Monday, October 24, 2011

American Bar Man

An American Bar Man, 18"x24" oil on linen

My portrait “An American Bar Man” depicts Jason Schiffer, head bartender and owner of 320 Main in Seal Beach, California.  This portrait is a key painting in my series on the resurgence of the cocktail culture in America.  Craft bartenders show as much care and attention to their cocktails as any great chef would towards their meal.  Jason is truly at home behind the bar where he creates award winning cocktails with the ease and precision employed in the early twentieth century.  Painted in oil on linen with traditional techniques, my portrait is reminiscent of the times of old that Jason is inspired by.  What could be more quintessentially American than an expert craftsman like Mr. Schiffer and a cocktail? 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


Shaken, 18"x24" oil on linen

“Shaken” was the first cocktail inspired painting I did earlier this year and ever since then I’ve been combining my passion for painting with the entertainment I get out of the amazing craft cocktail movement.  Living in Orange County right outside of L.A. puts me in a perfect position to try some of the best cocktail joints in the country.  On the side of this blog you can see my bar checklist of the great establishments I have had the pleasure of drinking at.  Hopefully it will continue to grow steadily giving me an endless supply of inspiration for my paintings.