Jul 19, 2018
The boulders and close proximity to mansions add charm to Gooseberry Beach of Newport, RI. Oil on 12"h x 16"w Masonite.
Jul 13, 2018
Time for a leisurely stroll on Eastons Beach of Newport, R.I. The water has a red tint to it because of the seaweed, which I've never seen on any other beach. Oil on 12"h x 16"w x 1" stretched linen.
Jul 12, 2018
Jul 6, 2018
One of my fellow students at Elite Combative Systems of Indiana, PA wraps his hands to prepare for kickboxing class. Oil on 30"h x 15"w stretched canvas.
Jul 3, 2018
I paint most of my paintings from photographs. I took the reference photo for this one at Elite Combative Systems in Indiana, PA. Sal's hands were a bit too fast for my slow camera, so I used that to create a sense of movement. Oil on 24"h x 18"w stretched linen.
Jun 26, 2018
This was the route we took to the coffee shop in the mornings before tackling the day's itinerary. I can't remember the name of the cafe, but they had some great pretzel sandwiches that included bacon and lettuce. I'd never heard of pretzel sandwiches before, but fortunately a local French bakery in my town makes pretzels, so I can now make my own sandwiches. That's one of the joys of traveling, you find innovative ways to combine foods that you already eat, in addition to discovering new things. Oil on 24"h x 36"w stretched canvas.
Jun 23, 2018
A view of Budapest from the hills surrounding the castle. It was a cold, snowy day, but the sun visually warmed the building facades. Oil on 30"h x 48"w stretched canvas.
Jun 21, 2018
I caught this view of St. Stephen's Basilica while on my way to a cat cafe. Oil on 36"h x 24"w stretched canvas. SOLD.
Jun 19, 2018
A couple walks their bundled baby in its stroller in Buda to get some sunshine on a cold winter morning. Oil on 18"h x 24"w stretched linen.
Jun 13, 2018
Yellow is a prominent color in Budapest. The streetcars and many of the buildings are yellow, which greatly cheered up the gloomy days, and made the sunny days even brighter. Oil on 24"h x 36"w stretched canvas.
Jun 11, 2018
This spot in Edinburgh, Scotland is wonderful for lunch, dinner, or even just day drinking. Oil on 14"h x 11"w stretched linen. SOLD.
Jun 8, 2018
It was a sunny spring morning in Honfleur with a bit of haze in the hills. I was always inspired by the paintings of Eugene Boudin, so my mom, a friend, and I stayed in Deauville, and took day trips to Honfleur and Trouville from there. I was able to see the beaches and marinas that inspired both Boudin's and Monet's paintings. Honfleur is peaceful in the mornings while shopkeepers and artists set up their shops for the day. After circling the marina a couple of times to see the buildings and boats from all angles, my mom and I stopped for an espresso at a dock-side cafe, then got lost in the town's alleyways. Oil on 30"h x 40"w stretched canvas.
Jun 7, 2018
We were walking back to our part of town from a day of cafe hopping. The people of Budapest are overall very fashionable. As soon as this person walked by I took out my camera because I liked the contrast between his dark clothing and the cool street colors. My husband joked that he knew I would take the guy's picture as soon as he saw the hat. Oil on 24"h x 18"w stretched linen.
Jun 6, 2018
The cool weather outside and the cool light streaming through the window are no match for the warm interior of this Scottish pub. Oil on 14"h x 11"w stretched linen. SOLD.
Jun 5, 2018
I love the maze of streets in Budapest, where you will almost always see someone walking a cute dog. We were on our way to New York Cafe for the second time during our week long stay. The streets seemed cold and gray, but the promise of an ornate, warm cafe kept us going. Oil on 18"h x 24"w stretched canvas.
Jun 4, 2018
A painting of the famous Cafe Gerbeaud in Budapest. I normally have a rule about not eating at the same place twice during a week long stay in any city, but we ended up visiting Gerbeaud twice for the atmosphere, and for the wonderful food and desserts. Oil on 16"h x 20"w stretched linen. SOLD.
Jun 3, 2018
Though it probably doesn't seem possible, I had a lot of fun on the couple of morning runs I had taken across Chain Bridge when I visited Budapest in February. It was extremely cold, and even colder on the bridges over the Danube because of the wind. But I gained a sense of accomplishment surviving the temperatures and running up the steep hills of Buda. I rewarded myself with a coffee and pastry at one of the cafes near the castle, as well as coffee and pastries at other cafes throughout the day. Oil on 24"h x 30"w stretched linen.
