MFA Art Show

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“Mystery” acrylic on canvas

The end of 2019 has been really exciting for me.  I had one solo art show in Brookland, DC and participated in a large group show in Silver Spring, MD.  In keeping with this trend I am starting the new year with a group show in Annapolis, MD.  It is a privilege and a thrill to have my painting, Mystery, accepted into Maryland Federation of Art’s Winter Member Show.  There were 61 entries accepted out of 438.  The reception will be January 12th from 3 to 5pm.  The exhibit is up from January 4th through the 20th.  The address of the gallery is Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis MD 21401.

I am looking forward to the new year and hope to pursue more art related activities. ūüôā

Investigating Portraiture

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In this past year I have been drawn to painting my friends and family.  I paint from photos.  I think I like them because they connect me to past moments.  That is why I like the snap shot instead of an official looking portrait.

I am currently working on a double portrait of an aunt and cousin of mine. ¬†For me it’s nostalgic. ¬†It’s from a visit we had when I was a child. ¬†I found it looking through old photos. ¬†I don’t remember what was going on at the time but my connection to the people in the portrait draws me in.



Kristin’s Valentine

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Kristin’s Valentine to Life


I painted this portrait of my friend Kristin.  I am constantly inspired by her and feel so fortunate to be her friend.  Below is her description of her struggles but also, I hope, a testament to what she has overcome.

Was very ill and had several unsuccessful surgeries. Gradually lost ability to walk, developed cerebellum damage, and went into organ failure. After a final life-saving surgery in 2014, have been in recovery, relearning how to walk and function. Because was so ill, recovery included developing epilepsy. Very frequent seizures caused further damage in left temporal lobe, making it impossible to continue 12-year career in international development and so changed careers. Currently an LMT in WV.

Fillmore Art Show

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Recently I was contacted to participate in a group show at the Fillmore in downtown Silver Spring by RAW Natural Born Artists. ¬†The show is on October 24th from 7 to 11pm. ¬†I’m super excited to be in the show with 59 other artists. ¬†There will be a lot to look at. ¬†If you are interested in supporting me in the endeavor buy a ticket¬†on my profile page.

For anyone unfamiliar with¬†the Fillmore, it’s a music venue. ¬†It’s very easily accessible by metro. ¬†There are also many parking garages around it.

Well, I’m hoping to talk to some new people and old friends. ¬†I hope to see you there!


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For me, sometimes things are more beautiful in process than they are finished. ¬†It’s about their potential. ¬†When I’m working on something I don’t know how it is going to turn out in the end. ¬†Sure, I have an idea and I might even be trying to emulate something I see. ¬†But there are endless decisions in the process of making art, and painting and drawing allow a lot of spontaneity.

Ben’s Painting





This painting took a long time to figure out. I’ve included the different steps and the finished work in the post to give an idea of how the painting of Ben was made. ¬†I do multiple layers. ¬†A lot of times the first steps are just getting something down that I can work with. ¬†You can see that I painted over a lot of details that I initially had.

Sometimes when I paint I get attached to the photo(s) that I’m working from. ¬†When I first started I thought getting my painting to look exactly like a photo was the best thing ever. ¬†I still feel that way a little but I’m branching out. ¬†Recently I’ve been thinking more about what suits the painting. ¬†What should go into the painting and what should come out. ¬†I’ve also been thinking a lot about my process. ¬†When is a painting done? ¬†I think there are multiple points that a painting can be done and that I can stop. ¬†What keeps me going is the image in my head and what I’m aiming for.


The Art of Messing Up



I was talking to a friend about making larger work verses working in my sketchbook or doing small watercolors. ¬†She asked me if it’s more stressful and if I worried more about messing up when doing larger work.

Thinking about it, I understand where she is coming from.¬† A lot of people worry about what is going to come out when they paint or draw.¬† They say ‚ÄúI can‚Äôt even draw a stick figure.‚Ä̬† or ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt know what to paint.‚Ä̬† The trouble with being an adult and doing something you’re not used to is that you worry that you are going to do something wrong.¬† But with art, you have the opportunity to do something just for the sake of doing it.¬† If you can learn to enjoy the process nothing is wrong or right.¬† It‚Äôs just taking you on the path to where you are going.¬†


Art Show at Victor Selman Gallery!


“Self Portrait” acrylic on canvas, 30×40″

This past Christmas, I recieved 11 blank canvases.¬†¬†When I¬†looked at all the canvases I was pretty happy because most of them were pretty large. ¬†My self portrait, seen above, is 30×40 inches. ¬†Large surfaces allow me to paint more freely. ¬†It also makes it feel easier to do things that I feel rusty at. ¬†Portraits and representational art are examples of that. ¬†I thought that a self portrait would be a good way to get back into painting people. ¬†

I’m excited to see where my work goes from here. ¬†I have a show at the Victor Selman Gallery in DC this June. ¬†The reception is on the 8th at 6pm. ¬†The show will be up from the 7th to the morning of the 22nd. ¬†I’m hoping to have eight new paintings by that time. ¬†Right now I have about six. ¬†It feels good to be producing more and have a way to share what I’ve done.