Sunday, December 13, 2015

Avenida Calma

76 x 48 inches, charcoal on drywall; work in progress.

Morning Alec

29 x 48 inches, charcoal on drywall.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Monday, September 21, 2015

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Nick bust

Clay sculpture by Titus Castanza, approximately 10 inches high.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Polemic

Charcoal on re-purposed gypsum, 30x35 inches

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Man next door

3.5x4 inches, pencil on canvas w/ pink erasure

Monday, June 8, 2015

Reclining Nude

Charcoal on re-purposed gypsum, 29.5 x 48 inches

Model in My Window

Charcoal and oil on re-purposed gypsum, 35.5 x 25.5 inches

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Studio Window

14x18 inches, oil on canvas

Friday, May 29, 2015

The Juicer

Oil on canvas, 16x20 inches

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Meyer/Kennedy


oil on canvas, 20"x28"

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Old Store Front

16x20 inches, oil on canvas

Old Tucson Trolley

16x20 inches, oil on canvas

charcoal on gypsum

48x29 inches, charcoal on re-purposed gypsum

Monday, April 20, 2015

Girl in studio

18x24 inches, oil on canvas

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Adobe Door Stoop


18x14 inches, oil on canvas

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Paradise Cove

16x20 inches, oil on canvas

Friday, April 10, 2015

Orange and Bananaz

16x20 inches, oil on canvas

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Saturday, February 14, 2015

What makes a good portrait.

What cannot be described in words must then be described with a brush. A powerful account which seeps into the consciousness of the viewer in a way a camera never could. It is a chance for the artist to objectively peer into the soul of another, to stand in their shoes for a moment and to see a piece of yourself reflecting back. If you sit with someone long enough, you begin to go beyond and see more deeply. You see a shared human experience. You begin to tap into an intelligence which you both share, sitter and artist.

By observing another human being we understand how closely we are all connected– similarities and differences. Portraiture must then be about having empathy for others. Maybe the world would be a better place if we all could spend vast amounts of time looking into each others' eyes with a clear purpose of better understanding one another and the integral part we all play. As an artist, I can't help but to think how much greater an understanding I have for a person after having had studied them for several hours. I begin to understand their true nature and their potential purpose. I realize the importance of our differences.

Hopefully a good portrait, a successful portrait, will have these qualities. The immaterial, or what is not evident, is what I'm concerned with and, what I can learn from it.