• St. Nicholas

    St. Nicholas

    A 10" x 8" oil painting of St. Nicholas painted exactly 10 yrs ago to celebrate his feast day. I'll be painting a similiar portrait at the Museum of Spiritual Art in Franklin Ohio on Sunday Dec. 17.

    I'll start with a blank canvas at about 11:00 am and will have a finished painting between 4-5pm. Everybody who attends the museum that day will have a free chance in a raffle for the original art! You don't have to be there for the drawing at 5:00 pm. We will deliver or ship the art to the winner. Whether you are there for five minutes or five hours you'll have a chance to win the painting!

    I'll be glad to discuss the process while I paint for anybody interested.

    The museum is located at 318 S. River St. Franklin Ohio 45005. Admission is free.

  • Mr. Eric Goettsch

    Mr. Eric Goettsch

    A posthumous portrait of Mr. Eric Goettsch for Goettsch International. Commissioned through Greenwich House Gallery and delivered in December.   oil on canvas 24" x 20"

  • Quentin Portrait of a Soul

    Quentin Portrait of a Soul

    oil on canvas 22" x 28"

    This portrait was painted for Portrait of a Soul. Having Quentin's portrait on my easel was a privledge. Please visit or portrait of a soul facebook for more information about this wonderful project.

  • Portrait of a Golden Retriever

    Portrait of a Golden Retriever

    Ryder  9" x 12" Oil on Canvas

    Ryder's portrait was commissioned by our neighbor, Laura Heitz as a Christmas gift for her husband, Jay. I felt that this energetic yet incredibly obedient dog's personality would be best conveyed with a more direct and less blended painting technique.

    Usually I prefer to take reference photos in a dog's own yard or home but Ryder's friendly demeanor and familiarity with our yard allowed me to get some good, comfortable looking shots when Laura broght Ryder to the studio yard. Late afternoon light from behind created a wonderful glow around this great family dog.

    I am proud to say the painting was well received and described as "incredible" by Jay, "beautiful" by Laura and "perfect" by one of their sons.

  • 29th Annual Art Show At The Dog Show

    A couple of weeks ago I was notified that all three of my entries were accepted. The Art Show at the Dog Show is a national juried fine arts competition dedicated to canine art. The above Studies of Gracie was accepted into the drawing category. The subject of my prevoius post, Annie the Aussie and another painting were accepted into the the painting categories.

    The exhibit will be on display at City Arts in Witchita Kansas Feb. 25 through March 21and then moved to the Sun Cluster Dog Shows at Kansas Pavilions in Valley Center KS April 3 through April 7.

    All of the artwork entered must be available for purchase so I was not able to submit any  of  the commissions. The best of show will be purchased by the sponsors for the permanent collection of the Museum of the Dog in St. Louis. 


  • Australian Open 2015 And An Aussie Shepherd On The Easel

    While flipping through the sport channels I've caught coverage of the Australian Open which prompted me to update this blog with a recent painting of an Australian Shepherd. I've recently learned that the "Aussie" did not originate from Australia but from the American west.

    Above is my typical setup. 17" monitor lap top to my left. I really enjoy painting from a monitor rather than a photo print because I can zoom in and out. I have a 5000 degree kelvin cfl bulb in a flood light above. Once I begin to paint I'll clamp my palette to the adjustable tray on the easel so my paint on the palette will be in the same light as the canvas.

    A close up of the charcoal drawing. Using a HB General's charcoal pencil I lightly indicate a few measurements. I use a darker 2B charcoal pencil to develop the envelope and then switch to a darker and softer 4B to refine and strengthen shapes. Still using straightline construction. The patio stone is very helpful in checking placement of the dog. If I draw these angles (grout lines) accurately I'll be able to see and assess the accuracy of my work on the dog. This will be enough drawing. 

    The painting in progress. I get the face and head about 80% finished and then move outward. I use the cane hanging over the easel as a mahl stick to rest my hand. Often for pet portraits I'll tone my canvas after I've spray fixed the drawing but this time I felt like working off the white. Because of this, the piece of scrap canvas to the right is important. My palette is a middle value brown and color will appear very different on the palette than it does on the white canvas. The wipe off scrap allows me to see the color I've mixed as it will appear on the canvas.

    Australian Shepherd  oil on linen  16" x 20"


  • University of Dayton Physician Assistant Practice Program Open House

    University of Dayton Physician Assistant Practice Program Open House

    The above drawing was purchased by the University of Dayton to hang in the lobby of the new Physician Assistant Practice Program. A companion piece was also commissioned to hang along side of it. The framing was handsomely done by Patterson Chase Co. 

    Tonight at 6 pm is the open house for the inaugural program. College Park Center Building 5th floor Brown St.

  • Sammy on the Easel

    Sammy on the Easel

    This is a posthumous portrait of a wonderful family dog; Sammy a black and tan dachshund. Collection of Cindy Marshall. 8" x 10" oil on canvas. I hope to post a high res profesional photo soon.

  • Bluegrass Classic Dog Shows!

    Good Luck Exhibitors and welcome to my site. I look forward to meeting many of you and your wonderful dogs this weekend at the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington KY.

    A very special thank you to Bonnie Massie of the Lexington Kennel Club for her wonderful hospitality yesterday. Below is a recently completed portrait of a Great Dane while still on the easel,  Bleu Boy  12" x 9" , oil on canvas. Collection of Cindy Schnell.