Friends own a home that has a very productive Apricot tree. Their home is in an old neighborhood in Portland. I’m always interested in this little garden space and wanted to capture its special appeal.
On a summer day I had plans for a seafood dinner. The impulse to paint these wonderfully strange animals was too strong to resist.
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.
These men were participating in the annual Kenduskeag Canoe race in Maine. The color and spectacle of the event is inspiring. I don’t know in what place these two finished but they are brave to even have attempted this race.
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.
I came across these two rollerbladers while visiting Boston. For this painting, the bold clothing and protective gear this couple were wearing was too good to pass up. The symmetry of the composition in this piece was used to contrast the action and sense of play.
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.
This gentleman was playing his fiddle at the Common Ground Fair in Maine. I do enjoy painting people who are doing things. When people are unaware that they are the subject of my artwork, I feel that they present a certain spirit and attitude that is real and interesting.
Even with the stroller this young man seemed to be in a rush. I really liked the way the complementary colors of the stroller and redhead looked against the building’s hard lines.