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  • Assisi Morn - Acrylic on stretched canvas 30 X 40 Frame 35 X 45.  $300 plus shipping.

    Assisi Morn - Acrylic on stretched canvas 30 X 40 Frame 35 X 45. $300 plus shipping.

    A dreamlike haze envelops this side street in Umbria, Tuscanys gentle sister. A brilliant sunlit morning attempts to knife through the eerie sense of melancholy. A woman stands contemplating: yesterday, today, tomorrow?

  • Backstreet Solitaire - Acrylic on canvas 20 X 30 plus frame. $400 plus shipping.

    Backstreet Solitaire - Acrylic on canvas 20 X 30 plus frame. $400 plus shipping.

    The turn in the street creates a shady spot away from the mid-day heat. An angular female leans out on her apartment balcony to reflect. Toward the sun lies the work of the day and in the shadowy alley are thoughts of the cool, relaxed evening. Possibly a certain special someone will be at the piazza tonight and the days in the future will pass quickly, her living will be filled with life. So she prepares for their destined rendezvous. Maybe no soul will see her tonight or any night, and she will drudge away day after day just existing. Hope reigns.

  • Rustic Reclusion - Acrylic on Stretched canvas 20 X 30 $250 plus shipping.

    Rustic Reclusion - Acrylic on Stretched canvas 20 X 30 $250 plus shipping.

    The old rustic facade and weather-worn shutters across the window seem to hide the emotion behind their veil. A young woman looks down from her nest to contemplate the world beyond. What was, what is, what will be?

  • Sun-Drenched Hide Away - Acrylic on stretched canvas 30 X 40 plus frame. $325 plus shipping.  Sale pending.

    Sun-Drenched Hide Away - Acrylic on stretched canvas 30 X 40 plus frame. $325 plus shipping. Sale pending.

    Somewhere near Piazza Navona, the warm Roman sun splashes across the apartment building. A woman peers through the partially open window to the street beneath. Her form in shadow echoes the building as the angle of the sun foreshadows the cool of the evening. If someone below spots her, will she retreat to her private nest or move into the sun with a friendly ciao.

  • Tuscan Hill Town - Acrylic on stretched canvas 20 X 30 plus frame $250 plus shipping.

    Tuscan Hill Town - Acrylic on stretched canvas 20 X 30 plus frame $250 plus shipping.

    Warm tranquility fills the street in this Tuscan Hill town. A young woman stands in the shade of her doorway, not sure of venturing into the heat or remaining in the quiet cool of her father's home.

  • Albenco Cavelletto - Acrylic on stretched canvas 24 X 36 plus frame. SOLD

    Albenco Cavelletto - Acrylic on stretched canvas 24 X 36 plus frame. SOLD

    As I walked out of St Marks Piazza I came upon what appeared as a gondola parking lot. The hotel name was in the back. A guest appears in the window to check the scene before the costumed gondoliers appear for their daily fares.

  • Bad News - Oil on stretched canvas 20 X 30 plus frame.  $300 plus shipping.

    Bad News - Oil on stretched canvas 20 X 30 plus frame. $300 plus shipping.

    A disheveled young woman has received bad news. Distraught, she has run far away from others who would learn of her situation. Her faithful pet even keeps his distance, sensing her need for solitude.

  • Barcarolle - Acrylic on Hard board 32 X 24 plus frame.  $1500 plus shipping.

    Barcarolle - Acrylic on Hard board 32 X 24 plus frame. $1500 plus shipping.

    A cool and foggy day made Venice a mysterious space, few tourists moved about. We road the vaporetti and walked almost alone in many spots. In the windows of the two corner buildings can be seen lonely souls as my girl and I walk hand and hand on another of our great adventures.

  • Barrio Rosa - Acrylic on canvas 18" X 24" plus frame.  $280 plus shipping.

    Barrio Rosa - Acrylic on canvas 18" X 24" plus frame. $280 plus shipping.

    A woman peers through iron bars in the middle of Old Tucson.

  • Bremmer Refuge - Acrylic on stretched canvas 20 X 30 plus frame.  $250 plus shipping.

    Bremmer Refuge - Acrylic on stretched canvas 20 X 30 plus frame. $250 plus shipping.

    13th century Trostburg Castle is situated at Waidbruck between Bolzano and Chiusa at the Brenner Pass route through the lower Eisack valley in the South Tyrol district of Northern Italy. On our way through Austria to Munich from Cortina d Ampesso in the Dolomites we were stopped dead in our tracks by a snow storm. One could imagine brave hunters in a similar storm, returning to the castle with meat for the inhabitants.

  • Chiavenna Quitin' Time - SOLD

    Chiavenna Quitin' Time - SOLD

  • Chiavenna - Acrylic on canvas 24 X 36 plus frame.  $900 plus shipping.

    Chiavenna - Acrylic on canvas 24 X 36 plus frame. $900 plus shipping.

    Just across the Swiss/Italian border in the Alps, southwest of St. Moritz, is the Italian town of Chiavenna. This quaint spot in the region of Lombardy is where you grab the train for your trip through northern Italy. The Mera river from Switzerland flows through the center of town, then turns south. As the train travels south toward Milano it follows the river until it flows into Lake Como. The picturesque town of Chiavenna is a wonderful place to start your tour of Italy. I would love to return to do some open air sketching.

  • Cloistered Postulant -  18" X 24" plus frame.  $250 plus shipping.

    Cloistered Postulant - 18" X 24" plus frame. $250 plus shipping.

    Many allusions in various fictional stories I have read recently about the vows taken and the sacrifice given through the ages by young women and a trip to the cloister at the Toledo Museum of Art were the main inspirations for this painting.

  • Courtyard Gate and Girl - Acrylic on canvas 24X 36 plus Frame.  $900 plus shipping.

    Courtyard Gate and Girl - Acrylic on canvas 24X 36 plus Frame. $900 plus shipping.

    Away from the bustle of the house interior and the street beyond the gate a young girl finds a spot to read and dream.

  • Emmet's Turf - Acrylic on stretched canvas 36 X 48 plus frame.  $380 plus shipping.

    Emmet's Turf - Acrylic on stretched canvas 36 X 48 plus frame. $380 plus shipping.

