Thursday, March 8, 2018

"Trees on Cokesbury"

Continuing with my recent enthusiasm with graphite and working from reference photos.

                                                   5 1/2" x 8"
                                                   graphite on acid free paper

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

"Price Lake on the Blue Ridge Parkway"

Another beautiful spot along the Blue Ridge Parkway is Price Lake.  The smooth rocks are a nice contrast to all the textures of the foliage.

                                            8"x5 1/2"
                                            graphite on acid free paper

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

"Blue Ridge Parkway" (near Wilson Creek overlook)

Recently I posted in my sketching blog portraits that I had drawn of my two grandsons.  Enjoying creating with graphite, which I hadn't done in a very long time,  I'm continuing with some drawings using reference photographs that I have made in the past.  Here's my first one:

                                                  5 1/2" x 8"
                                                  graphite on acid free paper

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Every winter it's such a joy to watch amaryllis grow and then be rewarded with beautiful blooms.  This year I ordered bulbs of my very favorite one, "Picote".  The pure white blossoms are edged with a delicate red line around each petal.   I really wanted to capture the interesting colors of the reflected light on the shadowed side of the blooms contrasting to the strong bright light from the left. Here's my painting:

                                          18" x 12"
                                          oil on canvas

                                          My graphite study (14"x11"):

Friday, January 19, 2018


Here's something different from what I have been doing recently.  This painting was done for a conference room at a fitness center.  After doing several sketches this was the chosen composition.  Bold color and "movement lines" help to create the feeling of activity and energy.

                                          48" x 36"
                                          acrylic on canvas

Sunday, November 26, 2017

"Along a Path at Reynolda"

                                                  16" x 20"
                                                  oil on canvas


                                                  cool day woodland path
                                                  looking up stumbling reveals
                                                  center stage allure

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

"Brownwood Road Farm (Watauga County)"

                                          24" X 12"
                                          oil on canvas

                                          on the way to Todd
                                          chose off route and made left turn
                                          farm on Brownwood Road

Sunday, September 3, 2017

"Where Pansies Grow Wild"

Just delivered and hung this painting this past week.  My client is so happy and is enjoying having friends in to view it.  As per customer's request-lots of purple with accents of yellow.

                                          48" X 28"
                                          oil on canvas

Friday, August 11, 2017

"Sims Creek Light"

Another pleasant day sketching, painting, and picnicking at Julian Price Park.  The light always finds it's opening into wooded areas among the foliage and creates a "look at this!" moment.
                                                  oil on canvas

Monday, July 31, 2017

"Reynolda Gardens Bridge" (in the woods)

I walked along a path that took me into the woods at Reynolda Gardens.  This path followed along a marsh area that years ago was where Lake Katharine was located.  I found  this stone bridge that (from what my research has revealed) was adjacent to a filled-in area that would have been the outdoor swimming pool during the early years of the development of the Reynolds estate.  Early photos show this area with very few trees and open to the sunlight.
                                          48" X 28"
                                          oil on canvas