Jun 1, 2018
The view from one of the cafes along the Honfleur Marina. There isn't a more peaceful place to enjoy your morning coffee! SOLD.
May 31, 2018
May 30, 2018
A peaceful morning in Honfleur, France. Oil on 24"h x 36"w x 1 1/2" stretched canvas. This is one of several new paintings recently completed for my show called "From Boxers to Budapest" at Conte Design Lifestyle gallery in Ligonier, PA, which runs through June 26th. The show contains images from the kickboxing class I take as well as scenes from my travels.
May 2, 2018
A colorful intersection in Edinburgh. Oil on 18"h x 24"w x 1.5"d stretched canvas. It is available through the exclusive Crate and Barrel/ UGallery partnership.
Feb 14, 2018
A busy diner during lunch in New York City. Oil on 12"h x 9"w panel.
Feb 12, 2018
A cranberry cupcake from one of my favorite local bakeries, Market Street Pastries, atop an antique plate. Oil on 4" x 4" stretched canvas.
Feb 9, 2018
A trio of macaroons. I painted this from a photo. I thought these would dry out if I painted them from life, and I didn't want to waste them. Anyone from the Pittsburgh area can buy these macaroons from Gaby et Jules in Squirrel Hill, and purchase the painting from Gallery on 43rd Street in Lawrenceville. Oil on 4"h x 6"w stretched canvas.
Feb 8, 2018
These two friends, Nigel and Malcolm, choose a spot of warm sunlight in which to take their nap. I was going to work on it a bit more, but I like the impressionist quality, especially in the foreground where their fur fades into the background. Oil on 4"h x 6"w stretched canvas.
Feb 2, 2018
A painting of my handsome man, Alfred. We thought he looked like a bat when we got him as a kitten, and thought about naming him Bruce Wayne. But, we were pretty sure we weren't the first people to think of that, so we named him after Batman's butler. Oil on 4" x 4" stretched canvas. SOLD.
Feb 1, 2018
A painting of a green antique teacup with biscotti. Unlike a lot of other paintings I do, I painted this from life in my studio. Oil on 4" x 4" stretched canvas. SOLD.
Jan 31, 2018
It is difficult for me to accomplish anything this time of year, so I started some tiny paintings that I can finish in a day or so to gain a sense of accomplishment. This is a sample bottle of Grand Marnier with a shot glass. I have many other tiny paintings on the way! SOLD.
Jan 29, 2018
It is sparring day at Elite Combative Systems, and everyone is either hitting the bags or shadowboxing to prepare. Oil on 24"h x 30"w stretched linen.
Jan 26, 2018
A kickboxer taking a break between rounds of sparring. This painting is part of my fight camp series. I took the reference photos at Elite Combative Systems in Indiana, PA, during a time when some of my fellow students were training extra hard for fights. I liked the gloves, so I decided to paint a small one of just them in the "Blue Boxing Gloves" painting. Oil on 18"h x 24"w x 1 1/2" stretched linen.
Jan 23, 2018
A painting of my retired blue boxing gloves. In many ways, martial arts relates to painting. In both, the tools can help or hinder the work one does. I chose to paint my old boxing gloves, which helped preserve my hands during bag work. This not only ensures that I will be able to keep practicing martial arts, but also that I will protect my hands for painting! Oil on 8"h x 10"w x 1 1/2" stretched canvas.
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Dec 30, 2017
At Elite Combative Systems in Indiana, PA, we dedicate at least one kickboxing class per week to sparring. We put everything we learn on technique days to practice, and we all work together to help each other improve. Oil on 30"h x 24"w x 1 1/2" stretched linen.
Dec 17, 2017
This is a new subject for me. I have a background in Tae Kwon Do, and about three years ago I started taking kickboxing classes at an MMA gym that had just opened in my town, called Elite Combative Systems. It recently occurred to me that I should capture my coaches and fellow students in action.
This is the first in my "Fight Camp" series. I wanted to show the day to day practice sessions at the gym. Much like oil painting, martial arts requires discipline, regular practice, and one should enjoy the process as much as reaching incremental goals. It is the process that I want to capture in this series! Oil on 30"h x 24"w x 1 1/2" d stretched linen.
Dec 15, 2017
My cat, Oliver looked more sassy and grumpy than he actually was. He was very shy when we first adopted him, but over time he became like a little shadow, accompanying us wherever we went in the house. This was part of UGallery's Ornamental Artwork Collection, which can be viewed here. SOLD.