    He knows who rules this place.

  • Georgetown Bower - Acrylic on canvas 24 X 30  SOLD.

    Georgetown Bower - Acrylic on canvas 24 X 30 SOLD.

    A strong old door, holds things out and may also hold things in.

  • Going Home - Acrylic on canvas 20 X 30 plus frame. $225 plus shipping.

    Going Home - Acrylic on canvas 20 X 30 plus frame. $225 plus shipping.

    Home from the shop, a loaf of bread, some cheese and a bottle of wine, she climbs the street and steps another time. Her kitchen waits, sauce on simmer and water in the pot ready for the pasta. Her mind recalls things that once occurred and those that never will.

  • Innsbruck in Snow - Acrylic on stretched canvas 20 X 24 plus frame.  $250 plus shipping.

    Innsbruck in Snow - Acrylic on stretched canvas 20 X 24 plus frame. $250 plus shipping.

    Waking up and opening the shade the woman looks out to notice the world she knows so well, disguised in a soft blanket of winter.

  • Jenna's World - 18" X 24" plus frame.  SOLD

    Jenna's World - 18" X 24" plus frame. SOLD

    What a beautiful day it is.

  • Lake Lugano - Acrylic and heavy textured impasto on stretched canvas, 18X24 plus frame.  $225 plus shipping.

    Lake Lugano - Acrylic and heavy textured impasto on stretched canvas, 18X24 plus frame. $225 plus shipping.

    Beside Lake Lugano along the Italian/Swiss border this impressive gate walls out access from the lake while creating a cloister to those who dwell within the property. The texture and pointalist strokes in this piece is reminiscent of van Gogh. I should try this technique again, for it pleases me.

  • Milano Wallflower - Acrylic on stretched canvas 26 X 48 plus frame.  $260 plus shipping.  Sale Pending.

    Milano Wallflower - Acrylic on stretched canvas 26 X 48 plus frame. $260 plus shipping. Sale Pending.

    On an evening stroll through the Brera district of Milan, bars and restaurants were full of people enjoying each others company. I turned several times down deserted streets. The layout seemed like a maze with no way out, then I saw a solitary person looking out to the quiet street; the music and laughter drifted up to her. Was she waiting for someone or just taking in the atmosphere below?

  • NOLA Garden District - Acrylic on stretched canvas 30" X 40" plus frame. $1500 plus shipping.

    NOLA Garden District - Acrylic on stretched canvas 30" X 40" plus frame. $1500 plus shipping.

  • Partners - Acrylic on stretched canvas 16 X 16 plus frame. $100 plus shipping.

    Partners - Acrylic on stretched canvas 16 X 16 plus frame. $100 plus shipping.

    Through an ancient arch in a backstreet somewhere in northern Italy, a woman has found a quiet place to sit and rest. She is joined by her old partner who stops for a petting before moving off to look for supper.

  • Picking Cherries - Watercolor and Mixed media, 10 X 13 Frame, 18 X 21.  $150 plus shipping.

    Picking Cherries - Watercolor and Mixed media, 10 X 13 Frame, 18 X 21. $150 plus shipping.

    After picking a bowl of Antrim Co. Michigan Cherries for a luncheon snack, a woman returns to the orchard to harvest some for friends and family.

  • Raspberry Gift - Watercolor and Mixed media 10 X 13, Mat and Frame with glass 18 X 21. $150 plus shipping.  Sold as a pair with Picking Cherries, $275 plus shipping.

    Raspberry Gift - Watercolor and Mixed media 10 X 13, Mat and Frame with glass 18 X 21. $150 plus shipping. Sold as a pair with Picking Cherries, $275 plus shipping.

    This Pair of mixed media works focus on the textures of some of summetimes' most delectable treats.

  • Quiet Companions - Acrylic on Stretched Canvas 18 X 24 plus rustic frame.  $225 plus shipping.

    Quiet Companions - Acrylic on Stretched Canvas 18 X 24 plus rustic frame. $225 plus shipping.

    Along the winding road between Lugano and Milan, built in the side of an outcropping is a disheveled dwelling. An older woman looks out at the cars and buses as they brush by in a hurry to get to popular sites. Her contented pose says where are you going? I am happy here in my home with my old friend. Of course, her comment is so much more lyrical in Italian.

  • Riverwalk Early Morn - Acrylic on stretched canvas 24" X 36" plus frame, $300 plus shipping.

    Riverwalk Early Morn - Acrylic on stretched canvas 24" X 36" plus frame, $300 plus shipping.

    Along the San Antonio River morning sun floods through the trees dappling the facade of the Mansion del Rio. A guest comes out on the balcony to observe a serene scene.

  • Sentinel - Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 30, plus frame.  -  Sold

    Sentinel - Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 30, plus frame. - Sold

    The sun warms the late afternoon. The masonry is warm and the shadows begin to creep across the old building. As a woman looks out, we puzzle at what we see. The raven sits, speaking low. Is she in comfort or does she feel the Sentinel is there to warn her? She needs only to close the shutter to escape to the safety of her ancient confines. Perhaps she will leave the space to join the rest of her neighbors already celebrating this wonderful day granted all by God.

  • Snow Bound - Acrylic on stretched canvas.  30 x 24 plus frame.  $290 plus shipping.

    Snow Bound - Acrylic on stretched canvas. 30 x 24 plus frame. $290 plus shipping.

    After an overnight snowfall, a young girl does her chores, including digging a path to the street. Her gated nest is along the street in Celerina, near the finish of the St. Moritz Bobrun. Perhaps her brothers will don the snowshoes and trod up the hill through the wood to hunt for game for the fondue at evening dinner.

  • The Caller - Acrylic on stretched canvas.  30" x 40" plus frame.  $300 plus shipping.

    The Caller - Acrylic on stretched canvas. 30" x 40" plus frame. $300 plus shipping.

    A caller taps at the apartment door. Perhaps the gift he bears will warm the young woman's heart.

  • Woman with Wine - Acrylic on stretched canvas.  24 x 35 plus frame.  -  Sold

    Woman with Wine - Acrylic on stretched canvas. 24 x 35 plus frame. - Sold

    In a door to the courtyard a young woman reflects on her day. A glass of vino rosso in hand and bare feet on the cool stone floor make a long day seem closed and the night ahead liberating. The lush foliage and her silky smooth form against the rough-hewn door and sun-baked stone walls are analogous to the two parts of the day.

