Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Spellbound



"Spellbound" was the first painting to sell during my show in Richmond at the Glave Kocen Gallery and  I could have sold it three times over. It seemed to strike a chord with a lot of people.

A Gallery of Fresh Oils

After my show opened in November, my cousin Ed Haile presented me with this poem.
The rhyme patterns are pretty cool.


A Gallery of Fresh Oils

     Pitter patter
brushwork spatter
          colors in and out

     of so many plains
in nameless flames,
         soften, straighten, shout.

    One of them pronounces breeze
shaking sparks from textilic trees
        in equinoctial rout.

     It's masonry with light for mortar.
Forestry with night for water.
          Dawning round about.

     And one where sea beyond the sand
blurs in unnotice, hopelessly to land
         unto a lazy crowd.


Ed Haile, 2012

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Show at Glave Kocen

The announcement for my upcoming show at the Glave Kocen Gallery has just arrived and preparations for the show have begun. The theme for this show has been water, and I've got 20 oil paintings ready to hang. The show also features the work of Travis Fullerton, head photographer at the Virginia Museum of Art whose also known for his fine art photography.

The opening is Friday, November 2 and the show will run for the month of November.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Southern Shores

This painting "Southern Shores" depicts the beach two years ago in the Corolla neighborhood of the same name.

100 Southern Artists Book Published

A new publication entitled 100 Southern Artists has been published
just in time for my upcoming show. I've got a two-page full color spread
featuring my work, a statement and a portrait of me on the river. You can find it on Amazon and B&N websites starting soon-

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

River Reflections detail 2

"River Reflections" showing a detail of the shoreline.

River Reflections detail 1

Detail of River Reflections showing brushwork on trees and river.

River Reflections

New painting- details to follow.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Went to the Outer Banks

Just got back from a week at the Outer Banks where I shot this image as we looked out across the Currituck Sound from the Whalehead Club. I always drop by this spot every time I'm down there to see what's happening with the light and I am rarely disappointed.


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Cedar Island

Here's another old favorite that sold recently. Painted in 2003, it is now in a great home and is being cared for lovingly. Like the previous post, this one has some sentiment attached to it as well. I dedicated it to Gil Stone, my painting instructor at the School of Visual Arts who I studied with back in the 70's. While I was working on this piece, I learned that Gil had not survived that era and had been gone for many years. It came as a shock to me and I ended up corresponding with some old friends and students of his regarding his life and work as I was finishing this painting. It's painted at dusk, the bow is pointed out into the bay and there's no one at the wheel- Just the way I was feeling.

Snow on the Poe House



Just sold this piece last week and it's headed to Colorado via the Gallery on Merchants Square in Williamsburg. The buyer wanted something to remember their Virginia visit and they chose this one. It's supossed to be the oldest building still standing in Richmond and it truly is a landmark.  I've been working on some new pieces lately and my mind is set on them.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Trekell Brush Artists

Here's a a video Trekell brushes created that shows artists at work with their brushes. They invited me to participate in their featured artist program a couple of years ago and this video was a recent addition to their site.



Monday, April 26, 2010

Quiet Clearing


This grove of trees appeared to me out of the fog as I rounded a corner on a winding back road somewhere in Goochland County. These trees all appear to have been planted at the same time - probably put there to replace a previous forest that had been harvested. I like the rhythms that are created by the repeated pattern of the trees as they recede into the mist. The old tree trunks lying on the ground in the foreground held my attention as well.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Peace Tree

This painting depicts a huge evergreen tree in the Constitution Forest outside of Lexington, Virginia. I pulled over in the deep fog to read the historical marker and stood underneath this old tree for quite some time. The marker reads as follows:
"In 1938, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the United States Constitution, the Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution sponsored the planting of Constitution Forest in this area. With the help of the Civilian Conservation Corps and the United States Forest Service, the memorial forest commemorates the Virginia framers of the Constitution. In 1987, the 45 acres of red and white pine seedlings have matured to a forest that provides protection for birds and other wildlife as well as for the watershed of the James River."

