Friday, December 21, 2007


Started this one this afternoon. It's about 11.25"x12".

Lily #1

Finished yesterday.
I also started a painting of her big brother today, so I'll post a picture of that as soon as I clean up for the day.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Sunday, December 09, 2007



I started this one a couple weeks ago. It's a little less than halfway done - I just need to finish the dress (which won't take long), add some more color and touch-ups to the face, finish the hair, and - obviously - finish that ear. I'll be out of school in a few days, so I ought to be able to finish this in the next 1-2 weeks.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Portrait of Janice


Finished this commission on Thanksgiving Day. It's one of my favorites.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Trading Spaces

My painting Katelynn will be featured in the Trading Spaces exhibition in Artspace this winter. Located in Raleigh, North Carolina, Artspace is the nation's second largest open studio art center (the largest being The Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA). Trading Spaces is a two-part art center exchange between Artspace and the TFAC. Last year, Artspace artists submitted works for a juried show in the Torpedo Factory; this year, Torpedo Factory artists have entered a juried show at Artspace. Part two of Trading Spaces was juried by Artspace's Director of Programs and Exhibitions and three members of the Artspace Gallery Committee. The show will be held in Artspace's Gallery Two from November 30, 2007 to January 26, 2008.

This'll be a really fun show. My mom will be in it, too.

There's an opening reception Friday, December 4.

201 East Davie Street
Raleigh, NC

Thursday, November 08, 2007

(Sleeping) Figures

There's only so much coffee can do before you just conk out on the floor in your 9AM class. Actually, class hadn't started yet. And actually, he was on a carpeted wooden platform, not the floor. So there's only so much coffee can do before you conk out on a carpeted platform while waiting for your class to start at 9AM. :-)

You can tell it's exam time around here. Everyone's sleeping.
Still haven't had much (meaning any) time to paint lately... Hopefully I'll be able to get some work done this weekend.

Friday, November 02, 2007

A Quick Post...

Wow, so it's been more than a month since I've posted anything. Oops.

I haven't had the time to do much of anything lately, let alone update my sketchblog. I'm drowning in homework and my digital camera's decided it's time for it to break.


My current painting is a surprise, which is why I haven't posted any pictures of it yet. I'll probably have it done by the end of November, maybe earlier. I'll post a picture when it's done.

For now, here's a few sketches from class.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Portrait of Sophia

Finished this one on Saturday.

Also updated with a better picture of the Portrait of Clare.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Watercolor Magazine

I'm excited to announce that Watercolor Magazine will be featuring me in this year's fall issue. The new issue goes on sale September 18. Keep an eye out for me. :-)

The World Is a Doughnut.

Sorry for the lack of new painting posts. Right now I'm working on another commission, which I'll post as soon as it's finished. In the meantime, here's some scribbles from my Philosophy class.

My professor, making a point.

And some blind contour drawings. I just thought these were funny. :-)

Monday, September 10, 2007

Art Activated (2)

Art Activated was a blast! Thanks to everyone who came, and a double thanks to everyone who volunteered to model!

I ended up going through 4 pieces of paper. It's interesting to see the progression of the drawings - the 3rd and 4th pieces of paper really show how much looser my hand got as time passed. Here's pictures of all of the drawings from that day.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

New Website!

The domain name will probably change eventually, but for now I have a new, second website. I'll still keep this sketchblog up and running, but the website will have more information about my work and it will also have all of my paintings in a gallery (as opposed to jumbled around in archives). It's still under construction, though, so the gallery there isn't yet as complete as the archives of this sketchblog.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Art Activated

As part of the Alexandria Festival of the Arts, the Torpedo Factory Art Center will be featuring Art Activated on Saturday, September 8. From 12PM-4PM, this free event will combine artist demonstrations with live modern dance by BosmaDance. I'll be giving drawing demonstrations throughout the day, and I would love it if audience members would model for me! My demonstrations will be from 12-1, 1:30-2:30, and 3-4, and I'll be on a different floor of the building each time. Here's the full schedule for the day:

12:00 – 1:00

On the Wheel, Pottery demonstration with David Norton - Studio 22

Bits and Pieces, drawing body parts with Jenny Davis - Mid area, First Floor - Audience is asked to model

Champagne Cork Chairs Workshop with Lisa Schumaier - Studio 16 **

History Inspired Drawing - Archaeology, Room 327 **

Draw or paint patterns inspired by designs discovered on salt-glazed stoneware pottery shards excavated from local archeological sites.

