An original oil on canvass work of art
By Edward Patterson
(Sample below: “The Crucifixion” by Tintoretto, 1565)
Residence: website: www.edwardpatterson.com Studio:
Greenwood, IN email: firstname.lastname@example.org Nashville, IN
An original oil on canvass work of art
By Edward Patterson
REF: Painting to be donated
I would like to arrange for the donation of large, 7 feet by 12 feet, oil on canvass painting to a local
church. It will be a depiction of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ with a cast of 40 people and 12 animals.
Painted in classical realism it will be a piece of art worthy of hanging in the finest museums.
This art work is to be donated at no cost or obligation to the recipient church.
This painting carries an estimated retail price of $106,000.
I would like to arrange a meeting with any interested party to discuss this donation further.
4. The Plan 24. Props
5. Samples of Artist’s work 26. Painting Time & Costs
Notes to Painting Time & Costs
7. The Scene
Notes to Scene 28. Panel Treatment
Notes to Panel Treatment
Notes to Layout 30. Time Schedule
11. Grouping 31. Artist Training
12. Budget & Retail Price 32. My Prayer
Notes to Budget
Notes to Retail Price
14. Description of the painting
Notes to Staffing
20. Preliminary Shoot
Notes to Staffing
21. Cast & Clothes
Notes to Cast & Clothes
This art work is to be painted and donated at no cost or obligation to the recipient church.
B. Location to hang
The artist is seeking a church facility that has ample space to display this work of art for
public viewing. Minimum wall space is 15 feet wide and 10 feet high.
C. The painting
This will be an impressive original work of art depicting the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It will
have a cast of 40 people in the scene, along with an assortment of animals.
Painted in classical realism it will be replete with various religious numbers and symbolisms.
The numbers 1, 3, 7, 12 and 40 will be symbolized repeatedly throughout the piece. All
characters and animals will also have their corresponding symbolisms.
A total of 92 people will be involved with the creation of this painting.
D. Budget & Retail Price
The artist, Edward Patterson, is donating his time for creating and painting this work of art
and will receive no compensation.
The direct, out of pocket expenses for this painting total $9,972. The artist intends to raise
that money himself from private sources. A detailed breakdown on those costs is found
elsewhere in this document.
The retail price of $106,000 for this painting is for reference purposes only.
Upon securing the funds necessary for the completion of this painting, the expected
timetable of events is as follows:
Preliminary local photo shoot – 1 week
Arranging final details of photo shoot -2 weeks
On site photo shoot, weather dependent - 2 days
Editing of final photo to paint from - 2 weeks
Physical painting - 3 months
Stretching, framing and hanging - 1 week
Total time for completion – 6 months
F. Location and assistants
The painting will be completed at The Art Bank, 211 Mass Avenue, Indianapolis.
The artist expects to use two assistants working under his supervision to expedite the
Samples of Artist’s Oil Paintings
Samples of Artist’s Oil Paintings
Crucifixion Scene Illustration
For illustration only to give an idea of layout of the actual painting.
“The Crucifixion” by Tintoretto 1565
Artist’s composition for illustration
Notes To Scene
The paintings shown here are for illustration purposes only to give the reader an idea of the type of
painting to be produced.
The scene will be an allegorical recreation of Christ on the cross. As such, artistic liberty will be taken to
allow the introduction of people into the scene who may not have been present at the Crucifixion but
either impacted or were impacted by the life of Jesus.
The work will be created using a technique commonly called “classical realism” meaning that it will be
painted with extreme detail in such fashion as to resemble a realistic scene.
The setting will depict a small hill outside of Jerusalem, Israel. Christ on the cross will be the focal point
at the center of the painting.
Immediately below the cross will be Mother Mary, Mary Magdalene and five other women followers of
Jesus. The first twelve Apostles will all also be included.
