This is a portrait of a beautiful young lady in my church. I had come up with the concept for this painting which was to crackle the background to make it look old, and frame it in a gothic "lancet" frame.
So I asked for permission to paint Alexis, the painting turned out beautifully and has lead to many other commissions as I have used it many times to show potential clients my portrait abilities.
I did this painting shortly out of college (the irony is that I graduated with a degree in ceramic sculpture, not painting). It was originally going to be a simple drawing of a snake with a cat in it's belly, sort of a joke between my brother, his wife, and I. (they had a cat and a snake). As I drew, erased and re-drew, this armoured snake evolved and I knew I had to paint it. It has been one of my favorite pieces over the years.
This painting is about a journey, a journey of life. You know the old adage: "The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first slither" (if you happen to be a snake).
Aspen was born very small (about 4 lbs). Doctors labeled her with “failure to thrive” yet she was then and is to this day a fighter. As a result of having a tiny frame, she has the perfect china doll profile, which I just had to paint. So I decided to create this painting of Aspen as a little angel in a moment of reverence.
The background and underpainting are acrylic. I then painted top colors using oil paint because it is easier to blend in oil paint.
With more than a decade since the last Solemn Assembly, I decided to try my newly honed portrait skills on a portrait of the new LDS Prophet, Thomas S. Monson.
Here is a man of love, courage and conviction. A man who is a good example to those around him as well as millions throughout the world. I wanted to capture some of what I see in him. I searched many hours through videos and photographs until I finally found the perfect pose.
I feel that this portrait effectively captures his character, the smile is not posed, it is natural, he has what I call, the "Monson Tilt", which is characteristic of President Monson, and his eyes are powerful, as would be any man who has been called by God to be a prophet, yet his face is kindly, depicting the love he has for those around him.
I love and admire President Monson, and I am thankful for the talents which allow me to paint such a wonderful portrait of a great man.
I had the opportunity recently to do a portait of a family that is close to my heart. During the photoshoot for the painting, I took a few random shots of the kids, and this painting resulted.
I was excited by the childish innocence in Justin’s face and his pose on the bike. It seemed to me a perfect example of carefree childhood, something I love to see in little children who are unencumbered with the day-to-day challenges I face as an adult.
Justin is to me an example of being someone who loves his life, children love life. I look at this work of art and it reminds me to stop and take time each day to reflect on my own life and ask myself if I am allowing things to get to complicated. When I see Justin I am encouraged to look for my own inner child.