Parma Personality

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Parma Personality 3

Pencil on Strathmore Eggshell

Size: W. 14.25″ X H. 16.75″
Date: January 19, 2013

I haven’t a clue who this person is. I often walk the streets of Parma, Italy and in so doing see many people that I would like to draw. Sometimes they are beautiful, other times simply interesting. In this case the subject turns out to be a real character. I have seen him on numerous occasions but finally on a side street, I engaged him in conversation, explained who I was and asked if I could take his photograph and draw his portrait. It would be an understatement to say that he was enthusiastic to pose for me. I sometimes have the idea to do a show consisting of all of those people I have drawn in the city of Parma. It would make for interesting viewing as I likely have more than thirty drawings digli popolo di Parma.


Ljublijana Flower Child

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Slovenia Street Friend Cropped 002


  • Florence South Carolina Statewide Exhibit 2008
  • York Artists Guild Annual Open Competition 2008,York, SC
  • South Carolina Watermedia Competition and Show, Myrtle Beach, SC 2008

Transparent Watercolor
on Arches 140# CP

Size: W. 12″ x H. 18.5″
Framed: W. 18″ x H. 25″
Date: February 27, 2008

I have visited Ljubljana, Slovenia about ten or more times. Over those years, I have taken at least ten photographs of this same individual. Whenever he sees me he immediately strikes a pose. Even though I can’t speak Slovene and neither can he speak English we have become friends.

Saturday Before Coffee, Self Portrait

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Painting of self in bathrobe 001

Watercolor on 140# Arches CP
Size: Image H. 14″ x W. 12″,


This is (or was) pretty much me. I really do look like this forst thing in the morning. This is my pose. It’s the way I sit. I favor this as a self-portrait because, more than just capturing a likeness (relatively easy to do) this one declares my personality.

It really was Saturday morning, we were living in Minnesota at the time and so I said to Jeanne to go get my camera and take a pic or two and this was it, a moment in time. Isn’t this one of the advantages of being an artist? We get to record our life journey in ways that a photographer does not. We get to interact with the image in a deep personal way that no one could understand except the artist himself.

In the collection of
Dr. Chuck and Bev Frankish
Kanata, Ontario


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Amy HaleyMonochromatic Watercolor on 140# Arches CP
Size: Unframed H. 12.5″ x W. 18″
Framed H. 22.5″ x 27.75″

My daughter in her customary “listening” posture. I like this one. In monochrome sepia mixed with burnt umber watercolor. I did the throw cover design with a mapping pen. Sometimes you just get lucky and I think this the case with this one. The light, subtleties in tone, everything just came out right.

In the collection of John and Amy Haley,


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Katelyn FB

StabiloCarbOthello 1400/670 Pencil with Derwent Chinese White 72B Pencil highlights on Strathmore 60-128 Velvet Gray Charcoal Paper

Size: W. 12″ X H. 13.25″
Date: February 27, 2012

Katelyn is another fellow student. She has the easel beside mine. I haven’t learned her last name yet.


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Charcoal on off white charcoal paper.
Size: H. 14″ x W. 10″
Date: January 11, 2010

About a year ago I painted a little girl by the name of Abby. You can see her picture here on this site. At that time, her mother Susan worked at Starbuck’s and that’s how we came to know one another.

Just recently, I was in Starbuck’s waiting for my wife while she took a swim at the local YMCA. Often, while I am drinking a coffee, I have my sketch pad and draw the patrons from table to table. Since I had no paper or pencil with me, I borrowed a ball point pen and on the back of a napkin drew a simple portrait of this young lady by the name of Gabriela. When my hour was up, I went my way and she went hers.

About a week later my friend Susan came in with Gabby in tow so after a conversation I asked Gabby if she would pose and she happily agreed.

In the collection of the artist.

Caesar Sangermani

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Caesar Sangermani

Terra Cotta Carb-Othello 645 and 670 Pastel Pencils on Canson Mi-Teintes

Size: W. 14.5″ X H. 19.5″
Date: January 3, 2013

In September I visited friends living in Liguria – the city of Chiavari. My friend Emile works for one of the oldest, family owned sailboat builders in Italy. On one of the days, Emile took me down to the marina and through the boat works. On the way out he said, “I want you to meet Caesar, the owner. He is a real character.” When I entered the dimly lit office, there he sat surrounded by sailing photographs, memorabilia and paraphernalia. Emile was right, Caesar is the kind of guy that would be difficult to hide. He has an old world air about him that seems to have placed him in the right kind of trade.

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