Thursday, April 26, 2012

New study from the model

Here's another study from the uninstructed model workshop at the Art League. Iano, our model, was excellent; he didn't think twice about choosing a difficult pose and held it admirably. I've been working on 8x12 inch boards so I can get more done within the limited 4 hour time frame. A lot of my favorite artists worked at this small scale, Fortuny and Meissonier in particular did some amazing little figures. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


A few months ago, my friend Lamb and I moved to the DC/Virginia area, to further our painting education under master artist Robert Liberace. It's been a great experience so far, my studies with Rob feel like a natural  continuation of my previous education under Will Weston, Glenn Vilppu and Adrian Gottlieb. 

The biggest challenge for me has been to focus on intensely capturing the character of the model, and maintaining a high level of energy throughout the painting process. Rob is a really enthusiastic, inspiring teacher. His work sets an incredibly high standard and he is able to pinpoint exactly what is going wrong with a painting. 

Anyway, Lamb and I are taking his class again this term and we're super excited! 

The figures below were done in his class. These are some of my better efforts at thoroughly modeling the form and strong, varied color like my hero, Fortuny. The landscape is a study of a backyard in Tijuana, Mexico, done right before I left for DC. I'm excited to visit my hometown again in the summer and work in the beautifully intense desert light.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Figure drawings and a relaunch

Hi everyone! After a long hiatus, I'm relaunching this as my personal blog. Here you'll find studies, sketches, finished work and some musings on art, including a few posts about my favorite artists. To see Christie's wonderful work, you can visit

Below are some drawings I've done here in DC, I hope you like them!