The four soldiers, who, according to scripture were at the Crucifixion, will be shown performing various
acts, along with Pontius Pilate and Herod Antipas. A third, unnamed Roman dignitary will be shown
giving money to the Apostle Judas.
Various other characters will be in the scene, all performing specific actions relating to the life of Jesus.
A total of twelve animals will be mixed in with the people, each having a direct connection with Christ.
Every person, animal and physical object in the painting will have established symbolisms and follow
groups of 1, 3, 7, 12 and 40.
Group 4 Group 3
#2 Man #1
Man #2 Apostle Jude
Man #3 Group 1 dove
Group 5 Mary Magdalene Mary Mary of Clopas Apostle Peter
Soldier #1 Group 2
Mary mother of
James Susanna Ruth
Apostle James the greater
Soldier #3 Cent Apostle Philip
Servant Apostle Bartholomew
Apostle James the lesser
Little girl Group 7
Man #5 Antipas
Group 6 Pilate
Soldier #4 Thief #1 Thief #2 Roman Dignitary Apostle Judas Iscariot
Notes To Layout
The layout shown here is the scene as if the viewer were in the sky looking down at the groups of people
The blocks shown represent the seven groups. Inside each colored block are the people who are
grouped together. For an explanation of those groupings, refer to “Description of Painting” on page 13.
Each group will be painted in such manner as to be worthy of its own individual scene. Such groupings
will allow the painting to be divided into seven different scenes for future distribution as giclee prints.
The precise layout of the scene and position of each character will be determined at the conclusion of
the Preliminary Shoot.
Group # People Description
1 1 Christ
2 7 7 Women at cross
3 12 Apostles
4 7 Seven people
5 7 Seven people
6 3 Three people
7 3 Pontius Pilate
Total 7 40
1 Jesus 4 Woman #1
2 Mother Mary Woman #2
Mary Magdalene Man #1
Mary of Clopas Man #2
Mary mother of James Man #3
Joanna Man #4
Susanna Man #5
Ruth 5 Little girl
3 Apostle Peter Soldier #1
Apostle Andrew Harlot
Apostle John Soldier #2
Apostle James the greater Soldier #3 Cent
Apostle Philip Servant
Apostle Bartholomew Woman #3
Apostle James the lesser 6 Soldier #4
Apostle Matthew Thief #1
Apostle Jude Thief #2
Apostle Simon 7 Pontius Pilate
Apostle Judas Iscariot Herod Antipas
Apostle Thomas Roman Dignitary
Notes To Grouping
The forty characters in the scene will be divided into seven groups of either 1, 3, 7 or 12 people.
For details of the position and action of each character refer to “Description of Painting”.
Budget & Retail Price
# Each Total Notes
Cast 40 0 0 1
Assistants 2 100 200 2
Total Preliminary shoot 200
Make up artist 2 150 300 3
Cast (from Cast Cloth) 3,000 4
Clothes (from cast Cloth) 2,765 5
Animals (from Animal Bud) 400 6
Props (from Prop Bud) 492 7
Total Final Shoot 6,957
Painters (from paint Bud) 0 8
Canvass 1 300 300 9
Stretcher 1 400 400 10
Frame 1 400 400 11
Oil Paint 30 15 450 12
Total hardware 1,115
Per week 150 13
# weeks 11 14
Total Warehouse 1,700
Grand Total 9,972 15
Artist Painting Time 510 50 16
Total Artist Painting 25,500
Total Wholesale Cost 34,472 17
Gallery Multiplier 3 18
Total Retail 106,416 19
Notes To Budget
A photo shoot will be done locally in order to determine the exact placement of characters in
the scene. Volunteers will be solicited for the preliminary Shoot
Two assistants will be needed to coordinate the characters and animals in the scene.
3. Make Up artist
Two make up/hair stylists will be needed to assist the characters.
