Thanksgiving humble sustenance large classical fruit wine oil painting walnuts frayed velvet fabric

16x20 inches oil on canvas
This beautifully serene painting depicts a sparse meal of nuts, fruit and wine on a frayed and torn, velvet cloth.  It's humble setting bespoke the thought of grateful thanksgiving hence the title "Sustenance".

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capturing nature's transient beauty
English Roses in Spode Blue Italian Teacup
8x10 inches / oil on canvas
Little Gems Series
Thoughts of a leisurely afternoon come to mind with an antique embroidered, lace edged cloth, pearls cascading over a leather bound book, and fresh from the garden with dewdrops and honeybee are soft English roses gently tucked into a Spode Blue Italian teacup.

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Antique German Putz Lamb Pull Toy
6x6 inches oil on panel
Nostalgia is an indulgence which I hope to recall with this charming little pull toy, her wooly body, cloth head and bell tied with a frayed ribbon all depict details which many a child has handled and studied as closely as I have here. She’s seen many happy years being tugged along by a little hand. . . .

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"English Heritage"
8x8 inches / oil on panel
It was a true pleasure to become acquainted with a member of the renowned Copeland family, who commissioned this triptych series of oil paintings from his vast collection. The title of this series is "English Heritage" named for my client's family history.  The center panel of this triptych is presented here first as it's my favorite with this beautiful covered vegetable tureen.  The color and finish on Copeland Spode is so rich which is only part of its allure, the second of course being the bucolic scenes depicted in this detailed transferware.  My specialty is painting tarnsferware so if you have always wished to have a painting of your collection or the collection of your dreams, please feel free to contact me for a quote at  Also, you may wish to peruse my recently updated website for five (5) pages of images featuring blue and white paintings along with a collection of red, white and blue, all in a chapter of the same name at

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Lemons in Cracked Porcelain Antique Oriental Bowl
5x5 inches oil on panel
While working on a commissioned painting of lemons in a classical arrangement, I found that I was particularly drawn to one corner of the painting, with it’s depth of shadows and reflective qualities on the bowl. Hence I decided to “lift” that corner and place it in a square format to contemporize it as illustrated here. A trademark characteristic of much of my work is an enhanced sense of time and age in my subjects such as this chipped antique porcelain bowl and dried, cut lemon.

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Branch of Cherries in White Bowl on Rustic Table
8x10 inches / oil
Rich contrasts define this otherwise simple bowl of brilliant red cherries. Of particular interest to me were the leaves with their raised veins and evidence of insects, as well as the always favored rustic wood table — all adding the trademark elements of age in my work.

Grandfather's Antique Gold Fob Watch still life oil painting

Grandfather's Antique Gold Fob Watch
4x4 inches oil on panel
This is my third painting of this subject, my grandfather’s gold fob watch. Each version has been uniquely different, this being my favorite thus far. As it was painted on a smooth panel versus canvas, I was afforded the opportunity to incorporate more detail than done previously. Features of particular interest to me were the sun touched gilding on the blue leather book and the reflected highlights and shadows just beneath the glass lens. During the various stages of refinement within the details of the watch face, I found a tremendous respect for those artisans who actually hand paint clocks and watches. Such a daunting task, but perhaps I’ve achieved a respectable amount of detail to be worthy of your consideration.

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Cherries in Oriental Bowl with Peaches
11x14 inches / oil on canvas
capturing nature's transient beauty
classical oil painting fruit

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Green Grapes on Spode Plate with Round Wood Box
4x4 inches / oil on panel
Derived from one of my larger paintings, this small cluster of grapes provided particular appeal in terms of its illumination. The quiet, muted color scheme and clean composition enhance the luminosity of the grapes, captured in the late afternoon sun through my studio window.

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 Baseball in the Spotlight
8x8 inches oil on panel
There is something we can all identify with when we see a baseball. It recalls memories of countless hours of fun as we played in the streets, the parks or the schoolyards.  It recalls the thrill of hearing the crack of the bat and feeling that impact as we made contact for the first time. It recalls the excitement of catching our first fly ball . . . of breaking in our first mitt. . . of the cheers from friends and family as we rounded the bases! So I celebrate those experiences here with a vintage baseball set in a much deserved place of honor, for the memories it recalls are priceless.

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Old Bucket of Cherries on Farmhouse Table with Rusty Nails
10x8 inches / oil on canvas

Knotted, Frayed Rope on Wood Block

 Knotted, Frayed Rope on Wood Block
Carved with the Italian Word Spago
10x8 inches / oil on panel

Cherries in Spode Blue Italian Transfewrware Bowl with Vase on Oriental Rug

 Cherries in Spode Blue Italian Transferware Bowl with Vase on Oriental Rug
14x18 inches / oil on canvas

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Overturned Apple Basket
20x16 inches / oil on canvas
This painting is reminiscent of an old world ambience and implies a romantic story of a languid day apple picking, perhaps laying in the long, cool grass while selecting those without bruises (which I always love to add to show transience in nature) and sampling the harvest.  With attempting to follow the trend away from classical realism toward contemporary realism, I'd abandoned so much of my work, this included, until Alex Perez requested a painting for his gallery's fall show. 
"Happy Autumn!"

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"The Fateful Temptation"
5x5 inches / oil on panel
Oh to ponder . . . that the fate of all mankind rested upon such a humble temptation . . . .

Spode Blue Italian Teacup with Trio of Cherries Little Gems Oil Paintings

Spode Blue Italian Teacup with Trio of Cherries
4x4 inches / oil on panel

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 "Apples 'n Lace"
12x24 inches / oil on canvas

 A delicate painting of red and golden Delicious apples arranged on a highly polished table.  The reflections within the surface add a lovely dimensional quality, all of which accentuate the gentle folds of a freshly pressed antique cotton tablecloth.  The hand embroidered cutwork lace with blue thread and embroidered netting edge are often found in antique linens. 

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Freshly Harvested Autumn Gold Apples in Rustic Bucket with Flies and Dripping Juice
20x16 inches / oil on canvas panel

Capturing the essence of Autumn in the country, this earthy, muted painting of a rustic setting with cracked stucco walls, farmhouse pine table, and juicy samplings from this bucket of “gold” recalls many crisp, clear days while we snapped apples off the trees in a hurry to fill our baskets and buckets. Thoughts of anticipation for the fragrance of warm apple pies wafting through the air brings a sense of familiar comfort.

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