Newest Terra Human in the Works!

Hi friends, while I was working on my recent commission I was just so inspired by the large scale of the piece that I decided to painting new newest Terra Human piece in a huge canvas! (24”x48” to be exact) Recently I’ve been in the habit of creating small to medium sized paintings because they can act of faster studies and they will be more affordable but I also think there is something to be said about investing a lot of time in a big project and using it to push your skills forward.


So here is a progress shot of this awesome project! This piece is almost complete as of now and I’m really excited to share it with you all soon!

In Washington for the Holidays

Hi friends, as I’m sure all of you know, the holidays can be a very busy time so I haven’t been able to update my website recently. I’m still calculating the donation for ACE Scholarships but my rough estimate is over $300!

Anyways I wanted to share a few photos with you of me working on some small paintings while in Bainbridge with my family.

Here is a close up of a small study I did overlooking the Puget Sound, it was a great challenge to capture the light and how it affected the clouds and water.


"Old Mill" Fall Landscape Finished!

I’m very happy to have finished my latest fall landscape featuring Crystal Mill! This piece was a great exercise in clearly rendering a foreground, middle ground and background while creating a strong focal point. This location makes for a great image because of the interesting structure of the mill and the way it fits so nicely into the surrounding landscape


While creating this piece I really enjoyed jumping around to different spots of the painting to add details and colors. I have gotten so used to rendering figures that its nice to just focus on a landscape and have fun with the slow and steady process.

This 12”x16” oil painting is available for $170. Click HERE to purchase!

New Painting!

I’m very happy to have just finished this piece titled “When We Fall.” The process for this painting was difficult primarily because of the head/face that is slightly tilted downward. I didn’t quite notice this detail at first so in my first two tries of rendering her face I made her head at the wrong angle so the facial features just didn’t look right.

1st Attempt

2nd Attempt

As you can see in my first and second attempts I was not only misinterpreting the angle of the face but I was also wrong with the size. What I finally realized (far right image) is that because the head is tilted down, the eye-line and other facial features should be much lower on the face and you should see more of the top of her head. And this tilt would also make here ears slightly higher than her eyes.


I don’t enjoy starting over sections of a painting, but I’m realizing more and more how necessary it can be to create the image I’m visualizing in a convincing way. I’m very happy with how this piece turned out and it’s nice to see my hard work paying off!

Male Figures in Art

When I started to paint figures I rendered them in very abstract ways as to avoid difficult details and show the human form in a creative and unique way. Most of these figures were so abstract that there was no obvious gender for the viewer to recognize. But as I developed my skills and started to render humans in a more realistic style I didn’t hesitate to balance my male and female forms. This is to say, that I made an instinctual decision to paint just as many men as I did women. This made a lot of sense to me because I felt like both forms were inherently beautiful and each had many stories to tell through raw physicality. But in my experience viewing art in person in galleries and on social media the majority of other figure painting artists seem to focus solely on the female form. This is a broad generalization of course but it does beg the question of why?

Many artist seem to capitalize on the inherent sexuality of the female form while adding a hint of mystery and aloofness that can captivate the viewer. I can also understand that the female form can have a natural vulnerability to it that can be enhanced through a painting. But this is exactly my point. I feel that the male form is (for the most part) avoided in artist renderings because people aren’t comfortable seeing the image of a man in a vulnerable state. There are thousands of artistic images of women in poses that show vulnerability, sensitivity and openness to the viewer. But these qualities are not traditionally associated with a man so they are not portrayed as frequently in art.

Not that I see myself as a rebel but I do have a strong appreciation for the male form and I think it has a lot to say to a viewer. In my paintings of men I want to show the inherent strength in the form while also showing emotional vulnerability and self contemplation. I hope to continue to illustrate both sexes as multidimensional beings who are both complex and beautiful.


My Favorites from Life Drawing

At the beginning of this summer in Los Alamos I found a flyer for weekly life drawing sessions hosted a the local art center. So throughout the summer I've been trying to go as frequently as I can to sharpen my skills and meet some fellow creatives.

These life drawing sessions have been a real treat for me for a few reasons. The other people in the class were welcoming and not afraid to hide their quirks. And I loved being able to practice rendering figures and working with a medium other than oil paint.

Here are a few of my favorite drawings that I have created so far. These drawings are results of different time limits that we were restricted by. The time limits varied from 30 seconds to 15 minutes.

New Sketch Ideas!

Hi guys, I thought I would share some new sketches that I created! Im not always great at practicing and putting ideas in my sketchbook but when I do I really enjoy it. It's nice to have the freedom to try ideas and not feel the pressure to make a finished product that people will love. And it's really exciting when I preliminary sketch can turn into an awesome finished painting.


Arrived in New Mexico!


Katy and I have arrived in New Mexico! And I can already tell that the dynamic landscapes here will be a huge inspiration for my work this summer. At the moment I am finishing up two commissioned paintings so once they are done I will jump into some new projects featuring the surrounding landscapes.

A huge artistic inspiration for me is how nature makes me feel. When I am immersed in a natural setting I have this odd combination of feeling alone yet comforted. I can feel the lively presence of nature around me and its humbling power while being separated from people.

I feel as if I have an ongoing relationship with nature and when I am experienceing it I fell rejuvenated and reacquainted.