FIRST BLOG

Hello, and welcome to my very first blog post! I am very excited to have launched this new addition to my website! I decided to create this blog to share new paintings I am working on or ideas I would like to discuss.


Throughout the past few weeks, I have been working on a wide variety of projects. These new undertakings range in size, medium, and subject matter. I have recently been working on the following:

  • 8” x 11” charcoal and pencil portraits

  • A “12” x 48” oil painting of two fish

  • Paintings of the human body

  • Depictions of nature

Painting of two fish (12” x 48”)

Painting of two fish (12” x 48”)

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A few examples of my smaller 8” x 11” and 11” x 14” portraits.


Yesterday, I continued to work on incomplete paintings. The first is a 24” x 18” painting inspired by a recent cross country varsity team trip to Gunnison.

Gunnison painting (24” x 18”)

Gunnison painting (24” x 18”)

In this painting, I am attempting to give the viewer the same sense of bucolic beauty that I experienced during my time in Gunnison. It is not yet complete. A frustration I am experiencing with this work stems from the fact that I didn’t have a clear plan going into the creation process. This ended up leaving the painting with a poor composition and a childish look. The second painting I worked on yesterday is a 36” x 24” depiction of a statue overlooking a city.

An oil painting of a statue overlooking a city (36” x 24”)

An oil painting of a statue overlooking a city (36” x 24”)

This work was originally started about six or seven months ago. The original painting did not contain the statue. At the time, I was experimenting with the use of turpentine in my oils to create a rainy sense in my painting. It was only after some time had passed that I realized this painting could use a vertical element. Later, I stumbled upon a WWII photo portraying a statue overlooking the wreckage from the firebombing of the German city Dresden.

A WW2 picture depicting the firebombing of Dresden. Taken by Richard Peter in 1945.  (Peter, Richard. “Bombing of Dresden in World War II.”  Wikipedia , Wikimedia Foundation, 1 Oct. 2009, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombing_of_Dresden_in_World_War_II#/media/File:Fotothek_df_ps_0000010_Blick_vom_Rathausturm.jpg.)

A WW2 picture depicting the firebombing of Dresden. Taken by Richard Peter in 1945.

(Peter, Richard. “Bombing of Dresden in World War II.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 1 Oct. 2009, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombing_of_Dresden_in_World_War_II#/media/File:Fotothek_df_ps_0000010_Blick_vom_Rathausturm.jpg.)

Immediately, I realized that this is what my painting lacked. Coincidentally, the integration of the human figure into my paintings is one thing I am currently focusing on. So everything ended up working out perfectly. This painting is still far from completion.

I have also started a larger, 17” x 24”,  charcoal portrait of my mother.

Charcoal portrait of my mother (17” x 24”)

Charcoal portrait of my mother (17” x 24”)

Once completed, I am planning to turn this drawing into an oil painting. A series of oil portraits is a possibility for the near future. My plans for the future also include more paintings which integrate the human figure. I will also continue to produce landscapes.