Sunday, 29 April 2012


I created this blog while in the middle of working on a series of paintings for an exhibition at the nature centre of Madrona Marsh, a local preserve.  At this point I have three landscapes, two bird illustrations and two botanical illustrations.  The show will consist of studies of the marsh and the species of plants and animals that inhabit it as well as a couple of inventive paintings inspired by those studies.  The bulk of the work will be scientific illustration, which is a return after a long pause to a genre I really love working in.

Also projected is my coming back to portrait painting, and later, to figurative painting, after four years of focusing mostly on still lifes, figure drawings, and copies.  It's something I've been wanting to do for a while and I'm curious about the results and whether I will decide to continue with it or come back to still life.

2012 was filled with drawings from the antique I did at the Getty Villa and with numerous scientific illustrations after the specimens at Madrona Marsh Nature Centre. Also as always I painted commissions in oil and some still lifes for myself.
In 2013 I dedicated a lot of time to reading, translating and online writing on the topic of technical art history as well as exchanging ideas with curators and other wonderful specialists.  In connection with that I created several serious old master drawing copies.  I also created four oil-painted commissions and did finally paint a figurative painting again, a Danae.  I also started learning printmaking and created seven prints.