New Website.

I would like to announce the recent launch of my new website. I am very pleased with it as it is highly functional, and friendly, and puts everything under one roof. There are galleries (with e-commerce enabled), links to my representative galleries, information about my upcoming classical training at Studio incamminati (and my recently launched Indiegogo campaign in support of it), and more.

My blog will also be continued on the new website, so if you have been enjoying it here, please do go and check it out there, as this bog is likely to feel neglectful with my energies being invested elsewhere.

In the meantime…

Mr. and Mrs. Myles and Rachel Kirk-Gushowuty…here is a wedding portrait I recently completed.

jurors choice

We went to the Columbus arts festival this year, and I happy to say we came

home with a medal for the Juror’s Choice award in the 2D category.

Visitation in progress

And here is a sneak peek at a new work in Progress which I am very excited about.

The Visitation.

Again, please do check out the new website, and keep in mind if you’ve liked my blog here at wordpress, that I will be continuing it at the new location. Thank you!


Stapleton Kearns with Pearls of Wisdom on Taking Commissions

This blog entry by Stapleton Kearns is a must read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Check it out here.

New Work In Progress


I am excited to be back to work on some figurative stuff.


I think I’m going to call this Pieta, The Sacred Heart.

IMG_3208The studio helper taking a break.

As a side note, I have been officially accepted in the Columbus Arts Festival for this summer, and I’ve been invited for an interview at Studio Incamminati. Things are going well.


A Busy Couple of Weeks

It has been a busy couple of weeks. Here is the latest.

I have entered a few international contests, and happily I have been shortlisted for International Artist’s 74th Art Competition. Apparently they like my work, as they have offered to feature it in their April/May issue.

I have sent out applications to go back to school. I have applied to several atelier programs, choosing schools from ARC’s approved list. I have also, of course, applied for scholarships from the schools where possible, and have more scholarships and grants in line for applications once I get accepted to a school.

I have applied to the Art Renewal Centre for ARC Living Artist Status, and am waiting to hear back with fingers crossed.

I have been working hard in the studio; to finish a collection of still lifes I have been working on, to add a couple of figurative pieces I hope will strengthen a weakness in my portfolio, and to complete a portrait portfolio with the intention of applying for membership to Portraits South and Portraits Inc.

There are many irons in the fire.

Work in progress coming soon.

Patricia Watwood At Nocturnes

5355.Venus-Awakes.jpg-550x0In this short interview, with fellow artist Adam Miller, Patricia Watwood comments on her work at Nocturnes:Romancing the Night, at The National Arts Club.

More of her work can be seen here.

Mattleson on Middleton


Marvin Mattleson, portrait artist, and respected educator, recently critiqued the royal portrait of Kate Middleton by artist, Paul Emsley, on his blog, Brush Aside. It was a very interesting and informative read, addressing some of the concerns of portrait artists, and the use of photo references. I encourage you to check it out here.


Kate Middleton and the Art of Portraiture


No doubt, any of us who wander near the internet, have recently heard , or read rather, about the unveiling of Kate Middleton’s portrait by artist, Paul Emsley. Of course such a piece is going to be the topic of gossip and opinion, that is no surprise. And of course, no portrait is likely to satisfy everyone, in particularly in the case of this one with as much public attention as it will receive.

I will admit however that I have been almost startled at just how ruthless some of the comments I’ve seen online have been. Some of the feedback, I think would be devastating, if it weren’t so silly or ridiculous.

Here is an article I found by Jessica Ferri on Yahoo, which I think makes a pretty standard presentation of the range of public response.

Here is another article by artist and creator of Dinotopia, James Gurney of Gurney Journey Blog.

And here, is my favorite article to come out of it all, by Tim Whitmarsh of the Huffington Post.

In the end I think I have to give special credit to Artist Graydon Parrish, who made what I think is a very important point on the subject, when he stated, “The attacks on Paul Emsley’s portrait of Kate Middleton are ridiculous. It is unfair for a culture that has almost destroyed classical painting…purging it from its contemporary museums and schools…to then expect masterpieces in that genre from its artists. Instead of being ungrateful, we should send Emsley heartfelt congratulations for attempting something so difficult today. Any shortcomings are our fault for not keeping the tradition alive and nurturing it in our institutions.”

Well said, Mr. Parrish. Well said indeed.

A Message From David Jon Kassan

Damien Hirst's Verity … 'A bit rude … a bit weird.'
Damien Hirst’s Verity
“Hi Guys! I’m starting a painting exhibition review and critical essay site, that is going to be edited by Harriet LevenstonElle Grey, and myself to start with, We are looking for contributors from all over the world, if you are interested, please contact Harriet if you are interested.

Right now the blog is at

Right now we have a review of the Damien Hirst’s new Sculpture, ByMichael Pearce.
and We are going to be adding a review of the “Nocturnes: Romancing the Night” exhibition opening tonight at the National Arts Club.”

A Few Recently Completed Pieces

Priya Sam, 36 x 30 inches, oil on canvas, 2013 Self with Tie, 18 x 15 inches, oil on canvas, 2013 Sister Basil Anthony, 16.5 x 20.5 inches, oil on canvas, 2012 Father, 36 x 30 inches, oil on canvas, 2013 Nakia Myers, 24 x 20 inches, oil on canvas, 2013

The Future of Figurative Art

I stumbled upon this jewel on Facebook. A very interesting discussion and well worth the time. I walked away with a couple of pages of notes.

The Future of Figurative Art: A Panel Discussion with Brad Kunkle, Adam Miller, Martin Wittfooth and Michael Gormley

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