Evening at Choctawhatchee Bay

For a few years, my in-laws owned a vacation property on Florida’s Emerald Coast.  We traveled down there two to three times a year to enjoy the “good life” of a professionally manicured gated community of houses you see in magazines.  I painted a number of scenes around there, including this view looking westward across […]

Moon’s Grocery

This is another classic little roadside “one-stop” that had to be torn down before it fell in.  The front of the building housed the store while the back was a tractor repair shop where only the proprietor knew where to find any parts (strictly used) in all the piles of rusty stuff.  This painting was […]

Frisco Depot

This is one of a series of vignette-style paintings of historic buildings of our local community that have been torn down.  This train station  was one of many similar structures that fell victim to demolition before more recent initiatives to preserve historic buildings across America. This station was the half-way point on the trip on […]

Haskell’s Clock

This is an autumn view from our local city park looking north toward our central business district.  The foreground subject is a beautiful clock that was provided to the city by one of it’s sons who made it big in the entertainment business.  He donated the clock as a memorial to his mother who served […]

Christmas on Gilmore Drive

I’m fascinated by sunsets and the challenge the issue to an artist to capture on paper or canvas.  This view down Gilmore Drive toward the setting sun shows another subject of mine in the distance – the Wright Log Cabin.  Between the cabin and the subject building is the Frisco Pasadena Hills railroad passenger car. […]

Not really stained glass

My first effort at this for our own bathroom.  Paints were a variety of transparent paints, stains and textures applied by brush, sponge and spray can.  This window is 18″ x 36″.  

Bank commission

This painting was grouped together in a collage of other small studies of earlier buildings that served this banking enterprise.  The commission was ordered to celebrate their 100th year in business.  

Grandpa and his Newspaper

GRANDPA HARRISON WARD This portrait was painted from a photograph of the subject reading the newspaper near the only window in the center room of the old ancestral brick mansion that served as both dining room and bedroom for my grandfather who lived there alone for 35 years.  As a child visiting every summer, I […]

Covered Bridge at Dawn

COVERED BRIDGE AT DAWN Adjacent to the fairgrounds outside of my ancestral home town in Illinois is this re-created covered bridge.  The original bridge was built in 1832, but was washed out in 1865.  Over the next 50 plus years, two other bridges were built at this site, but were also damaged or destroyed by […]

Courthouse Square

COURTHOUSE SQUARE The county seat of my ancestral Cumberland County, Illinois is laid out in a classic checkerboard grid fashioned around a central square and a beautiful Italianate brick courthouse.  On the lawn is a pavilion that is used for public gatherings that vary from singings and political speech making to auctions.   The traumatic […]