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Charcoal Painting. My YouTube Channel

I have had a YouTube Channel for a few years now.  You can see anything from digital drawing, clips from my favorite models, tutorials on color separating for screen printing, some short clips of me drawing or inking.  It’s a mixture of everything.

In the next few weeks I will be posting newer videos and deleting some older ones in an attempt to organize things.

Here is my latest video.  My daughter, Tori and I were experimenting with equipment and set up.   Usually, I have her prepare it and edit it for the final, but this time I attempted it.  With that said, there is a section that is MISSING A LINK, just forward through it.  This was a bit of a crash course for me.   As I add more, this one will surely be deleted.  But for now, I wanted to give you a preview of my technique.  In the coming future, there will be more start to finish time lapse videos.

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The Story of Windsong

This is 16″x21″ Charcoal illustration on Canson Mi-Teintes paper.

This is the fifth drawing of the Ireland series and the most dearest to my heart. Even though none of the reference pics or model were from Ireland, the inspiration came to me while visiting Ireland.

This was a trip my wife and I took about 8 months after my father’s passing. He fought esophageal cancer for over a year, with operations and chemotherapy. As a son, this was a terrible hard thing to watch someone you love go through. Now, with tears in my eyes as I write this, I feel the need to explain this in the best way. But this was for my dad, he was my biggest fan. So here is the story of “Windsong”

Standing outside one night while visiting Malahide Ireland, I noticed how quiet and peaceful the night times were in Ireland. It had been only since February since my father’s passing. It seemed like a slow process watching esophageal cancer drain the life out of him. I had stepped outside of the San Juan bed and breakfast that night to smoke a cigarette. Everytime I smoked, I had to stop and think about him. Each time telling myself, I must quit this aweful habit. I looked up into the sky to notice drifting clouds and a full October moon. The only sound that I heard was the gentle wisping of the wind. A memory of my childhood came over me of my parents listening to music one evening as the often did. The lyrics to John Denver’s Windsong ran through my mind. A song I haven’t heard for over 30 years and to still remember the lyrics so clearly, seemed like a sign. I instantly had a feeling as if something or someone was trying to connect with me. One part of the lyrics that stuck with me was “In your heart and your spirit, let the breezes surround you.”

This image of a majestic full moon casting light and creating deep shadows acrossed an open field with a lonely violin player. She is caught in the moment, playing her song. It’s only her and the gentle breeze on an October night. It has to be October, all good things are present upon full moon of October. Or at least I think so. She is dressed in dark gypsy like clothing. She plays the violin with her eyes closed. She is one with nature, she is part of the elements.

This piece took the longest to complete. I had started and stopped several times due to the overwhelming emotions that it took on at times. This piece from the start was special. I just didn’t know at the time how special it really was, because it was the first real major piece of art I would sell.

This is now owned by someone, who I know loves this and has it hung so she can see it everyday. She tells me she does each time I see her. “Windsong” is now part of the Nora Robert’s collection. This creation that I poured so much into, is now in the best place I could have ever asked.

From the first time I walked into that little store in Boonsboro, I had this feeling come over me that this town was something special place. And you know what? It was.

I would like to extend a huge thank you to Rebecca Röske for allowing the use of her image.

*Original SOLD from or contact Natoma Vargason (301)432-0090 or email

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NEW In My Etsy Store – The Other Side Limited Edition Custom Hand Colored Prints

Upon completion of The Other Side and it being framed and Now the completion of Ice Queen, I can get down to business and focus on getting them ready for the Limited Edition Prints.  Boy oh boy its more work than you would imagine.  But just them same, The Other Side is ready to roll.

Then I was thinking, how could I make these more unique.  That’s when I decided to color in the Butterflies with colored pencil.  In my Etsy Store you have the option to choose which color you would like the butterflies.  I thought this would be quite appealing to my Fans.  A print that is not only Limited Edition, but an original of its own 🙂

And not to mention it is an 11″ x 14″ print on Acid Free Archival Art paper that will last at least 50 years and matted in a black 16″ x 20″ Mat. (Printed at Gunnar Galleries in Gettysburg PA)

And just so you all don’t know yet, October 26 in Boonsboro Maryland, Nora Roberts is having a book signing for her release of her new Trilogy. In which my artwork will be on display and featured right next door to her book store.  Her husband Bruce, owns both the bookstore and the giftshop that my art is in.

So to show my appreciation to all the kind people at Gifts Inn Boonsboro, I am giving them all Custom Colored Artist Proof Prints with the Butterflies colored in with colored pencil in their favorite color.  They will also be signed and numbered.  Artist Proofs are the first run of prints before the Limited Editions are printed.  There will be only 8 AP (artist proofs).