me and my wife. I am now working on portraits of their sons and grandchildren.
This is a portrait of Crane Day, a weaver in Tucson. He is Osage and in this portrait Crane is holding a family heirloom peace pipe. A blue and gold tapestry which he made on one of his many looms is painted in the background to the right. The portrait is nearly finished.
This is a recent painting of Bao, commissioned by his owner Gail. Bao came to my studio and posed for photos. I then proceeded with the underpainting. After the underpainting dried, I started laying the final color for the finished painting.