Thursday, February 15, 2018

Pacific Madrone

I pass by this madrone tree every day on my way to and from my studio.  When it is illuminated by the afternoon sun it never fails to stop me in my tracks.

"Pacific Madrone"   36" x 24"  Oil

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Portrait of Charlie Brown

This is Charlie Brown (so named by my 6 year old grandson).  He is the guardian and protector of a brood of chickens and he takes his job seriously.  When he struts around he is very impressive - and I think he knows it.

"Portrait of Charlie Brown"   36" x 36"   Oil

Friday, January 12, 2018

Rabbit in Snow

Langley, Washington is known for its rabbit population that runs freely around town.  (A few years ago there was a "prison break" at the county fair and several rabbits escaped.)  On the day after our white Christmas, I observed this little rabbit just outside my studio window.

"Rabbit in Snow"  12" x 16"  Oil

Thursday, January 4, 2018

On Langley Beach

Driftwood on the beach in Langley, Washington.

"On Langley Beach"   30" x 24"   Oil

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Old Schoolroom / New Studio

A recent cross-country move to Whidbey Island, Washington has prompted the need for a new studio.  I've converted the old arts and crafts room in a former middle school to my new work space.  It feels good to be back to work!

 Here are some before-and-after photos.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Admiralty Head Lighthouse

The Admiralty Head Lighthouse on Whidbey Island, Washington.

"Admiralty Head Lighthouse"   10" x 14"   Watercolor

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Portrait of Grayson #3

A grandchild makes a fine portrait subject.

"Grayson #3"   Oil   14" x 11"

Tuesday, September 5, 2017


Poppies in a garden on Whidbey Island, Washington.

"Cary's Poppies"   8" x 10"   Watercolor

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Podcast Interview

Artist Danny Grant recently interviewed me for his podcast.  You can listen to that conversation here.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Driftwood Park

After teaching a workshop recently on Whidbey Island, Washington, I went exploring the island for subjects to paint.  

"Driftwood Park"   10" x 14"   Watercolor

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Summer Garden Posey

Abelia and coneflower from the summer garden.

"Coneflower and Abelia"   9" x 6"   Oil

Monday, August 7, 2017

Hug Point

A few miles south of Cannon Beach -- along the beautiful and rugged coast of Oregon.

"Hug Point, Oregon"   20" x 30"   Oil

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Workshop at Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio

I recently had the privilege of teaching a portrait painting workshop at Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio in Washington state.  Our venue was the beautiful Dancing Fish Vineyards on the island.  My son was there and produced this short video, giving a taste of the experience.

Video by Justin Tennison

The first morning started with a demo.

Then the workshop participants began their paintings.

There were two models posing on opposite sides of the room.

It was a great experience for me -- helping and painting alongside fellow artists.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

My Grandson

He is kind.  He is smart.  He is important.

"Grayson"   14" x 11"   Oil

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

My Granddaughter

One of the sweetest portrait subjects ever.  
(Just my unbiased opinion.)

"Lily"   14" x 11"   Oil

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Evening Swim

Last swim of the day on the Trinity River in Fort Worth, Texas.

"Evening Swim"   16" x 16"   Oil