Saying Goodbye to Trumpet Gone Wild

One of my favorite paintings sold the other day.  I feel privileged that the City of Hampton choose another one of my paintings to add to their permanent collection.  “Trumpet Gone Wild” is part of the 2015 Hampton Roads Convention Center Halls of Art.  The painting will continue to be displayed at the Hampton Roads Convention Center through October 28, 2015. Stop by and see the painting along with some other beautiful pieces of art.

As a painter I enjoy sharing my art with others, but I get a little choked up sometimes when special paintings move to a new home.  It’s almost like sending a child out into the world on their own.   I’m thinking the best remedy is to get back to it and do some more painting.

Trumpet Goes Wild


Music makes the Mood

The figures here are less realistic than in some of my other musicians paintings.

The Mood - Musicians in ArtSize 24×30

Trombone and Bass Play On

This musical painting includes sheet music mixed into the collage.

Trombone and Bass Fine Art

Size 24 x 30

Jazz Quartet II

Jazz Quartet II Painting

30x40, Acrylic on Canvas, Coker 2004

This painting was one of a series of female musicians. Although I use reference material to position instruments and fingers and body language, inevitably I wind up “making it up.”

Jazz Quartet II was used on a wine label for Wilson Creek, a vineyard in Caifornia.



Sketching the Virginia Symphony

Painting the Virginia SymphonyThis is an 11×14 canvas sketch of the Virginia Symphony. I have seen so many versions of classical musicians (including some of my own) that in the attempt to delineate the setting, the artist has frozen the musicians in time. Like taking a photo of a runner at a high ISO so that the movement is stopped. Accuracy is there, but the feeling of the event is not.

When I feel I am successful, it is usually because I have  suggested the players in the painting without losing the feeling of the music they are playing. One of the most appreciated comments made to me was that the person felt that he could hear the music.

Now that makes an artist feel good!

Follow My Lead- revised

Five Musical Ladies

Back to my cavewomen- Have always thought the first artists were women. After all they spent a lot of time in these caves cooking and raising children. Why would they not pick up a piece of burnt wood and drawn on the wall? These lady musicians are from my imagination.