I provide watercolor workshops on the art of portraiture and still life, focusing on strong light and rich shadow to create intense and dramatic paintings. Workshops include at least one demonstration, illustrating my technique and giving insight into my methods and philosophies. I will discuss setting up vivid still-life compositions, and offer tips on working with a model to create engaging portraits. Special attention will be given to the unique properties of light and shadow, as well as design, value, edges and color.


I've also developed a unique 1 day workshop, not found elsewhere, called After the Painting is Finished. You have now completed your masterpiece, what’s next? This one day workshop will teach you how to photograph your painting for exhibition entry, properly mat and frame or varnish a watercolor for display, how to best package or ship your artwork, and more. This is the perfect workshop for any artist who is looking to start entering pieces for exhibition, or take it up a notch and streamline their process. 

No need to buy materials for this workshop! Bring your questions and a note pad for a day packed with helpful information, demonstrations and tips. See promotional flyer here for more info.

Upcoming Classes

If you have a group, school or society that would be interested in one of my workshops, please contact me for details.

Still Life Workshop at Yellow Barn Studios
October 24 - 26, 2019

Portrait Painting- Story and Feeling in Watercolor
September 7 - 10, 2020
San Diego Watercolor Society (SDWS)
Demonstration on Sunday afternoon , September 6, 2020 at SDWS’ Membership meeting


If you are just starting out, materials can be expensive. I encourage people to spend first on the important things. Do not skimp on your paint, brushes or paper—use professional artists grade materials. Watercolor is a difficult medium, there’s no need to add to the challenge with inferior products. Student grade paint uses less pigment and more binder (filler) so it is difficult to get deep rich color.