Wednesday, October 28, 2015


This is an ink and colored pencil drawing of the Metro train at the Grosvenor-Strathmore station.  I have nearly forty drawings of people on the Metro completed this year in a Moleskine sketchbook.  I decided to draw one of the trains because they are starting to show their age with that late 1970s industrial design aesthetic. During the work week, I spend a lot of time on these trains.  I have been riding the Metro for years!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Drawing my way through 2015

This is a house on Jefferson Blvd, and Eastern Blvd. in Hagerstown, Maryland.  The homes in this area belong to generations of hard working blue collar folks.  Not far away is a rail line that leads west and north.  This is an area that was one well serviced by passenger trains, but those days are long gone.  Still though, Hagerstown is criss-crossed by many train tracks.

I have become very fond of drawing in a wonderful Moleskine sketchbook.  This year I am filling it with drawings that relate to my rather long commute.  This is a house I pass near the end of my day.

Monday, October 12, 2015


"The Garden at Gethsemane," oil on Masonite.  This piece is part of a series of paintings of inspired by Grimm's Junkyard.  Heavy vegetation hides the oldest cars in the summer months, and I often wait until there has been a decent snowfall before visiting the yard.  The old Dodge pictured above has been almost completely cannibalized for parts.  It has been in this spot for decades.

The 3 crosses in the distance on the right side of the painting are a nod to  Rev. Bernard Coffindaffer and his roadside cross project.  The many I have seen are on old state roads, and have become part of the charm of long drives in rural America.  Gethsemane, means oil press. A press is an emblem of trial, distress, agony, while oil points to Spirit and illumination.

Saturday, January 4, 2014


Charcoal and Conte crayon on toned paper.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Beneath The Albizia julibrissin

A work in progress, oil on birchwood.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Saturday Night Untitled Sketch

I did a bit of quick updating to this drawing after putting it down for a couple of days.  I started it late Saturday night.  I used vine charcoal, a General's 4B charcoal pencil, and a Conte white drawing pencil.  Strathmore just came out with a terrific pad of acid free 80lb toned gray paper.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Figure Drawing at Hood College

Tomorrow Dorothy and I are going to Hood College in Frederick Maryland to draw.  I really am fortunate to have a place to draw so close to home, and right on the way home from work.  That fact that my daughter can come along is just icing on the cake.  I think Dorothy started drawing before she started walking.  Here is her website: