Checkout the video of my latest abstract painting, Color Colonization.
My photo of the Medici Fountain in Paris’s Jardin du Luxembourg which licensed for this book cover.
Checkout my new painting “On Target”, part of my music notes series, and accompanying close-up video.
Using Pixsy’s website I found another book cover which was published last year.
One of my Paris images was licensed for the book cover of PARIS: The Story of a Great City.
My black and white photo of I. M. Pei’s “Louvre Pyramid” in the courtyard of the Musée du Louvre has…
I’ve been troweling some texture onto a large abstract painting. I add marble dust to gesso. The gesso pictured here…
Checkout my new video of my Notes of Gold painting.
PaintingsColor Colonization is one in a series of works in which I'm using an air blower and air compressor to move and blend paint on the canvas instead of a brush. There are plenty of drips and splatters thrown in as well, but the primary technique of using an air blower (not to be confused with an air brush or spray gun) gives me a level of control, or influence, of the paint but comes with a lot of unpredictability which I like. The colors move and blend together in lively and fascinating ways. I like to get up close with a painting and see an incredible amount of detail. Watch the accompanying video to see the intricate and ever-changing detail in Color Colonization as your eye moves across the canvas. Color Colonization came to me in the middle of the night in late 2015. I got up to sketch the painting in my art journal along with the detailed steps and layers of colors that I would later use to create it.Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 60 x 1.5 in$1,685
PaintingsEvery inch of On Target is rich with texture and detail. It measures 36" x 40" x 1.5". It’s acrylic on canvas that has been hand-stretched by the artist and gallery-wrapped onto thick stretcher bars after the painting was finished. In other words, the painting seamlessly wraps around the edges. It doesn’t require framing, but it could be float-mounted in a wood frame if desired. See the accompanying video further below to see it up close!Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 40 x 1.5 in$1,095
PaintingsEye-grabbing and perfect for any music lover, Notes of Gold measures 36" x 36" x 1.5". It's acrylic on canvas with a secret recipe of ash, chalk, graphite, and oil pastel thrown in. I stretched the canvas myself and gallery-wrapped it onto thick stretcher bars. The edges are painted, so it doesn't require framing. I worked a very long time on this one. Then I let it set 2 or 3 months, mulled it over, and decided to work it over some more. The result is a painting with great depth and detail. This painting is part of my music notes series.Acrylic on canvas, 1.5 x 36 x 36 in$995
PaintingsAdd a permanent fall feeling to your home with Fayetteville, a landscape with abstract tendencies. Fayetteville was inspired by the spectacular fall colors of the Ozark Mountains and named after Fayetteville, Arkansas. It's part of my lifelong body of work of artwork about the state. Almost all of the work on this painting was done using palette knifes and slowly worked over many months as I allowed the oil paint to mostly dry between each layer. For the tree's foliage I built up thick layers of impasto. I also cut layers of paint to allow underlying layers to show through. Highlights were created with several coats of glazing. The tree shimmers with beautiful reds, oranges, and yellows. I think of it as representational with abstract tendencies. The heavy canvas is hand-stretched over thick 1.5" stretcher bars, and the gallery-wrapped edges are painted so no framing is required. As always, I offer custom framing if requested.Oil on canvas, 40 x 40 x 1.5 in$1,685
Arkansas Farm depicts what used to be grandparent’s farm outside of Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. This painting is a 2’ by 3’ acrylic painting on a raised, wooden panel. This is only the second painting that I have done on a wooden panel, and my first landscape on wood. Arkansas Farm is a continuation of a large body of work of paintings and photography about the farm. Watch the video for more about that. From the beginning I wanted to utilize the hard surface in ways that I have not been able to do with canvas, so after the first coats of gesso I only used palette knifes and wire brushes to paint with. I also used marble dust for texture and chalk and oil pastels for highlights. I wanted to paint the land itself, not the crops. The uniform greens and yellows of the crops give way after harvest to every shade of beige and the texture of the land itself. This dirt road had its own character as well. Parts of it would never change and others area would shift as the tractors came in and out of the fields. My grandfather could remember when all of this land had been covered with trees. Long before it was farmland Native Americans hunted here. My grandfather picked up hundreds of arrowheads over the years. The trees in the background of this painting line the Cache River, and this area was probably a hunting ground for them, but I have also heard a story that a battle had been fought here.Acrylic on wooden panel, 24 x 36 x 1.5 in
PrintsThis is an open edition print of the original artwork, Arkansas Farm, painted by artist and native Arkansan Terry Smith in 2015.Limited Edition archival pigment print$65 – $120
PaintingsInspired by many trips to San Francisco, this mixed-media piece is a combination of acrylic panting and my own photographs. The background painting features a heart referencing the "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" song and theme as well as the many heart sculptures that have been placed around the city. Two white lines lines form a sailboat mast. A photographic image, in archival pigment ink, of the Transamerica Pyramid building was transferred to create the sail of the mast. A yellow cable car, blurred and in motion, is sailing down the hill. To the left, of course, is the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. At the bottom, forming the "hull of the vessel", is a silhouetted panoramic of the San Francisco skyline within which once again the Transamerica Pyramid is featured and aligns centered on the mast. This painting was completed by the artist on a flat piece of canvas before being stretched on 1.5" thick stretcher bars. The edges are painted, so it does not require framing unless desired.Acrylic and image transfer on canvas, 36 x 40 x 1.5 in$1,095
PaintingsOriginally a train station, the museum building for the Musée d'Orsay is one of the most iconic landmarks in Paris with its two large clocks facing the river Seine. From inside the museum the view through one of those clocks to Sacré-Coeur on the summit of Montmartre is equally as iconic. I've visited Paris many times, and the idea occurred to me of painting the blue, white, and red stripes of the French flag, the French Tricolour, overlayed with the Orsay clock with its view of the Sacré-Coeur. This painting, Triclour II, is the second rendition I've done of this theme and different (though not better or worse) in color and approach than the first. I first primed and painted the Tricolour onto a wooden panel through several painting sessions. I also painted in darker areas for depth and added highlights. I printed one of my own photographs of Sacré-Coeur on an image transfer film with archival pigment ink and transferred it onto the wooden panel. I repeated that process with my photograph of the large iron clock hands. With both of these image transfers I sanded the pigment on the transfer film beforehand to allow some areas of the underlying painting to come through more than others. The 1.5 inch edges of the wooden panel are also painted, so this piece is ready-to-hang without additional framing. I think it's bright, attention-grabbing and very representative of the Paris that I know and love. This painting is part of my ongoing body of work of Paris paintings and photography.Acrylic on wooden panel, 24 x 36 x 1.5 in$730