Portrait of Helen Sears, Abbot Thayer
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A Visit To Toledo's Museum Of Fine Arts

While I have been working in The Toledo area,  I visited the Toledo Museum of Fine Arts several times. Located in Toledo's  Old West End,a crumbling and beautiful historic neighborhood, the museum surprises with a well curated and friendly…
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Church Mural Re-Creation: Felix Lieftuchter, St. Aloysius, Bowling Green, Ohio

In Early 2014 I had the privilege to be called up to work on the recreation of a church mural at St. Aloysius church in Bowling Green, Ohio, The muralist is Felix Lieftuchter (b. Cincinnati, OH. 1883). My job is as an in-painter, which is…
St. Columba in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
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Felix Lieftuchter, Muralist, Biography

Felix Bernard Lieftuchter was an artist who was born in Cincinnati in  on Oct. 29, 1882. He produced at least six major church decorations, worked with mosaics and engaged in portraiture. Education He studied with Frank  Duveneck and…
Painting in Rome's historic center with Giovanni Ragone and Marco Carloni.

Meeting Other Landscape Painters or Sketchers When You Travel

By far the best part of my  trip to Italy to paint and learn about the culture,  has been the local painters and fellow artists I met here. How did I find them? Well actually the first thing I did is google "plein air Rome" until I found…

Frescoes and Mosaics at the Palazzo Massimo in Rome

Short shrift. That's what describes what  Palazzo Massimo (Palazzo Massimo alle Terme) gets from tourists  (and probably most Romans). And it's to bad because it's a wonderful collection.What was especially interesting to me were the fresco…
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Vatican Easter Message 2013

This past Easter  Sunday I attended the Urbi et Orbi (to the city and to the world)  Easter message from the brand new Pope Francis. I'm staying quite close to the Vatican, so I had to go. It was  crowded, apparently a quarter million people,…

A Painter Moves to Rome, Italy

On March 4th, 2013, I landed at Rome's Fiumicino Airport. I admit it was a relatively sudden move for me. I had spent most of 2012 in Maine and then had returned to Chicago and later North Carolina. My restoration work had been slowing down…

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Finnegan's Farm Reunion Show

July 27 through Aug.11, 2012, I'll have four paintings for sale at the Finnegan's Farm Reunion Show at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. This is a show for students at the Lyme Academy that stayed at the Weekend house of Patricia O'Shaughnessy …

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St. Francis De Sales Completed Panels

Last week I installed the two  finished saint panels at St. Francis de Sales church in Paducah, Kentucky. This was a commission to do two paintings of saints for a side altar or "Remebrance Niche."The basic idea was created by Friar Mark Joseph…
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Progress Update for my St. Francis De Sales Saint Panels

I am making some progress on the two saint panels I was commissioned to paint for St.Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Paducah, KY. The ochre color surrounding the painting will eventually be painted trompe l'oiel frames. St. Francis de Sales…