Saturday, October 20, 2018

October Updates

Hello friends!

I just wanted to give a few updates, and say a word of thanks for those that voted for my piece I Once Was Lost for the People's Choice at the State of the Arts exhibition in Prairie Village.  I did not win the award, however I am very thankful to have received an Honorable Mention.  My painting is available at R.G. Endres Gallery in Prairie Village, KS until October 31st.  Please visit the show if you haven't yet already before it comes down!

I have completed a few new small works, available directly from me.  Please inquire at

oil on linen

He Is Not Here (Luke 24:1-8)
oil on linen

Thursday, October 4, 2018

2018 State of the Arts People's Choice Voting

Hi friends!

I need your help, if you please.  Voting for the People's Choice at the 2018 State of the Arts exhibition is online now.  I would really appreciate your vote for my piece I Once Was Lost.  Simply go to the link below.  Find my painting and select it, enter your email address, prove that you are not a robot, and then click VOTE.  If you have multiple email accounts, you may vote with each email address you have, as long as it is a valid one.  Thanks so much for your vote!

State of the Arts People's Choice Voting:

Monday, October 1, 2018

News from the Studio 10/1/18

Hello everyone, here is the latest from the studio:

  • The State of the Arts exhibition presented by the Prairie Village Arts Council is showing this month, from October 2-31 at R.G. Endres Gallery, located within the Prairie Village, KS municipal building at 7700 Mission Rd.  The opening reception is Friday, October 12th from 6-8pm, with an awards ceremony starting at 7:15.  My painting I Once Was Lost has been accepted into the show, and if you are in the Kansas City area, I hope you will go and visit the show and submit your People's Choice vote for my painting.  Voting takes place at the show from October 2 until 7pm on the night of the reception.

  • I have a few new works to share since my last blog post.  All of which are currently available directly from me.  Please contact me at to inquire on any of these new pieces:
What is Unseen
oil on linen

The Old Made New
oil on linen

Head of a Pig
oil on linen

Mist in the Air
oil on linen

oil on linen
  • I wanted to take an opportunity to give a shoutout to David Jones at Jones Gallery in the Crossroads KC for giving me nearly 3 1/2 years at his wonderful gallery.  I have recently taken down my last remaining pieces to give him room for upcoming shows.  It's been a huge pleasure showing there, and I hope to show more again in the future as I am able, and have new work available.  Until then, all the best with your upcoming shows, and I'll see you around soon!
  • On that note, if you are interested in seeing more of my work, I have 5 pieces from my God Breathed series available at the beautiful 2010 Gallery in Prairie Village, KS, and I am currently looking into other gallery representation as well.  Hopefully I will have more to share on that in the near future.  Many of my works from Jones Gallery over the past year are still available.  If there is one that you saw before that you are still interested in, please inquire at
  • Beyond that, I am hard at work on new pieces as usual.  I am looking forward to applying for the NOAPS Best of America Small Works show in 2019.  That is my current focus.  I have completed some new small works lately, and will be working on others soon.  Hopefully my luck with NOAPS will look a lot better in 2019 than it did this year.  Sad to say, but 2018 was disappointing.  Quite simply put, my 2018 NOAPS membership amounted to nothing.  But artists, let me just say this:  Sometimes you just know that your paintings are worth more, and deserve a second shot.  So take advantage of that.  If a particular piece gets rejected, try it again for another show.  We are our own worst critic, but I also believe we can be our own greatest advocate (outside of God Almighty Himself).  And sometimes, we just know when our work is worth more.
  • That's all for now.  Again, hope to see some of you at the State of the Arts show in Prairie Village, October 12th!  More to come soon!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

YouTube Vlog #21 - Velázquez Mini Master Copy

Hi everyone,

A few days ago, I decided that I wanted to record a short color study for a new YouTube video.  I honestly thought I would spend at most an hour on it, but it ended up being nearly 2 1/2 hours, and a little more than a simple color study.  With the help of a few new brushes, I was able to pull off a very small and much more detailed master copy.  So here it is in full.  Throughout, I talk about what I'm doing, but also the importance of master copies, a little bit of my history as an artist, and various other random ramblings about art.  Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

YouTube Vlog #20 - Landscape Color Study with Zorn Palette

Hey everyone,

I posted this video a few days ago, but forgot to put it up here.  This is my latest vlog where I talk a little bit about the Zorn palette once again, and show you a quick time lapse of a small landscape study using this limited palette of colors.