  • Feeding the Herd - Acrylic on stretched canvas.  32 x 24 plus frame.  $400 plus shipping.

    Feeding the Herd - Acrylic on stretched canvas. 32 x 24 plus frame. $400 plus shipping.

    In Austria near a little village called Igls, we look down one range of mountains through the valley of the River Inn to another range of majestic peaks. In the Alps, cattle farm famlies all pitch in to care for the stock. This hardy woman leads the Belgian horse as he pulls the hay wain back to the warmth of the stable, the home and hearth.

  • During my days as a student the still life was used as a vehicle to study and develop style and technique in  creating many various surfaces. That subject in later days has helped in study and even as a warm up to get creative juices flowing. In this Collection are a wide range of techniques and objects, that span style and time, as well as many media.

    During my days as a student the still life was used as a vehicle to study and develop style and technique in creating many various surfaces. That subject in later days has helped in study and even as a warm up to get creative juices flowing. In this Collection are a wide range of techniques and objects, that span style and time, as well as many media.

  • Big Wheel - Graphite and Chalk on printed format. 12 X 18, frame 18 X 24. $50 plus shipping.

    Big Wheel - Graphite and Chalk on printed format. 12 X 18, frame 18 X 24. $50 plus shipping.

    A interesting sketch of a subject that spent many years around our house. A good piece for kids or racing fans.

  • Iris Study - Mixed media on paper.  5 X 10,  frame 14 X 18. Nice mat and frame.  $60 plus shipping.

    Iris Study - Mixed media on paper. 5 X 10, frame 14 X 18. Nice mat and frame. $60 plus shipping.

    Outside the studio door are a bunch of violet iris. They return each spring with their bright and cheerful form. This study was done to capture that form as gentle breezes shift it to and fro.

  •  Nature vs Nurture - Oil on stretched Canvas. 20 X 20 plus frame. $300 plus shipping.

    Nature vs Nurture - Oil on stretched Canvas. 20 X 20 plus frame. $300 plus shipping.

    Observation of potted plants on the patio brings to focus the analogy to people. The growth of the same genetic material can be radically improved or diminished by the quantity and quality of the nurturing.

  • Silver Study 69 & 09 - Graphite & Chalk on Gray paper. 7 X 9,  frame 13 X 14.  $125 ea. $225 for the pair, plus shipping.  The pair are displayed in antique frames.

    Silver Study 69 & 09 - Graphite & Chalk on Gray paper. 7 X 9, frame 13 X 14. $125 ea. $225 for the pair, plus shipping. The pair are displayed in antique frames.

    This pair come together in similar styled antique frames, though they were executed 40 years apart. Images of the young and older artist appear in the reflections on the sterling.

  • Sousa Concert - Oil on Stretched Canvas with collage. 30 X 40 plus frame. $350 plus shipping.

    Sousa Concert - Oil on Stretched Canvas with collage. 30 X 40 plus frame. $350 plus shipping.

    This study is a tribute to the great conductor and his music, so dear to many local musicians.

  •  Study in Red and Gray (Still Life 67AM Gilbert) - Oil on Canvas board 15 X 19, plus frame.  NOT FOR SALE.

    Study in Red and Gray (Still Life 67AM Gilbert) - Oil on Canvas board 15 X 19, plus frame. NOT FOR SALE.

    NOT FOR SALE. Contact the artist if you would like something to remind you of a loved one in your life. This study, done long ago, was one of my first experiments with pallet knife and impasto. The painting could also be titled "AM Gilbert," since the objects were important elements in my father's daily morning routine.

  • White Cross Breakfast - Oil on stretched canvas. 16 X 20 plus frame. $290 plus shipping.

    White Cross Breakfast - Oil on stretched canvas. 16 X 20 plus frame. $290 plus shipping.

    Morning light filtered by sheer curtains casts a cool blue veil across the silver, porcelain and glass objects in this delectable Austrian AM meal.

  • StillLife 68 - Watercolor with chalk and marker, 11 X 14. Frame 18 X 20. $75 plus shipping.

    StillLife 68 - Watercolor with chalk and marker, 11 X 14. Frame 18 X 20. $75 plus shipping.

    This early experiment in the media shows various textures before a checkered cloth.

  • Pine Oak/White Pine - Mixed Media on colored paper. 5.5 X 5.5, frame 18 X 18. $125 ea. $200 pair plus shipping.

    Pine Oak/White Pine - Mixed Media on colored paper. 5.5 X 5.5, frame 18 X 18. $125 ea. $200 pair plus shipping.

    These two sketches are a pair and capture the character and feel of two trees near my studio. The are matted and framed under glass.

  • Wine and Fruit Group - Group of four colored photos with various Photoshop adjustments. 4 X 5 ea. Matching  frames, 8 X 10 .  $40 each.  $150 for group of four, plus shipping.

    Wine and Fruit Group - Group of four colored photos with various Photoshop adjustments. 4 X 5 ea. Matching frames, 8 X 10 . $40 each. $150 for group of four, plus shipping.

  • Gilbert Quartet - Sold 2009

    Gilbert Quartet - Sold 2009

  • From the formal rules of the classic landscape through the more meditative Barbizon and Hudson River schools the landscape is a common subject of the artist. Landscape serves two purposes for me: it offers a logical background for figures and the creation helps me understand how the varied elements combine in a never-ending number of moods and feelings.

    From the formal rules of the classic landscape through the more meditative Barbizon and Hudson River schools the landscape is a common subject of the artist. Landscape serves two purposes for me: it offers a logical background for figures and the creation helps me understand how the varied elements combine in a never-ending number of moods and feelings.

    Arizona north and south Landscape - Acrylic on Canvas Sheet. 16 X 20, mat and frame 21 X 24 with n/g glass. $125 ea. Pair $200 plus shipping. This pair of paintings illustrates the many types of terrain to be marveled in Arizona. In the south near Phoenix, one can hike into the Tonto area and see ancient cliff dwellings and all the Sonoran plant life, including the awesome saguaro cactus. Up north, the Grand Canyon takes your breath away, especially if you go close to the rim.

