Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Entering Dennisport

Entering Dennisport

16" x 16"

Oil with palette knives on Ampersand Gessobord


John saw my collection of entering signs at the Art Gallery at Patriot Place and asked if I would paint one of Dennisport where he and his wife have a summer cottage. He also asked that I include their favorite restaurant, The Ocean House, in the background. Looks like a great place to enjoy the ocean breezes and the beautiful sunsets.

Monday, November 14, 2022

Entering Patriot Nation

Entering Patriot Nation

16" x 16"

Oil with palette knives on Ampersand Gessobord


It's New England Patriots football season so I thought I'd add a new addition to my Entering signs collection. Theres is a lot of construction going on at Gillette Stadium right now. They are redoing the tower at the entrance (depicted in this painting). It's supposed to have seats up there to view the game-and you would probably get a really great view of the fly over of the fighter jets-also depicted in my painting.

I also included the Pro Shop where you can load up on your Pats gear as well as the Patriots Hall of Fame where you can load up on your Patriots football history knowledge.

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Pat Hat Girl

Little Pats Fan

14" x 11"

Oil with palette knives on cradled board

A photo taken by Dmitriy Gutarev that I found on inspired this painting. Pixabay is a great resource for artists since it's loaded with great images that are all free to use. I added the Patriot logo to her hat which I thought was a fun touch. 

What I loved about painting this was trying to figure out how to use my knives to create the different textures from the wool scarf to the knit hat and the fluffy snow.

Friday, November 4, 2022

Entering Charlestown

Entering Charlestown

16" x 16"

Oil with knives on Ampersand Gessobord


Scott saw some of my other Entering signs online and asked if I had ever done one for Charlestown,MA. I hadn't. After a little research, I discovered that Charlestown does not have its own sign since it is considered a "neighborhood" of Boston. After a little more digging, I found that Charlestown had been a town in 1628 before being annexed in to Boston, so I mocked up the sign using 1628 as the date. In the background you can see the Bunker Hill monument as well as the USS Constitution (Old Ironsides) both of which are iconic landmarks in the town.

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Happy Halloween!


6" x 6"

Oil with palette knives on board

Here is a cute black cat face for your Halloween. 

Arielle asked if I would paint this portrait for her friends who recently lost her. If you were to guess what this cute kitty's name was, Snowflake would probably not even be on the list. Maybe he loved snow? The eyes of this kitty are mesmerizing though, aren't they? 

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Red Inn with Peonies

Red Inn with Peonies II

8" x 10" oil with palette knives on board


David saw a painting at the red inn that had been already sold and asked if I would paint another one as a gift for his husband for Christmas. Dan is a huge fan of the red inn and is also a big gardener so this painting had the both of his favorite things.

I framed it up in a simple white frame.

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Cathy's Best Friend

Flowers from Paul

8" x 10"

Oil with palette knives on board

My sister Cathy has neighbor named Paul. He is the cutest little nugget of love and he considers Cathy his best friend. They play tennis and other games and have so much fun together. Cathy is heartbroken because Paul and his family are moving away soon so I decided to paint this picture for her as a gift for her recent birthday. 

Cathy sent me this cute photo of her and Paul with the painting.

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Old Colony Tap in Provincetown

Afternoon at the Old Colony Tap

Approx 8.5" x 11"

Oil on rough wood board 

This painting depicts the interior of an iconic staple in Provincetown on Commercial Street called The Old Colony Tap. Since we had never been inside before, we decided to stop in for a quick beer on a hot afternoon during one of our last visits to Ptown. A place that locals have hung out for years, the history on the walls (and ceiling) of this place is priceless.

The rough wood surface I used for this painting is from Michaels Arts and Crafts store. I've used this surface before on a couple of previous paintings. I think it gives the painting a rustic feel that goes well with the subject matter. 

This painting was difficult to photograph due to its rough edge and darker colors. The photo above is a little light/blown out. Here is another image I took that is a little too dark.

I think this photo below I took while it was still in progress shows the color best. 

Thursday, October 6, 2022

Daddy's Big Girl

Daddy's Big Girl
9" x 12"
Oil with palette knives on board

Brian asked me to paint a photo of him and his daughter Julianna that he said was their favorite image of the two of them together. An interesting challenge was that in the photo, they both were wearing masks since it was taken during COVID. So I had to recreate the missing parts of their faces.

Another challenge was that he wanted to keep the type on her hat that read "Hooray, I rocked the first day of PRE-K". So I painted the area with black acrylic first and painted over it with the red oil paint color of the hat. Then using my handy dandy wipe out tool, I "lifted up" the red paint to reveal the black underneath. Not sure how else I would have been able to do this without this technique.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Entering Keating

Entering Keating

16" x 16"

Oil with palette knives on Ampersand Gessobord

Mike saw a painting I had done called Entering Sandwich and got an idea. He asked that I replace the town name with the name Keating. He was staying at his friends' home, the Keatings, in Falmouth and wanted to give them a gift. So he asked if I would paint the sign again, but replace the town name with the family's last name. It was an interesting idea and I do love a challenge!