The unique challenge of using the Zorn palette for a landscape painting is making a convincing statement without the use of a higher chroma green beyond black+yellow ochre.  Additionally, black is the only "blue" that you have to work with.  So, many of the cool color notes that you might expect to see in a nature scene are lacking, but on the other hand, it doesn't necessarily prevent you from doing more with less.  Hopefully you'll see what I mean... enjoy!

Thursday, August 23, 2018

YouTube Vlog #19 - How to Make Linen Panels

Here is my latest YouTube video on how to mount linen canvas to a panel.

I thought it might also be nice to give you all a list of the main materials needed, and links on where to find them:

AlumaComp aluminum panels:

Claessens Oil-Primed Linen Roll (I use Single OP#66 or Double OP#15):

LineCo Archival PVA Adhesive:

Potter's Rib Tool:

X-Acto Knife/blades:

Other materials:  parchment or wax paper, brush for glue, sand paper, small bastard-cut mill file.

Hope this video is helpful!  If you haven't yet, I hope you will subscribe to my channel and share this video.  I try to record videos every once in a while as I'm able.  Thanks for watching!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

News from the Studio 8/19/18

Hello!  Here is the latest from the studio:

  • This weekend, August 17-18 was the Raytown Artists' Association Invitational show, one of the local shows I enjoy participating in each year.  I did not come home this weekend with any awards, but it certainly was no loss at all because I just happened to sell one of my paintings (which, at the end of the day, is the primary goal for me).  So it was a really great weekend, and the show itself was quite good this year.  The painting I sold was a landscape piece called Greater Light, and it just happened to be this painting's first (and now, only) showI did this piece just a few months ago, and I couldn't be happier to pass it along to a new home.

  • The other two paintings from this weekend are still available, if anyone is interested.  It was also the first show for these two pieces - another landscape piece called Floodgates and a humble child portrait called Contemplating Heaven.  Please inquire at
oil on canvas

Contemplating Heaven
oil on panel
  • New work in my God Breathed series is well underway.  Since my last blog, I have finished two more paintings and I have another currently in progress.  I am excited for what is to come!
Refiner's Fire (Zechariah 13:9, Malachi 3:2-5)
oil on linen
Available, $4000.  Please inquire at

Scarlet (Isaiah 1:18-20, Mark 2:17)
oil on linen
Available, $1500.  Please inquire at
  • Refiner's Fire - I mentioned this piece in my previous blog post as it was in progress.  It has to do with God's way of refining us into the creation we are meant to be in His eyes and according to His will and purpose.  And that often means burning away the impurities.  I will always remember being in my ceramics class in college, and listening to our instructor talk about the refining process with clay.  The reason we have to fire clay before we apply a glaze to it is because putting clay through fire strengthens it.  Before it is fired, a clay pot is still very fragile especially when it has only air-dried.  Firing it burns away all the impurities, and leaves behind the substance that matters.  On the flip side, firing metal in a forge softens it so it can be reshaped.  This is the image of the Refiner's fire - It softens us when we're too hard and it strengthens us when we're too soft.
  • Scarlet - Along similar lines, this painting is about the nature of sin.  Sin is like a parasite, or a disease that spreads in and through us.  It surrounds us, and we cannot detach ourselves from it without our Savior.  Jesus talks about how healthy people don't need a physician.  They don't need healing.  The ones Jesus came for were the sinners.  But in order to be healed, one must also acknowledge that they are sick.  And in order to be redeemed, we must acknowledge that we are sinners in need of the one and only Redeemer that can save us and make our crimson stains as white as snow.
  • I will be returning with a new vlog on YouTube soon.  I'll be doing a video on how to mount canvas onto a panel for smaller paintings.  I've done a few panels already, and they've worked very well so far.  Stay tuned for that video soon!

  • The next show that I am currently eyeballing is the State of the Arts show in Prairie Village, Kansas in October.  I was juried into that show last year, and I enjoyed it quite a bit.  I am hoping to get into that show again this year, and the deadline to enter is approaching soon.  As I said, I am current in progress on a new painting, and hoping to finish it before the entry deadline on September 4.  Stay tuned for more news on this and other shows coming up!
  • That is all for now.  Stay tuned for more later!