We were in New York during a hot summer. We were walking through Central Park when I started to thirst for a cold beer and we found 'The Boathouse' which is a restaurant that opens up to a lake where people were rowing around in cute little boats. Walking in I was instantly captivated by the atmosphere as people sat in leather chairs drinking beer and eating food with Jazz piano in the background, as they looked out to the striking sunlit lake. The contrast of the dark interior and the super bright summer day outside is what inspired the painting. That's why the people are painted in an almost black silhouette, because that's how they looked in the contrast to the light. It was a magnificent ambient moment to capture.
Oil on canvas 24x18 PRIVATE COLLECTION
Dzershinsk is a Russian city that rates in the top ten most toxic cities in the world. Whilst not exactly on your bucket-list to visit, I was captivated by the cold, grungy industrial feel. The heavy plumes of smoke, the snow bound cars and railway tracks all add to the atmosphere of cold and grey. That's what I strove to capture in this painting. Having said all that, one must never forget that the human souls that live there are valuable and normal people just like where you and I live.
New York in Winter
16x10 oil on canvas PRIVATE COLLECTION
Impressionist version of a NY streetscape as the snow falls.
Central Park NY
Oil on canvas 24x12 PRIVATE COLLECTION
I believe the two towers across the way are the Eldorado Towers.
Acrylic on canvas 20x16 PRIVATE COLLECTION
The Brisbane River runs through the center of Brisbane and creates a variety of fantastic visuals. Breakfast creek is a tributary of this river and flows out to suburban areas. This is a great view with some industrial areas surrounding but always places to moor the boats. I wanted to capture the intense light bouncing off the river.
Acrylic on Canvas 20 x 16 Private Collection
The iconic Sydney Harbour bridge is one of the most beautiful sites you will ever see in terms of city scapes.
Red in Charleston
Acrylic on canvas 72x48 PRIVATE COLLECTION
Charleston South Carolina is one of my favorite cities in the US. The history of the slave trade and the Civil War abound here. But what also abounds is amazing and eclectic architecture and the colors are crazy good. Many houses are painted in pastel colors as you see in this painting but often accented with strong reds or blues. In this case it was the red VW against the pale yellow house with black shutters that i couldn't resist. And then of course that incredible pink Crepe Mertyle.
20x16 Oil on canvas board PRIVATE COLLECTION
I've been to many concerts at the Bowl and it's always an amazing experience. To describe it - it's like an amphitheater outdoor venue with about 10,000 capacity with the Hollywood Hills as it's backdrop. In the summer there are world class acts a few times a week. To be there as the sun is setting behind the bowl in the desert dry climate is so magical as you eat and drink wine. So good!
Oil on canvas 36x24 PRIVATE COLLECTION
This painting of Venice was commissioned from someone in South Carolina who celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary right at this spot. They provided me the photograph and wanted the colors saturated. it made a stunning legacy painting.
Roger and Pat's Highway Stop
Oil on cnavas 36x20 PRIVATE COLLECTION
Roger and Pat wanted a legacy painting featuring their names. They wanted bright colors with a nostalgic feel and this was the end result. I worked off an image they chose.
Old Adobe Tuscon AZ
36x24 Acyrlic on canvas PRIVATE COLLECTION
Tuscon Arizona! hot, desert, old adobes, magnificent Bougainvillea, bright sunlight, blue skies.