The Portrait Page
These selected works have been private commissions, studies and inspirations. Some are for sale, some are only to purview.
Young Jazz Musician. Oil on canvas. 18x12." Painted for the effects of chiaro scuro, or tenebrism, which is the strong contrast between light and shadow. This is a portrait of the young Mr. L. Johnson of Kansas. A student of the Jazz ensembles with the talent to make a name for himself .
Bay Girl. oil on canvas. 28x36"
Jason. 48 x 26.5" oil on canvas. Painted for the effects of chiaro scuro, or tenebrism, which is the strong contrast between light and shadow. Jason was 24 when this was painted of him. I met him in college along with his wife Maya (see below). He was a kind young man and a Christian from Norman, Oklahoma. As for the composition and position of his figure it was to convey a sense of desparation, yet there is still a strength in the pose, which is also his inner self.
Yuki. 48 x 26.5" oil on canvas. Again, this was painted for the effects of tenebrism. To bring out the brilliance of skin tones and white cloth I used a deep purple background (Alyzarin Crimson and Pathalo Blue). Yuki was 22 when this was painted. She is from Japan.
Maya. 48 x 26.5" oil on canvas. Maya is a fellow artist/painter and was 23 when this was painted. Maya is married to Jason (portrait above) and her nationality is India Indian. This was another painting painted for the effects of chiaro scuro. You will see that I incorporate this Italian technique in many of my portraits because it conveys drama whether there is an event happening or not. This technique brings the eye to the variations in the colors of skin and clothing.
Young Sisters. A study. 11x14" oil on canvas. Ages five and seven years old (in 2004). They were private art students of mine last year.
A Model Smile. 11x14" oil on canvas. Framed in Cherry Wood. 2004. This was painted as a study of skin, glassiness of the eyes, teeth and lips. The inspiration for this portrait came from a model in a trendy fashion magazine, but advertising makeup.
Return to Spring (or Eve's Attendants). In the style of William Bouguereau. 5x8.' Oil on canvas.
One of William Bouguereaus finest pieces....and a wonderful painting to study skin tones and composition. So this is a copy of his work, with a few artistic changes.
Madam Tousou in the style of Bouguereau. oil on canvas. 8x11" Not much is known about her though she was a striking young French woman who lived during the 1800's.
Part of a painting called "A Young Woman's Exsistance" (See below)
Todd Gamble. Oil on canvas. 20x15." Commissioned by my father for my grandmother in 2003. Todd Gamble was my dad's brother and my uncle who died from Leukemia in 1995 at the age of 45. He was a very gentle man. Uncle Todd never married, but he loved all his family especially his nieces and nephews like his own children. He is sincerely missed. I hoped that his smile might convey his kindness of his heart in this painting.
Blonde Bride. 16x8" unframed. Acrylic on watercolor paper. Part of a study of brides and dresses. This is #2 in the study for color and cloth and facial structure. $750 unframed.
Bare-Backed Bride. Acrylic on watercolor paper. 16x9.5" unframed. This is #3 in the study for the color and cloth and facial structure of a bride.
Contessa Von Braccio. oil on canvas. 11x16" unframed. 2004. This is #3 in the study for the color and cloth and facial structure of a bride.
Boy of Green Knoles. Acrylic on paper.
Granny. Half Cherokee. Study. 2002.
Pediatrician's Life. 2000. Paper and Pencil. NFS
At The Well. Oil on Canvas. Christ speaks with the Samaritan woman revealing that indeed He is the Christ.
Christ Glorified. Oil on canvas. 2002. NFS