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August 29, 2019

Edward S. Curtis was commissioned by J.P. Morgan to compile a series of books depicting Native American life in 1906. Several other photographers were hired by the federal government to photograph Native Americans, but Curtis had a particular knack for portraiture, and...

August 7, 2019

I have been so busy, but unfortunately not painting. Instead, I have been packing boxes, and moving boxes, and unpacking boxes...moving cats, possessions, and our lives to Truckee. We are now officially living her full time and the house is nearly settled. That include...

April 23, 2019

It has been a while since I posted, but I have been painting...when I can. The "studio" in the garage is cold in February and March, but I did get some work done while I was busy doing many other things. I have been busy submitting works to shows and other venues and r...

February 11, 2019

Back in November, the citizens of New Mexico and Kansas made history by electing the first two Native American women to Congress. In a Congress full of historical elections, this one touched me the most. In part, because I have been painting my First Citizens series fo...

November 26, 2018

Not sure what to say about this guy. I got him blocked in quickly and thought he would be done fast, but that wasn't to be. The more I "tweaked" him, the more I got away from the original loose way he was painted to start. It took some time to get back there. I think h...

November 24, 2018

I generally paint my portraits from photographs. Often these are black and white and I use whatever colors strike my fancy to communicate the highlights and darks of the person's skin tones. Since most of my subjects are long deceased, I don't get complaints. Painting...

November 7, 2018

I thought it was time to add a woman to my group. I found her image in an archive and immediately fell in love with her. She is young, but she is proud and strong, and She is beautiful. As I was finishing her the day before the election and the day after, I was inspire...

October 17, 2018

Continuing on the theme of first citizen paintings that I started about a year ago, is this latest work. He is still drying, and will probably get a mat glaze, but I like the way he turned out. I hope I captured the proud nature of his stance as he emerges from his bac...

October 8, 2018

My latest completed work was more of a challenge than I expected. I wanted to paint a Native American with signs of age and time on his face. This proved harder than I thought. I have never painted an older person before, always sticking with smooth youthful skin, and...

August 11, 2018

A couple of years ago I was cleaning up at the end of a painting class and I was regretting that I was about to scrape a good bit of paint into the garbage. Transporting it home without making a mess was nearly impossible, and keeping it for the next class was also not...

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