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A portrait should capture the personality of the subject.  
If you are a artist, it is exciting to broaden your subject matter to not only complete honest portraits of people but to include all living things.


Among the most handsome are the First People of the Americas.  Looking at one's portrait, you get a sense of fearlessness, strength of character, bravery, intelligence -- to mention only a few descriptives. 

War Chief, Crow, 10x13, pastel

Medicine Man, First People, 10x8, pastel

  This little girl was very friendly.
  She had no problem coming right up to 
  see what was happening.
  Who couldn't love such a face.

                 The Kiss, 10x13, pastel  SOLD

 Black & White portraits are a lot of fun.
 Most times, everything is in their eyes.

             Dr. Thom, 10 x 13, pastel    SOLD

               Altie, 10 x 13, pastel       NFS

  Our local performing arts center asked
  artists to create a piece for a silent 
  auction to raise funds for their activities.
  Who could possibly turn down such a 

  To add interest, they assigned a theme
  and color scheme for each piece.  My 
  assigned theme was Southwest People
  and the color scheme: 
  Split Complementary.

  This was a joy to complete.

  American Statesman, 10.5x14, pastel

  We all remember our first dance.  
  Thoughts like "Am I pretty enough for 
  someone to ask me? " or "What if she 
  turns me down? " ran through our heads.

  For this little girl, it was obvious that her
  mom, spent a lot of time embroidering 
  a most beautiful dress, fixing her hair,
  braiding the headband, and carefully 
  attaching the small bouquet of flowers
  for this big day.  

  If I were a little boy, I would have asked 
  her to dance with me the entire evening.

      Her First Dance, 16x16, pastel   SOLD

  Each year the local Art League invites artists 
  to reproduce an artwork from an old master. 
  This year I sketched out a 1521 classic 

  from  Albrecht Dürer, Study of St. Jerome.
  9x12,  Ink, charcoal, pastel  

Southern Cheyenne Chief, Wolf Robe, 10x13, pastel

Lakota Chief, Red Horse, 10x8, pastel

      It's so delightful that cats are amazingly
     curious.  They are attracted by anything
     new or out of the ordinary.
     This little guy was mesmerized by these
     unidentified floating objects.

      Focus, 10 x 13, pastel


             Karen, 10 x 13, pastel      SOLD

                Rich, 10 x 13, pastel      NFS

   Don't you just want to give her a hug.
   Whenever I get a chance, I snap photos of
   cows -- they have such beautiful faces. 

    Emma, 9 x 11, pastel       SOLD


                             This big kitty was not 
                      doing well at the 
                   animal shelter. 
                          His best friend was 
                               placed in a care center 
                             and he lost his home 
              and family.

                          He now lets us live 
                        with him.  He is a 
                         big roly-poly who 
                              knows several tricks,
                           like how to ask for 
                               food, how to snuggle 
                            in bed, how to look 
                              for birds through the 
                        window, and how 
                             to wake you up early
                     in the morning.

Birdwatching, 16x20, pastel,  SOLD