Who, me?

This drawing was a wonderful opportunity to play with texture. The variations in the cat’s fur and the rough red yarn were a joy to draw. Due to the amount of movement in the subject itself, I opted to keep the background fairly simple. Subtle shading and shadows under the yarn and behind the cat […]

Sneak Peek

Here is a sneak peak of the current work in progress. This one has been a bit slow-going. When the weather turns cold and grey, inspiration can be a bit scarce. Luckily, there are numerous sources for motivation: the people in your life, the images captured in a typical day, and marvelous literature. Success by: Ralph […]

Sketches of Figure Studies

Speed and accuracy can sometimes be great challenges for an artist. One way to hone these skills is to have a figure model strike a post for a very limited time (such as only 1 minute). At first, producing a precise representation of the model is extremely difficult. You have to struggle to remember anatomy, […]

Sketch of the Hips

The hips! We shake them when we dance, glare at them when we diet, and use them every day with barely a thought. They support the weight of the body in both static (e.g. standing) and dynamic (e.g. walking or running) postures. These joints are the most important part in retaining balance and crucial elements […]

Sketch from "The Canyon"

This is my study from “The Canyon” by Maxfield Parrish. When I was young, I spent hours looking over the illustrative works by Parrish. His ability to incorporate saturated colors and mythological subjects made him the perfect artist to capture a child’s imagination. He created images for poetry books, story books (such as the Arabian […]

Sketch of La Frileuse

Here is a sketch of “La Frileuse” by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, an amazingly talented artist. A staunch traditionalist, his genre paintings and mythological themes were modern interpretations of classical subjects, both pagan and Christian. “La Frileuse” (The Chilly Girl) is a genre painting – meaning it represents a scene from everyday life. In his own time […]



This latest drawing is being submitted to an art show at the Office of Mental Health Promotion at the University of Rochester. The theme of the show is “Relationships.” Usually, the first thought that comes to mind is the relationship between people. However, as many animal lovers know, there is also a special relationship between […]

Kisses – Sneak Peek

Here is a sneak peek of the current work in progress. This has been a fun opportunity to experiment with drawing style. The approach will be a little more minimalistic than my previous pictures.

Sketch of Geisha in Western Swimsuit

While wandering through the internet I found some fantastic images of Geisha in western style bathing suits. They were taken in the early 1900’s and show a fascinating mixture of eastern and western culture. Apparently, photographers would use Geisha as models on a regular basis. Personally, I’ve always considered images of Geisha to be very graceful […]

Gift Certificate for The East House

Always give back to your community! The East House is having their 4th annual Celebration of Hope & Recovery Luncheon with guest speaker Joe Pantoliano at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center on Thursday, September 20, 2012. During the luncheon they will have an auction (including art work and gift certificates) in order to raise funds […]