Monet Museum

Monet, the Early Years is exhibiting at The Legion of Honor in San Francisco from February 25 to May 29, 2017. If you are in San Francisco on Sunday, May 7, joint me at 10 am to walk through the exhibition together. Tickets are $35. After, we can have lunch together and discuss the inspiration…

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Composition Choice for Well Known Scenes

 This 12 x 16 oil painting is of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. However, rather than give the viewer a typical straight-on view of the entire bridge, this composition provides interest through the lower vantage point. Fort Point is at the base of the bridge. On this foggy day, your eye doesn’t see all of…

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To Commission or Not to Commission…

Generally, I’m not a fan of commissions because it can stifle creativity if too many constraints are added regarding size, color, and composition. In the past year, I’ve completed three commission paintings successfully. Here are a few tips that have made the experience worthwhile. Release the pressure of a commission piece by knowing that if…

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Mare Island Naval Base

Plein Air Editing and Action

Too many times, I’ve come across a scene worthy of memorializing as an oil painting, but didn’t stop to capture it in that moment. When returning, something changed (e.g. weather, building torn down, field plowed). I live on Mare Island and when I was on my bike ride today and saw a new ship in port, I felt it…

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