Sunday, October 31, 2010

Ebb, painted in mid 70s.  Terri at 16.
Both pieces are about the way photography influences painting. Ebb is my grandfather, Terri, my daughter. Her portrait illustrates the darkroom technique of solarizing a print by exposing it to a brief light while processing. The painting was done with an airbrush. Each head measures about 36 inches.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

White Horse from Derby Entertaining (McClanahan)

Girl with Blue Bike, a painting of a model from the Instituto Allende.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The self portrait is posted as kind of a joke to honor our 50th high school reunion. The abstract (a favorite) is from the 90s. It stems  from an earlier representational painting of a late afternoon street scene in Mexico.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Illustration and page layout from Kentuckys Boone by Melissa Burton. Second illustration is for Grimy, Grubby, Gardening by Karen Angelucci.
Both books published by McClanahan.    1-800-544-6959

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Two similar covers done about 15 years apart. In both cases the subjects had to be created from scratch. For example, the services had no such insignia for broadcasters, so I had to create one.   This kind of thing has been a lot of fun — I've been very fortunate to find opportunities to do what I love to do.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Below: Two paintings from '71, 12th Station and Ravine

Friday, March 19, 2010

My grand daughter who modeled for the book illustration Betsy Ross sewing.
All images are under my copyright. Book published in association with
McClanahan Publishing House illustrated and designed by me. The newspaper
series that preceded this book won an international grand prize in Europe.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Below are two portraits of my grandchildren I did about seven years ago.
Both are at a university now.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A full color book by McClanahan, Splash of Bourbon, Kentucky’s Spirit, features many shots I took along the famous Bourbon Trail in Kentucky and food shots by the author. The cover design is over a textured watercolor background. For information go to or call 1-800-544-6959. All images are copyrighted.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Below is the book cover illustration/design for A Distant Light, (McClanahan) by Justice Bill Cunningham. This story involves a murder and subsequent trial in Murray, Kentucky and shines a light on racial injustice in the early 1900s in Kentucky. Of art interest - the challenge here was incorporating the two portraits from different eras of the two governors. The train and the weapon are both from that period. Also of lesser interest, I personally modeled as both the victim and the shooter. Next is a watercolor illustration depicting the late Dr. Thomas D. Clark for the cover of a book, Kentucky’s Clark, (McClanahan) by Bill Cunningham chronicling an extended conversation with the popular Kentucky historian. Dr. Clark graciously invited my wife Carol and I into their Lexington home to photograph him for this painting. Bill Cunningham is now Justice Cunningham, a Kentucky Supreme Court Justice. I did the portrait in 1986.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

One of my foodshots and the cover design for Derby Entertaining (McClanahan) published in 08.
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