Making an Apple Pie from Scratch (2012)
Pillars of Creation/Starry Night (2013)
This is a 24" X 30" acrylic painting on canvas.
I took inspiration from the Pillars of Creation in nature and van Gogh's "Starry Night" to create a unique piece that harmonsiously blends the realism of space with the impressionism of a night sky.
Cat's Eye Nebula (2015)
This is a 24" X 36" acrylic painting on a 1.5" gallery wrapped canvas.
I wanted to experiment with fluorescent acrylics for this one, so I bought a set, and one of them ended up being Phosphorescent Green, a glow-in-the-dark paint. I hadn't even realized 'til I turned out the lights that the green parts glowed. So I went back and mixed the Phosphorescent Green with the other colors and repainted it to glow in the dark.
This is what it looks like with the lights out: http://i.imgur.com/7nMIDL6.jpg
Unfortunately the true blacks didn't come out well with this photograph, but I'm hoping to get a professional scan of it soon.
Green Ring Nebula (2014)
Cathedral Colonnade (2015)
The Lick Observatory at Sunset (2016)
This is a 11" X 14" acrylic painting on canvas of the Lick Observatory in San Jose. I took some creative liberties in adding stars that would otherwise not be seen this time of day.
The Day After Christmas (2014)
This is an 18" X 14" acrylic painting on canvas.
In 2013 I went back to Wisconsin for Christmas. The morning after Christmas, I woke up to a foggy, icy day. The sun hovered near the horizon, just barely visible through the frost in the air, and a thin layer of hoarfrost covered the trees and grass.
Quechee Gorge (2014)
This is a 20" X 16" acrylic painting on canvas.
I visited Vermont in 2012 and was amazed by their wide variety of natural landscape. Though I visited in the summer, I wanted to experiment with a more colorful, impressionistic style and chose a more fall-like color palette.
This painting was unfortunately damaged before a scan of it could be made. As a result, the original is not for sale, and I have no prints of it.
A Strawberry, Out of the Universe (2013)
This was one of my first watercolor paintings. It's an 11" X 8 1/2" watercolor painting of roses that were blooming in the nearby Heritage Rose Garden in San Jose.
Raising the Solstice Sun (2016)
This is a 30" X 24" acrylic painting on canvas. I was inspired by Mucha's flowing lines in both the figure work and decorative border, but opted for a more vibrant color palette. I wanted the painting to have a feeling of a stained glass window, which provides a view to the "outside," while at the same time giving context and meaning to the winter scene.
Niko The Builder (2016)
This was one of my earlier watercolors. It's 12" X 9". It's based off a photo of my son when he was about 4 years old.
Lazy Sunday Afternoon (2016)
This is a 11" X 8 1/2" watercolor painting. I painted this after seeing my 10-year-old son waste away a beautiful afternoon sitting at his computer in the dark.
For My Father (2013)
Untitled Portrait 1
This is a 12" X 9" portrait done in black watercolor.
Adora Belle Dearheart (2013)
Cat Portrait #1 - Hattie
This is a 7"X 5" acrylic painting on board.
Cat Portrait #2 - Commissioner Gordon (2016)
This is a 7" X 5" acrylic painting on board. This handsome black cat, Commissioner Gordon, is sticking out his tongue.
Cat Portrait #3 (2016)
This is a 12" X 9" watercolor painting of a sphynx cat.
Contentment in a Patch of Sunlight (2015)
This is my cat, Kona, relaxing in the sunlight on my hardwood floor. It's an 11" X 14" acrylic on canvas painting.
Autumn Fox (2015)
I used Roeselien Raimond's photograph "Red Fox Lying in the Green Grass" as a source photograph for this painting. I wanted to accentuate the fall coloring, and provide more contrast between the fox and the background to really make it pop. The original photograph can be seen on her website here: http://www.roeselienraimond.com/red_foxes/#jp-carousel-4378
Mal de debarquement (2015)
I Know Joy Exists, I Can Smell It (2016)
This is a 11" X 14" acrylic painting on canvas.