January 17, 2019

Color Study for Transfiguration

Color Study for Transfiguration
Oil on Linen on Panel

November 15, 2018

Lot 5's "Face Value" show at the Royal Opera Arcade Gallery

I'm so pleased to be included in this wonderful exhibition. The idea behind the show is to present contemporary portraiture that demonstrates technical skill while also provoking thought and discussion. Runs November 9th - 17th in London. For more info: lot5collective.com/Face-Value

 Catherine of Siena
Oil on Linen 

 Photo by Sally Jane Fuerst

Photo by Adrienne Belyea

September 01, 2018


I'm so very pleased that Miss Rachel has found a new home! A huge thank you to my wonderful gallery, Williams Fine Art Dealers.

Packing her up

June 26, 2018

Interview with BostonVoyager Magazine

I was recently interviewed by BostonVoyager Magazine about my work.

April 30, 2018

Explanation of Certain Materials for July Sight-Size Portrait Workshop

Here is an explanation of some of the materials on the supply list:

Plumb Line
Used for taking vertical allignments. I attach a bead (or key, etc.) to a red, pink or black string (whatever I feel I can see best holding up and standing at a distance from the model). You will need two and one must be at least 26”. 

Black Mirror
This is an important tool to assess values. Take a piece of glass (approximately 7”x5”) and apply at least three layers of black acrylic paint to one side, allowing to dry between layers. Then, once completely dry, apply black tape to side that has been painted and also to the sides.

You will need to apply a tone to your portrait grade linen at least one month prior to the workshop. You can use straight raw umber (I brush it on with a large brush and then remove excess with a soft clean brush or link free rag). You can also add a touch of odorless mineral spirits to a pile of raw umber to get the paint flowing and to make it easier to brush. After the canvas is covered, make sure that there are no raised spots. Your tone should be completely flat. Shoot for around the value of the photo below (raw umber imprimatura next to a white board for comparison). 

I’ve included a coin reference in the photos. All brush makers size differently. 

You will need two bristle brushes to start our underpainting during the workshop. One larger and one smaller. Flats or Filberts.

Flat or Bright Soft Brushes
I prefer sables. You will need two sizes for smoothing edges out at the end of the day. One smaller and one larger.

Various Filberts and Rounds
You will need soft brushes. I prefer sables. You will want to bring an assortment of Filberts ranging from small to large and a few Rounds in the smaller sizes. I can’t tell you exactly what you will need as we all have individual preferences. But just to give you an idea of mine:

Rosemary Brushes

Series 81 Pure Sable Domed Filbert (various sizes). These are some of my favorite brushes. Good all purpose brushes that I use for the majority of the portrait.

Series 93 Pure Sable Spotters  I buy these in the smaller range (#3/0 through 2). I love these for detail work.

Series 91 Pure Sable Filbert Various Sizes. “Cat’s Tongue” Great for when you need to get a bit more detail from a filbert. I always have a couple on hand.

Series 99 Pointed Pure Sable Rounds  (I like the # 1-5 range). Great for “drawing” with paint.

I’ve also had good results with Richeson 9160 Finest Sable. Also with Dick Blick Masterstroke Finest Red Sable brushes. And Trekell red sables.

Paint Knife

Please don't bring a paint knife that is too small.

November 28, 2017

Portrait Painting in the Sight-Size Tradition : Accurately represent your subject as the eye sees it

In July, I will be instructing a 10 day portrait painting workshop at the Academy of Realist Art Boston. Although I teach comparative measuring in my figure drawing/painting classes, I absolutely love sight-size for traditional portraiture. Every time I use it, I'm reminded of the first time I was exposed to it years ago and and how right it felt, immediately. Know that feeling of finding something that fits you perfectly? Pretty gratifying.

This workshop will explain my muti-layered process of developing a head and shoulders portrait while working in the sight-size method. I'll lecture/demo on subjects including: facial anatomy, planar modeling, color temperature, edge quality, glazing and scumbling.

Dates: July 9th - 20th. 9:30-4:30.

