Swimmers at En Vau

Swimmers at En Vau

“Swimmers at En Vau” oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in. (2011) Looking for exotic places on the internet, I came across Cassis near Provence in France. It had these white limestone cliffs and turquoise waters that didn’t seem quite real to me from my New York apartment. This was in the South of France, one of my favorite places to visit.  So the next time Juri and I took a long vacation, I wanted Cassis to be part of it. We took several bus trips from Aix en Provence to get this tiny seaport town. Then we had to hike…

BREAD, FRUIT & BOWL

BREAD, FRUIT & BOWL

“Bread, Fruit & Bowl” (Dutch Still Life) oil on panel, 16 x 20 in. (2006) My Dutch still life. I wanted to paint this Rococo-looking bowl I had with bread and fruit around it. Just because it looked like something out of Still Life Central Casting. A section of a Frans Hals painting at the Met had an impact on me for what I like about still lifes. Hals didn’t really do still lifes per se but when they show up in his paintings, they look glorious. I found his painterly approach unique and impressive. Much more than the lit hyper-realism you find…

FRUIT, APPLES & WINE

FRUIT, APPLES & WINE

“Fruit, Apples and Wine”  oil on panel, 12 x 16 in. (2006) I tend to like still lifes that were done by painters like Manet and the Impressionists but I’m open to try a style that’s different from my initial instincts. This one was made  during my studies at the Art Student’s League with a good friend of mine, ace painter Gregg Kreutz. Gregg has a deep love of Dutch art and particularly the chiaroscuro of Rembrandt. The light effect and how light  travels through a painting was something he emphasized in his class. Also, it helped that he set…

JENNIFER

JENNIFER

“Jennifer” oil on linen, 16 x 20 in. (2009) The naturalism and relaxation of this portrait has made it one of my favorites so far. It has a flow and lightness to it that I wish I got more often. The warm colors and gesture are things I played up to get the whole picture feeling rather comfy and casual. One thing I notice in many portraits (including mine) is that they can feel firm, rigid and staid when that didn’t look intentional. My guess is the technical process of painting a portrait is just so anxiety provoking  that it carries…

JULIA

JULIA

“Julia”   oil on linen, 16 x 20 in. (2009) I love the work of Degas and Sargent especially their portraits of women. They tend to be my core artists in this category. There’s a long list of great painters I could add to that list but in terms of totality of a portrait picture, I think about those two painters alot. Yet every pose and person you paint is different and can evoke other artists you admire but are not always thinking about. That is the case here with my portrait of Julia. The neo-classical portraits of Jacques Louis David became…

IN THE SHADE

IN THE SHADE

“In The Shade”  oil on canvas, 12 x 16 in. (2003)  One summer day , I decided to find a good park bench and do my little impressionist painting of Central Park. It’s a small picture that still hangs in my hallway office just to  remind me what a nice day in the park is like. A bright hint that getting out to the park when the weather is good is something I should do more often. At the time, I was doing master copies in the afternoon at  the Metropolitan Museum of Art . This was my favorite spot…

THE FOUNTAIN

THE FOUNTAIN

“The Fountain” oil on hardwood panel, 16 x 20 in. (2004) Bethesda Fountain in Central Park, New York. It was done in several sessions on location with my French easel. Originally, I  wanted to do a crowd scene set in the park.  But the angel figure and the fountain was much more interesting to me. I  that played off of the angel at to make the scene more of a dreamscape with exciting colors coupled with the observed naturalism of the park.  Fantasizing color to get effects is something I always liked about artists like Gauguin, the Nabis and Whistler….