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

The Path Home

The Path Home (Maynard Studio)

8" x 10"

Oil with palette knives on board


While visiting Ptown last June, this home along Commercial Street stopped me in my tracks and shouted "Paint Me." I later found out that this was the former home and studio of the artist Bill Maynard. It was purchased in 2020 and completely renovated. They did a beautiful job updating it while still maintaining the history of this cute home. They added the amazing garden in the front and back that help to complete the home's curb appeal. Here is a link their Instagram page that documents the entire process.

Friday, September 16, 2022

Olives or Twist?

Olives or Twist
11" x 14"
Oil with palette knives on board
This painting was inspired by a wonderful dinner we had at The Red Inn in Provincetown this past June. We were celebrating Polo's birthday and a friend offered to buy us a few fancy cocktails before our reservation. The weather was fantastic, and this view unbeatable, making everything taste even more delicious.

I hope you are enjoying a nice cocktail of choice on this lovely Friday.

I chose a simple white frame to finish it off. 

The new owner of this painting sent me a photo of the painting hanging in his outdoor pool bar. Fun!

Monday, September 12, 2022

New commission from an old family photo

Peg and Lorraine at Nubble Light

11" x 14"

Oil with palette knives on board

As a birthday gift, Grace asked if I would paint from an image of her partner from a favorite family photo of her with her mother at Nubble Light in Maine. We debated about leaving the cigarette in her hand or not, but in the end we thought it was part of the classic feel of the image and of Peg's personality.

I love to paint from family photos so if you have one you'd like to turn in to a painting, send me an email at along with your image and I'll make some size recommendations along with pricing options. 

Friday, August 26, 2022

Two of a kind : : best buddies

Kaya and Ollie

8" x 10"

Oil with palette knives on board

This is the second of two pet portraits I did for my cousin's 50th birthday. Kaya and Ollie like to hang out together. They are a cute pair of pugs!

Monday, August 22, 2022

Cat in a box


8" x 8"

Oil with palette knives on board

My aunt asked if I would paint a couple of pet portraits for my cousin for her 50th birthday. This is Cleo, her beautiful cat, doing what cats do best-sit in a box.

Monday, August 15, 2022

Summer painting from Newport Rhode Island

Harborside Cocktails and Conversation

12" x 36"

Oil with palette knives on Ampersand Gessobord

Available $1200

This fun place called The Reef is located in Newport, Rhode Island where you can enjoy cocktails and conversation right on the harbor. If you are lucky enough to own one of the yachts or condos shown in the background, you can simply roll right in to your bed for an afternoon siesta afterwards.

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Entering Melrose

Entering Melrose
12" x 12"
oil with palette knives on Ampersand Gessobord

Carol asked if I would paint this sign for her daughter who is going away to college at NYU in the fall. She hopes it will remind Molly of her hometown and perhaps make her feel a little less homesick. Molly's graduation photo was taken in this beautiful Victorian style gazebo that is located in the Melrose town park on Ell Pond. 

Monday, August 8, 2022

Miami University series #3: Kumler Chapel

Kumler Chapel at Miami University

11" x 14"

Oil with palette knives on board

This is the third painting in a series of art focusing on iconic imagery from my alma mater Miami University. 

Here is a little history about the chapel from the Miami University instagram page:

Western College for Women's Kumler Memorial Chapel was dedicated on Thanksgiving day, Nov. 28, 1918, not an insignificant feat as just ten months earlier, the great tower of the partly completed building had crashed to the ground. The chapel was a gift from Anna Kumler Wight, Western Class of 1879, and her sister, Ella Kumler McKelvy, to honor their parents and paternal grandfather, Elias, one of the first to donate toward the founding of Western Female Seminary, Western’s original name. The gray structure of native Ohio stone was designed by Carrère and Hastings, the same New York architectural firm that constructed the New York Public Library. Kumler is a reproduction of an old chapel that Thomas Hastings admired in Normandy. Although no regular church services have been held here since Western and Miami University merged in 1974, it is a popular venue for concerts, lectures, graduations, and, of course, weddings.

Friday, July 22, 2022

NEW large painting of Boston

Boston: The View from the Seaport District

18" x 36"

Oil with palette knives on Ampersand Gessobord


If you follow my blog, this view may look familiar to you. I painted this view 3 previous times but at a much smaller scale. I decided it was time to paint it larger. I was able to get a lot of details at this size, in the buildings, the windows, and the people along the walkway. It took 5 days to paint, with a total of about 20 hours.

Here are a few close up details.

