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Sunset Rider

Sunset Rider, Colored pencil, 21 x 33" framed, $1800

At the recent Florida Artist Group 59th Exhibition at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, my entry, Sunset Rider, was selected for the Best in Show Award, the Elizabeth Morse Genius Award. It’s the second time I’ve been honored with a “Genius Award” in a FLAG show. The judge was Sique Spence, Director of the Nancy Hoffman Gallery in New York, and the show ran September 12 – October 3, 2009.
See the article on the show in the Palm Beach Daily News online edition.

Sunset, Leaping Mullet & Fishermen

Sunset, Leaping Mullet & Fishermen

We have changed the date of the “plein air” colored pencil workshop to October 30. There is still time to join us for this casual, fun class at Wall Springs Park in Palm Harbor. Drawing on location helps develop general drawing skills, and it’s a wonderful way to record travels. Although no special materials are needed for this class, just some pencils and a good sketchbook, you’ll also learn about the equipment that makes working outdoors easier. (Materials list available to help you choose which pencils to bring.) Class will meet 9 AM – 3 PM; fee: $75 DFAC members, $105 non-members Register through the Dunedin Fine Art Center


Three Couples

I was pleased to learn that my Pasco Hernando Community College show was covered in the Pasco Times edition of the St. Petersburg Times today. I don’t know how long it will be available, but the link is here.
The image in the Times, Three Couples, has had a lot of good press itself — Legion Paper has used it in advertising for Stonehenge paper for over a year. It’s earned a lot of recognition from being in so many art magazines. And it’s won several awards, including Best of Show in the Florida Artist Group annual show in 2006.

High Spirits, 12 x 26", 21 x 23" framed, $2000

I have a solo show, “Water’s Edge” opening on August 27 at the Alric C.T. Pottberg Library at Pasco Hernando Community College, on their New Port Richey (FL) campus. 46 of the 47 pieces in this show feature water in some natural form. The colored pencil pieces are mostly views of Florida beaches but the show also features a group of plein air paintings of lakes, river, marshes and the gulf. In addition, there are a handful of miniatures in colored pencil — it’s one of those that’s without water, a portrait of family members at a parade.

The opening reception, hosted by the college, is Thursday, August 27, 3 – 7 PM. (Although if you want to see me, get there before 6, as I have to leave early for a class at 7!) The show remains on view until September 19; regular viewing hours are 9 – 8, Mon – Thurs, and 9 – 3:30, Fri – Sat. Private viewing and tours can be arranged by calling 727-816-3229.

I’m offering an exciting new workshop this fall, along with my ever-popular class that shows how to take the guesswork out of color mixing.

Colored Pencils Go Outdoors
October 3, 2009
9 am – 3:30 pm
$75 DFAC members/ $105 non-members
On location; bring lunch

Learn a simplified approach to colored pencil so you can pack a few supplies and take advantage of beautiful weather and scenery. Great preparation for those who might want to start making travel journals too! After demonstrations of quick techniques that make this approach fun and easy, there will be plenty of time for guided work. We’ll meet at a north Pinellas County park, ready for casual walking and sketching (location details and materials list available at registration).

Register Here or by phone (727) 298-3322.

Color Mixing Made Easy
November 14 – 15, 2009
9am – 3pm
$140 DFAC members/$170 non-members
Materials Fee: $10, paid to instructor
Any medium, all skill levels

The instructor is a Registered Teacher in the Michael Wilcox (author of Blue and Yellow Don’t Make Green) School of Color. This method is guaranteed to save you money on paint and time in finding the color you need! Features introduction to color theory, video presentation and hands-on exercises. Discussion will also include lightfastness, color schemes, and literal/interpretive use of color.

Register here or by phone (727) 298-3322.

Dunedin Fine Art Center
1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin, FL 34698

Registration is now open for my fall classes at the Dunedin Fine Art Center. Fees have gone up slightly, but they’re still the best value in the area!

Fall Session I — Sept 14 – Oct 23, 2009
Fall Session II — Nov 9 – Dec 18, 2009

You can register online by following the links below, through or by phone: (727) 298-3322.

The fee for all six-week classes is $108 DFAC members/$138 non-members.
Ask for materials list at registration.

Colored Pencil for Everyone (404)
Tuesdays, 12:30 – 3:30 pm

Neat, portable and inexpensive, colored pencils can be used for any style work, from rough sketches to finely detailed realism. Students experiment with color and techniques for a full range of special effects. Emphasis on developing an individual style through personal guidance from instructor and class discussion. Some background in drawing strongly suggested.

Register Fall 1 | Fall 2

Basic Drawing (401)
Tuesdays, 3:30 – 6:30 pm

Learn to draw anything by learning to see as an artist sees, with emphasis on the perception of contour, negative space, proportion and value. Excellent foundation for beginners, also sharpens experienced drawing skills.

Register Fall 1 | Fall 2

Open Painting – Night (458)
Thursdays, 7 pm – 10 pm

Individualized instruction to develop your own style of painting in acrylic or oil. (Colored pencil or other mediums accepted in Night class with instructor’s permission). Choose personal subject matter, explore composition and color theory, solve painting problems. Drawing experience recommended.

Register Fall 1 | Fall 2

Open Painting – Day (459)
Fridays, 9 am – Noon

Individualized instruction to develop your own style of painting in acrylic or oil. Choose personal subject matter, explore composition and color theory, solve painting problems. Drawing experience recommended.

Register Fall 1

All courses offered at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin, FL 34698.

Currently on exhibit: The Dunedin Fine Art Center Holiday Show runs through December 24. I’m showing several pieces, large and small, but you won’t see the big painting I submitted — it sold at the Patron’s Preview!

Three shows coming up:
I’ve been busy painting on location and have about 9 new oil, acrylic and ink & watercolor pencil paintings for a group show of plein air artwork, “Outside Art” at the Octagon Art Center, 2470 Nursery Rd, in Clearwater, FL. The opening reception is December 4, although I’ll miss that event because I have a class to teach at the same time. The show runs December 4 to January 14.

Six colored pencil miniatures, including two brand new ones, have traveled south for “It’s a Small World – World Class Art in Miniature” at the Weatherburn Gallery, 452 Bayfront Place, Naples. This invitational show of artwork by Miniature Art Society of Florida award winners opens Saturday, November 29, 6 – 8 pm, and runs at least until December 22.

And speaking of miniatures, the Miniature Art Society of Florida’s 34th Annual Show runs January 18 to February 8, 2009 at the Dunedin (FL) Fine Art Center. All five of my entries were accepted, and I expect to be demonstrating each Thursday and Friday afternoon of the exhibit. I’ll also be teaching a workshop on Miniature Art at DFAC on January 24 – 25. This is probably the world’s largest and best annual show of miniature art, with close to 900 accepted entries, and it always draws huge crowds. The Miniature Artists of America Traveling Show will hang at the same time; as a new MAA Signature Member, I have a piece in that show too.

Follow the Leader

Welcome to my new website!

At long last I have a web presence, and you have found it!

I’m still learning how to post things, so it may be a while before you will find much to read or look at here, but you can always email me at if you have questions about artwork available, commissions, classes and shows.

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