Sunday, July 9, 2017

Joshua Tree #6

Next canvas in the Joshua Tree series, this one depicting a rock formation in Hidden Valley.

"Joshua Tree #6." Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches. Completed September 2015.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Joshua Tree #5

The fifth installment of the Joshua Tree National Park series I began in 2015. This is a smaller vertical study. 

"Joshua Tree #5," oil on canvas, 24 x 18 inches. Completed August 2015.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Joshua Tree #4

It's been several months of inactivity on this blog, so I thought I'd post an update to get 2017 off to a better start. This canvas was the next installment in my 2015 series based on scenes from Joshua Tree National Park, California.

"Joshua Tree #4." Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches. Completed July 2015.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Joshua Tree #3

This is the next canvas in my series of works based on a visit to Joshua Tree National Park, California.

"Joshua Tree #3." Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches. Completed July 2015.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Joshua Tree #2

A year ago I began a series of works based on my visit to Joshua Tree National Park (California) in 2011. This diptych, created by using two 18x18 canvases, is the second piece from that series. To date I have completed a total of nine canvases in the Joshua Tree series.

"Joshua Tree #2 (diptych)." Oil on canvas, 18 x 36 inches. Completed July 2015

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Joshua Tree #1

This canvas was the first in a series of paintings I created last year based on my visit to Joshua Tree National Park in Fall 2011. The park is located in the southern region of the Mojave Desert, just east of the Coachella Valley and Palm Springs, California. I had never really seen a desert before, and I was totally captivated with its beauty and remoteness.

"Joshua Tree #1." Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches. Completed July 2015.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Second and Chapel Alley

This is another canvas that was featured this month in my two-person show at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Center in Frederick, MD.

"Second and Chapel Alley." Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, completed September 2014.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Structure and Light: Delaplaine Exhibit Opening

My two-person show with Washington, D.C. artist Tinam Valk opened this past Saturday, April 2 at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center in Frederick, Maryland. Our exhibit is entitled "Structure and Light" and features 18 of my paintings. The opening reception was attended by approximately 90 people, and I sold six paintings that afternoon. The exhibit will run until Sunday, May 1 at the Delaplaine's gallery located at 40 South Carroll Street, Frederick MD 21701 (
 That's me and Tinam posing under the title wall of the exhibit. Her work is to the left, mine to the right.
Photo montage taken during our installation. Above, five of my architectural canvases; lower left, Tinam hanging one of her pieces; lower right, three more of my paintings.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

"The Original Position" cover art

I’m honored to have one of my canvases, “Fourth and Montgomery,” selected as the cover art for Dr. Timothy Hinton’s new philosophy book “The Original Position,” published this month by Cambridge University Press. I am sincerely grateful to Dr. Hinton for this fabulous opportunity.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Christmas at Oak View

This is a painting I completed in October depicting the main farmhouse at Historic Oak View County Park here in Raleigh NC. It seems a most appropriate image to use as my holiday greeting to family, friends and patrons. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year 2016!

"Christmas at Oak View." Oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches. Completed October 2015.

Friday, December 11, 2015

The Winter Show at Greenhill

Last Sunday the Gallery at Greenhill in Greensboro, NC opened its annual Winter Show to the public, after having held a Collector's Choice gala fundraiser in the exhibit the night before. This year I was one of 120 North Carolina artists invited to exhibit work in the show, a great honor for me. I chose to include "Looking North on Water Street" (above painting on the left) and "On the Beach" (above painting on the right), two works completed as part of my Block Island series of 2013-2014.  I visited the show this past Tuesday and learned that "On the Beach" had sold at the gala. The exhibition will continue through January 15, 2016. The Gallery at Greenhill is located at 200 North Davie Street in Downtown Greensboro (

Sunday, October 25, 2015

House on the Curve (Block Island XII)

It's been a few months since my last blog post. After a very hectic start to this year, my professional world has calmed down and I once again have both the time and energy to devote to studio pursuits. In fact, I've made some important changes in my life that will allow me to pursue this avocation with a greater passion. I've very excited about that prospect.

This canvas was the final installment in my 12-painting series based on a vacation trip to Block Island, Rhode Island in the fall of 2013. It was recently featured in a show I had at the Wake County Justice Center in Raleigh, NC.

"House on the Curve (Block Island XII)."  Oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches. Completed July 2014.

Monday, July 27, 2015

House by Town Beach (Block Island XI)

This painting is the next-to-last in my twelve-canvas series of Block Island (RI) images.  This house loomed over Town Beach just north of Old Harbor and I found it intriguing.

"House by Town Beach (Block Island XI)."  Oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches. Completed July 2014.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

United Arts Council exhibit opportunity

After a five month absence, I am returning to the studio to work again.  During these months I have sold two pieces - one through the Raleigh Fine Arts Society's 41st Annual Exhibition and another privately - and recently received a new exhibit opportunity through the United Arts Council: I currently have 15 paintings on display in the offices of the Wake County Commissioners inside the new Wake County Justice Center in downtown Raleigh.  This display will continue through September 2015.

To renew my blog posts I am featuring the tenth canvas in my 2013-2014 Block Island series.  This canvas depicts the island's South East Lighthouse and is one of the paintings in the United Arts Council show.

"South East Lighthouse (Block Island X)."  Oil on canvas, 30 x 24 inches.  Completed February 2014.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

2015 North Carolina Artists Exhibition

One of my works, "Boylan Heights Triptych," has been accepted into the 2015 North Carolina Artists Exhibition sponsored by the Raleigh Fine Arts Society. The exhibit will run from March 1-April 23, 2015 in the Betty Ray McCain Gallery, Duke Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh NC. The juror for this year's competition was Herb Jackson. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, March 1, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Betty Ray McCain Gallery (inside Meymandi Concert Hall), Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South Street, Raleigh NC 27601.  The gallery is open to the public during performances at the center.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Heading North to Old Harbor (Block Island IX)

I came across this Block Island house on the walk back from the South East Lighthouse to Old Harbor.  I turned the scene into a dusk image, with second-floor lights ablaze.

"Heading North to Old Harbor (Block Island IX)." Oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches. Completed February 2014.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Blue Cottage Studies

These are two small "blue cottage" studies I did from the island visit.  I focused on a quick application of paint and a very loose brush stroke.

"Blue Cottage #1 (Block Island VII)" and "Blue Cottage #2 (Block Island VIII).  Both are oil on canvas, 9 x 12 inches.  Completed January 2014.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Holly and Berries

Here's a little holiday cheer from my studio.  Merry Christmas everyone!

"Holly and Berries." Oil on canvas, 9 x 12 inches. Completed November 2014.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Spring Street Cottage (Block Island VI)

This post features more work from Block Island (RI).  I saw this cottage while taking the pedestrian route to the South East Lighthouse and found it picturesque (especially the little "cyclops" window along the side facade).

"Spring Street Cottage (Block Island VI). Oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches. Completed January 2014.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Looking North on Water Street (Block Island V)

It's been two long months since my last post.  In addition to taking a break from studio work to vacation in the Midwest, I also needed to recharge my thoughts.  This past week I worked in the studio for the first time since early September, and it felt great. Time to start some new projects.

This piece is the fifth in a series of paintings I completed in late 2013 and 2014 from a trip I made to Block Island, Rhode Island.  It depicts the main thoroughfare in the island's major village, Old Harbor.

"Looking North on Water Street (Block Island V)."  Oil on stretched canvas, 18 x 24 inches.  Completed January 2014.