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.