  • Brown County - Acrylic on hard board, 32 X 24 plus frame.  $200 plus shipping.

    Brown County - Acrylic on hard board, 32 X 24 plus frame. $200 plus shipping.

    Brown County Indiana is so typical of Midwest charm. The area, filled with rolling, tree-covered hills is home for many artists and craftsmen. I was born in North Manchester and I still have a soft spot for Hoosier sensibility. This beautiful little lake nestled in front of our cabin is so peaceful. The autumn color splattered the pallet as I worked in a more traditional way with less impasto. The little town of Nashville, close to Bloomington, is just an hour or so south of Indianapolis.

  • Diamond Down - Acrylic on Canvas Sheet. 15 X 20, frame 20 X 28.  $190 plus shipping.

    Diamond Down - Acrylic on Canvas Sheet. 15 X 20, frame 20 X 28. $190 plus shipping.

    In the gondola moving up to the Continental Divide in Banff, I see four souls plummeting down the slope. We are near the tree line. The uniform swoosh of their line down the steep slope is truly inspiring.

  • Down the Divide - Acrylic on Canvas sheet. 10 X 20, mat and frame 20 X 30.  $185 plus shipping.

    Down the Divide - Acrylic on Canvas sheet. 10 X 20, mat and frame 20 X 30. $185 plus shipping.

    Above the tree line, on the continental divide at Sunshine Village near Banff Alberta Canada. Everything is white and all is very cold.

  • Home to Celerina - Acylic on stretched canvas. 24X36 plus frame. $285 plus shipping.

    Home to Celerina - Acylic on stretched canvas. 24X36 plus frame. $285 plus shipping.

    Reminiscent of Pieter Brueghel 1565 (Return of the Hunters). This locale is actually the 4th turn, called Sunny in The St. Moritz Bobrun. St. Moritz boasts over 300 days of sunshine each year. The birthplace of the sports of bobsleigh and skeleton. St. Moritz is the only natural track that hosts international competition. Each year track workers from Tyrol rebuild the old track. Host to the 1928 and 1948 Olympic Winter Games, the start is located in St. Moritz and winds over 1700 meters north to the finish in Celerina. St. Moritz has hosted the FIBT World Championships a record 17 times.

  • Independence - Acrylic  on hardboard. 24 X 32, plus frame. $225 plus shipping.

    Independence - Acrylic on hardboard. 24 X 32, plus frame. $225 plus shipping.

    Along the Maumee River in Defiance County, NE of the Independence Dam, is a park we have frequented for decades. Just a couple of miles down the road from my home and studio. The water flows, the trees are tall and it is easy to eke out a time alone with nature. Along the paved road that runs through the park is where my father taught me to drive our straight stick auto in the early 60s. This painting, with more palette knife than I've used in a long time, is just right to capture the autumn simplicity of this beloved spot.

  • Lake Lugano Villa - Oil on stretched canvas. 18X24 plus frame. $280 plus shipping.

    Lake Lugano Villa - Oil on stretched canvas. 18X24 plus frame. $280 plus shipping.

    I once sat at this beautiful spot in Lugano, Switzerland and had dinner. I remember thinking that it would be a great place for a home. So, I constructed a villa using Styrofoam and plaster, I lit it from the appropriate angle and drew my home. I then painted my vision into the background I had photographed years before. I would like to try this technique again when the situation arises.

  • Michigan Lookout - Acrylic on hard board. 32 X 24 plus frame. $150 plus shipping.

    Michigan Lookout - Acrylic on hard board. 32 X 24 plus frame. $150 plus shipping.

    Through the pine and birch we spot a woman waiting for the distant ship to come in or to disappear over the horizon.

  • Lazy Lake I & II - Acrylic on hard board. 11 X 24 plus frame. Pair $190,  $100 each, plus shipping.

    Lazy Lake I & II - Acrylic on hard board. 11 X 24 plus frame. Pair $190, $100 each, plus shipping.

    If this pair looks like it fits together, that's because they once were. The composition of the single panel was not satisfactory, so I split it into two separate panels.

  • San Giorgio Maggiore  - Acrylic on stretched canvas. 20X30 plus gold frame. $500 plus shipping.

    San Giorgio Maggiore - Acrylic on stretched canvas. 20X30 plus gold frame. $500 plus shipping.

    This panel was done through emphasis on the blue/green analogous color scheme. Low intensity neutrals accent the main palette. The location is looking from the area near San Marco in Venice. On a blustery day the gondola bob about as they and their operators wait eagerly for the wind to ease and fares to return to the canals.

  • Southwestern Artist - Acrylic on canvas panel. 8" x 10" plus frame. $130 plus shipping.

    Southwestern Artist - Acrylic on canvas panel. 8" x 10" plus frame. $130 plus shipping.

    So completely transfixed on the desert flora, this dedicated artist doesn't seem to see the au naturel fauna perched just out of his frame.

  • Vision Venizia - Graphite, Conte and Charcoal on colored paper. 11 X 14, mat and frame 14 X 20. $110 plus shipping.

    Vision Venizia - Graphite, Conte and Charcoal on colored paper. 11 X 14, mat and frame 14 X 20. $110 plus shipping.

    This composite design shows several aspects of Venice in one composition. In the background, with the gothic arched windows is Palazzo Bernardo along the Canal. At the bottom is San Giorgio Maggiore as viewed through morning fog from Piazza San Marco. Several other iconic symbols of the watery city are the striped (barber pole) mooring posts (palina) at the Palazzo door, the baroque lamp posts and the tall column topped by the Lion of St. Mark. The antique frame finishes the work nicely.

  • White Cross Window - Acylic on stretched canvas, 30 x 40 plus frame.  $350 plus shipping.

    White Cross Window - Acylic on stretched canvas, 30 x 40 plus frame. $350 plus shipping.

    Out the window of this ancient hotel in Innsbruck Austria we see the backs of the buildings of Old Town. Just a few steps from the famous Gold Roof, this Inn was established in 1465. Many distinguished guests have stayed here. As we look out the window we ponder the lives of the neighbors must be interesting. "We are well, thank God. We are lodging at the Weisses Kreuz," wrote Leopold Mozart to his wife in December 1769 on his way to Italy together with his son Wolfgang Amadeus.

