I have been drawing my entire life! As a child I drew everything and anything around me. By the age of eleven I was invited to draw the human figure in classes at the local Art School and developed a passion for life drawing which has never diminished… it remains the foremost subject of my work.
I love to draw from life but often the poses require further time with photographic reference. However, the original gestural sketch which underpins the final work is essential to the ‘life’ of the work!
I love paper! There is no one particular paper which I prefer and as a result the original drawings are diverse in their presentation.
My favourite mediums are conte, charcoal and graphite, and each subject elicits it’s own execution technique.
As well as the portraits represented here, I have been doing commissioned work for many, many years. My medium of choice is pastel. The paper I use is a fairly textured watercolor paper. I usually spend significant time sourcing beautiful & unique papers from all over the world. Please call to discuss possibilities in terms of budget, style, size, medium, etc… and to see more examples of privately owned pieces.
Pastel is the second big love of my art life. I have developed a technique where the different colours are applied in layers on the paper and blended to produce subtle tones as I draw. I use both chalk pastel and pencils for finer detail and lift out highlights with an eraser.
I am fortunate to have clients who collect both my still life and portraiture work because the overall style is coherent and complementary.
Most oil paintings are commissioned pieces. I prefer to work on larger than life studies of nudes on canvas but also have done commissions on wood panels, unframed linen and metal. My current projects also include silver and gold leaf and oil glazing.
I have painted countless residential & commercial murals all over the Bay Area and in Europe! I now limit my work to smaller scale pieces on canvas (for example, 10 feet square) which can be mounted directly onto a wall. This has the benefit of removability in the event of needing to relocate or find a new site for display. Canvas is available in any size so there is no compromise in suiting any requirement.
Logos & Cards
Where a piece of fine art is required for use as a logo, I have great experience in working with clients to create not only the artwork but also the design and production of numerous business card and stationary items. After many years under contract to Papyrus, I now produce my own greeting cards using my original artwork and designs. Most images are available for printing as greeting cards.
In addition to being an artistic element in it’s own right, lettering is a beautiful way to enhance many works of art. Hand lettering brings a very personal touch to logos and corporate ID and of course can be incorporated beautifully into greeting card design.
Producing work on unframed canvas is an alternative to traditional oil presentation. The linen can also be ‘antiqued’ by an old European process which distresses the surface and which can then be used as a ground for acrylic, graphite, gold leaf or many diverse techniques to create numerous beautiful and unique effects. It is also possible to use this method for embossing or fresco, for entire walls or alcoves.
Originally trained in Europe, I am proficient in many traditional faux finishes which are becoming extremely rare as experienced artisans retire. Although I now restrict the projects I undertake, I still make use of my skills in my art work, for example using gilded panels for oil paintings and oil glazing linen for large pieces.