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I specialize in painting pastel portraits and figures. I strive to capture likeness, character and the subtle changes in position that convey mood. I paint adults and children alike and am now working on commission: Contact Me.

If you would like to commission a portrait or landscape or other subject, or if you are interested in purchasing completed works, please contact me at this address: galleryfelix@gmail.com. I work from photo references and will work with customers to choose the right photo; so subjects don’t need to sit still for hours!

If you are interested in receiving updates on my paintings and reading my musings, excerpts from my short stories, check out my blog. I will post my latest paintings along with creative commentary on a regular basis.

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An Anniversary!!

An Anniversary!!

Here are some of the paintings and drawings that I produced over the past year.  Enjoy!                 [...]
Brotherhood on the Road to Recovery

Brotherhood on the Road to Recovery

    It's probably worth explaining the meaning of this holiday card. My oldest son fractured his ankle midway through the fall soccer and baseball season. As a boy obsessed exclusively with sports, he was flattened by progressively worsening news about the injury.  When the doctors considered it a sprain, he expected to return to the field in a week or less. But his symptoms cleared any uncertainty in the x-rays: braces were replaced by casts and days of recovery time became weeks and then month[...]
Sri Lankan Tea Plucker -- Silent Auction Piece

Sri Lankan Tea Plucker -- Silent Auction Piece

I took the reference photo for this painting in Sri Lanka, just downhill from Nuwera Eliya.  We compensated the worker for the photo. Anyway, it's an 18" x 24" pastel painting.  I gifted it to the Global India Fund for their "Girl Rising" event.  It promotes girls' education in India. Here's the time-lapse video of the painting in progress.[...]
Unusual Suspects

Unusual Suspects

Last Tuesday, I got a phone call from Gautam Gulati.  He wanted to commission 12 portraits that had to be completed and framed by Sunday.  Four full days. Now, Gautam Gulati started and runs the Unusual, Inc., a corporation that seeks out and promotes unusual ways of doing business.  Particularly innovative innovation.  He had trained as a doctor and gotten his MD, but then layered several other degrees on top of it.  I know he had an MBA and an MPH.  He may have other, hidden degrees, but I don't know what [...]
Dimple

Dimple

The subject is an 8 month old baby.  The Mom was very pleased with the result.  It's 18" x 24" pastel on sanded paper (Colorful).  The black and white drawing is 8 x 10, pencil on bristol board.  I included it in the price for the pastel piece.  I did both pieces from a reference photo taken by the Mom. [...]
Johnny

Johnny

  The above is a drawing of Johnny Depp. Here's a link to a clip of the drawing in progress.  Please check it out.[...]
Hope at the Edge of the Abyss

Hope at the Edge of the Abyss

              I took some artistic license with this.  African Cichlids live in lakes, not in the deep ocean.  But I made the ecological adjustment to serve the metaphor. This was a freehand sketch on the Surface Pro 3.   It took maybe 2 hours, done while waiting for doctor's appointments and while trying to find sleep at 2 am.[...]
Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones

Two characters from Game of Thrones. These pieces bring the total number of my Game of Thrones portraits to 12. Here they are: gallery of all 12 pieces. 11 are pastels, 18" x 24", and one is digital. Some would say I'm obsessed. It's less that I've fallen in love with the show, which is very good, or that I've become fixated on certain actors or actresses, than that the characters have, well, so much character. The Game of Thrones gallery is five years in the making.  Looking at it is like traveling through [...]
Authority and Rebellion

Authority and Rebellion

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Victory and Defeat

Victory and Defeat

Here's a link to a video of me drawing a portrait of my son:  PORTRAIT.  (Just double click on the word, please).  It's 40 seconds long, time lapse. And here are a couple of pastel paintings. The video clip is a 45 minute sketch of my son, which I did over lunch break when I was on leave from work, on hold for tech support. The first painting is of my other son playing soccer.  The painting is based on a reference photo by Edlira Stanisich -- many thanks. Hopefully the subject of the second painting[...]
Broken

Broken

I thought he would be easy to draw, what with his trademark broken nose and firmly set jaw, but he was not. Straight on, the nose is not that obvious. And, in a reminder that Hollywood finds similar faces to be good looking, mere millimeters of deviation made him look like Robert Downing Junior. I guess what sets him apart is his side profile, his personality, and his accent.[...]
Struggle and Turmoil

Struggle and Turmoil

I struggled with this one. Usually I do one preliminary sketch. This time, I tried out four different references, which generated after many hours the below pencil sketches. The likeness did not come easily.   [...]
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