  • Birds are interesting subjects. Their form and color are varied, yet similar. Birds are often labels for the places they call home. When traveling, one easily recognizes the foreign environment and I often say when away from home,"Hey, what kind of bird is that?"  I then take some snapshots and turn them into art works when I get back in the Studio.

    Birds are interesting subjects. Their form and color are varied, yet similar. Birds are often labels for the places they call home. When traveling, one easily recognizes the foreign environment and I often say when away from home,"Hey, what kind of bird is that?" I then take some snapshots and turn them into art works when I get back in the Studio.

  • Aerie Return - Giclee print of an Artist Oil ( 5' X 10').  It is 8 X 15, mat and frame 16 X 22.  1/21 signed.  $50 plus shipping.

    Aerie Return - Giclee print of an Artist Oil ( 5' X 10'). It is 8 X 15, mat and frame 16 X 22. 1/21 signed. $50 plus shipping.

    This 21 print series of prints was done as a promotion for a commission I did for a fraternal service organization. The Eagle is a magnificent bird of prey. I have special interest in the great bird because of its nesting locations in and around my studio.

  • American Goldfinch - SOLD

    American Goldfinch - SOLD

  • Arizona Birds - Mixed media on paper. 8" X 8". Shadowbox frames under glass 16" X 16". $250 ea. $400 pair, plus shipping.

    Arizona Birds - Mixed media on paper. 8" X 8". Shadowbox frames under glass 16" X 16". $250 ea. $400 pair, plus shipping.

    Both of these birds are highly recognized inhabitants of the southwest's unique flora and fauna. The Quail prance through the desert and suburban landscape, sometimes in family caravans. The Cactus Wren deftly darts in and out of thorny plants, making it the Arizona state bird.

  • Banff Banquet - Mixed Media. 8X8.  Mat and black frame, 16X16. $45 plus shipping.

    Banff Banquet - Mixed Media. 8X8. Mat and black frame, 16X16. $45 plus shipping.

    Driving through Banff National Park, west of Calgary, Alberta Canada, a Great Gray Owl crashed into the van in front of us. The bird was stunned momentarily and that afforded me a real opportunity to study the great bird ( I thought of how Audubon would have used this moment) so I took some photos and began to sketch. When the bird regained its senses and flew off, I could feel the power in the beat of the wings. Ill never forget the experience.

  • Barberry Bower - SOLD

    Barberry Bower - SOLD

  • Birds with an Attitude - Mixed Media. 11X14,  Black Frame and Mat 18X 22. $170 ea. $300 pair, plus shipping.

    Birds with an Attitude - Mixed Media. 11X14, Black Frame and Mat 18X 22. $170 ea. $300 pair, plus shipping.

    Their noisy rambunctious spirit, along with their dramatic coloration, make these birds command attention, if not from humans, from the rest of the bird world.

  • Canadian Rocky Mountain Birds. - Mixed Media on paper Canadian Bird Pair 10X10,  Mats and Frames 19X19. $380 ea. $700 pair, plus shipping.

    Canadian Rocky Mountain Birds. - Mixed Media on paper Canadian Bird Pair 10X10, Mats and Frames 19X19. $380 ea. $700 pair, plus shipping.

    These two birds of Western Canada are eye catching to visitors from the midwest. Their appearance is so foreign. The Clarks Nutcracker, according to a Ranger in Banff National Park, is responsible for the unique clumps of Whitebark Pine found throughout the Canadian Rockies. The birds cache the seeds and when they don't eat them, the cache becomes a Whitebark nursery. The Grossbeak is soft gray with accents of strong rust.

  • Common Midwest Songbirds - Mixed Media. 11X14, Gold Mat and Frames under glass, 18X22. $190 ea. $350 pair, plus shipping.

    Common Midwest Songbirds - Mixed Media. 11X14, Gold Mat and Frames under glass, 18X22. $190 ea. $350 pair, plus shipping.

    Birds common to most in the midwest are the first to catch your eye and ear when they hang around the feeder.

  • Soar in Peace - Mixed media Sketch. 6X9, Frame 11X 14. $75 plus shipping.

    Soar in Peace - Mixed media Sketch. 6X9, Frame 11X 14. $75 plus shipping.

    In 2007, The Eagles of Defiance returned to the artist and commissioned a second oil on canvas to be donated to the new Hospice Center on North SR 66 in Defiance OH. This piece was done in preparation for that commision.

  • The human figure, more than any other form, speaks to that which every man can understand. The subtle shift of posture or expression can be read by babies, let alone experienced observers of human behavior. All theatre audiences instinctively know when an actor gets  the part right, it does not take an expert in the drama to see when a role portrayal is phoney. I have always been interested in the human figure and it plays an important part in my art.

    The human figure, more than any other form, speaks to that which every man can understand. The subtle shift of posture or expression can be read by babies, let alone experienced observers of human behavior. All theatre audiences instinctively know when an actor gets the part right, it does not take an expert in the drama to see when a role portrayal is phoney. I have always been interested in the human figure and it plays an important part in my art.

  • Abduction - Oil on canvas. 16 X 34 plus frame. $225 plus shipping.

    Abduction - Oil on canvas. 16 X 34 plus frame. $225 plus shipping.

    A favorite sculpture of the artist has always been Giambolognas Rape of the Sabine Women. The swirling form stands in the Loggia dei Lanzi adjacent to the Uffizi in Florence, Italy. Using that sculpture as my base, I painted this oil.

  • Alex Reading - Watercolor  14 X 20, frame 18 X 28. $290 plus shipping.

    Alex Reading - Watercolor 14 X 20, frame 18 X 28. $290 plus shipping.

    Young Alex (the artist's son) sits for his father on a winter day when school had been cancelled for weather. The sun, however, came out after the storm the night before and flooded the room with light. Alex sits calmly reading, even though his free time has been robbed by his father's modeling assignment.

  • Amore at Vanderbilt - Chalk and Conte Crayon with Charcoal on Blue Paper.  9 X 12, frame 16 X 20.

    Amore at Vanderbilt - Chalk and Conte Crayon with Charcoal on Blue Paper. 9 X 12, frame 16 X 20.