Hired models will be used for the cast during the final shoot. See Page 22 Cast& Clothes
5. See Page 22, cast & Clothes
6. See Page 24, Animals
7. See Page 25, Props
8. Volunteer painters will be recruited to assist the artist
9. 10. 11. & 12. Bulk items to be purchased
13. Per week Gallery rental from The Art Bank
14. Anticipated number of weeks to complete the paintings
15. Total out-of-pocket, direct expenses required for this project.
Notes To Retail Price
This would be the price on the open market if it were to be hung in a gallery and sold to the public.
16. The number of hours the Artist expects to spend painting and the normal artist rate per hour
17. Total wholesale cost of this project if it were to be sold at retail and not donated to a church.
18. Gallery multiplier used to compute the normal retail price artist would charge
19. The Retail price the artist would normally sell this painting for in a gallery.
Description of the painting
This work of art will be painted in classical realism.
It will be painted from an original photograph taken by the artist on a small hill outside of Jerusalem,
Israel in a recreation of the crucifixion of Christ.
It has 40 people and 12 animals with the entire entourage divided into 7 groups; one group of one
person, two groups of three, three groups of seven and one group of twelve.
The photo below has been complied to serve ONLY AS AN ILLUSTRATION of the type of painting:
The color white will be used only to show purity and innocence. Christ will be wearing a white loin cloth
and Mother Mary will be wearing a white robe over her white tunic. Upon close examination the viewer
will see a white dove flying above the scene.
Red will be used as symbolic for the blood of Christ. Only those people who played a part in the death
of Jesus will be wearing anything red, which will be the 3 Roman dignitaries, 4 Roman soldiers and Judas
Black will be used symbolically for darkness. The four Roman soldiers will be wearing uniforms of red
Purple is signified in art as meaning luxury, power and authority. Pontius Pilate, Herod Antipas and the
Roman Official giving Judas Iscariot money, will all be wearing clothing of purple and red.
Earth colors will be worn by the remaining entourage as symbols of the salt of the earth.
The numbers begin with the size of the painting which follows the number of words Christ spoke from
the cross. Twelve feet wide for the twelve words of forgiveness, "Father, forgive them, for they do not
know what they are doing” and seven feet tall for the last seven words He spoke, “Into thine hand I
commit my spirit.”
All people, animals and items in the scene will be found throughout the painting in groups of 1, 3, 7, 12
or 40. There will be nothing in the scene unless it is related to the life of Christ.
The people in the scene are split into Seven Groups
Group 1 – One person
Christ on the cross
The number one illustrating the one God.
Group 2 – Seven women surrounding Christ, separated into 3 sub groups
Sub Group A. 1 woman
Sub group B. 3 Mary’s
Mary Magdalene, Mary of Clopas and Mary Mother of James
Sub group C. 3 other women
Joanna, Susanna and Ruth
Group 3 – Twelve Apostles, separated into 4 sub groups
Sub Group A. Seven Apostles
Peter, sitting on a rock, symbolic of being called the rock of the church. Has 3 chickens at his
feet, symbolic of the cock crowing three times.
Andrew, holding the reins to the donkey Christ rode into town.
John, holding a lamb, symbolic of the lamb of God.
James the Greater, holding a sword to his own neck, symbolic of his beheading later by Herrod.
Philip, standing with one hand on an upside down cross and a foot on the cross, symbolic of his
being crucified upside down later on in his life.
Bartholomew, standing with one hand on the same upside down cross but no foot on the cross,
symbolic of being released from his upside down crucifixion beside Philip.
James the Lesser, holding a club, symbolic of his death by clubbing later in his life.
Sub Group B. Three Apostles
Matthew, sitting with a piece of parchment in his hand, symbolic of the tax register.
Jude, holding a garden hoe.
Simon, holding a pitchfork.
Sub Group C. One Apostle
Thomas, standing with shoulders shrugged and hands upside down in doubting gesture.
