The typical question I get when I say that I’m an artist is, “What kind?”
“I’m a painter”, I say.
“What do you paint?” they ask.
Here is where I want to say, “Everything,” but I usually say, “Mostly portraits and figures.”
So why do I say that? For me, painting portraits and figures is the most difficult thing you can do, and because I am a person that likes to continuously be challenged I work on portraits and figures.
This of course does not mean I don’t do other things. In fact, I do quite a bit of things. When I travel I mostly do landscapes. About twice a year I “hunt” wildlife with my camera because they typically don’t hold the pose like studio models. I can’t help that I am always looking at things with an artist’s eye.
I may be looking at people and then realize I am making them uncomfortable. Children and animals are wonderful to watch. They are not typically self-conscious. There are also those wonderful scenes that just present themselves in nature or in the city, or on the road, sky or water. For this reason I typically carry a camera and small sketch pad with me.
I always revert back to portraits and figures for my ongoing exercise of brain-to-hand communication. Whether it be with a brush or a drawing stick, that is the practice I continuously make time for.
Here are three samples of my most current sketches. Each pose is from one sitting so I don’t spend much time on them. They are like a dance of musical chairs and when the music stops, or the timer rings, I move on to a new sheet of paper.