About Picture His Word
Painting and drawing from observation, I share stories through meditative landscapes and familial portraits. Thin applications of paint allow the lines of ink and graphite to peek through the surface. Stages of learning about horizons and learning about people stand side by side.
Another area of interest is the ancient Jewish tradition of micrography/microcalligraphy: using letters to form representational designs. Usually drawn from memory, I contemplate the relationship between the word made flesh and the flesh that was marred beyond human likeness.
Describing the works individually is much easier that making broad statements about the portfolio. I remember the process of painting from observation. I remember the weather of that day.
“It was typical Chicago weather in July, hot and bright. The sun on my head made colors thicker and even the sky looked like a dip I could eat with a cracker.”
I remember the sitters gaze, their conversation:
“They sat patiently side by side, holding hands and smiling with each glance up from the painting. It's the little things, I told myself, the little things that make a marriage.”
So take a look. Listen to the story each painting holds.
The Art Institute of Chicago - Alumni web pages
Old Salem - Living History Museum in Winston Salem, NC - also a place to purchase my work.
Village Pot Shop - Regional Artist gallery in Statesville, NC - also a place to purchase my work.
Sawtooth School for visual art - Where I teach currently classes in drawing materials, watercolor, ink, and gouache. Located in downtown Winston-Salem, NC.
Dirty Brushes - Web design and photography by John Vaeth and Jeffrey Cates
John Vaeth - Music experiment
Ben Cowan - Alumni painter
Peggy Macnamara - Professor that I hold in high esteem
Susan Kraut - Professor that I hold in high esteem, (link to a video interview)
Elizabeth Ockwell - Professor that I hold in high esteem
Mary Lou Zelazny - Professor that I hold in high esteem
Intelligentsia Coffee- Because it's Chicago's Best Coffee
Krankie's Coffee- Because it's Winston Salem's Best Coffee
Associated Artists- Gallery in Winston Salem, NC
Rembrandt - Christ between two thieves
Rembrandt - Christ Presented to the People
Daumier - Christ presented
Daumier - Don Quixote
Daumier - Third Class
Millet - The Gleaners
Marston - The HMS Endurance, stuck in the ice. Now that is painting FROM LIFE.
Vuillard - Oak Tree and Fruit Seller
|Rembrandt - Three Trees|
Degas- Count Lepic
Van Gogh - Chestnut
Cezanne - Red Jacket
Monet - Red Poppies
Picasso's 'Bust of a Woman' - Located in Chicago's Daley Plaza
Cezzane - Melon
Summer of '69
High octane fuel
Old Salem: Main Street sketch
Old Salem: Guinea Fowl