Saturday, January 2, 2016


This painting is number four in a series I have been working on based on my travels to the New England area this past summer.  I made the paintings as a way of reconnecting with my love of the Northeast, in particular Vermont, Massachusetts and Upstate New York.  #oilpainting #landscapepainting #newengland

Saturday, December 26, 2015


I have been painting some studio pieces that were inspired by my trip this past summer to Cambridge, MA to visit George Van Hook.  Having lived in Vermont prior to to moving to Florida, I really miss the charm of the northeast landscape.

On The Way To George's / '52 Ford, 30x24, Oil on Canvas

On The Way To Georges / Old Timer,  24x36, Oil on Canvas


I enjoy doing class demonstrations.  They are not labored and express a spontaneity that is produced in the process that amazes me. It is like, in twenty minutes max you have produced something that is fairly realistic but at the same time has a freedom of application that other planned pieces just do not have.


Still Life, 12x9, Oil on Panel

Arcadia National Park, Desert Island, Ma., 12x9, Watercolor

Demo, 5x5, Watercolor

Monday, November 30, 2015


The painting below was done at the Armory Art Centers fundraising event called 50/50 in West Palm  Beach.  Fifty Artists who get 50% commission on their painting that is sold in the auction.  You have 2 hours to complete your painting, and this includes setup and take down,  that is on a 16x20 canvas that is provided.  So you really are a bit stressed when you paint and of course people talking to you as you paint which eats up time also.  I think it is really fun, as well as challenging.

50/50, Oil on Canvas, 22x16

Saturday, November 21, 2015


You are invited to my Studio Open House.  I've just join Ralph Papa in a studio in Delray Beach, FL and we are celebrating my new space.  Hope to see you there!


I have just announced my new plein air painting workshop to take place in Farindola, Italy June 13-20 and June 20-27, 2016.  The workshop is designed to limit the participants to 4 students in a location that is off the tourist path, allowing the participants to totally experience the Italian people and their culture. Without the distraction of the tourist crowds you can immerse yourself totally into your painting.  At the end of your week you can add onto your Italian adventure by choosing to do a 3 day tour of Rome or a 10 day Windstar Breeze Cruise along the Italian Coast. Pricing is separate. If you are interested contact Janet Miller at The Travel Gallery-American Express (561)-745-1559

#pleinair #pleinairworkshop #paintingworkshop #farindolaitaly #windstarbreezecruise


So much for worrying about what my students want to paint. I'm always looking for beautiful and memorable places to paint. Last week I took my plein air class to Port Salerno to paint and I was planning on painting a wonderful scene of old fishing boats in the harbor with seagulls hovering in the air and amazing clouds billowing in the sky. Well that not exactly what happened! My students never fail to amaze me and we all ended up painting the port-a-john next to the dumpsters. We all had a blast doing it and my demo piece will always be one of the most memorable one for me.  

As a side note, it was Veterans Day and it might have influenced our decision to paint it, and of course the name Freedom Portables on the door help in the selection.  Good ole red, white and blue.
Freedom Portables, oil on linen panel, 12x9
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Painting in Cortona

Painting in Cortona
City of Cortona with view of valley

Painting of View of Cortona Valley

Painting of View of Cortona Valley
It was such a lovely day we painted in the piazza overlooking the valley. The round building in the foreground is actually part of the original wall that surrounds Cortona.

Cortona View Lake Trasimento from Piazza Garibaldi

Cortona Italy Workshop

The workshop was a very successful and met everyones expectations. The Villa di Piazzano was an outstanding small hotel that lived up to its rating of four stars. The staff was very accommodating and helpful. Our tour excursions to Florence, Sienna and Montepulciano were very fun and helped to take the participants minds off of the pressure of producing a painting.

I am currently in the planning stages of producing my next workshop and if anyone would like to be put on the list of perspective participants please email me at

The pictures below will give you taste of our Plein Air Painting Adventure.

Courtyard of Hotel di Piazzano

Painting in the courtyard

View of Cortona in the distance.

Scouting painting sites.

Group painting in country side

Plein Air Passion

My real passion is for plein air painting. Love the challenge that you have to deal with when painting outside. I personally think it makes you a better painter because you have to deal with so many unforeseen circumstances that come your way but also you have a better handle on light, darks and textures that you don't get from working in a studio and from photos. The following is a sample of some of my most recent work done en plein air. This painting is currently being shown in a group show at the Palm Beach County Cultural Council in Lake Worth, FL and runs through the middle of September, 2013.

Apoxee Landscape

Apoxee Landscape

The path at Apoxee Park

Demo piece at Jupiter Beach Park.

Four Arts Lily Pads One

Four Arts Lily Pads One

Four Arts Lily Pads Two

Four Arts Lily Pads Two

Still Life

I generally do still lives as exercises and demonstrations for my painting classes. Featured below are samples of those pieces.

Bright Red Cup

Bright Red Cup

Blue Bottle with Violets One

Blue Bottle with Violets One