Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Another commission finished.  Charcoal on bristol vellum. This one had tough values because it was from a studio picture with multiple light sources. Very subtle changes all over. It turned out quite well. Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

"Island Near the Shore"

A plein air piece along a highway leading to Millinocket, ME. I spotted this area as I was driving around looking for a motif. I came prepared the next morning all ready to paint and the weather was beautiful! The traffic was a bit daunting whizzing by at 65 mph but I persisted. A little touch up work in the studio and the piece was completed. Thanks for visiting!

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Friday, January 19, 2018


A recent commission I finished. The original picture had the girl wearing braces but they didn't want those drawn of course so I created a nicer smile. It's always a little trickier doing portraits where everything is lighter because I'm drawing on white paper. The blonde hair has to be darkened a bit to have contrast so you can see it. Anyway, I'm pleased with the result. Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

"Old Dana Warp Mill"

This is a commission I did for a family member. It is an old historic mill in Westbrook ME. I really enjoyed pushing the color a bit and rendering all the water areas and the rocks. The buildings add a nice backdrop which led to the bridge in the background and then to the colored pylon to the left that brings you right back to the  turbulent water. SOLD! Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

"Hot Summer Afternoon"

I painted this on a beautiful, sunny, summer afternoon. This is a local trail near my home that runs along the Merrimack River. This was completely painted in the open air (plein air). Thanks for visiting!

Monday, November 27, 2017


A nice Thanksgiving theme. I had fun with the white and black charcoal playing with the light and the shadows. Thanks for visiting!

Monday, October 16, 2017

"Island View, Pawtuckaway"

This is a beautiful park with lots of trails, ponds, islands, etc. I found this view to be rather peaceful so I sat down in my chair and sketched for an hour. I like the smaller islands on either side which adds interest to the focal point - the larger island. They are all different shapes and sizes overall so it doesn't look repetitious. Thanks for visiting!

Friday, October 6, 2017

"Sunny Pastoral"

I found this area while scouting around Jackson, NH. It's right next to a park near a small town center. As soon as I saw the tree and the light I knew I had a beautiful motif. I set up right down in the river bed and proceeded to paint on site. Some more work in the studio and then it's ready for framing. Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017


Another portrait of a friend of mine. Plenty of challenges in this piece. I always enjoy the final result after so much work. Thanks for visiting!


Monday, September 11, 2017

"Cupola Reflections"

This scene is in downtown Nashua NH. I sat in my chair by the river on a beautiful sunny day and sketched away. A really enjoyable session. Thanks for visiting!

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"Across the Railroad Trestle"

This is an old railroad trestle that is just a few miles from home. I set up right along the tracks and proceeded to sketch away. Just to the right leads down to the Merrimack River with a nice beach and nearby rocky outcrop. It was an enjoyable session. Thanks for visiting!

Friday, August 11, 2017

"Respite from the Din"

I sat on a rocky outcrop by the riverside and sketched this nice cozy scene in a quiet corner. I am sitting under a railroad trestle and a small island is just up river a bit where the river splits in two around the island. Very beautiful area. Enjoy!

"Silo in Hollis"

I sat by the side of the road and sketched this nice country scene. The road was rather busy and it was pretty hot out but there was a breeze and I enjoyed myself. This silo is across the street from a huge corn field. The charcoal stick I had was thick and blunt on the end so it was rather difficult to get finer lines. I worked it all out. Thanks for visiting!

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

"Forest Scene"

I sat down by the brook to sketch this piece. It was later in the day with lots of humidity and bugs. I toughed it out and came up with a nice piece. I'm happy enough with the results. Thanks for visiting!

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Monday, June 12, 2017


A nice, peaceful scene of a still pond on a bright, sunny day. I punched the color up a bit and kept the composition simple. Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

"Into The Forest"

A late afternoon scene in the shadows with the bright, colorful light in the sky and clouds. I am very happy with the final result. I like how all the different trees have their own character, colors and light. Has kind of an old world feel. Thanks for visiting!

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

"Jesus The Christ"

This is from the movie 'The Passion of the Christ" with Jim Caviezel as Jesus. I found this to be a very dramatic piece and thoroughly enjoyed creating it. 


Monday, March 27, 2017


This is my first attempt at using a toned paper. The paper color is tan but it looks gray in the photo. It was quite a challenge rendering her subtle smile and captivating eyes. Thanks for visiting!


This is the character 'Tauriel' played by actress Evangeline Lilly in the movie "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug". I tried to capture the soft look in her eyes. I really enjoyed drawing this piece. Thanks for visiting!
"A Time to Rest"

I sketched this poetic piece from the warmth of my car on a cold winter day. The variety in the tree was very interesting. I used vine charcoal, which is very soft, to lay in the basic shapes, then I used my kneaded eraser to help refine the shapes. Enjoy!