Thursday, August 28, 2014

Lift Off

Lift Off 
27.5" x 10.5"
oil on panel

In this painting is a set of Buck Rogers 
Crayon Ship colored pencils.
Made by American Pencil CO of NY in 1936.
The front of the box shows Buck Rogers ship taking off, 
so naturally I felt the need to portray the pencils 
lifting off one by one.
I was drawn to the graphics on the packaging. 
The designs used for the various ships 
from the Buck Rogers series from the 1930's movie shorts 
and the comics have such great style.
The colors they use for printing from the 1930's 
have the color combinations I love to use.

A little video I took of the box and pencils.
You will see there is a little surprise 
on the back of the box. . .

Here are some in progress shots from the painting. . . 

Now for some detail shots from the finished painting. . .

Lift Off
oil on panel

 Principle Gallery Charleston
125 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


24" x 12"
oil on panel

I grew up around apple trees. 
I climbed the trees from an early age. 
I still remember what it felt like
up in the branches. 
Even though the apple trees height 
was no match for the maple and oak trees, 
you couldn't help but feel big and tall. 

At an early age I was taught how to peel an apple 
using a hand held peeler. 
It took patience, but I was able to conquer the goal 
of peeling an apple with one continuous loopy twirly piece.  
That was one of the inspirations for this painting.

I enjoy the process of figuring out how 
to set up my compositions. This is how 
I had to support the apple and peel
to get just the right curl and twirl.

 A detail of my palette prior to painting. 
Clean piles of mixed paint. 
Such a beautiful thing.

Beginning stages. . .

In progress shots of the apple.

Detail from finished painting.

Detail from finished painting.

24" x 12"
oil on panel

Principle Gallery Charleston
125 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

International 2013/2014 ARC Salon Results

Art Renewal Center has announced the winners and finalist in their
2013/2014 International Salon.
With approximately 2200 entries from over 1000 artists,
the finalists only include the top 31% 
of the work submitted.

I am very honored to announce my painting
has been selected as a finalist 
in the Still Life category.

20" x 20"
oil on panel

To view all the finalists and award winners
of each category please go to the
Art Renewal Center Salon page:

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Crossed Lines

 Crossed Lines
18" x 24"
oil on panel

I have spent a lot of time with these wonderful phones. 
I must have had them lined up on top of my cabinet for over a year.
Sometimes I need to spend that time with a toy before
 I ultimately decided what I wanted them to say in an image.

detail from painting
I love these toy phones colors, 
their well loved surfaces showing their age.
The sounds of the bells when you turn their dials 
to make your calls
add a whole level of sensory excitement.
I kept thinking about how telephones are used 
as a means of communication.
One toy phone, with its cord not attached anymore, 
is out of the communication game.

detail from painting
I believe we all at some point have felt in the middle,
between two people (or groups of people)
who are trying to communicate,
but it is not working out too well for them.
Crossed lines of communication.
That is what led to my own vision for
"Crossed Lines".
 detail from painting
I had quite a few friends tell me that the image 
reminded them of party lines.
Party lines were where more than one 
telephone customer were connected in one loop. 
Basically everyone had to take turns. There would be a switch
operator who helped make the line connections.

 Here Sigrid Gellerstedt mans the Cotton telephone 
exchange switchboard at her home in January 1975. 
I found a wonderful blog post about Mrs. Gellerstedt
describing one of Minnesota's last party-line phone systems. 
A link to the article is here: Minnesota's Last Party-Lines

The three toy phones in my painting
are made by The Gong Bell Mfg Co from 1942-1954.
The company began in 1866 in Easthampton, CT.
It is believed that with the introduction of plastics
in toy making, the Gong Bell Mfg Co could not compete
since their toys were mostly made of 
wood and metal, thus closing the company in the 1960's.
To learn more about the Gong Bell Mfg Co please visit

Here is a short video showing my phones,
and the sounds they make.
And yes, a whiskered friend,
who seems to always show up in my little videos,
makes an appearance. 
Such a curious fellow he is.

Crossed Lines 
will be showing at
Principle Gallery Charleston
"These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things"
Annual Still Life Show
May2nd- May 31st, 2014

125 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC

Principle Gallery Charleston Annual Still Life Show

Crossed Lines
18" x 24"
oil on panel
I am honored to have my painting
Crossed Lines
showing at
Principle Gallery Charleston
"These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things"
Annual Still Life Show
May 2nd - May 31st, 2014

May 2nd, 2014

125 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC

To view the show online:

Monday, April 28, 2014

A Little Luck and a Good Idea

A Little Luck and a Good Idea
20" x 16"
oil on panel
We all would like a little extra luck sometimes.
Especially when we think we have good ideas.
I think it all goes hand in hand with a lot of hard work.
All the props in this painting have deep meaning to me. 
The light bulb for the good idea.
The wish bone for a little luck.
The skull is us.
The marbles are our thoughts.
The feather is flight, so those good ideas can 
take flight with a little luck.
I thought I would share some in-progress shots
from the painting:
The skull is from the Visible Man Anatomy kit.
It is only 2" tall. The light bulb is an appliance
bulb, so it is also fairly small in scale.
 Detail from painting.
A Little Luck and a Good Idea

Principle Gallery
20th Anniversary Invitational
208 King Street
Alexandria, VA