Oil Studies

oil studiesFeb 2015 – I’ve been working on some oil studies in the studio lately. It’s been a fun way to get some work done in the studio while I conjure up some themes and imagery for my next series of original works.

I chose a couple of Jack Levine paintings for my oil studies, concentrating on color, paint application and learning from one of my favorite painters of all time. Jack Levine was a supremely talented painter who grew up in Boston and was classically trained, adoring the works of Velasquez and Titian.  He was collected by the Met in New York and his career of figurative satirical works was soon derailed by the rise of abstract expressionism.

Undaunted, he never changed his style, continuing to paint biting satires lampooning politicians from both sides of the aisle, and such luminaries as Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley.

This weekend I’ll be working on another Jack Levine painting study, this time his 1960 painting ‘The Princess‘. I love how he captures light with his brush work.  Look for an update on my next oil studies soon, and if you haven’t checked it out yet, take a look at your opportunity to commission a painting from me!


Here’s an in-progress look at The Princess oil study: