Friday, June 27, 2014


My first moleskin watercolor sketch.

Eli in pencil

A much better portrait of Eli. about 5x8, prismacolor pencil on toned paper.

Thursday, May 8, 2014


This was drawing I did when I was messing around and experimenting. It is completely drawn in Prismacolor Marker and Copic marker, on 11x14 paper.

Eli, 11x14 marker

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Art Alley, Rapid City SD

This is an 11x14 drawing of an alley in Rapid City, SD. It was rendered in Prismacolor markers, Copic Markers, white Sharpie, and a G2 Pilot pen. It was my first attempt at a cityscape, and it was a lot of fun! The part I like best is the wall to the right. The parts I wish I could re-do are the bricks that make up the road, and the towers in the background.
11x14 marker and pen

Monday, April 7, 2014

South Dakota watercolor

5x8" watercolor painting on Canson paper. March 2014

5x8" watercolor. 2014


This is my first real animal portrait, and it didn't turn out too bad. It was drawn in white prismacolor and black graphite pencils on grey toned paper.

8x10" prismacolor and graphite


11x14 prismacolor and graphite pencil

This is a portrait of my son, done in graphite pencil and prismacolor pencil. The eyes are finished with a copic marker. There are some things that could be better, but for the most part, I love how this turned out!I liked the self portrait I completed earlier last year so much, I wanted to try another in the same style.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Forest hike

This is a pen and marker drawing completed with Prisamcolor markers and Copic markers, and a Pilot G-2 pen. I love how it turned out!

11x14 marker on paper, 2014

Here are some close-ups of sections of the drawing.

I should mention that many of the forest elements were inspired by the work of artist Philippe Fix, though modified to fit my style.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Black furniture

This is a drawing of a vanity I used to own. It was painted black in life, which isn't too interesting in itself, so I had fun experimenting with adding other colors to make it more exciting.  I created it intentionally sketchy and imprecise; I love how it turned out.  This drawing is about 11x14, done with pen, and markers- both Prismacolor and Copic.
Vanity 11x14, January 2014

detail: left side

detail right side

Monday, February 3, 2014

pen and marker, black and white

I recently found a copy of this drawing I did for a coworker in Seattle. It is 5x7" drawn with sharpie marker, white gel pen and G-2 pilot pen.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Archives-oil paintings

Here are some of my old oil paintings from college and a year or so afterwards.

I love the idea of this painting. So much. This is an oil painting of some future post-apocalyptic world, where ancient ruins dot the landscape but the pollution is all you really see. The fairies in the foreground were, I figured, a product of radiation.

24x36" oil 1999

The following is a self portrait, with the background being a scene I witnessed up the mountain from my home. I was experimenting with painting more loosely; much of the paint was applied with a palatte knife.

oil 18x24" 2001

This painting is from a photo I took on a mountain, facing back toward the town where I grew up. The light was shining on the cliffs beautifully, while all the trees in the foreground were in shadow. I don't particularly like the bare tree in the foreground, but I do like the sky and cliffs.

oil on canvas 24x36" 2001

Archives-more old drawings

I recently came across more of my old artwork; I am going to show it in  a few posts before I tuck it away into the appropriate archive.   All measurements are approximate, as I don't have the artwork with me to check proportions right now.

This first one was a blatant copy of a book illustration, but I was quite proud of it, as I was only 12 when I drew it. The others are all drawings/paintings completed in college.

approx. 11x14 pencil on illustration board, 1991

A portrait of my sister superimposed over Great Temple of Amun, Karnak.
At the time, I didn't realize how very large the real location was, (the figure should be much smaller)
 but I still like this drawing.

For this assignment, we used photocopies of fish, butterflies and flies to create machines. I went the Star Wars route, with AT-AT like fish with butterfly wing feet, and warriors flying on...flies.
 I've always loved the post-apocalyptic feel of this piece.

Colored paper, spray paint, Xerox copies, pen. 24x36" -1997

This assignment involved drawing a real piece of fruit in an abstract way.
 Everything in this drawing came from observing a naval orange.
 Of course, I didn't realize the other ways it might be interpreted,
until the teacher commented with delight on all the phallic symbolism.
 Pen and Ink on Illustration board 18"x18" 1997

This assignment was about putting something where it doesn't belong,
but it still looks like it belongs. It is a gothic guy in an Egyptian tomb.
I always loved the idea of this drawing. I'm sad that the finishing
glaze I applied left permanent streaks across the painting though.

 Approx 18x38" Oil on illustration board 1999

This was the black and white study for the self-portrait painting I did in 1999. In some ways, I like this drawing better than the final painting, "Precariously Perched". Sadly, this drawing wasn't stored very well, and it had t be thrown away because of too much damage.

Charcoal and pencil 24x48" 1999

Monday, January 13, 2014


Ceramics and sculpture are not my usual forte, but I wanted to record these few pieces I recently found from classes I took years ago, in both high school and college. Sadly, there were several other pieces that I forgot to photograph before they were gone forever.

This first one was completed in college. I love the idea of it, I just wish I had thought through some parts a little more thoroughly. If I redid this today, I think I might dress the figures in robes or something more interesting. This is clay, spray painted with silver paint and black acrylic paint, mounted on wood. It is meant to be hung on the wall.

ceramic approx. 2x15x20"

These are two masks that I made in my high school ceramics class. I loved both of them, but I had no where to put them, so they're no longer around.

Rafia, leather, acrylic paint, clay. 1995?

This sculpture is (I think) made of sculpie? and mounted on wood. It is meant to be reminiscent of a yin yang- but depicts two people embracing.
The white sculpture itself is about 3"tall, and 5" across.

3x5" sculpie. 1997

Here is a side view of the same piece.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Four Cousins

These portraits are two sets of brother and sister, and the pairs are cousins with one another. It was a gift for the grandparents, and they were thrilled. These are 8x10 drawn in Prismacolor Pencil.