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

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Vera at the Farm

A commissioned portrait of Vera -- on her family's farm in South Carolina.

"Vera"   40" x 32"   Oil

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Old Windmill

An abandoned grain mill in the rural countryside of Portugal.

"Old Portuguese Windmill"    16" x 20"   Oil

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

I was in Nashville this past weekend for a portrait sitting and had a little extra time one rainy afternoon.


"Female Red-Bellied Woodpecker"   7" x 5"   Watercolor

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Botanic Garden Urn

Early morning at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.

"Morning Light"   20" x 14"   Oil

Monday, May 15, 2017


Thank you to my son-in-law for stopping by the studio to pose.

"Brian"   14" x 11"   Oil

Monday, May 8, 2017

Carmel Mission Window

In the courtyard of Mission San Carlos, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.

"Carmel Mission Window"   18" x 24"   Oil

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Spanish Walk

Andalusian stallion El Apagon performing the Spanish Walk.  

"Spanish Walk"   24" x 30"   Oil

Thank you to Chon Macedo for posing his magnificent animal while in town for the International Andalusian and Lusitano Horse Association's National Competition.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Coals to Newcastle

A Texas artist sending a West Coast seascape to an art show in California feels a bit like sending coals to Newcastle. Nevertheless, the California Art Club has accepted this painting into this year's Gold Medal Exhibition -- and for that I am grateful.  You can see all of the paintings in the show here.

Indian Beach, near the town of Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Video by Justin Tennison

"Indian Beach - North View"   14" x 21"   Watercolor

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Portrait of Clyde Tuggle

Mr. Clyde Tuggle -- Collector of antique books, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Agnes Scott College in Atlanta (for whom this portrait was painted) and Senior Vice President of Coca Cola.

"Clyde Tuggle"   44" x 32"   Oil

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Painting The Wenatchee River

Sunrise on the Wenatchee River -- near the town of Leavenworth, Washington.

"Sunrise On The Wenatchee River"   18" x 24"   Oil

My son was in the area shooting some wedding videos and joined me one morning as I painted a watercolor of this river scene. When you vacation with your videographer son, you get a cool video like this!

James Tennison - Painting on the Wenatchee River from Tennison Visuals on Vimeo.

"The Wenatchee River"   8" x 10"   Watercolor