I know absolutely nothing about cars, but for some reason I love to paint vintage models. I think it must be subliminal because I was born and raised in Detroit.
What I strive to communicate in my still life paintings is the importance of family and home. I incorporate many of my handmade bowls and vases, collected through the years, into my still life arrangements. Each week during the summer months we receive a box of fresh produce from a local farm. I immediately arrange and photograph the vegetables for future inspiration. There are always fresh flowers in my home which supply me with an unlimited amount of reference material.
For many years I avoided portraiture, but in November of 2015 I challenged myself by taking an online class from a fellow daily painter. Needless to say, I found it extremely challenging, but by painting my good-natured family members, it became easier to learn to achieve a likeness.
My primary reason for wanting to paint portraits was to focus my attention on a social issue that is important to me, specifically the child refugees in Lebanon and Palestine. In collaboration with ANERA (American Near East Refugee Aid), I am painting portraits of the children for what I call The Innocents Project to raise awareness and eventually funds to help ANERA serve these children with medical supplies, clothes, improvements to their schools, etc.
I love capturing just the right look that shows an animals true personality. I've painted many breeds of dogs from show dogs to mutts. I love them all! Commissions welcomed.
Although I consider myself more of a studio painter, I have enjoyed many opportunities to paint in the open air of many beautiful places. I take a great deal of photographs during my travels, and in my paintings strive to capture the emotion I felt in that moment in time. The beauty of Mother Nature is so powerful to me that I am compelled to paint these images to somehow preserve that feeling inside of me.