9×12 original pastel on sanded paper
A picture speaks a thousand words. This painting captures the essence of my oldest son. He is athletic and strong, but also intuitive. I painted this recently from an old photograph. Though I most like to paint from live models, that isn’t always very practical. I have a collection of “must paint someday” reference photos. It is amazing how much I remember once I start painting. I wanted the California rocks to come alive. The encircling waters of the Calaveras River are in the foreground and background.