Dec 14, 2017
This is a painting of my Stella with a cup of coffee. I meant to photograph still lifes of coffee with desserts and sunflowers, but Stella had to investigate, so I ended up photographing her as well. This is a pretty accurate depiction of her daily activities, as she normally sits three inches from my plate at dinner, waiting for a bite of food to fall off. I usually give her a little bite.
This was part of UGallery's Ornamental Artwork Collection, which can be viewed here. SOLD.
Dec 13, 2017
A cup of thick, spiced hot chocolate from Angelina tea room in Paris! I loved the ornately presented whipped cream on the side. This was part of the Ornamental Artwork Collection at UGallery.com, which can be viewed here. SOLD.
Oil on 4" x 4" stretched canvas. This was part of UGallery's Ornamental Artwork Collection, which can be viewed here. SOLD.
Dec 10, 2017
A painting of a vanilla cupcake with a refreshing glass of milk. Oil on 4" X 4" stretched canvas. Painting includes hanging wire on back. It could also be displayed on a mini display easel.
Dec 5, 2017
This is Scrapper the cat. He is tired from a day of defending his territory from the neighborhood cats and needs a nap to regain his energy. While he isn't super friendly toward other cats, he loves the company of humans. Oil on 4" x 4" stretched canvas. The edges are painted raw umber and it comes with a mini display easel. This is part of UGallery's Ornamental Artwork Collection, which you can view here. SOLD.
Dec 4, 2017
Assorted macaroons from Laduree of Paris. Oil on 4" x 4" stretched canvas. The edges are painted raw umber and the painting comes with a mini display easel. It is part of the Ornamental Artwork Collection, which you can view here. SOLD.
Dec 3, 2017
Macaroons from Laduree of Paris! Oil on 4" x 4" stretched canvas. The canvas sides are painted raw umber and the painting comes with its own mini display easel. Or you can attach a wire and hang it up as an ornament! It is part of the Ornamental Artwork Collection at UGallery.com, which can be viewed here. SOLD.
Dec 2, 2017
I loved the presentation of this Turkish coffee at Cafe Imperial in Vienna, Austria. Just thinking about all the different variations of coffee in the city and the cozy cafes makes me want to book another trip there. Oil on 4" x 4" stretched canvas. The edges are painted raw umber and the painting comes with its own mini display easel. This is one of ten paintings I added to the Ornamental Artwork Collection at UGallery.com. You can see the whole collection here. SOLD.
Dec 1, 2017
Rufus the cat takes a walk in the garden on a sunny summer day. I had strategically planted catnip to attract cats to chase the rabbits away from my greens. It worked! Oil on 4" x 4" streched canvas. The edges are painted raw umber, and the painting comes with a mini display easel. It is part of the Ornamental Artwork Collection at UGallery.com. The entire collection can be viewed here. SOLD.
Nov 30, 2017
This is one of ten new paintings I have recently completed for the Ornamental Artwork Collection on UGallery.com. The paintings are all 4" x 4" oil on stretched canvas. The edges are painted raw umber, and they come with a display easel. My collection consists of cats, desserts and coffee! SOLD.
Nov 29, 2017
Nov 27, 2017
Though the name "espresso" indicates that the drink is consumed quickly, it is still worth the time to sit down and mindfully appreciate it. Unless you are in Italy where they sometimes charge more if you sit down. The cafe pictured above is in New York, where one can let the caffeine take effect before hitting the pavement. Oil on 12"h x 6"w x 1"d composite board. SOLD.
Nov 25, 2017
Nov 24, 2017
I've had the reference photo for this painting since my 2010 trip to Paris. It took a while before I was comfortable painting more than one person together. Also I was always focused on painting things that were distinctly Parisian. Aside from the people smoking and the Chanel bag, you really can't tell where this is, which is fine. Most of my recent work is about people doing their thing, wherever it is.
This is one of several new paintings added to the UGallery site this week. Oil on 16"w x 12"h composite board.
Nov 8, 2017
It is a perfect day to take the dog for a walk in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA. Oil on 11"h x 14"w x 1 1/2" d composite board.
Nov 6, 2017
These are some of the colorful old houses in the Wilkinsburg neighborhood of Pittsburgh. It is not one of the main tourist destinations of Pittsburgh, but I always admire the nostalgic, authentic look of the neighborhood when I drive through. Oil on 11"h x 14"w x 1 1/2" composite board. SOLD.