Duck’s Adventure

I chose the odd group of an aluminum duck on a tricycle, a turnip, and a pomegranate as subjects. This group staged with strong lighting reminds me of stories I’ve read about friends who set off on exciting adventures. I’ve found myself wondering if duck and friends will survive. Perhaps they’ll save a damsel in distress, take a ring to the place it belongs, or meet some terrible wayfarers on their travels.


Magnifying Glass

A turnip and a pomegranate may seem like unusual still life partners with a toy duck, but then a duck on a trike is not an every day thing either.  I’m using a magnifying glass to help me see details. Knowing just where a highlight starts and finishes, and how a shape slips into shadow, helps me to achieve a realistic look in the painting I am doing of these unusual companions.

Duck Magnifying Glass

The magnifying glass brings into clear view details that might otherwise have been overlooked.


I am having a very successful year with paintings accepted into many juried exhibits. The exhibits have usually been sequential, but currently I’m showing works in three at one time. In addition to exhibiting in the Instructor’s Exhibit at Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel, Maryland, and the Annual Juried Exhibit at Strathmore Mansion in Bethesda, I have two more paintings on display in a juried exhibit at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Gallery in Bethesda, Maryland. Inquiries are accepted either by myself or the appropriate institution.

The Artist

Strathmore Mansion

National Institutes of Health: Clinical Center Galleries

Montpelier Arts Center

I have work juried into the 20th Annual Strathmore Artist Members Exhibition, February 26, 2011 – April 2, 2011.
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 17, 7–9PM
For more information call (301) 581-5125.
Free and Open to the Public

Mansion Hours – Galleries and Gift Shop
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10AM – 4PM
Wednesday, 10AM – 9PM
Saturday, 10AM – 3PM
Closed Sunday

Parking for the exhibition in the Mansion at Strathmore is free in the Mansion lot on a space available basis. Enter the Mansion lot at 10701 Rockville Pike. However, parking is limited, and you may want to park on a street at a metered parking space, or in the adjacent parking garage. Parking is free on Saturdays. Major credit cards are accepted as well as a Metro SmarTrip card. The parking fee is $4.75 Monday-Friday. To access the Music Center and Mansion from the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro garage, walk across the glass-enclosed sky bridge located on the 4th level. For more information: http://www.strathmore.org/planyourvisit/directionsparking.asp


One of my favorite people! He is an outdoors man who chases swift running deer, stalks fox, stands next to bucks in the forest, and knows all the entrances and bolt holes of clans of ground hogs. He also stares at the computer screen and writes fine literature. An amazing man.

"Apple, Pitcher and Pomegranates" with Mandolin

I have the privilege of living in a home with other creative people. One of my sons composes music and plays several musical instruments. Today my painting “Apple, Pitcher and Pomegranates” rested on the sofa with his Mandolin as we got ready to deliver the painting to the Montpelier Art Center where it will be hung in the Instructor’s Exhibit. The painting is currently available for sale, but not the mandolin!

Here’s a wonderful opportunity to show off your creativity! Enter a film in the “90-Second Newbery” Video Contest. “The challenge: make a video that compresses the story of a Newbery award-winning book into 90 seconds or less. Anyone can enter.” The first video: Madeleine L’Engle’s 1963 Newbery winner, “A Wrinkle in Time”!