Friday, November 20, 2009


I just finished this commission last weekend. a friend of mine, Terri, has twin sons who are in the military, and has long desired a "prayer portrait" of her 3 boys. 
she wanted the drawing to be of her sons as adults, and also as children. so between the 2 of us we did  little brainstorming about the composition...
and this is what came of it:

(unfortunately, it's slightly bowed, the left side turning back a bit)
i was nervous, at first (well, i'm always nervous when starting a piece), just because i wasn't sure, even after doing the preliminary, what the final drawing would look like. but i'm more than happy with the result, and i learned SO MUCH while doing it (again, as i always do).

here are some detail pictures...

let me know what you think!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


brand-new finished commission pictures coming soon...stay tuned...

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

1 new drawing, 1 in process

9x12, graphite

rebekka (#2)
9x12, graphite

Friday, June 19, 2009

real quick...

Pictures of the FINISHED DRAWING (see post below) coming soon!

for now, some profiles i did of fourteen 8th graders i helped teach over the past school year (the girl in the picture is in 7th grade)...

thanks for your patience. it's been a tough couple of months for a lot of of them making me physically unable to draw for a while. but thankfully i'm getting back on track :)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

3 (almost) down...

i finally have jude in. i know it's been a little while since the last update, and you may be saying to yourself "wow...not much to look at after 3 weeks..." but i have good reason...

first of all, keep in mind that the piece is life-sized, and i am constantly reworking little areas. (i spent a lot more time back in the hands, for example) also, i'm lucky to get more than a few hours a week to work on it (and that's scattered throughout many late nights) and, well, on this particular portrait, i ran into some problems.

jude (the middle boy)'s face holds the most subtle, soft, sweet, mischeveous expression...and i had to redraw it multiple times. finally, after i had erased it completely yet again, i realized i had only one last chance to draw it and get it right because the charcoal just wasn't lifting anymore. i stayed away from the drawing for a few days just to clear my mind of it.
i then attacked it again about a week ago...and i got it!! at least, i got it pretty close. it was such a relief...if i had screwed up one more time it would have ruined the drawing. (WHEWW)

can't wait to work on it more this weekend :)

the preliminary sketch...

Monday, March 9, 2009

drawing update

coming along...slowly but surely! i love the expression on jasie's face...
hands are wonderfully difficult. i love it.


Monday, February 23, 2009

elizabeth's kids...progress pics

just a few pictures of my drawing so far. i don't really get much time to work on it...but it's coming along! i've got james pretty much done...

see the preliminary sketch

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Florence in June

Oil on Board
11.75 x 8.75