"Head and Shoulders"

This week’s featured painting is “Head and Shoulders” from 2018.  It is done with oil on linen on panel, and measures 11 x 14 inches.

This painting is a triple self portrait, with reflections of me at my easel in each of the silver objects, as well as a view into my studio.

But the view keeps on going, into the larger world beyond my studio.


Through my studio windows reflected in the creamer, you can see a bitterly cold winter afternoon. I truly love days like that, as long as I’m inside.

In a way, this detail from a larger painting sums up my feelings about still life, at least the way I want to paint it.


It’s unapologetically inward-looking.

It lets us turn away from the almost unrelenting unpleasantness of the outside world, allowing us instead to seek out the inner poetries and hidden beauties of small things – to explore the little worlds close to home.


Every day, I find myself more and more enchanted by these small, intimate worlds – their depth and richness seems inexhaustible. 

Canvas prints of this painting are available.  To see more, click the blue button below.