    On a lazy weekday afternoon the artist stopped to sketch at one of the many "Gilded Age" mansions that are dotted along the Hudson River in Dutchess Co. NY. On the west portico a couple came together and were captured in this sketch. Just prior to the conclusion of this tryst a security guard came to the door and informed all that the mansion grounds had been closed for an hour and all would have to leave immediately.

  • Brian - Graphite on paper. 12X18, frame 18X24. $45 plus shipping.

    Brian - Graphite on paper. 12X18, frame 18X24. $45 plus shipping.

    A drawing class student model.

  • Caryatids - Acrylic on Illustration Board. 8 X 10 plus frame. $60 plus shipping.

    Caryatids - Acrylic on Illustration Board. 8 X 10 plus frame. $60 plus shipping.

    Caryatids, made most famous by the Greek Porch of the Maidens in Athens, are figures (usually female) carved as columns and used for, or to represent, support. These were done as a study for a commission.

  • The Fighter - Acrylic on Illustration Board. 9 X 12, frame 13X16. $40 plus shipping.

    The Fighter - Acrylic on Illustration Board. 9 X 12, frame 13X16. $40 plus shipping.

    Aggression and self defense.

  • Mother and Child - Oil  on Hardboard.  6 X 24 plus frame. $275 plus shipping.

    Mother and Child - Oil on Hardboard. 6 X 24 plus frame. $275 plus shipping.

    This panel is reminiscent of renaissance Madonna paintings. The preparation of the board was meticulously crosshatched using black gesso and a 4 brush. The resulting texture of the ground and the dry brush technique gives the illusion of the work being done on linen. I am sure this will be a style I return to, for the soft feel it creates in the figures.

  • Nude Away - Conte and charcoal on colored paper. 7 X 11, frame 11X16. $110 plus shipping.

    Nude Away - Conte and charcoal on colored paper. 7 X 11, frame 11X16. $110 plus shipping.

    Since even before the discovery of Venus of Willendorf brought the subject to prominence, mankind has been, one might say, obsessed with the female figure. It seems that we have always been strongly taken by the many feelings conjured by the form. With an image so powerful to humans, an artist is obliged to study and use it for making art.

  • Ode to Fiely - Acrylic on canvas with modeling paste. 24 X 48 plus frame. NOT FOR SALE.

    Ode to Fiely - Acrylic on canvas with modeling paste. 24 X 48 plus frame. NOT FOR SALE.

    Several years ago we purchased a painting, "Women Musicians" by Doug Fiely, a prominent Ohio Artist. We now own three of his pieces. Doug and I have a lot in common, both attended Bowling Green State University in the late 60s, both have been live performers in music and we both taught Art in public school as well as at the college. This ode to Fiely echoes his style and includes a likeness of him as leader of the band.

  • Old Rocker -Watercolor, Pen and Ink. 10 X 14, frame 17X 21. $55 plus shipping.

    Old Rocker -Watercolor, Pen and Ink. 10 X 14, frame 17X 21. $55 plus shipping.

    This image expresses the soul of those who continue to put themselves before the public to perform. Their aspirations not the same, along with their vocal cords. They adapt and still give 'em what they want.

  • Paul - Mixed Media and collage on Paper. 12X18, mat and frame18X20. $50 plus shipping.

    Paul - Mixed Media and collage on Paper. 12X18, mat and frame18X20. $50 plus shipping.

    This cubist style drawing contains several visual elements that remind us of one of the Fab Four.

  • Reading - Oil  on canvas. 24 X 32 plus gold frame. $225 plus shipping.

    Reading - Oil on canvas. 24 X 32 plus gold frame. $225 plus shipping.

    Years ago I took a photo when my daughter and wife were at this age. The two of them were in a hammock by the pool. The image stayed in my mind because of what the body language said about pure contentedness, a state not always experienced in the effort to raise children.

  • Slalom - Acrylic and paste on stretched canvas. 24X36 plus red metal frame. $280 plus shipping.

    Slalom - Acrylic and paste on stretched canvas. 24X36 plus red metal frame. $280 plus shipping.

    Contrasting the reckless abandon of the downhill the slalom is a ballet of rhythmic pulses, poles and gates flailing, snow and ice spraying, a blur of intense motion and awe-inspiring athleticism.

  • The Catch - Acrylic on canvas. 18 X 24 plus frame. $90 plus shipping.

    The Catch - Acrylic on canvas. 18 X 24 plus frame. $90 plus shipping.

    This abstract figure and background exhibits the athleticism and concentration in making the big catch in the midst of competition.

  • Throw it High - Graphite and chalk on colored paper. 7 X 10, frame 12X15. $50 plus shipping.

    Throw it High - Graphite and chalk on colored paper. 7 X 10, frame 12X15. $50 plus shipping.

    Our son Eric spent most of his youth throwing some object, his efforts were a study in mechanics, his entire body was involved in getting the greatest distance and accuracy.

  • Self Portrait Frown - Graphite and Charcoal. 9 X 12, frame 14X 18. $100 plus shipping.

    Self Portrait Frown - Graphite and Charcoal. 9 X 12, frame 14X 18. $100 plus shipping.

  • Self Portrait Smile - Graphite and Conte Crayon. 12 X 16, Mat 16X20. $100 plus shipping.

    Self Portrait Smile - Graphite and Conte Crayon. 12 X 16, Mat 16X20. $100 plus shipping.

  • Wall Street - Oil on canvas. 24 X 42 plus frame. $275 plus shipping.

    Wall Street - Oil on canvas. 24 X 42 plus frame. $275 plus shipping.

    The combination of classical forms and fanciful images creates a panel that could be described somewhere between amusing and troubling.

  • Woman's Work - Acrylic on stretched canvas. 20 X 24 plus frame. $250 plus shipping.

    Woman's Work - Acrylic on stretched canvas. 20 X 24 plus frame. $250 plus shipping.

    This painting expresses the powerful role of a woman behind many of man's great accomplishments.

