Works on Paper

MeDrwg 48bit 800 color  dust109From the get go, I was marked as “the kid in class who could draw the best.” But I struggled academically, so there seemed no choice but to pursue art in college. Twenty years later, I tried to get a Washington DC gallery to represent my work, but they said I was “all over the place” in subject matter and media. In essence, I didn’t have a theme that was marketable.

But I do have a theme – “all over the place.” I’m a restless experimenter. Perhaps not worthy of a gallery, my works on paper, if nothing else, make an appetizing website menu item.

Click on any image to enlarge. Details about each photograph are at the bottom of the page.


“Taos Pueblo:”  The incredible structures at Taos Pueblo gave me the inspiration to dig into a Cubist-style depiction with this charcoal abstract.

“New Mexico Landscape:”  An even further breakdown of the southwest landscape.

“Fins, Black and White:”  More Cubist-style breakdown, this time of the rock formations I encountered while traveling through Arches National Park in Utah.

“Fins in Color:”  After the “Fins” study was done in black and white, I went to color.

“Ranchos de Taos:”  Basically, a study juxtaposing a timeless native American structure with contemporary, fleeting ones.

“Orchestra at Ground Level:”  My fascination with musicians carried over from individual performers to orchestras. This study was best captured in a limited number or color inks.

“Black Paint Palette:”  Gazing down one day at the various black pigments spread over my paint palette inspired me to create another painting, this ink composition of what the palette looked like.

“Caps-Maple Leafs’ Bench:”  One of my first forays into using markers, capturing a frozen moment in time between the Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs.

“The Net:”  Moving on to a more photorealistic approach with markers.

“Maureen:”  One of my first satisfying portraits, thanks to a great art teacher, and a special classmate who chose to model in my high school art class.

Photo credit above: Paul Kane

5 responses to “Works on Paper

  1. Mike, these are great!

    You’re approach to art – all over the place – is kind of like my approach to blogging.

  2. Thanks, Walt. They are like my ‘first true love,’ way back when, wow, I mean a really long time ago. And these posted here aren’t the half of them. Took forever just to get these dusted off and on line. You have rekindled thoughts about posting more. Like you, I guess I was born to be all over the place from the start.

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  4. These are fabulous! I think I like the pueblo best. Or maybe the orchestra. Or maybe…hmm. They are all good. Let’s see some more!

    • Nobody seems to check in on the ‘Works on Paper’ tab on my website, so I appreciate your comments about my art. I just perused your site and like it. It is what it is and I wish you well with it. Are you from Maryland, too? (Can’t tell what with ‘Swamp’ and snow images all in one website!)

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