I love the challenge of the portrait, which always presents the problem of the likeness and energy of the person. I almost always start with a grid much the way contemporary artist Chuck Close paints but I soon abandon the grid to create a more energetic likeness of the subject.

I’ve had a tradition of painting every new president since my college days in the 80’s but recently have gone to more personal portraits of people I admire and love.  The portraits of people I know are more meaningful and the process is magical as they come to life with each painting session. My children have been subjects through out their childhood, friends, and my heroes are my favorite subjects.



Read more about my portraits here.