Friday, April 24, 2015
Portrait painting of my dear friend and mentor John McFarland. When my family and I moved to the mountains, John and I became best of friends. He taught me how to camp. Introduced me to venison, snake, frog legs, gator and a host of other mountain delicacies. John was a kind hearted soul who loved God and gifted with the spirit of kindness.
Daring attempt at a still life setting created in a very impressionist style. I used the palette knife predominately throughout this painting especially to the background applying various colors to simulate a very loose approach while maintaing control to the main subject matter.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Tribute to Frank Sinatra. As a huge fan of ‘Ole Blue Eyes’ The Rat Pack’and all. He was such a talent and had a voice like no other. Did you know that Frank was a member of the NAACP and played a huge influence in the civil rights movement. I make it a habit when at my studio to play a few tunes to get myself in the mood to paint. Love the big band era.
Tribute to Sammy Davis Jr. a multi-talented man who was a musician, singer, actor and dancer. He was a great inspiration for me growing up as a child. He paved the way for many black performers today. Great entertainer, his singing style was very distinct for that time. Although, he ws part of the ‘Rat Pack,’ I've always admired his energetic professionalism displayed in everything he did.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Thursday, April 9, 2015
When I moved to Clovis, CA. I had the privilege to meet and befreind Dean Dallin. He is an influential mentor I’ve come to know and respect. Dean Dallin studied with Russian Master Painter Sergei Bongart. He’s a strong advocate and long time signature member with SWA. Master artist, watercolorist, oil painter and one of my dearest friends.
When I was growing up I loved action movies. This painting is a
tribute to one of my favorite action movie stars I painted in 1982 as a sample piece. His performance and acrobatic skills in the Trapeze was very inspirational for me as a young kid. Guess I’m a softy for the old ‘flicks. ‘
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Portrait of a beautiful and generous young lady who has a great smile. She was there to take my daughter in when she needed a place to stay while living in Los Angeles, CA. As a dad one can only appreciate such a kind hearted gesture. Sukari is a very talented seamstress. My wife and I were able to view some of her incredible work just recently.