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

St. Michael's Church Show

Here's the announcement for my current show which opened on Friday night the 9th of April. We had an excellent turnout and had to send out for more wine. The show will run through May 7th and showcases 6 new paintings, two recent paintings and one from the permanent collection at home. St. Michael's church has an ongoing artist exhibition schedule and invited me to show for the month of April. The church is at 8706 Quaker Lane in Bon Air, Virginia.

Crossroads

Crossroads is the first image in a series of paintings I just completed. This lonely old building sits on the edge of a pasture at the intersection of two county roads that stretch away in either direction outside of Lexington, VA. . I have decided to paint this entire series with a limited palette of five colors. Burnt Umber, Ultramarine Blue, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Yellow Pale and Flake White. Seems to be working well and I can supplement with the occasional spot of color as needed.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Buffalo Barn


The Forks of Buffalo is a crossroads outside of Lexington Virginia where I found this old barn. The strong geometry of the shape of the barn juxtaposed with the soft shapes of the hills that surround it really stood out for me. The addition of the small smokehouse on the right made it even that more interesting and I love the scalloping of the trim along the roofline of the main barn.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Open Fields

"Open Field" is a recent small painting taken from some reference material collected last winter at the farm of one of my collectors. He had asked me to do a commission piece for him and while I was there I observed this view of his pastures as the clouds made a bid at hiding the sun from view.

Size Doesn't Matter

Glave Kocen is hosting a small works show this week and I will have two paintings on display. This has become an annual event and is the third year that the gallery has sponsored this show. My paintings "Grey Barn" and "Open Field" will be available for purchase through the gallery.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Open Barn

This is a painting of a remarkable old barn in an area of Midlothian that is being developed rapidly, which means this beautiful specimen probably won't be around for long. It is already to a large extent abandoned and is showing signs of neglect.
There are several interesting aspects to this barn. First of all, in an area where Gambrel style barns prevail, the distinct architecture of this barn really stands out. Secondly, the exterior is finished in stucco which is extremely unusual. And lastly, the roof is slate which is probably the most expensive roofing material that could be used. I have no way of knowing how old this barn is, but with a little care, it probably could last another 100 years.
This is a small painting (9"x12") and is typical of what I'm working on now- small studies that allow me to work through painting ideas rapidly.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Marc Delessio



Just came across the artwork of Marc Delessio- he's an American painter living and working in Florence who travels the world making landscape paintings. He does amazing portraits as well.
Check him out at http://www.marcdalessio.com

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Tired Old Truck



This is a photo I took recently at a farm east of town on the James River. I was there scouting for painting ideas and came across this beast. I took pictures from several angles and ended up liking this frontal view the most. I'm not sure I'll use it for a painting although it is hard to resist. All that rusting metal and aging paint make for a lot of great textures. I'm kind of thinking about doing it as a watercolor and finally putting my new Kolinsky watercolor brushes to use.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Trekell Brushes Featured Artist



For the month of March, I am the featured artist on the Trekell Brushes website. Trekell manufactures top-quality brushes for artists and sells them through their website at extremely reasonable prices. I've been using them for years after another artist recommended that I try them and they're the only things on my palette right now. Great stuff. They supply both bristle and sable brushes in all sizes and shapes. I particularly like the filbert sables in a wide variety of sizes.

I recently bought some of the Kolinsky watercolor sables and they are amazing. When I first went away to art school, my painting instructor insisted that we use Windsor and Newton Series 7 brushes for all our paintings and these Trekell brushes match them in every way except for the exorbitant price. Some of my new brushes haven't even been unwrapped as I admire their craftsmanship so much that I can't even bring myself to use them. I'm planning to start a piece that will give me the opportunity to use them for the first time and I can't wait to get started.

Check out the archive of featured artists on the Trekell site and you'll see one of my favorite artists, William Whitaker. His figure paintings of beautiful young women are quite graceful and show a tremendous amount of brush control and seamless painting skills. Beautiful stuff.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Taj Mahal- Chevrolet

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdHTNAxNfZI

Taj Mahal is the real thing y'all...