Welcome to my gallery of rose portraits
I am an artist. I paint roses in a very realistic style. I use
realism to show the incredible, intimate, beauty of the rose. I
paint the detail of the rose to show the detail of the beauty.
Ultimately it is a rose portrait I offer as my work. Just as
great artists like Rembrandt and Renoir painted the human face
as a subject, so I paint the face of a rose. As I develop my
ability to paint rose portraits, I see more beauty in each
rose I paint. The more I paint, the more I see and the more I
see, the better my presentation of each rose. These portraits
are my passion.
On these pages I offer to you, a visitor to my website, my
portraits of the rose in all its infinite beauty of color and
Thank you for your visit to my website,
What you will find in this gallery
In this gallery you will find examples of
my rose paintings. I paint roses of all colors but certain
roses seem to elicit certain feelings.
As an example I often paint white roses and the white rose can produce a number of feelings other than just a view of a rose. A white rose can represent purity, it can represent memories, it can represent simplicity, and it can represent an ethereal sense of the
About my painting process
When I am painting a rose, there are times when I am so close
to the painting I am literally connected. I physically make
contact with the painting and the rose with my hands. I move
the paint with my fingers, feeling the paint and creating a
paintings, Available Paintings, and
I have a page that lists all of my original oils
and original prints available for purchase. This
list of paintings will change from time to time as
I paint new subjects.
My newest portraits will be of a very circular
white rose who's center shape is much a like a
galaxy. I am also just starting a new view of Mr.
Lincoln caught in a very intense setting sun
I will occasionally post images of some paintings
as they develop. I like to share rose as I am
painting it - IF the painting is going well.
If you are interested in new paintings
in development, paintings that are available,
and prints that are
available, please visit
available original oils and prints...
|A Note to
Gallery Owners and Mangers
The past few years have been have been
difficult in the art business, to say the least. I
have been exclusively represented by a gallery in the
Napa Valley with the sale of my rose paintings for the
past 6 years. Unfortunately, the gallery has decided
to close. I am disappointed in this change because we
had developed an extremely good connection but the
owners need to do what is best for themselves. They
had been in been in the business for a very successful
25 years and it was a time for a change - I
wish them well.
This closure leaves me in search of a new gallery to
represent my rose paintings. Most of my rose paintings
are large and are oil on canvas. While I am open to
prints of high quality and prints on which I over
paint areas to increase color intensity, most of my rose paintings are
original and should be presented to the public by
professional sales people who really understand art.
My other websites :
Any gallery interested in considering for my work
their gallery should contact me through this website,
using the Contact Me
ROSE PAINTINGS BY COLOR
Each of the categories in this section will show you samples of my rose paintings. I have grouped them by color for simplicity of presentation. Each group seems to have a slightly different
personality. But always remember that they are all part of the amazing group of natural beauty called the rose. My first goal with any rose painting is to represent each rose for it's
self and its own particular beauty. For the rose purists, each rose has its own value, scent, and beauty regardless of emotions we might attach to one color or another. I paint for the purist first and to the emotion of the rose follows.
White roses are in a special category of the rose family,
especially with paintings of roses. White roses can represent
purity and honor but they also can represent a general feeling
I am a student of Rembrandt, Renoir, and Sargent. Because I
have such a love of Renoir’s work I like to think of white
roses as portraits. I have had the honor of studying Renoir in
great detail at the Art Institute of Chicago. It was from
this experience I began painting white roses.
Go to the White Rose paintings...
Multi Colored Roses
The multi-colored roses include some of the most
famous of all the roses.
This group includes a rose introduced
to me by my grandmother - the amazing Double Delight.
Another famous rose of this group is the beautiful Peace rose.
Go to the Multi-Colored Rose paintings...
Red roses are always special. Red roses seem to represent romance and love among the many feelings created by roses and their likenesses. I
sense an intensity with red roses that is difficult to
translate to paint. I usually try to include an artist’s
pigment called Alizarin Crimson in each painting. I use as many as 5
to 10 other types of red pigments in transparent glazes or
layers to show the power of the red rose.
Go to the Red Rose paintings...
Yellow and Orange Roses
This group is a powerful and passionate collection of roses.
My favorite of this group is Rio Samba. Samba
is so dynamic it changes by the hour on a hot summer day. Go
to the Yellow and Orange Rose paintings...
There are many other flowers that do well as
paintings. Within this group are flowers such as the Iris, the
Calla Lilly, and the Orchid. I am even hoping to paint a large
Daisy. It is not one of the great art subjects but what a
statement it would make as a large oil pointing - a virtual
sun on canvas.
Which reminds me I am also going to
paint a sunflower one of these days with Van Gogh in mind!
Go to the Other
About Commissions - what are they?
Commissions are custom paintings. I have always had
some doubts about picking a subject, painting my view of the subject, and
placing it in a gallery - it seems bit arrogant at times.
always wonder what someone would really like to see rather
than simply placing my ideas in a gallery, hoping for someone
who likes my choice and painting and happens to be in the
Commissions are a way around that
dilemma. Commissions are
simply someone's idea of a painting which they would like to
see painted and then, if the painting is right, to purchase.
This page explains the process of having a particular rose
painted to your liking. If you really have a rose you would
like painted then please
the Commissions page and consider a commission - they are
easier and a lot more fun than you might think!
Future Ideas for Paintings
I have photographed flowers in our garden for years and
sometimes there is a particular combination or structure of
roses and colors that doesn't fit my usual "bee's eye view".
This page shows a number of new views I am considering for
This area of the website is will be enlarged in the next
PAINTINGS OF OTHER SUBJECTS
I also paint scenes of Northern California.
Northern California is my home and my family history goes back in in this area to 1848. One of my ancestors started a vineyard in Healdsburg in the 1860s. My grandmother taught school near Fort Ross in 1899. Fort Ross sits just north of two paintings shown in the new paintings section..
My landscapes can be seen on my other website -
Please visit the site for a different perspective on other natural beauties.
Vineyard paintings are all collected in E-book form and are
located in a website done in an E-book
This format is new and very experimental but seems to work very
well for an art gallery format. If you visit this site, please
send me a note from the contact page letting know what you
think of the format. There is NO personal information gathered
from the form but it will help me understand what visitors
think. I may do something like that here in this website.
Back to the top of the page
||Revised Nov, 2012