Killer Whales are often seen in family groups or pods. This particular pod I had photographed years ago in Alaska. I wanted a reference for the spy hopping whale, and I often use photos I have caught for this aspect. The background is in British Columbia. Three Island Cove is made up, but but I liked the name better than the accepted name.
"Thursday Night Heroes"
Charcoal on Canvas Board. 11x14.
My friend wanted a drawing of a bass player. The bassists are always behind the scenes, the heartbeat of any band, and I wanted to convey this here. The only thing I used a photograph for was to get the height of the Bass correct, but other than that, this scene came together from my imagination. I really like the patrons of this bar. I imagine this band to be playing on a Thursday night, giving it their all, but nobody really paying too much attention to them.
"Just a Cowboy Pissin' In The Wind."
Charcoal on Canvas. 12x24.
I had done this scene for a friend of mine on a dinner napkin several months ago. He came back saying he wanted it on canvas. While forming the figure, another friend of mine said, “you should make him peeing.” Being the smart ass I am, I took my eraser and made it so. Well, my friend said he loved it, and the customer is always right.
"Alaskan Scene: Orca and Fairweather Mountains"
Charcoal on Canvas Board. 11x14.
My first Orca. I wanted the scene to mimic the ethereal days in Southeast Alaska, where the clouds shift around in minutes and the air is a pleasure to breathe.
The Orca, a bull, are often scene some distance away from the rest of the pod, and it was this distant bull, I wanted to draw.
Picture In Picture: Sitting On The Porch
Charcoal On Canvas Board. 16x24” August 2018
I was sketching on the porch with the outer scene, but realized to make it right, I needed to put the picture in the scene. One thing led to another, and I tried another, and another, and realized the potential… I’m going to play with this idea more.
The Jazz Club
11x14 Charcoal on Canvas Board.
I was asked to do a commission with a musical theme featuring a piano. I wasn’t sure of the composition until I heard my client talk about how much he loved old Jazz clubs. It was an easy composition after that. I wanted the piano player to be cool. I wanted him to be the star of the show. The audience came in at the end rounding out the scene perfectly.
Alaska: Breaching Humpback
12x24” Charcoal on Canvas.
I wanted the whale to be the star of the scene, but it was important to offer a realistic backdrop to the scene. It’s a quiet scene, but only until the whale hits the water.
"Birth of a Scientist"
12x16 Charcoal on Canvas Board.
My first frog. This originally started as a frog in the redwoods. It needed something, so I added the path. Finally, I visualized the child, and the piece came together.
"Rex at 33"
Charcoal on Canvas. 18x24”
Sold on Commission.
This is one of my better portraits. If you knew Rex, you’d understand the reason for the smirk. This was a very fun project to take on and I am very pleased with the results.
"Sharks Enjoy Guitar Music"
Charcoal on canvas board. 12"x12"
Probably my best charcoal piece to date.
"The Art of Loafing"
Charcoal on canvas board. 8"X12"
One night I worked this scene four times on napkin, making mistakes on all of them. The next day, I decided to do it in charcoal, as I still had it in my mind how I wanted it. This is the best version.
"Grasshopper in the Moonlight"
Charcoal on canvas board. 12"x 16"
This was the original scene I had in mind. I debated making it a day scene halfway through the piece, but I woke up one morning and I knew this is the scene I wanted. So, I did it.
Sold to a friend.
8x12. Charcoal on Canvas. January 2018.
A sinister scene.
11x14. Charcoal on Canvas Board. January 2018.
This scene is better in person. It's my most dynamic landscape to date, inspired by the alps of Switzerland.
11x14. Charcoal on Canvas Board. December 2017.
A man's indifference to another man in jail.
Given away in a white elephant gift exchange. The recipient loved it.
8x12. Charcoal on Canvas Board. December 2017.
The hand makes this one.
8x12. Charcoal on Canvas Board. December 2017
Natures indifference to man's attempt to control it.
Traded to another artist for a hand made neck wrap.
"The Woman With The Candle"
11x14 Charcoal on Canvas Board. November 2017.
This is a piece I started a decade ago, but was never satisfied with its result. I took it off the wall and reworked it into this piece, a work that I really like. The great ones learned to draw before they could paint, and as part of my learning process, I'm returning to charcoal to see what I can learn.