>My art

>People seemed to respond the best to my art in my last blog, so I thought I would show all of the pieces that I have saved on my computer. Most people were exposed to my art a few years ago while I was working on a portrait of Jonathan Knight as a gift, which he still has as far as I know. Some people thought I was making it up, that I wasn’t really working with my mouth, that it was really my brother doing it, etc. Yeah, I heard about you. You know who you are. So I had my brother take pictures while I was actually doing the work. To dispel any doubts, here you go.

Blending Jon’s forehead.

Still blending Jon’s forehead.

There you go. If there are still any doubts, I will post a video. There’s nothing I hate more than being called a liar or a fraud!


Artistic talent runs in my family. My mother and father were both professional quality artists. My brother is too. The same goes for my paternal grandfather and I was lucky enough to be sent some examples of his paintings after he died. Here are two of them.


Study of Renaissance art.

For me, I was trained by my maternal grandmother first in drawing and watercolors beginning when I was about 4-years-old. She taught me figure drawing, perspective, light and shadow, etc. I was drawing and painting before I was reading and writing. I did a watercolor when I was 6-years-old of a silhouette of a wheat field in sunlight that was hung in Shriner’s Hospital in St. Louis, where I grew up, and my grandmother entered me in several local art contests. I guess she was a little bit of a stage mother about it.

As I grew up, I broke away from her teaching a bit because she was all about nature, whereas I much preferred portraiture. I was much more comfortable with and better at people in my work. I developed myself into a charcoal artist and pretty much abandoned watercolors by the time I was about 10-years-old. I had no formal training until I was in high school. My art instructor was a professional artist and really worked with me on developing my strengths. He wanted to see me become a professional portrait artist and he was hoping I would go to the Chicago Art Institute but I could not afford the tuition. It was in high school that I learned to use professional quality colored pencils and acrylic paint. Some of my pieces were exhibited in traveling galleries and a museum director said I shouldn’t accept anything less than a $400 fee for my work.

Since high school, I have made some money doing portrait work but this is not the eighteenth and nineteenth century where portrait artists could actually support themselves in their profession. Interest in art just isn’t there anymore. I’m living in the wrong century! Now I use art as a creative outlet as opposed to trying to earn a living. I still feel most comfortable with charcoal work but I have begun teaching myself oil painting this year and I find that very easy as if …. wait for it …. I have been an oil painter in previous lifetimes.

Here are examples of my work that I have on my computer.

An unfinished stage of the Jon portrait.

Jonathan Knight. Charcoal on paper. (Camera washed it out.)

Lying Girl. Charcoal on paper.

The Goddess. Colored pencil on paper.

Lovers. Charcoal on paper.

Africa. Acrylics on canvas. (Sorry it’s blurry.)

Kevin Richardson. Charcoal on paper. (Sorry it’s blurry.)

Cruising Couple. Commission. Charcoal on paper.

Venice. Acrylics on paper.

Freehand Flower. Watercolor pencil on paper.

Civil War soldiers. Page from my sketchbook. Charcoal on paper.

Civil War soldier. Page from my sketchbook. Charcoal on paper.

Native American Lovers. Colored pencil on paper.

Maine. Colored pencil on paper.

Scarlett and Rhett. Unfinished. Charcoal on paper.

Woman. Page from my sketchbook. Charcoal on paper.

Dreaming Images. Page from my sketchbook. Charcoal on paper.

So there you have it. My portfolio is like 12-years-old and being held together by duct tape so I don’t feel much like digging for other pieces right now. All of my old sketchbooks are in storage too. I’ve been doing studies of Impressionist painting this year since that is my favorite artistic movement, but I’m not an Impressionist painter. I’m more of a Realism or Neoclassical or Rococo painter.

Here is my current project.

My current project.
This is what it will look like. I’m studying Monet.

4 responses to “>My art”

  1. Anonymous says:

    >Wow! Nice work. I took art, but I can't do anything like that.

  2. MoonDog says:

    >wow. that is some awesome artwork. My Sophie loves to draw but doesnt do with her mouth. she holds pencil between fingers 3 and 4 and her palm is up. she is still very young but we love her artworks. some of them really crack us up.

  3. Jennifer says:

    >What amazing talent you have!!! Your artwork is remarkable!!! I, too, am quite fond of the work done by Impressionists, although it is not my forte with regards to my own painting. 🙂 Thank you for posting a blog about your work & allowing us the opportunity to see more of what you've done…you honestly inspire me! Kudos to you for all you do!!!

  4. Pettles says:

    >Damn JJ, you're very talented! Awesome! (Especially the Jon portrait!)

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