Photorealistic Painting

Painting RafaelIn art as in life, you can achieve anything you want to if you take the necessary steps. That includes learning how to paint in a photorealistic style.

Last year I was commissioned by a tennis super fan to paint a portrait of Rafael Nadal. I wanted to document my approach to realism, so I filmed the entire process.

Watch my video below to see how I went from step 1 to step 2 — from blobs of paint to a photorealistic portrait. Then try these steps yourself! With a little practice you will be creating your own photorealistic paintings.

Photorealistic Painting


Reverse Plexi Painting

Chicago Picasso, 2017

Chicago Picasso, 2017

For the most part, I have continued to focus this year on completing private commissions and liquidating existing inventory. I did make an exception to the rule, however, when I decided to actually do something with materials I already had lying around.

At least 2 years ago I purchased some acrylic sheets with the intention of painting on them. This technique is known as Reverse Plexi Painting, after the brand name Plexiglas. Because this medium allows artists to achieve a perfect, glassy surface, it has been used in Pop Art by Roy Lichtenstein, Jim Nutt, and many others.

My approach to the medium was to be an extension of the cut-out technique I have been employing for over 2 years, as I would be using cut-outs as stencils. I loved the idea that the Plexiglas surface would remove all evidence of my hand. The end result would be like something off a factory line.

The piece at the top of the page is my first attempt. To see how I made this, take a look at my short video:

How To Make A Reverse Plexi Painting

NIA Video Update

We’re almost a week into our NIA Fine Art Friday Fundraiser, and some early donations have gotten us off to a great start! If you have just $5 to spare, we would ask you to help us get closer to our goal; and if you cannot make a contribution at this time, we understand. You can still do your part by sharing our fundraiser on your favorite social media. Just use this link:

We have uploaded a slightly updated video to our campaign. It features a few new and improved photos, and some much-needed background music. Altogether, this makes for a stronger presentation than the original. If you haven’t watched our video yet, now is the perfect time! You will learn not only about our fundraiser, but about the history of NIA itself. Enjoy!

New Video