The owners favorite photograph of their deceased pet was the inspiration for this painting. Intense colors helped me achieve the feel of the day, sunny and hot. This Lucky dog seemed very happy to go for a swim on a perfect summer day.
My friend agreed to pose for this portrait on the rooftop of my studio in downtown Bangor Maine. We borrowed the Nutcracker jacket from a local Ballet company. I was inspired by the graphic quality of the jacket against the city and bright day.
The couple that commissioned this piece lived in this cottage overlooking Monhegan village and Harbor. They wanted a whimsical depiction of thier home. Within the composition I even included the compost bin and clothes line.
The man that owned and grew these orchids commissioned this painting. Summertime for these plants was spent on a deck with an arbor. This setting was the perfect backdrop for these orchids.
Hannah was a beloved family pet. This portrait was commissioned to celebrate and remember Hannah. I wanted to show the kaleidoscopic effect of this fluffy dog against the pattern of the oriental carpet.
This commissioned portrait took me by surprise. Usually patrons commission portraits of their own pet but in this case the dog belonged to their Daughters ex-boyfriend. They grew very attached to the dog if not the boyfriend. I really liked the tough look of the dog against the soft abstract pattern of the ground.
A resident of Monhegan Island wanted a pastel painting depicting the lane leading to thier cottage. The request was for the artwork to be friendly and joyful.
My neighbor wanted a painting of his cows. These two seemed as interested in me as I was of them. I used bright and intense colors to give these simple creatures a dramatic presence.