Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Recently on Facebook, a new friend sent me a photo I had never seen. It is a photo of me and Moe Howard of the Three Stooges and a portrait I painted of him. He is an avid Stooge fan and came across the photo. I was 16 years old at the time and visited him in his home (where the photo was taken).  Also the same week, in a coincidental unrelated  encounter, I got an e-mail from the Great-great Grandson of Larry Fine of the Three Stooges, named Kurt Lamond who for years was searching for the Artist of Larry's portrait! 

We ended up meeting over Lunch and learned about much Stooge trivia and getting to know a super guy! His Grandfather was actor and TV host, Don Lamond. Don appeared in many Stooge films and hosted a Kids TV show, which I made an appearance on in the 60s, showing Stooge Art!

#BelitaWilliam #ThreeStooges #Moe #Larry

Monday, October 24, 2016

Saint Elizabeth of The Trinity OCD - Newest Painting - Oil 24x30

My latest commission is a portrait of the French Carmelite Nun, Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity ,who will be Canonized tomorrow in Rome. She wrote many Spiritual writings and after taking her final vows developed Addison's disease, which at the time had no cure. A painful ,slow death followed, yet she accepted her suffering as "Gods Will". She died at the age of 26.  This painting will participate  in celebration at St Therese Catholic Church in Alhambra, on November 6th. It will be a special Thanksgiving Mass, celebrating her Canonization ,along with 5 other saints, in Rome this October. Celebrant will be Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles ,who will bless the painting.  This event will be televised live by EWTN.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Newest commission completed! "Jesus and St Teresa of Avila exchanging Hearts" 40x60 for the Carmelite Fathers of Arizona. This painting will hang inside the Church of Santa Cruz, Tucson Arizona.

A lesser acknowledged St Teresa (St Therese of Lisieux, being more widely known) she lived in Spain in the 1500s and  is considered one of the founders of the modern day Carmelites, along with St John of the Cross.. as well as an important Doctor of the Church. This painting is based on her many visions of Jesus. This shows the gentle exchange of Love between them. It shows a Resurrected Christ, although most of the visions were with a suffering Christ. It was decided among the Friars to show a Risen Christ as it was her first vision of Jesus.

Friday, November 28, 2014

New drawing and small oil portrait: "My Daughter Rubie William Baney" Graphite and white chalk life sized & Portrait of Cousin Holly 10x12 oil

Taking a break from major oil painting commissions.. I recently did a drawing of my little Daughter Rubie (from Daughter Autumn!)  and also a small oil painting of my Cousin Holly.  Sometimes I get to serious with commissions and need to relax with a break, drawings, or doing a "fun" Painting!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

New paintings for the Carmelites

The Five Tucson Martyrs 48x60 oil on canvas

The Transverberation of Saint Teresa of Avila 36x48 oil on canvas

Thursday, March 20, 2014

I am currently working on a commission by Father Thomas Reeves, a Carmelite. It is of the 5 Carmelite Martyrs of 1936 who served in the Mission of Santa Cruz in Tucson Arizona, before being sent back to Spain where they were killed by the Marxist Party in 1936. 

This was a particularly challenging work because of its size and detail.  Many things  having a particular meaning are included in the painting. ( It is 48x60, Oil) The scene is supposed to be taking place in Spain,where  they  are receiving the Palm of Martyrdom from Our Lady of Carmel and Baby Jesus (The Idea of the Image is from various richly decorated  Spanish statues of this Madonna.)
The Sky is red from the War, Blood and Tribulation in Spain, where many Religious were persecuted and killed in the 1930s.  A burst of Heaven above, with St John of the Cross and St Teresa of Avila await the Martyrs. The Mission in Arizona is shown to the left.    

This is an original concept. The only photos used were the faces of the Martyrs (Blessed Brother Angel, Blessed Father Edurado, Blessed Father Pedro (receiving the Palm from the Madonna), Blessed Father Lucas and Blessed Father Vincente.  All 5 Priests were beatified in Spain last October. Beatification is a step before Sainthood. When finished, the painting will hang in the room behind the main alter where the Priests dress before Mass.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Portrait of Benito Jarez

A dear childhood friend of mine recently asked me to paint a portrait of Benito Juarez(President of Mexico during the 1800s) He fought the French occupation of the Country and restored the Republic as well as overseeing important reforms. ...He is considered Mexico's greatest Hero. My Friend Walter Dominguez is a film maker and recently made a documentary on the Revolution (his Great Grandfather was involved in the War) My painting is being use in the narrative part of the film.. It shows Benito Juarez and some war scenes.