"No human pursuit achieves dignity until it can be called work, and when you can experience a physical loneliness for the tools of your trade, you see that the other things - the experiments, the irrelevant vocations, the vanities you used to hold - were false to you."
~Beryl Markham, West With The Night
Euonymus americanus "Hearts-a-Bustin" watercolor 22 x 30"
Commission Stories A selection of patrons, projects and palettes
As a birthday gift, Scottie Belfi secretly commissioned an illustrated version of the riveting poem her husband Keith wrote before their children were born. The artist worked to capture the sense of light and flame colors in the darkness with brilliant gouache and colored pencil on heavy black paper. The words in archival ink were then highlighted with white pencil. The painting hangs where the family enjoys time around the fireplace at their cabin in Tennessee.
Eze, France Landscape
collection Fred and Cindy Boyd
Cindy and Fred honeymooned on the gorgeous coast of France. As a surprise anniversary and holiday gift, Cindy commissioned this watercolor of the town of Eze where they had enjoyed peaceful walks through the sunlit streets.
To create luminous shadow and brilliant sunlight, the artist used a neutral tint mixture of the three primary colors and then added warm layers of yellows. To capture the various blues of the Mediterranean Sea, cerulean blue, French ultramarine and primary blue were layered in broad sweeping washes.
18 x 24" watercolor on 140 lb.cold press paper
ink and watercolor on 300 lb. Fabriano hot press paper
Leonard Family Tree
Nancy James and Norris Broyles commissioned a visual family tree to document the seven generations who have lived on and managed this special family property in Vienna, Georgia, as a gift to their Father upon his 80th birthday. The Leonard Family Tree now hangs in the great room of the log cabin on the property, and Nancy and Norris both have digital copies of the original.
The property holds such treasures as a natural cold spring, a log cabin which has been expanded from it's original state, a family cemetery dating back to the mid 1800's as well as a working farm. The land, which is in the coastal plain region of Georgia, is teeming with wildlife as depicted in the tree. It is also rich in relics from the Creek Indians who lived and hunted on these grounds.
The artist composed a design featuring the unique cold spring on the family property. A branching pecan tree organizes the seven generations with the suggestion of other branches that continue off the paper. At the foot of the Pecan lies the elaborate tomb of the first generation who migrated to this new land. In the other corners are a liberty bell and angels from the family cemeteries found on the property and in the town of Vienna. Spear points, Long leaf pine cones, cotton and sunflowers give hommage to the heritage of this land.
Wildlife depicted include a Barred owl, Kingfisher, White-tailed deer, Red fox, Wild turkey, Pileated woodpecker and Mourning doves.
Pheucticus ludovicianus Rose-breasted Grosbeak
collection Doug and Florida Ellis
This special portrait was commissioned by Florida and Doug Ellis for the private entry way into their home which looks upon a bird sanctuary.
A special visitor to the woodland garden, the male Rose-breasted Grosbeak is a vision in crimson, black and white. A trinity of reds both from the breast of this magnificent bird and the blossoms from Camellia japonica, 'Governor Mouton' make up the composition of this colorful portrait.
No black paint was used by the artist; rather, the three primary colors, red, yellow and blue were added in many washes and varying hues to create the rich depth of the bird's top feathers. In keeping with traditional watercolor techniques, no white paint was used either. A cerulean blue wash was used to reveal the glossy quality of the Camellia leaves.
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Thomas M Johnson III secretly commissioned this botanical portrait for his wife, Wayne, upon their wedding anniversary. Wayne had long admired the berries on her walks around the park in their neighborhood.
The vine depicted, although invasive, produces spectacularly colored fruit in late summer and early fall. The variation in the color of the fruit ranges from a bright spring green to lilac or rose, dazzling shades of turquoise, ultramarine and even violet. Often all these colors are seen together on the vine.
The original watercolor portrait of this Ampelopsis variety was produced on 140 lb. Arches hot press paper. Using pure watercolor wash techniques, the artist applied layers of cerulean blue, indigo, primary blue and French ultramarine for the blue berries. Ultraviolet and alizarin crimson were used for the purple and rose tints of the ripening fruit. The greens of the leaves were achieved through many layers of yellow and blue washes as well as shades and tints of complementary colors around the intricate venation.
The Maine Tide Pool Series in gouache on black or white paper: Deep Water, Crossroads Tapestry and Jewel Box
Exhibited at The Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta (Crossroads Tapestry, collection Kristin Stockton)