Sub Group D. One Apostle
Judas Iscariot, accepting 30 coins from a Roman dignitary
Group 4, Seven people separated into 2 subgroups
Sub Group A. Four people
Woman #1 pouring water from one vase into another one, symbolic of Christ’s miracle of
turning water into wine.
Woman #2 waving a cane in the air, symbolic of Christ healing the lame.
Man #1 with his foot in a bucket of water, symbolic of Jesus walking on water.
Man #2 holding 5 loaves and 2 fish symbolic of Jesus feeding thousands.
Sub Group B. Three people
Man #3, Holding pig; Christ’s miracle of casting demons out of a man into a pig.
Man #4, Dressed in ragged bandages; Christ’s miracle of raising the dead.
Man #5, Rag around his eyes; Christ’s miracle of healing the blind.
Group 5 – Seven people
Little girl, playing with colt that accompanied the donkey Christ rode into town on.
Soldier #1 on horse, talking to Harlot, symbolic of Christ forgiving all sinners.
Harlot- smiling at Soldier #1.
Soldier #2 on horse w/spear offering Christ a drink of vinegar (wine) from a sponge.
Soldier #3, Centurion on horse.
Servant on horse with Centurion, symbolic of Christ healing the Centurion’s servant.
Woman #3, holding her throat and reaching towards Christ, miracle of curing the mute.
Group 6 – Three people
Soldier #4 on horse leading two thieves in chains.
Thief #1, being led in chains by Soldier #4.
Thief #2, being led in chains by Soldier #4.
Group 7 - Three people
Pontius Pilate, Herod Antipas, Roman Official.
40- People total
12 Females in the scene
12 Animals in the scene:
2 donkeys (an ass and her colt)
Along with being a masterful work of art, this painting will also serve as a wonderful learning tool.
Who were the people in the painting and what roles did they play in the life of Jesus Christ?
What life lessons can we learn from studying this painting?
Cast Jesus 1 Painters Edward 1
Mother Mary 1 Michael 1
Mary Magdalene 1 Meagan 1
Mary of Clopas 1 Total Painters 3
Mary mother of James 1
Joanna 1 Production
Susanna 1 Prop master 1
Ruth 1 Clothing producer 1
Apostle Peter 1 Make up artist 2
Apostle Andrew 1 Total Production 4
Apostle John 1
Apostle James the
greater 1 Gallery 1
Apostle Philip 1 Total Gallery 1
Apostle Bartholomew 1
Apostle James the
lesser 1 Assistants
Apostle Thomas 1 Preliminary 2
Apostle Matthew 1 Final 2
Apostle Jude 1 Total Assistants 4
Apostle Simon 1
Apostle Judas Iscariot 1 Total staff
Woman #1 1 Total Cast 40
Woman #2 1 Total Painters 3
Man #1 1 Total Production 4
Man #2 1 Total Gallery 1
Man #3 1 Total assistants 4
Man #4 1 Preliminary cast 40
Man #5 1 Total # Staff 92
Little girl 1
Soldier #1 1
Soldier #2 1
Soldier #3 1
Woman #3 1
Soldier #4 1
Thief #1 1
Thief #2 1
Pontius Pilate 1
Herod Antipas 1
Roman Dignitary 1
Total Cast 40
Notes To Staffing
A total of 92 people will be involved with this painting.
40 people hired to depict the people at the scene.
3 painters; the artist and two assistants.
16 sixteen people in Israel hired to assemble the cast, location, props, animals and scene.
1 individual responsible for the gallery where the work will be painted.
6 assistants, 2 for one day to help with the local preliminary shoot and 4 to help with the photo shoot in
40 people in a mock-up of the scene to determine final position of characters.
Item Qty # Days Each
Cast 40 1 0 0
Assistants 2 1 100 200
Total Preliminary shoot 200
Notes To Preliminary Shoot
The purpose of this shoot is to determine the final position for each of the forty characters in the
Forty people will be recruited as volunteers for a one day, four hour local photo shoot.
