Every Wednesday afternoon a group of portrait artists meets at

The Frame Gallery in Downtown Bryan, Texas.

Artist and gallery owner Greta Watkins arranges for a model

and we paint or draw.

This summer I have been doing pastels.

Here are some of my portraits from this summer of 2010.

Throughout the year I work thirty hours per week as a chaplain for Hospice Brazos Valley.

During the school year I teach one painting class at Blinn College in Bryan, Texas.

I often say that there is nothing like fifteen college students at the beginning of their lives to balance all the good-bye in the rest of my life.

In the summer when I am not teaching at Blinn, I attend this portrait group.

I hope you have something in your life that balances your work and pain and brings you joy.