Engaged Couple

Oil on Canvas

16 x 20

This painting is a commissioned piece.

It was done from a photo that was taken from a cell phone camera.

The thing I want to note is the background work. They were in a densly wooded area that had lots of green leaves etc. I wanted to give detail wihtout needing to draw everything exactly.

So the background ended up being a 3 part process. (1) layering a general color (2) leyering some detail color and smearing it in vertical lines (3) adding detail of leaves and trees that were more pronounced in the forground.

In the end I was very happy with my outcome.

Photoshoot – 10/07/10 (9 images)


I went to do a photo shoot for a group of college age students who wanted to do a throwback family style session.

I did some extra photoshop work to build on the lighting and color.

Nite-Nite Grandma

Acrylic on Canvas

This piece was completed this past summer (2010) for Mishelle’s dad. Mishelle lost her grand mother this spring and we turned a photo that was taken into a painting as a memorial.

Ultimately we wanted to highlight that the light on the porch was still on even though they (Mishelle and her dad) were closing the gate to this chapter.

I(m)guana Thrive

Medium: 20 x 16, Acryllic (on canvas)

I developed this painting in order to make a submission to an open showing in Denton’s Fiesta on the square. The submissions must show an aspect of Latin American culture or be festive.

I believe this Iguana is both.

The title I(m)guanna sounds like “I’m gonna”. In my case it says “I’m gonna Thrive”.  Iguanas can survive in extreme heat. It is a personal attempt to make a statement that I’m going to thrive and do well when the heat and pressure of being a successful artist is increased.