This is a self-portrait from my time in art college dated 1984
Twenty years later I used modern technology to model for this interpretation of a Stephen Crane poem.
I have loved the work of Frida Kahlo for decades.
This video is excellent. It allows the models to describe their feelings, emotions and efforts about the work they do.
This video allows an 80-year-old model to tell about his journey. He did not even begin modeling until he was older than I am.
This video allows actions to speak louder than words. Beautiful.
I have been an art model for on-line zoom Studio Sessions and at area Art Centers.
I began mostly emulating other male models I had seen, with some Don Quixote mixed in. At the encouragement of a Studio Moderator I began to develop a series of poses showing the search for romance, finding it and sometimes being rejected. I continue to develop new poses by exploring my innermost emotions.
I honestly feel that artists make great models because of the wealth of artistic expression they have been exposed to.
"I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best."
My lovely wife has been a subject of my art since before we were married in 1988.
Studio Sessions at area Art Centers
Studio Sessions teach and remind artists of their duty to portray the truth, without pretense or facade.
I befriended models during Studio Sessions and, with my wife's encouragement, began to faithfully work out and develop & practice poses waiting for more opportunities...or waiting for the planets and stars to line up...
As an artist I have always worked on both sides of the easel
Two paintings of me modeling for a zoom studio session.
The artist is Dale Wittig
Multiple poses of me drawn
by computer artist David York
I continue to work out, exercise and develop & practice new poses.
This was a journey of introspection. Here I am, unadorned, going through a chilling period of my life. The paintings shown here are unfinished and unsigned at this point.
They represent a time during the past few years when I was experiencing moments of dread, sometimes during the night and sometimes during the day. They were usually accompanied by periods of cold even in the warmest months. Eventually my intuitions came true and for 6 months I was doing everything I could to stay afloat. The generosity of my family, friends and fellow country-persons prevailed and I began to stand strong.
The unadorned figure shows the soul.
Three oil paintings completed 2021-2022
below is a record of their motivation and creation
Any level of self-portraiture can be joyously grueling because the artist has known the subject for a lifetime and cannot feel that the model was uncooperative (haha).