  • 1990 Defiance Community Auditorium Commission

    1990 Defiance Community Auditorium Commission

    The two great figures on either side of the lobby, Disciplino to the north (top left), Inspiratia to the south (top right), represent the separate, yet necessary thought processes involved in creative achievement. Individually and together, they depict how we solve problems, make decisions and accomplish what we consider to be our greatest achievements. The panels above the doors represent ancient history (bottom left) and modern history (bottom right).

  • Defiance Communty Auditorium 8' x 10' Disciplino

    Defiance Communty Auditorium 8' x 10' Disciplino

    Disciplino personifies LEFT BRAIN strengths, the systemic, the serious, the logical; the traditional approach. He sits on a stone chair held by bent-over figures and books, representing discipline's inhibitions.

  • Defiance Communty Auditorium 8' x 10' Inspiratia

    Defiance Communty Auditorium 8' x 10' Inspiratia

    Inspiratia symbolizes RIGHT BRAIN strengths, the new, the intuitive, the visionary; she is enthusiastic and expressive. She is a flowing-haired female who clutches a globe against a lighter background, signifying the dawning of new ideas.

  • North Door  Ancient History Panel 5 X 8

    North Door Ancient History Panel 5 X 8

    As the images suggest, vision inspired man to create the post and lintel from the example of the palm tree's trunk and branch; that led to the stone column and roof, then the arch, then the dome. In similar fashion, stories became rituals, rituals became dances, and dances influenced plays. The cave became a dwelling, the dwelling a house, and the house a meeting hall, a temple, a theatre, a cathedral.

  • South Door  Modern History Panel 5 X 8

    South Door Modern History Panel 5 X 8

    The symbol became the spoken word, which became the printed word; the discovery that electricity could transmit words via the telegraph led to mass communication - which, in our own time, has inspired the hope of communicating with other worlds via spacecraft like the Voyager probe. On an individual level, too, we strive for immortality. An early Stone Age artist claimed it with a handprint and animal images on a cave wall. For us, artistic expression seeks to claim it by conveying our uniqueness to present and future generations.

  •  VFW Post  3360 Post Hall 40' Mural

    VFW Post 3360 Post Hall 40' Mural

    The privilege to me as an artist was to capture, with deep respect, the awesome accomplishments of veterans. The Panels indicate the risks taken, the materials used, the climatic environments and eras in which America's fighting men conquered their fears to keep America safe for democracy. I couldn't possibly depict all of the millions who served, nor an illustration of the trillions of dollars spent for equipment and weapons. These panels, held together by the symbol of our freedom, express the intensity and perseverance of our fighting troops. The panels represent the various services. Each is a synthesis of the many they represent.

  • Panel  I  - PLUGGING THE GAP CHATEAU-THIERRY WORLD WAR I  1914-1918. 6 X 8 Stretched Linen, Framed

    Panel I - PLUGGING THE GAP CHATEAU-THIERRY WORLD WAR I 1914-1918. 6 X 8 Stretched Linen, Framed

    This member of the Third Division Marines carrying his Lee-Enfield Rifle, fights over Barricades to drive the Germans back across the Marne River and hold the bridges in the French town of Chateau-Thierry. This prevented the enemy from moving into Paris and changed the outcome of the war.

  • Panel 2 - THE VIGIL:  Keeping the Seas Free   WORLD WAR II 1939-1945. 6 X 8 Stretched Linen, Framed.

    Panel 2 - THE VIGIL: Keeping the Seas Free WORLD WAR II 1939-1945. 6 X 8 Stretched Linen, Framed.

    This navy lookout scans the horizon for the enemy from above and below. His cargo ship moves precious supplies and equipment to our fighting forces on foreign shores.

  • Panel 3 _ ANSWERING THE CALL ACROSS THE PACIFIC.  Korea 1950-1952 and Vietnam 1955-1975. 6 X 8. Stretched Linen, Framed.

    Panel 3 _ ANSWERING THE CALL ACROSS THE PACIFIC. Korea 1950-1952 and Vietnam 1955-1975. 6 X 8. Stretched Linen, Framed.

    An infantryman of this period trudges through rough terrain, his hands grasp his M-14 weapon, constantly aware of the dangers facing freedom.

  • Panel 4 - THUNDER FROM ABOVE. Americas Finest Step Up !  Desert Storm 1991 - The Balkans 1999 - Iraq  2002-11 - Afghanistan to present.

    Panel 4 - THUNDER FROM ABOVE. Americas Finest Step Up ! Desert Storm 1991 - The Balkans 1999 - Iraq 2002-11 - Afghanistan to present.

    This door gunner braves enemy fire and brandishes his M60 machine gun. He represents the thousands of Americans in uniform who joined forces with troops from other nations to protect and defend our vital interest in the world.

  • Theatrical Design

    Theatrical Design

    Throughout my career in education I spent much of my creative effort in Theatre. My Art background helped when it came to the set design.This design was created for The Miss Ohio Scholarship Pageant in the 90s. The entire project from concept through mechanical drawings to construction was my responsibility. The outcome was quite rewarding. I received raves for the design and several follow-up commissions.

  • Showin' Ohio Show Boat

    Showin' Ohio Show Boat

    This Mixed Media Artist's drawing of the 19th century riverboat bow was approved by the pageant Governors.

  • Showin' Ohio Show Boat Set

    Showin' Ohio Show Boat Set

    This photo was taken of the set during rehearsal.

  • The New Millenium with Starship Ohio

    The New Millenium with Starship Ohio

    This Mixed Media Artist's drawing of the second Act opening reveals the set after it transformed before the eyes of the audience.

  • Starship Ohio

    Starship Ohio

    Photo of the actual set during production.

  • Stonehenge the New Millenium

    Stonehenge the New Millenium

    Photo during production.

  • Eagles Liberty Meeting Hall -  5 X 10 Oil on stretched canvas

    Eagles Liberty Meeting Hall - 5 X 10 Oil on stretched canvas

    This oil on stretched canvas, entitled "Aerie Retreat" was commissioned by The Defiance Eagles Post as a mural for the large meeting hall in their new home On the corner of Perry St. and Second St. in Defiance, Ohio. The background mountain and tree landscape was taken from the many photos taken by the artist on his world travel. The eagle is a compilation drawn from several photos, some taken of the regal birds nesting along the Maumee River near the artist's home and studio. Several framed Giclee prints were also made and used in the fund raising for the project. In 2007, The Eagles of Defiance returned to the artist and commissioned another Oil on canvas to be donated to the new Hospice Center on North State Route 66 in Defiance, Ohio.