Two assistants, paid $100 each, will be hired to help with the shoot.
Cast & Costumes Work Total Total
Pe4r # work
Character Sex Age Ethnicity Wardrobe Day days cost Wardrobe
Jesus M 30-40 Jewish white loin cloth, wounds on body and head 200 1 200 100
Mother Mary F 50-70 Jewish white robe 200 1 200 50
Mary Magdalene F 25-35 Jewish Any female robe 200 1 200 50
Mary of Clopas F 40-70 Jewish Any female tunic 200 1 200 50
Mary mother of James F 40-70 Jewish Any female tunic 200 1 200 50
Joanna F 40-70 Jewish Any female tunic 200 1 200 50
Susanna F 40-70 Jewish Any female tunic 200 1 200 50
Ruth F 18-25 Jewish Any female tunic 200 1 200 50
Apostle Peter M 30-50 Jewish any earth colored tunic, knee length, sandals 200 1 200 100
Apostle Andrew M 30-50 Jewish any earth colored tunic, knee length, sandals 200 1 200 100
Apostle John M 60-80 Jewish any earth colored tunic, knee length, sandals 200 1 200 100
Apostle James the
greater M 30-50 Jewish any earth colored tunic, knee length, sandals 200 1 200 100
Apostle Philip M 30-50 Jewish any earth colored tunic, knee length, sandals 200 1 200 100
Apostle Bartholomew M 30-50 Jewish any earth colored tunic, knee length, sandals 200 1 200 100
Apostle James the lesser M 30-50 Jewish any earth colored tunic, knee length, sandals 200 1 200 100
Apostle Thomas M 30-50 Jewish any earth colored tunic, knee length, sandals 200 1 200 100
Apostle Matthew M 30-50 Jewish any earth colored tunic, knee length, sandals 200 1 200 100
Apostle Jude M 30-50 Jewish any earth colored tunic, knee length, sandals 200 1 200 100
Apostle Simon M 30-50 Jewish any earth colored tunic, knee length, sandals 200 1 200 100
Apostle Judas Iscariot M 30-50 Jewish any earth colored tunic, knee length, sandals 200 1 200 100
Woman #1 F any Jew/Egpt/Afr Any female tunic 200 1 200 50
Woman #2 F 40-80 Jew/Egpt/Afr Any female tunic 200 1 200 50
Man #1 M any Jew/Egpt/Afr any earth colored tunic, knee length, sandals 200 1 200 100
Man #2 M any Jew/Egpt/Afr any earth colored tunic, knee length, sandals 200 1 200 100
Man #3 M ANY Jew/Egpt/Afr any earth colored tunic, knee length, sandals 200 1 200 100
Man # 4 M ANY Jew/Egpt/Afr any earth colored tunic, knee length, sandals 200 1 200 100
Man #5 M 50-70 Jew/Egpt/Afr Any female tunic 200 1 200 50
Little girl F 12 Jew/Egpt/Afr Any female tunic. Full length 200 1 200 80
Soldier #1 M 20-40 Roman Red & Purple 200 1 200 80
Harlot F 18-30 Jew/Egpt/Afr As female prostitute 200 1 200 80
Soldier #2 M any Roman Red & Purple 200 1 200 100
Soldier #3 Roman Cent. M any Roman Red & Purple 200 1 200 50
Servant M 13-19 Jew/Egpt/Afr any earth colored tunic, knee length, sandals 200 1 200 100
Woman #3 F any Jew/Egpt/Afr Any female tunic 200 1 200 50
Soldier #4 M any Roman Red & Purple 200 1 200 120
Thief #1 M any Jew/Egpt/Afr tan loin cloth, 200 1 200 120
Thief #2 M any Jew/Egpt/Afr tan loin cloth 200 1 200 120
Pontius Pilate M 50-70 Roman Roman Emperor wearing purple & red 200 1 200 120
Herod Antipas M 50-70 Roman Roman dignitary wearing purple & red 200 1 200 120
Roman Dignitary M 50-70 Roman Roman dignitary wearing purple & red 200 1 200 120
Total Cast 40 7400 3100
Notes To Cast & Costumes
A list of the forty characters in the scene along with a description of what they will be wearing.