Fiber Production Techniques with Springwater Fiber Workshop – Dock Area Lobby

** Felting, spinning, weaving, knitting, and more

1:00 – 2:00

On the Wheel, Pottery demonstration with David Norton - Studio 22

History Inspired Drawing - Archaeology, Room 327 **

Champagne Cork Chairs Workshop with Lisa Schumaier - Studio 16 **

Fiber Production Techniques with Springwater Fiber Workshop – Dock Area Lobby **

1:30 – 2:30

Bits and Pieces, drawing body parts with Jenny Davis, Third Floor Central Area - Audience is asked to model

2:00 – 3:00

On the Wheel, Pottery demonstration with David Norton - Studio 22

Fiber Production Techniques with Springwater Fiber Workshop – Dock Area Lobby **

Champagne Cork Chairs Workshop with Lisa Schumaier - Studio 16 **

Clothed Figure Drawing with Marjorie Forgues, Art League Gallery, Studio 21

Immediate Figure Sculpture with Tatyana Schremko

Enameling On Silver with Don Viehman, Studio 205

History Inspired Drawing - Archaeology, Room 327 **

How I Designed Two Postage Stamps and Lived to Tell About It by Jim Dean -Studio 306 (From watercolor sketch to finished stamp)

Huge Blossoms on Tiny Canvasses with Joan Holoviak, Studio 342

What Was She Thinking, The story behind the painting -- Kathy Beynette, Studio 7

2 – 4 pm

Printmaking Demonstrations – Studio 325

3:00 – 4:00

On the Wheel, Pottery demonstration with David Norton - Studio 22

Fiber Production Techniques with Springwater Fiber Workshop – Dock Area Lobby **

Champagne Cork Chairs Workshop with Lisa Schumaier - Studio 16 **

Immediate Figure Sculpture with Tatyana Schremko - Studio 32 **

Watercolor Painting with Peter Ulrich, Location Art League Gallery, Studio 21

The New Silver, working with metal clay to create fine silver jewelry with Barbro Ericksdotter Gendel, Studio 201

Bits and Pieces, drawing body parts with Jenny Davis, Second Floor Crossover -- Audience is asked to model

History Inspired Drawing - Archaeology, Room 327 **

Small Portrait Painting with Mary Ann Stevens, Studio 314

Rocks in Acrylics or Metallics with Susan Makara, Studio 339

Saturday, August 25, 2007

New School, New Drawings

So I won't be posting any paintings for a few more weeks, since I didn't bring my supplies to my new dorm and can't paint here (yet). But I'll be working that out soon. In the meantime, here are a few sketches I did at various long and boring orientation meetings.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

NSAL Career Awards Traveling Show

The work of the NSAL's National Career Awards finalists will be traveling the country through May of next year. The exhibition will visit El Paso, Texas; Birmingham, Alabama; St. Louis, Missouri; Marietta, Ohio; Washington, D.C.; and Champaign, Illinois. Here's the full schedule:

August 22 - September 16
International Museum of Art
El Paso, Texas

September 27 - November 11
Jewish Community Center
Birmingham, Alabama

November 20 - January 4
Centene Center for Arts & Education
St. Louis, Missouri

January 21 - February 15
Marietta College
Marietta, Ohio

February 27 - March 23
Nevin Kelly Gallery
Washinton, D.C.

April 1 - May 10
Green Street Studio, Inc.
Champaign, Illinois

Tuesday, July 31, 2007


I did this one in 2004 of my grandpa. One of my favorite paintings, along with the one of KJ. :-)

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Portrait of Clare


Here's what I've been working on lately. It's about 1/3 to 1/2 of the way done... I just need to finish the dress and the hair, then go back and do some touch-ups.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Dancer #2

Finished 7/19/07.

Dancer #2 (detail)

Dancer #2 (detail)

Dancer #1


This one is the first in what will (hopefully) be a series of ballerinas. I had a LOT of fun painting this, and I just can't wait to work bigger.

Dancer #1 (detail)

Dancer #1 (detail)

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Blue Skies

Finished 6/21/07.