  • An illustration is an artistic visualization presented as a drawing, painting, print  or other work of art. Normally it is created to elucidate or express sensual information (such as a story, poem, article or process) by providing a visual representation graphically.

    An illustration is an artistic visualization presented as a drawing, painting, print or other work of art. Normally it is created to elucidate or express sensual information (such as a story, poem, article or process) by providing a visual representation graphically.

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  • Decathlon

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  • Hidden Hills Development

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  • Station Park - Clinton Street, Defiance, Ohio

  • The Arts ET

  • The Creative Process

  • World Cup Bobsled

  • Albenco Cavelletto - Sold 2011

    Albenco Cavelletto - Sold 2011

  • American Goldfinch - Sold 2010

    American Goldfinch - Sold 2010

  • Barberry Bower - Sold 2009

    Barberry Bower - Sold 2009

  • Chiavenna Quitin' Time - Sold 2008

    Chiavenna Quitin' Time - Sold 2008

  • Georgetown Bower - Sold 2011

    Georgetown Bower - Sold 2011

  • Jenna's World - Sold 2012

    Jenna's World - Sold 2012

  • Ocean Springs - Sold 2011

    Ocean Springs - Sold 2011

  • On this Rock - Sold 2008

    On this Rock - Sold 2008

  • Peaks to Palms - Sold 2007

    Peaks to Palms - Sold 2007

  • St. Moritz to Celerina - Sold 2010

    St. Moritz to Celerina - Sold 2010

  • Windswept - Sold 2009

    Windswept - Sold 2009

  • 1954 - Our Family outside our home in North Manchester, Indiana.

    1954 - Our Family outside our home in North Manchester, Indiana.

  • 1964 - Elf & the Dwarfs. Tom is the singer. J.Herder, guitar; D. McDonald (DUDE), on base.

    1964 - Elf & the Dwarfs. Tom is the singer. J.Herder, guitar; D. McDonald (DUDE), on base.

  • 1967 - Tom, Linda Barnett and Mr. Tom Born look over some poster designs.

    1967 - Tom, Linda Barnett and Mr. Tom Born look over some poster designs.

  • 1975 - Art teacher in Hicksville. Ohio. That suit got paint all over it but I tried to be a professional.

    1975 - Art teacher in Hicksville. Ohio. That suit got paint all over it but I tried to be a professional.

  • 1977 - Prism was the group and man did we Rock!

    1977 - Prism was the group and man did we Rock!

  • 1980s - Working on a commissioned piece for a local business

    1980s - Working on a commissioned piece for a local business

  • 1980s - Commemorative portrait as auditorium is dedicated upon RB Leuthold retirement.

    1980s - Commemorative portrait as auditorium is dedicated upon RB Leuthold retirement.

  • 1984 - Sketching at the Vanderbilt, Hyde Park, NY.

    1984 - Sketching at the Vanderbilt, Hyde Park, NY.

  • 1985 - Preparing the canvas for a scenic backdrop.

    1985 - Preparing the canvas for a scenic backdrop.

  • 1985 - Set design newspaper promotion.

    1985 - Set design newspaper promotion.

  • E. Johansen, Crew, TY SPRAGUE DESIGNER, Alex Sprague, Paul Schumm. 1990 Miss Ohio Set Construction.

    E. Johansen, Crew, TY SPRAGUE DESIGNER, Alex Sprague, Paul Schumm. 1990 Miss Ohio Set Construction.

  • 1990 - Backdrop creation with student Sean Henry.

    1990 - Backdrop creation with student Sean Henry.

  • 1991 - VFW promo for mural.

    1991 - VFW promo for mural.

  • 1992 - Teacher of the Year.

    1992 - Teacher of the Year.

  • 25th Wedding Anniversary - Tom and Cindi

    25th Wedding Anniversary - Tom and Cindi

  • 2006 - Chicago Architecture Tour

    2006 - Chicago Architecture Tour

  • 2006 - Grand Canyon Railroad Tour

    2006 - Grand Canyon Railroad Tour

  • 2006 - Innsbruck Austria

    2006 - Innsbruck Austria

  • 2006 - San Marco, Venice

    2006 - San Marco, Venice

  • 2007 - Our son Alex.  This was captured after a crash of the bobsled during the World Cup World Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland.  Many of our tours were planned around World Cup events.

    2007 - Our son Alex. This was captured after a crash of the bobsled during the World Cup World Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Many of our tours were planned around World Cup events.

  • 2007 - Milano Duomo

    2007 - Milano Duomo

  • 2007 - Tom sharing the Christmas Spirit

    2007 - Tom sharing the Christmas Spirit

  • 2008 - Banff, Alberta, Canada skiing on the Continental Divide.

    2008 - Banff, Alberta, Canada skiing on the Continental Divide.

  • 2008 - Seattle Queen Anne District

    2008 - Seattle Queen Anne District

  • 2008 - We make music during the Holidays

    2008 - We make music during the Holidays

  • 2011 - TYS in Studio

    2011 - TYS in Studio

  • 2012 - The Sprague Family at New Years

    2012 - The Sprague Family at New Years

  • Your painting of the Northern Italian Highlights is THE most beautiful, meaningful, amazing surprise ever!!!! Thank you so much for creating it for us. It is on our wall; we decided to keep it in Vermont as a bridge to our Italian life. You really captured it....and me. You are so talented. Peg and Angelo Dorta, Vermont.

  • Your painting, Chiavenna Quittin' Time, has been hanging up and receiving rave compliments for nearly two years now! We are LOVING the painting and having so much fun explaining the story behind it to all who ask and compliment us on it. Bill and Bonnie Gaeth, Naperville, IL.

  • The painting, Gilbert Quartet is well-suited to our music room - the heart of our home. The depth of the painting and the juxtaposition of the instruments attracted me to this painting. Paul and Daria Sulpizio, Ohio

  • The pair of paintings we purchased last year have become a part of our home. We like to share the personal story of your discovery of the place they represent. We always enjoy exchanging travel stories with others. Rita and Jim Meier, Ohio.

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