Monday, July 18, 2022

Miami University series #2: The Upham Hall Arch and The Great Seal

Upham Arch, Miami University

14" x 11"

Oil with palette knives on board

Next up in my series of Miami University is Upham Arch. In the foreground you can see the the Great Seal of the University which is a historical marker and part of a very well-known campus tradition. Students are not supposed to step on the seal until after graduation or they will face bad luck on their next exam. Within view is the Upham Hall arch also known for a popular campus tradition. Kissing someone under the arch at midnight signifies that you will be with that person forever, maybe becoming a “Miami Merger” — the name for the nearly 16% of alums who are married to one another (one of the largest percentages of any alumni base in the nation). I happen to personally know many of these Mergers, including my mother and father!

Monday, July 11, 2022

Miami University series #1: Sesquicentennial Chapel

The Sequicentennial Chapel (at Miami University)

14" x 11"

Oil with palette knives on board

This is the first painting in a series I have planned of my alma mater, Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. This chapel is a very popular place to get married on the campus. Especially for those couples that met while going to school here. Also knows as "Miami Mergers."

My sister and I had a great visit to Oxford last December and we were reminded of just how beautiful this campus is. I am lucky to have graduated with a fine arts degree from Miami back in 1984.

Here is a photo I took that shows the painting in progress.

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Elizabeth House, Leeds NY

Elizabeth House, Leeds NY

18" x 24"

Oil with palette knives on Ampersand Gessobord

David asked if I would paint a portrait of this beautiful historic home for his friends who recently purchased it. He sent me several images of the grounds with different views, but I liked this one that really showcases the architecture and included the Adirondack chairs overlooking the Hudson River.

I took this photo that shows my set up including color copies printed out to size and the iPad for reference.

If you are ever looking for a fantastic getaway with a group of friends, or for a small family reunion, take a look at the amazing accommodations this place offers on air bnb by clicking this link

Monday, June 27, 2022

Teddy the Cat


6" x 6"

Oil with palette knives

Michelle saw some pet portraits I had done that were on display at Artists Studio & Gallery at Patriot Place and asked if I would paint one for her. This is Teddy and what a handsome cat he is. A great face to paint with those beautiful blue eyes!

She send me this photo she took of Teddy with his painting. I think he approves!

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Entering Cape Cod

Entering Cape Cod

16" x 16"

Oil with palette knives on Ampersand Gessobord


I've been having fun painting these town signs on the cape. If you've ever been to Cape Cod, this scene should look very familiar to you. It's the rotary just after you cross the Bourne Bridge. Hopefully you can cross the bridge before the traffic gets backed up.

The official start of summer is just around the corner everyone! (or just around the rotary, lol)

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Have a seat: an Adirondack adventure

Sandy Bottoms

Adirondack Chair

Hand-painted by WAGG (Wednesday Art Gallery Group)

Up for raffle at The Sandwich Arts Alliance

My weekly painting group recently completed this Adirondack chair to help with a fundraiser for The Sandwich Arts Alliance. There are 30 chairs in all that are currently on display in Sandwich MA on Cape Cod for the remainder of the summer. Then they will be auctioned off in September. To see all of the chairs and to download a map, click here.

Each week, for about 2 months, we met up at the Art Gallery At Patriot Place to work on our chair. We had such fun painting the chair together as a team, and we took several photos along the way. I've included some here to show you the steps in our process.

Our chair arrived all primed with white. The chairs are really high quality, made by a company in Canada call The Best Adirondack Chair Company. They even fold up for easy storage.

After brainstorming ideas for what to paint on our chair, we thought it would be fun to paint the chair to look like a beach towel was draped over it. We chose this colorful towel and colorful chair as our prototype.

Then we sketched out ideas for which summer icons we wanted to include on the towel and narrowed it down to starfish, shells, fish, beach ball, waves, flip flop, and a sun. Later we added a lighthouse, and a sailboat.

We tackled painting the bright green background color first, using both spray paint and brushes. It was a very challenging spray painting in the windy conditions outside the gallery at Patriot Place!

I had to be "flexible" to make sure all the nooks and crannies were covered on all sides and underneath.

We then traced our design on to a large sheet of tracing paper.

Then we transferred the design on to the chair using graphite paper making sure to add a "fold" on the towel for added interest.

We began by painting the black outlines around each design first.

Then moved on to painting each of the summer images. We were surprised by how many coats of acrylic paint we had to use to get good coverage on top of the bright green background.

Here you can see our prototype chair next to our painted chair.

When we decided to name our chair "Sandy Bottoms" we discovered that it was also the name of a summer cocktail, so we painted a cocktail napkin to the arm of the chair with the recipe written out.

After several coats of polyurethane, it was then ready to deliver to Sandwich. I was happy that the chair fit inside my car upright.

The Sandwich Arts Alliance had a fun opening reception to view all 30 chairs. Each chair was presented with their artists and their sponsors. 

Some little ones having some fun in the chairs.

Our sponsor ended up being the SAA which means it will be on display there all summer where you can buy raffle tickets.

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