The Gainesville State

The Southwestern Watercolor Society’s fall paintout was held in Gainesville this year. I did a few small plein air paintings and also did an on site sketch of their restored movie theater. This painting was done in the studio, using the sketch and some photographs for reference. The making of this painting was documented as […]

The Kilgore Texan

It seems like half of the old theaters in Texas are named “Texas” or “Texan”. There are two wonderful old theaters in Kilgore. One of them, of course, is called the Texan. I wanted to choose an angle that also showed the downtown oil rigs…and questioned that decision every time I had to repaint them.T […]

The Dallas Forest

I especially enjoy painting the theaters when there is a contrast between their original slick high style and their current neglected state. That’s the case with the Forest, which is pretty close to home. The Dallas Forest – watercolor and gouache, 21 x 13 inches

Little Shrine

This is another in a series of dogwalk landscapes. You can see a nine patch quilt pattern from underlying layers in some areas. Little Shrine – 10 x 10 inches, acrylic on panel.

Southwestern Watercolor Society – Best of Show

I’m very grateful to Juror Bob Burridge for selecting my painting for the Naomi Brotherton Award out of an exhibition that included many outstanding and respected artists. Being recognized as Best of Show is a real honor. I found out about a week ago and still haven’t stopped smiling! The painting is based on an […]

The Fort Worth Azle

So far my theater paintings have been at least partly gouache. This one, however, was done with watercolor only, using a wipe out technique. I really like working in a reductive way, so that the paint I take off is just as important as the paint I leave on. This theater had a Zumba poster […]

The Garland Plaza

The Garland Plaza – 18 1/2 x 11 inches, watercolor and gouache on gessoed archival paper Another of the theater paintings. In this one I concentrated the saturated color in a small area of the sign, and let the rest dissolve into neutrals. This theater is still in use in Garland, Texas.

Shoo Fly

Shoo Fly – 9×12 inch acrylic on panel This piece continues the series of houses in my neighborhood, ones I see every day walking the dog. This one happens to be right across the street from my front door. I embedded a patchwork quilt pattern in the early layers of this one, a reference to […]

The Daingerfield Morris

The Daingerfield Morris – 14×10 inches, watercolor and gouache on rag paper. This is the start of a new series – old classic movie theaters. They are interesting to me for a number of reasons: First, they are relics of a time when our community had more shared experiences than we do now; they are […]

White Rock Elder

White Rock Elder 1, 11.5 x 8 inches, watercolor on gessoed rag paper Here’s another piece done with the same technique as the previous one. It’s all watercolor, even though it doesn’t look like it. It’s the acrylic ground that makes the paint behave so differently. White Rock Lake is close to my house, and […]