Double Portrait

This is the last custom work that I created in 2017 for my best client and friend! 😉 Framed and ready for pickup! 

This was such a great year for me, creatively. I illustrated my first children’s book, attended my first SCBWI conference, learned about instagram and twitter, had my first solo show in years, gained gallery representation and grew tremendously as an artist. Thank you for all who have supported me and continue to follow my journey! Here’s to an even better 2018.


Blue Eyes

I finished this commissioned portrait today! I always hate signing the work. It makes me so nervous, even though I use the tiniest brush possible! Seriously, I think it has 3 hairs.

Check out my web site if you have a minute. I updated the design and I think its a little more user friendly. Please let me know what you think.


Earth Day Festival

I’m getting ready for the Earth Day festival at the Fairhope Pier in Fairhope, AL. “Its a celebration of the earth for the people living around our incredibly diverse,beautiful,fun,ecologically rich and nevertheless fragile bay area.”

An aerial silk performer will be there, Mike Turner, Sassafrass, Two Suzys and Grayson Capps is playing at 4:00! Come on out tomorrow April 22 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. I’ll be at the tent with Renee Edwards (Marnee Studio) so come find us!


Back in the Swing of Things

Its been tough to concentrate on anything (much less art related) with a new baby. Now that my little one has started taking longer naps, I feel like I can get something accomplished. She still naps for 30 minutes but every now and then I get an hour or two. I am hoping that this time its “an hour or two” so I can put some more layers on this little guy.

I started this watercolor about a year ago as a demo for a watercolor course that I was teaching. This is an 18″ x 24″ portrait of my god son. I hope to finish it soon so I can ship it out to his Mama. I will post the finished work when its complete. Hopefully sooner rather than later. 😉 Jack

Student Work From Watercolor 1

The semester ended on a good note with successful final projects from all of my students, painting and photography. I thought that I would share some finished work from my Watercolor 1 course. The final project was to create a portrait/bust of someone expressing a mood through expression, color contrast, lighting and brush work. The night of the final critique, I forgot my camera (of course). A student was nice enough to let me borrow her camera. Some of the details are not as clear as I hoped but you can still see the work and mood intended.

Final critique of student work.
Final critique of student work.
Ashley Colston, Self-Portrait as a little girl
Ashley Colston, Self-Portrait as a little girl
Ben's Portrait of his Fiancé
Ben Winan’s Portrait of his Fiancé
April Painter's Portrait of her Mother.
April Painter’s Portrait of her Mother.
Bob Donovan, Self-Portrait
Bob Donovan, Self-Portrait
Corrin Brewer, Portrait of her  Sister
Corrin Brewer, Portrait of her Sister
Lauren Daugherty, Self-Portrait as an angry woman
Lauren Daugherty, Self-Portrait as an angry woman