About Me

I wish I could say that I took up drawing because I had some great vision, filled with -isms and -ists, that I needed to spread out in color and shape because language is too clumsy. But I didn’t. I began to draw at 14 to impress girls.  I thought that portraits were the way to the female heart. But, no matter how good the likeness, those drawings didn’t get me far . . . a lot of girls got free portraits and I got stumps of charcoal.

And then, one summer, I tried to draw for money.  I spent the afternoons in a hole of a coffee shop called the Mountain Lodge # 6 in Georgetown — the place was eventually shut down for violating health codes.  There was no Mountain; just roaches. I let people set their own prices for my work. I made no money. A lot of people walked away with very decent drawings. And I was left with a few bucks and a lot of pencil shavings.

Married now, with two sons, I no longer draw to get girls. By some miracle, I got the girl. Now I draw because of an overwhelming desire to do so. There is something about that moment when light and dark blend into each other on the page and a painting pops into the third dimension — the moment is life-giving on the page and life-altering beyond.

But why portraits? I like people and strength of character (and sometimes weakness of character). A book is more interesting if there are people in it; so is a painting, in my humble opinion. But that’s a simple view.

And I produce other work.  You will find landscapes and seascapes on the site; some are pastel, others are free hand digital sketches.  I’ve drawn and painted more figures than perhaps anything else.

Oh, and I should mention the practice of law. I don’t think I will ever stop being a lawyer. I can’t scratch out the U. Chicago J.D. or the 14 years of practicing the profession. Nor would I want to. The law has been good to me. It may someday recall me to its courts and echoing corridors and to those lonely corners of the network where unsaved briefs and memos hide.  But for now, I live beyond the law.

Illness and youth in the family have transformed me into a caretaker of sorts but have also made me focus on what matters and the ticking of the clock.

And it doesn’t hurt to generate income along the way. Over the past two years, the requests for commissions have grown. I worked on them when I could and found them satisfying. So now I seek more. A new chapter begins.