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.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

House on Pilot Hill Road (Block Island IV)

Number four in my 2013-2014 Block Island series.  This was a wonderful cottage hidden off of Pilot Hill Road near a small lake.

"House on Pilot Hill Road (Block Island IV)."  Oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches.  Completed December 2013.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

On the Beach (Block Island III)

This work is the third in my recent Block Island series.  It depicts the beach near Old Harbor.  I used a photo and my memory as source materials, but I severely simplified the composition elements to focus on two structures, rather than the many that stand along the shore.  As I have done in the entire series, I used a yellow sky as the backdrop to add atmosphere.

"On the Beach (Block Island III)."  Oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches. Completed December 2013.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

View from Town Beach (Block Island II)

This is the second in my Block Island (RI) series.  It depicts the village of Old Harbor from Town Beach.

"View from Town Beach (Block Island II).  Oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches.  Completed December 2013.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Litmus Gallery Show

I will have several Raleigh-themed paintings on display during the month of July in a show at the Litmus Gallery in Downtown Raleigh (along with Raleigh photographer Charles Uzzell). The gallery is located at 312 W. Cabarrus Street in the middle of the Warehouse District. It's directly across from the Amtrak Station, adjacent to the intersection of Dawson and Cabarrus streets. Their web link is

The gallery will be open tonight for the July 4th First Friday from 6-9 p.m. and all four Saturdays in July (5th, 12th, 19th and 26th) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. During the Saturday hours there is convenient parking right by the gallery (reserved parking spaces). I will be at the gallery tonight, so if you plan to be downtown for the fireworks and celebration, please stop by!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Spring House (Block Island I)

Late last fall I began a series of canvases based on a day trip I took to Block Island, RI in October 2013.  I am still working on the series, but to-date I have ten completed works.  This large canvas was the first in the series, and I showed it in-progress back in December (  This is the completed piece; it depicts one of the major hotels on the island, The Spring House.

"The Spring House (Block Island I)."  Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches.  Completed December 2013.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Rhode Island Sunset

This small work was the first painting I completed after visiting New England last September.  The idea came to me as I was entering a seafood restaurant in Newport, Rhode Island one evening.  Across the street sat a very small cottage-like house, and the sun was setting behind it.  When I returned home, I tried to recapture that image with this canvas.

"Rhode Island Sunset."  Oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches.  Completed October 2013.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

St. Agnes Hospital

It's been awhile since my last post.  I have been painting, but the "business" side of visual art has been lagging in my studio.  It's time to get back on the public relations bandwagon.

This is one of the canvases I created last year for the Richard B. Harrison Library exhibit I had in the fall of 2013.  It depicts the ruins of St. Agnes Hospital on the campus of St. Augustine's College in Raleigh, NC.  The site is actually under major renovation, and there is hope that this structure will be rehabilitated and put to use once more (although not as a hospital, I presume).

"St. Agnes Hospital."  Oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches. Completed in August 2013.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Savannah Bound

Despite the lack of blog postings, I've actually been very busy in the studio.  I've continued working on the series of canvases inspired by my trip to Rhode Island in late September.  Today I head out for my annual winter pilgrimage to Savannah, Georgia.  Once I return, I will begin to post photos of the recent work.