Lonely Woman II

I happened upon a street corner in Valencia where the idea of this painting occured to me. I modified the scene, chose my own lighting and color scheme and modified the architecture, and then placed the figure.

This is another in my series of Edward Hopper inspired pieces. I was born in the town where he was born and lived, Nyack, NY (1882-1967). His wife Josephine Nivison was also an artist. She contributed to his work as a model and as an artist.

Lonely Woman
Lonely Woman II 81 x 65 cm, 32″ x 26″ acylics on canvas


Being The Ricardos skillfully portrays the life of this brilliant and hard working couple. It brings back fond memories for me and gives us a glance into the hard work that goes into acting and production. This is a graphite (pencil) portrait of Lucy in the late 1940’s. It was made using multiple layers of graphite, starting with an H2 pencil and ending with a 4B.

Lucille Ball, circa 1948
Lucille Ball circa 1948, graphite

Pianist and Singer

The pianist is our friend Husan, who is an opera voice coach. She has a sound proof room so in addition to seeing her on stage we also have sat in her small room while an opera singer flooded us with the fabulous voice of a trained singer.

Pianist and Singer
Pianist and Singer, acrylics on canvas, 73 x 54 cm, 23 x 30″

“Nice perspective and contrast in that piece, they all look good, but that has “pop!””

“These works are truly astounding. I can appreciate, even though I am not creative on my own to depict dancers atop a violin or looking out the window of a purple house or project the feeling of actually being onstage with Husan.,,  Keep sharing your work.  It’s stunning.”

Mahjong Players

Mahjong Players
Mahjong Players, acrylics on canvas, 73 cm x 60 cm, SOLD

This painting is a combination of realism, in the walls, leaves and ocean with the expressionist figures whose bright colors combine with the lines of design to draw the eye to the game.  The muse displays along with the clock (similar to my grandfather’s) on the shelf.

Mahjong is game invented in the Qing dynasty (1635-1912) in China.  It is now played world wide.   There are usually four players.   It is similar to the Western card game rummy.  There are 144 tiles marked with Chinese characters and symbols.