Detail from "Autumn Walk"

Detail from "Angel, after Cabanel"

Detail from "Bad Apple"

Detail from "Milo"

Detail from

"Portrait of John George"



First Four Figures Completed

First Four Figures Completed -- March 28, 2017. This post is an update to my posting last month on my "Vermeer" Figure Series. I've now finished the fourth in the series and will be exhibiting them in two weeks at the Arts in the Credit show in Port Credit, Ontario. All four are 16" x 12", oil on panel. I'm looking forward to varnishing them later and placing them in good Fotiou frames. I've set up a small gallery here to showcase the finished pieces: "Reader", "Egg", "Scroll", and "Message". The final photo shows me posing next to "Message" yesterday to help convey its size.

Favourite Quotes

If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.

Edward Hopper

It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance, and I know no substitute for the force and beauty of its process.

Henry James

Great art picks up where nature ends.

Marc Chagall

To be an artist is to believe in life.

Henry Moore

To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.

Steve PrefontaineOlympic runner

Art doesn’t just capture the thrill of life … sometimes it is that thrill.

Julian Barnes

Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.

Salvadore Dali

The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.

Francis Bacon

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way–things I had no words for.

Georgia O’Keeffe.

If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.