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I'm a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, atelier-trained painter, and art instructor. I primarily focus on figurative and still life paintings but dabble in plein air from time to time.

When I'm not painting, I backpack, hike, and practice duo aerial silks with my partner.


Periodically I write little articles about my setup and I just finished one on "the how and why" of my painting palette. If you're curious, check it out at

Painting a study of a readhead. I'm struggling with that hair ! I find it hard to get the right balance between showing the paint work and showing the hair detail.

Working on brushstrokes work, copying a study after Jeremy Lipking. Working in wet oil is really cool once you decide it can be :-)

I've been painting at home since March, thanks to the pandemic, but I finally was able to move back into my studio yesterday! It feels good to be back

(CW: paintings depicting nude figures)

are you painting? sometimes it is helpful to think of light as a bouncing ball that comes in and out of the view. it hits things and goes off in angles. there's a rhythm to it! #mastoart

Let no one tell you the arts are frivolous or unnecessary. They are the highest and most profound expression of our humanity. A life well lived has creativity and beauty at its heart.

The image is "Self-portrait in a Straw Hat" by Elisabeth-Louise Vigée-Lebrun (after 1782).

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Here's a little peek behind the curtain of my art making process. I'm starting a new triptych (28 sq ft of paintings!) and step one is gluing backer boards to my panels. I'd have never guessed, starting out, that power tools would be a part of my process...or that I'd need so many clamps!

Teaching my "Drawing from Life" class is coming along, this is the cast drawing I complete over the course of the class as an example of the various rendering techniques and measuring from life.

Finally got around attending croquis lesson at local art museum. I felt very rusty but it was very nice.

Hey so sales are kinda bad this month, at this rate I won't be able to pay my bills (like rent, or food for the creature I accidentally summoned)
If you like my art and want to help you can either:
- check out my shop
- toss me a coin
- just boost this
Thanks a lot!

Do you make music? Commission your next album cover with me! Do you know a musician whose music would go well with my art? Let them know! #art #illustration #mastoart

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