Blue Skies (detail)

Blue Skies (detail)

Sunday, June 10, 2007


Started this one June 1st, but I've only just gotten around to photographing it. (Sorry about the lack of posts lately, I've been a bit busy...) Anyway, this one is about 26" by 17" and about 1/3 to 1/2 of the way done.

Monday, June 04, 2007


Today I had the opportunity to sketch some of the dancers of the Maryland Youth Ballet as they worked. They're absolutely amazing.

They're also wonderful models. Several of the dancers stayed after class to pose for me so that I could do some more time consuming pen and ink sketches.

This was definitely the biggest challenge I've ever had. Trying to sketch the dancers as they went through their routines was incredibly difficult, but that's what I liked about it. Even sketching them as they worked at the bar was challenging - but very, very fun, and very cool. I hope to go back to MYB again soon, and in the future I may do a series of paintings of ballerinas...

Monday, May 28, 2007

Seanna & Kit

Finished it today.

Studio Space

I'll be subleasing studio space in the Torpedo Factory this summer. My work will be in studio 9 from June 1 to July 29, and I'll be working Thursdays, Fridays, and one day each weekend. Feel free to drop by to talk or to see more of my work.

Monday, May 21, 2007

NSAL 2007 National Career Award Competition (2)

I just got back from Arizona, and I'm pleased to announce that my Portrait of Tess won First Place in the National Society of Arts and Letters' National Career Award Competition.

The contestants were Carrie Tompkins, Birmingham Chapter; Maureen Forman, Bloomington Chapter; Vanessa Monot, Boca Raton Chapter; Ryan Rocha, Central Illinois Chapter; Erin Saladino, Clearwater-Tampa Bay Chapter; Alfred Perez, El Paso Chapter; Tawni Shuler, Greater Arizona Chapter; Morgan Canavan, Greater Chicago Chapter; Danielle Trejo, Evanston Chapter; Will Anderson, Kansas City Chapter; Gerren Dugger, Kentucky Chapter; Amber Carraway, Little Rock Chapter; Adrian Lyjak, Mid-Michigan Chapter; Mattias Lanas, New Jersey Chapter; Kelsey Berkley, North Florida Chapter; Mark Bush, Ohio River Valley Chapter; Thommy Controy, Pittsburgh Chapter; Timothy Rusterholz, Virginia-North Carolina Chapter; and myself.

Alfred Perez received fifth prize, Tawni Shuler received fourth; Will Anderson received third; and Mark Bush received second.

This year's competition in water media was judged by M. Stephen Doherty, Editor-in-Chief of American Artist magazine; artists Robert and Louise McCall; and Dr. Mel Yoakum, Director of the F. Gilot Archives. At the award banquet, Robert McCall was presented with the 2007 National Gold Medallion for his lifetime achievements. Mr. McCall is well known for his 6 story tall mural in the National Air and Space Museum, among many other career highlights.

On Friday, the other contestants and I were privileged to take part in a Master Class taught by Robert McCall and his wife, Louise McCall, who is known for her own vibrant work as well as her collaborative work with her husband. We watched a demonstration and received critiques and encouragement from the McCalls as we worked.

I sketched Mr. McCall as he worked, and he autographed the drawing.

An exhibition of the finalists' work is currently on display in the City Hall Gallery in Tempe, Arizona. The show will be traveling across the country over the coming months.

Monday, May 14, 2007

NSAL 2007 National Career Award Competition

The National Society of Arts and Letters' 2007 National Career Award Competition is taking place this weekend. An exhibition featuring the work of the finalists will be on display from May 14 to June 8 in the City Hall Gallery in Tempe, Arizona.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Seanna and Kit

Got a little bit more work done on it today. I'm having so much fun painting this one - I love the contrast between the sisters, especially between the red and the blue.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Seanna and Kit

15" x 15.75"

I just started this one this morning. Not much work done on it yet, but it's coming along. I'll probably have a new photo of it to post tomorrow evening, too.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Little Girl #1

3.25" x 3.25"

Started this one at 12 today and finished it at 5. Record time. :-)
I love minis.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Almost Done...

I just need to finish that little corner of shirt, add some more shadow to the neck, finish the ear, and do some touch ups to the hair. I'll probably have it finished tomorrow, so hopefully I'll be posting a new picture of it then.

Saturday, April 21, 2007



It's about 2/3 done... I should have it finished soon, if my schedule doesn't get too crowded with final exams.