George Floyd – say my name

June 16th, 2020 1 comment

george floydArtists are political. I, for one, cannot really paint someone I don’t want to paint. But sometimes, there is a face in the news and I can’t NOT paint him. When I first heard about George, I looked at his face, he looked tall and strong and brave. Then I read a biography, really, an obituary, and his friend quoted him as saying “I want to touch the world” when he was young and idealistic. How amazing and poignant it is, that he DID touch the world, but at such a terrible cost. Black lives matter, Black men matter. Black women matter. Black children matter. Yes, all of the other lives matter too, but the carnage in our country is totally skewed and black men are dying again and again, in numbers that are chilling. I love to use watercolor to paint faces, and that is what I did here.
This painting is already sold, but you can still buy prints and my profits will go to #blacklivesmatter.

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A street in Sersale – following the light

March 26th, 2020 No comments

My reference for this watercolor painting was a photo I took in 2001 before Adriana replaced her classic old door with a sturdy modern one. I tried to make the light draw you into the photo and look down the street. I have been practicing this technique with watercolors, and I particularly love this street and this scene of an old man walking home. This is a street my grandfather ran up and down as a child, because on the end you can’t see is the main Piazza of San Pasquale. Sersale is the town my grandfather, his father, his father’s father, for many generations were all born. 500 years of generations, to be exact.

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Color and light – using the horse

March 15th, 2020 No comments

I love to draw horses and truly, I am enjoying painting them too. A horse can convey pride, majesty, happiness, solidity. I am using a reference photo taken by Mirelle Vegers for my horse. This painting is for sale.

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Dashing Friesian Stallion

March 4th, 2020 No comments


I have been working on this horse for about two months and have painted several versions of him, both as small sketches in a notebook, and on large paper. The large paper that I am using is particularly interesting. It’s a Morilla 15″x20″ block of 25 sheets and it was sold before the mid 1960s at the University of Washington bookstore for $2.00. (A block like this one sells for over $60.00 today and you only get 20 sheets) Because the paper is so old, it’s more finicky and brittle, which adds to my fun while I explore painting in such a large format. Watercolors beg for speed,because they just dry. A bigger sheet, slower dry time. But this horse, he needs to be spontaneous and bright.

He and all of his twin brothers are for sale, please contact the artist.
All of the proceeds of my work go to endangered species conservation programs. For more info, contact the artist.

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The Black Stallion

May 1st, 2019 No comments

I have loved horses all of my life, and here is one I painted. Horses can show so much by their posture and gait, and this horse shows enthusiasm, courage and a great attitude. He is for sale for $300 at my etsy shop

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