I approach each portrait with empathy and honesty, using spontaneous line and heightened color to illuminate the brightness and mystery of my subject. Inspiration flows from the understanding that we are all made of stardust . 

 

 

 

"Portraiture is the only thing in painting that moves me to the depths, and makes me feel closer to infinity than anything else."

                                     ---Vincent van Gogh, 1888

Chris van Kessel
Chris van Kessel

Oil on Canvas, 20x20 in.

Betsy Van Kessel
Betsy Van Kessel

Oil on Canvas, 20x20 in.

Man and the Sea
Man and the Sea

Oil on Canvas, 24x30 in.

Jessica
Jessica

Oil on Canvas, 20x20 in.

Audience with Pope Francis
Audience with Pope Francis

)il on Canvas, 20x20 in.

Love Research
Love Research

Oil on Canvas, 16"x20"

Jon Nels in Seattle
Jon Nels in Seattle

Oil on Linen, 20x20.

Dori
Dori

Oil on Line, 20x20.

Alfred
Alfred

Oil on Linen, 16x20.

Jessica
Jessica

Oil on Canvas, 16x20.

Breathless Triangle
Breathless Triangle

Oil on Canvas, 18x24.

Miles
Miles

Oil on Canvas, 16x20.

Dressing Gown
Dressing Gown

Oil on Canvas, 16x20.

Dori, Profile
Dori, Profile

Oil on Canvas, 18x24.

Jon at Point Reyes
Jon at Point Reyes

Oil on Linen, 20x20.

Karen
Karen

Oil on Canvas, 18x24.

Red
Red

Oil on Canvas, 16x18.

Garden Flowers
Garden Flowers

Oil on Canvas, 16x20.

Jack in the Garden
Jack in the Garden

Oil on Canvas, 16x20.

Sally
Sally

Oil on Canvas, 20x20.

Woman With Orchid
Woman With Orchid

Oil on Canvas , 12x18.

Jon at Klampenborg Beach, Copenhagen
Jon at Klampenborg Beach, Copenhagen

Oil on Canvas, 18x24.

Jessica in Chicago
Jessica in Chicago

Oil on Canvas, 18x24.

Boris
Boris

Oil on Canvas, 20x20.

Gypsy
Gypsy

Oil on Canvas, 12x18.

Frank
Frank

Oil on Canvas, 20x20.

Good Dog Lucy
Good Dog Lucy

Oil on canvas, 18x24.

Reluctant Goodbye
Reluctant Goodbye

Oil on Canvas, 18x24.

Margaux on Sanibel Island
Margaux on Sanibel Island

Oil on Canvas, 18x24.

Janet
Janet

Oil on Canvas, 20"x20"

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