The color white will only be shown three times: the loin cloth of Christ, the robe of Mother Mary and the
white dove in the sky.
Black will be used to indicate darkness.
Red will signify the blood of Christ. Judas Iscariot will be wearing a red robe. The four Roman soldiers
will be wearing uniforms of red and black.
Purple will be used to distinguish royalty. Pontius Pilate, Herod Antipas and the third Roman dignitary
will all be wearing purple and black.
The remaining subjects in the painting will be wearing earth colors to signify the salt of the earth.
1 small pig
1 adult donkey
1 colt donkey
Cost per one day, including transportation & insurance. 3,600
Total Animals 3,600
Notes To Animals
White Dove to be Photo-Shop.
The 3 chickens may be contained in a cage, depending on the ability to control their movements during
1 cross, 10 feet tall capable of holding adult male 1500
1 crown of thorns 400
3 iron nails for crucifixion 30
1 sign to hang above body of Jesus on cross 30
1 sponge to place on end of Soldier's spear 15
1 Roman spear 15
1 wood cane 5
7 clay vases, 12- 36 inches tall 35
1 sword 15
1 wooden cross, 4 feet tall 2 feet wide 100
1 wooden club 15
1 piece of parchment with Greek writing 10
1 garden hoe 10
1 garden pitchfork 10
30 pieces of silver 20
1 bucket of water 20
5 loaves of bread 20
2 fish 20
12 palm leaves to be placed on ground 20
2 sets of chains for thieves 0
1 purple robe 30
Total props 2320
Notes To Props
1 Cross, 10 feet- the Crucifixion cross
1 thorn crown- for the head of Jesus
3 iron nails- for Christ’s crucifixion
1 sign above Christ’s head- as per scripture
1 sponge- for Soldier to use to offer Christ a drink of vinegar
1 Roman spear- use by Roman soldier
1 wood cane- for woman as symbolism for Christ curing the lame
7 clay vases- setting prop
1 normal sword- for James the Greater to hold against his own neck, symbolic of his being beheaded
1 wooden cross- symbolic of Phillip and Bartholomew being crucified upside down later
1 piece of parchment- For Matthew, the tax collector
1 garden hoe- held by Jude as symbol of his being a farmer
1 garden pitchfork- held by Simon as symbol of his being a farmer
3o pieces of silver- for Judas
1 bucket of water- Man #1, has foot in bucket symbolic of Jesus walking on water
5 loaves of bread- Man #2 holds as symbol of Christ feeding thousands from 5 loaves
2 fish- goes with 5 loaves
12 palm trees- symbol of palm leaves shading Christ as he entered town
1 purple robe- Christ’s robe to be divided among the soldiers
Painting Time & Cost
Width 12 Item # set each
Height 7 Maimeri Puro Oil 27 50 1350
# Square feet 84
Minutes per square foot/layer 60
Minutes per layer 5040
# Layers 5
Subtotal minutes painting 25200
Minutes finishing per character 180
# Characters to finish 30
Total finishing minutes 5400
Total painting minutes 30600
Total painting hours 510
# Painters 3
# Hrs per day to paint 3
# Days per week to paint 5
# Weeks to paint 11.3
Paid painters 2
Rate per hour 12
Total painting cost 4,080
Notes To Painting Time & Cost
A breakdown of the amount of time to paint the canvass.
Painting 3 hours a day, five days a week, it is expected to take 11.3 weeks to physically do the painting.
Two assistants, working under the supervision of the artist, will be used to expedite the painting.
Total cost of hardware and assistants is $4,080.
