realistic portraits

"Lucy Delilah Blum (the artist's daughter)" 
Oil on wood, 2005

"Karen Crain in Her Favorite Hat", 
Oil on canvas, 1998

"A Man Walking", Oil on wood, 1992

Hecker Family, 20" x 49", Oil on monoprint collage, 2015

For me, one of the most rewarding elements of painting has been the pursuit of my realistic portraiture. I paint families, couples, individuals, and pets with their favorite object or theme on top of their heads, which is what I'm known for. Sometimes people also have specific places or backgrounds that they want to be represented behind them.

When I'm painting a person, I like to have at least a two-hour sitting in my studio. This helps me so much. During the sitting, I will also take photographs. Dogs and cats, on the other hand, can't be convinced to sit still for hours, so they can be done from photographs. Ideally, I like to meet all of my animal subjects. My portraits are painted in oil on wood or canvas and can come beautifully framed; I can also do realistic monoprint portraits.

"Nuzie Family Portrait", Oil on wood, 2011. 

"Jessica Harris Dancing on Her Own Head", Oil on wood, 14"X18", 2008

Pope Francis with Pigeon

"The Smulson Kids (Hannah, Nora, Elijah)" Oil on wood, 16"X 36", 2012

"The Genslers", Oil on monoprint collage, 1992

"Rik and Jen as King and Queen", 
Oil on wood, 2000

"Kol Nidre (Rabbi Dan with Jeremiah Lockwood)", 26" x 18", 2015

Charles Darwin", Monoprint, 2000