Thank you Sand Springs April 25, 2017 16:20

I set up the Canvas Dove tent last weekend for the Sand Springs Herbal Affair - and despite the overcast weather, many paintings found a new home.  Thanks to all who came for a great show!


I will be updating the site this week with new tree paintings and a series of bird paintings on bare wood.  The new "On Wood" bird series will be 25% off until the end of April.  I'm doing a bit of spring cleaning in the studio, and will be set up locally again next month at Blue Dome in downtown Tulsa.  I'll have several paintings on display in the nearby Mayfest Invitational Gallery.

How To photograph your pet for a portrait painting April 01, 2016 13:09

This is a short, simple guide to photographing your pet for a portrait painting.  Starting with a good reference picture is essential to creating a successful painting, though the picture by no means has to be perfect!  The simple suggestions below will help solve the most common problems I see with pet photos. 

Location: It is best to have a background that is plain, neutral, and contrasts your pet - such as a blank wall. Hanging up a light colored bed sheet (or draping it over furniture behind your setup) is a quick way to achieve a neutral setting.

Lighting: Choose a spot indoors or outside, ideally with good natural lighting. Flash and indoor lights can often distort true colors and create washed-out photos or odd shadows. Experiment with your camera settings and figure out your best lighting and location options first.

Angles: The best basic portrait photos are at eye level with your pet. You may have to sit or crouch on the ground, or place smaller pets on a table top. Shots from above create forced perspective that distorts size – which is sometimes a desired technique, but not often for formal portraits.

Multiple animals: Group portraits are always more tricky, and often require much more effort. With animals of greatly different size, separate paintings are usually better.

Focus: Do you want a full-body portrait, or a headshot? Get close and try to fill the viewfinder with as much of your pet as possible – the larger the usable area of the photo, the more detail that is available for a good painting. If you want a headshot portrait, focus on just that area.

Review: Take a look at the photos and make sure they accurately represent your pet. Are the colors correct? Do the poses capture his/her personality?

Sending photos: Full-size, unedited photos are best. More photos to choose from is always better than not enough. Make sure to earmark at least one as a good example of your pet’s true coloration, even if the pose isn’t perfect.

More information: Again, photos do not have to be perfect! I can make adjustments to an image as I paint, so long as photos are clear and sharp enough, have a workable pose, and a good color example.

"Longest Day" Alzheimer's Event June 24, 2015 14:06

I was selected to be a featured artist for the Alzheimer's Association "Longest Day" event held at the Philbrook Museum of Art last Sunday.  The project collected stories from individuals with Alzheimer's as well as their caretakers and family members - which artists then interpreted and illustrated.  My subject was an account of the last few years in the life of Mike. I was also honored to meet his wife and children at the event (pictured below).

What struck me most about the story was the unconditional love within the family.  Mike built computers, so I used a circuit panel motif to symbolize the connections he formed.  The interconnected images represent his strong relationships as a husband and father. 

Channel KJRH 2 News in Tulsa covered the event:

Aviary - new upgrades coming! April 27, 2015 19:32

This is my double aviary - built with expanded metal panels and 2x4s.  The building was in poor shape, so we reinforced, re-sided, and re-roofed the exterior and are in the process of finishing the last of two interior spaces.  The East wing (left) is a large flight area for birds I take in for wildlife rehab.  As soon as birds are old enough to self-feed, they move to the aviary to build flight muscles, observe wild adults who visit the feeders, and prepare for release back into the wild.  The North wing (right) houses my disabled pigeons, who are permanent residents.  I have several feral pigeons and one ex-racing homer, all of whom are unable to fly well (or at all) due to injury. 

The building that connects the two outdoor aviaries is divided into two sections.  The East wing indoor side is already finished (another blog post will feature that project).  The pigeons are going to have a fabulous interior space soon, as we will add a door and window, and finish the inside of their half of the building.  


Moving right along... April 22, 2015 19:19

I have gotten quite a few paintings up on the site, with more to come.  Happily, I am getting caught up enough to start new work.  It is difficult to focus at times because I am very excited to be doing research for my Pigeon Portrait Project, as well as several other series of work I have planned for later in the year.  It is also spring cleaning time, so I am outside quite a bit, and also taking care of the first group of doves for this baby bird season.

Welcome! March 17, 2015 18:56

I am currently working to get my artwork uploaded.  More to come!