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Tater and Madeleine. 16x20, oil on linen. 2016 Here's a look at the latest portrait that I'm just finishing. It was originally intended to be a sketch, but all the ideas that I worked on in the design stage eventually coalesced into this more finished affair. The reference photos were taken inside w

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Edge Study, black and white oil paint, about 8x10. 2016 I'm finishing up my book on painting animals. You knew I was writing a book, right? On reading through the manuscript once again, I finally admitted to myself that it needed a better discussion of edges - something I'd tried to avoid because it

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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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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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