I am a self taught artist, and have been drawing since I was old enough to hold a pencil. Many failed attempts at painting had convinced me I didn’t have a feel for it, but a few months before my fortieth birthday my wife encouraged me give it one last try. It had been nearly 24 years since I’d picked up a brush.


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I completed my first official painting in March of 2017 and made the transition from acrylics to oils shortly thereafter. I tend to approach each piece as practice for the next, and am always trying to improve on my technique. The majority of the pieces shown here were done on commission; something I never thought would happen.

This post features “on the easel” photos of original works, presented in chronological order. I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I did painting them.

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Lonely Sentinel: The Sabine Bank Lighthouse; 12″ x 16″ Acrylic on Canvas Panel

Ever On Watch: The Sabine Pass Lighthouse; 16″ x 12″ Acrylic on Canvas Panel

Papa’s Solitude; 9″ x 11″ Oil on Canvas Panel

A Midnight’s Respite; 16″ x 12″ Oil on Canvas Panel

Racing The Sunset; 20″ x 16″ Oil On Hard Board

An Evening At Sullivan’s; 16″ x 12″ Oil on Hard Board