Portraits and People

Being fascinated with the diversity of faces, lifestyles and cultures of our human family, I began a series of larger paintings stemming from my observations of people during the 28 years I lived in Africa. This series is gradually expanding to include people of different backgrounds in whatever country I find them and in whatever activity they may be engaged as they carry out their daily lives. Click on an image to see the complete painting and to read a short anecdote.  Should you be interested in purchasing an available painting, please contact me.


Picture 12 of 19

One morning I came upon this woman at the edge of a lake. The way she was sitting, the softness of her skin and the distant gaze in her eyes had me transfixed, so I introduced myself and asked if I could paint her. She was seated at the edge of the boat ramp fishing, so I had to set up my easel at the very edge of the water in the muck. Not knowing how long she would be there, I worked as quickly as I could. I was able to finish a large portion of the painting on location, but had to complete the rest in my studio. (14” x 11” oil on canvas)


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“In every face, he seeketh the beauty of the Friend…”
“The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens.”

                                      — Baha’i Writings