For more info and to register, please visit the ARA Boston website: http://www.araboston.com/workshops-classes/

Miss Rachel done Sight-Size

October 01, 2017

Art Renewal Center Salon Exhibition at the MEAM in Barcelona

What an incredible few days in Barcelona. My paintings, Miss Rachel and Fritter and Waste, were on display as part of the ARC Salon at the European Museum of Modern Art. Here are a few pics:

 Bumping into the MEAM on our first day there

 Miss Rachel

Fritter and Waste

Miss Rachel in the distance

 The beautiful MEAM

Bruno Galuzzi Corsini's painting Sword in Hand, Greed of Command through the window

 Receiving my awards for First and Second in the Portraiture Category

 ARA Boston meets ARA Toronto

 Photo with Kara Lysandra Ross, COO for the ARC

What a night!

The ARC's 13th International Salon Competition is open for entries until November 15th! Get your work in! You can apply here: https://www.artrenewal.org/SalonApplication/Salon/Home

September 05, 2017

Painting to be included in The Guild of Boston Artists Regional Show

Before Una
Oil on Linen on Board

Show runs Sept. 9th-30th. Awards reception, Saturday Sept. 9th from 3:00-5:00pm.

September 04, 2017

New Works Show at Williams Fine Art Dealers

Last week I delivered my painting, Reading Margaret Fuller, to Williams Fine Art Dealers for their New Works show. The opening is Friday, September 8th from 6:30-8pm.

Reading Margaret Fuller
Oil on Linen on Board

April 26, 2017

Packing up for the 12th International ARC Salon Exhibition

I'm very excited to have two pieces included in the ARC Salon Exhibition. Starting at the Salmagundi Club in NYC, the show will then travel to Barcelona, Spain where it will be on view at the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM).


Salmagundi Club    May 12th - June 1st (Public Opening on Saturday, May 13th)
MEAM Museum    September 23rd - November 27th (Opening Event on Sept 22nd and Artists Forum on September 23rd)

For more info, go to:   https://www.arcsalon.org/Salon2016/Home/Exhibition


January 18, 2017

St. Botolph Club Fanfare

I have three paintings included in the Fellow's Fanfare event at the St. Botolph Club. Exhibition dates are January 18th - February 24th. Open to the public on Wednesdays from 2:00-4:00.

December 01, 2016

November 10, 2016

First and Second Place in the Figurative Category of the Art Renewal Center's International Salon

My portrait, Miss Rachel, was awarded First Place in the Portrait Category of this year's Salon and Fritter and Waste was awarded Second Place.

 Miss Rachel

Fritter and Waste

November 06, 2016

Small Works Show at Williams Fine Art Dealers

My painting, Samela, is included in the Small Works Show currently on view at Williams Fine Art Dealers.


November 01, 2016

Second Place in Richeson75 International Art Competition - Figure/Portrait 2016

I had three works accepted into this year's Richeson75 Figure/Portrait Competition. I decided to send my drawing, Portrait of Something Lost, to the exhibition in Wisconsin, making this work eligible for an award. The show was judged by William Schneider and my drawing took second place in the Other Media category.

Graphite on Paper

To see the show:  http://www.richeson75.com/pages/portrait/2016/fpother.html

October 22, 2016

Williams Fine Art Dealers at the Boston International Fine Art Show

This weekend, Williams Fine Art Dealers is showing two of my pieces at the Boston International Fine Art Show.

For more info, go to:  http://www.fineartboston.com

October 15, 2016

Meet the Award Winners at the Guild of Boston Artists

This year, the Guild dedicated an afternoon to the Regional Show's Award Winners. It was a fun event where the winners discussed their work and answered questions. (Excuse the glare!!!)

October 01, 2016

Bronze at the Guild

Fritter and Waste was awarded the Bronze Medal at the Guild of Boston Artists' Regional Non-Members Show.

September 07, 2016


Oil on Linen on Board

July 30, 2016

Fritter and Waste at the Salmagundi Club

My painting, Fritter and Waste, received  the Allied Artists of America Award at the Salmagundi Club's 38th Annual Juried Painting and Sculpture Exhibition for Non-Members.