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Red. 11x14, oil on linen. 2016 This portrait of Red was finished last week. Like many commissioned portraits he got a few little tweaks once his owners had had a chance to see a preview of the painting. I used the Ned Jacob palette for most of the colors, together with some burnt sienna (mixed with

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Looking Back. 8x8, oil on linen panel. 2016 I've been working intensely over the past three weeks to develop ideas for new paintings and most of these have been landscapes or seascapes. For a change, I decided to spend today on a sketch for a chicken painting that I've been meaning to do for a while

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Here's the final version of a portrait that I've been working on over the winter. The painting is based on a photo taken by Smiley's Studio in Fort Worth, Texas, and used with permission. I changed the setting considerably, removing most of the setting and props in order to promote a feeling of ligh

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  David and Max (WIP). 26x24, oil on linen. 2016 This is a portrait that I've been working on for the past three months. It's still in progress, but near enough to completion that I feel OK about showing it. The painting is based on a photo taken by Smiley's Studio in Fort Worth, Texas, and us

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Oban. 12x12, oil on linen panel. 2016. Here's a portrait that I'm putting the finishing touches to. This was done from the customer's own photographs. As you probably can tell, black dogs are really challenging to paint. I like to compare it to playing the piano with just your left hand: it's diffic

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