Because of the need to paint in a facility with high interior walls, the painting will be done at:
The Art Bank Art Gallery
811 Massachusetts Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Dan Haynes, Proprietor
The artists will use paint from the Italian company, Maimeri for the three primary colors. Their Puro line
of oil paint will be used for magenta, cyan and yellow. Weber Permalba will be used for white and
Winsor-Newton’s line of Winton Ivory Black
Each artist is expected to use three tubes each of the primary colors, one Permalba and one Ivory Black
for a total of twenty seven tubes of Maimeri paint, one Permalba and one Ivory Black.
Via Gianni Maimeri
1 - Bettolino di Mediglia – 20060
Mediglia (MI) – Italia
Tel +39 02.906981
In the event Maimeri runs short on the availability of those colors, Winton products will be used as
Artist #1 Artist #2 #3
Artist #1 Artist #2 #3
Artist #1 Artist #2 #3
Notes To Panel Treatment
The painting will be completed in stages, each stage consisting of a strip 12 feet wide and approximately
one foot high. The artist refers to them as “panels.”
The canvass will be lowered and raised at various times and heights to accommodate the work. The
canvass will be mounted directly onto the wall and will be raised or lowered to accommodate the artists
comfort and convenience of painting.
The 3 artists working on the painting will change positions on each layer on a rotating basis. Such
changing will insure uniformity in painting.
Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep
Preliminary shoot x
1st trip Israel x
2nd trip Israel x
Painting x x x
Notes To Time Schedule
The targeted dates are flexible and will be impacted by the availability of funds. It is expected to take
approximately six months from start to finish.
Artist Training, Edward Patterson
Herron School of Art- Indpls, IN
I started Heron School of Art right after high school but dropped out early to join the US Army.
Society’ De Portrait- Birmingham, AL
Society’ De Portrait was a delightful art school in the portrait capital of the world, Birmingham, Alabama. I was
deeply saddened to hear the school closed.
Ruth Pritchard- General Studies, Indpls, IN
It was under Ruth's tutelage that I learned I wanted to specialize in painting people.
George Redmon- Portraits and Value Studies, Indpls, IN
I owe much of my portrait studies to George. He was really responsible for me taking my portraiture to a higher
Michael Greene- Edges and Temperature Studies, Boston, MA
Part of giving a subject the dimensional appearance of standing out on the canvass is how we treat edges. By
edges I am referring to the transition from one item in the painting to its adjacent item. Michael was deeply
instrumental in getting me to recognize the importance of how those edges are painted.
The Netherlands Dutch Masters Tour- Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Dutch Masters Tour I did in The Netherlands was nothing short of a religious occurrence for me. I cannot
begin to explain the impact that it had on the way I paint. It was a life changing experience.
Michael Brighton- Focal Point Painting, Indpls, IN
Michael Brigthon taught me more in a few days about the importance of focal points in paintings than anyone else
before or after. This man is a genius.
Sarah M. Carpenter- Composition Studies- New York. NY
Sarah taught me that poor composition in a painting is similar to a cloud without a shape. May you rest in peace
my dear mentor.
Kerry Holsapple- Color Studies, Indpls, IN
I am not sure Kerry Holsapple would even remember working with me at the Southside Art League in Greenwood,
Indiana. Although my training with him was very limited, it caused a light bulb to go off in my head about the
entire issue of color. That’s when I threw away my assortment of hundreds of different tubes of paint and began
using only the three primary colors of red, yellow and blue.
Thank you God, for giving me the talent to create some phenomenal works of art. Thank you for giving
me the opportunities to make them all happen.
I hope you continue to smile on me and let me do more wonderful paintings in days ahead, not only in
volume but also in creativity and grandeur.
May the beauty and grace of your work here on earth be reflected in the art I do. Just as you touched my
life with the skills to do these things may my art touch the lives of others and bring a smile to their faces,
warmth in their hearts and remind them of your glory.
“Deo favente” (with God’s favor)