Portrait – Gallery – Watercolor, Oil, Egg Tempera, Drawing

This is an album of 21 paintings and drawings in chronological order of friends and family who posed for me or gave me a photograph, most recent first. I like switching from watercolor, to oil, to egg tempera and pencil since each technique has a different language and purpose. If you would like to have a portrait, there is a contact sheet on the bottom of the page.

Figurative Oil Painting on Canvas

Digital Clock 2017 Oil Painting on Stretched Canvas 81 x 100 cm (31.8 x 39.3 in)

One day David was working on a project so I took a snapshot and made a painting out of it.  I was interested in the technology.

Boy in Tree

David in Tree 2015 – Tempera on Canvas 46 x 55 cm – Portrait – Location Madrid, Spain

My son in the park, a studio painting.

Woman Surrendered to Sun

Woman Surrendered to the Sun 2013 Acquired            Egg Tempera on Stretched Canvas 130 x 89 cm (51x35in)

A large egg tempera studio painting on canvas;  commissioned portrait from a snap-shot of a very significant other. He gave it the title.


Isabel 2012 – Acquired Oil on Stretched Canvas 33 x 41 cm (13 x 16 In)

Isabel, the mother of my son’s best friend.  She posed for me every day for about a week.  She wanted me to shorten her neck, but I liked the long neck look.

David 2009

David and the Black and White Cat in Cantalojas 2009 –  Mixed Techinique on Stretched Canvas –  81 x 100 cm (31.88 x 39.37 in)

This is a large studio painting of my son with a friendly black and white cat in Cantalojas.  

David Sleeping 2000 – Watercolor on Arches 300 gsm – 23 x 32 cm  (9 x 13 in)- Acquired

My son while he was sleeping, painted it in 2000.  I’m really glad to have this moment on paper.

David in Cantalojas 1998

David in Cantalojas 1998 – 9 x 6.5 inches – Artist’s Collection – Location Madrid

And this one too. I’ve made a lot of paintings and drawings of my son since he was born.  This is a new-born painting; less than 15 days.

Painting of young woman with brown hair and blue eyes wearing pearl earings

Self Portrait 1997 Egg Tempera on Canvas – 50 x 64 cm

This is me and below is my cousin.

Beatriz 1996

My Cousin 1996 – egg tempera on canvas – large and lost.

My cousin  posed everyday for about a week.  The time between when I gave the painting to her in hand, and the next time I spoke to her – It, the painting, got lost.  A mystery to this day.

Mother and Child

Mother and Child 1994 – Egg Tempera on Canvas 73 x 53cm – Location Madrid, Spain

My Aunt and her baby daughter; in the Alameda evening California natural light.  

Alerie  1993

Alerie 1993 – Acquired – Oil on Stretched Canvas – 100 x 73 cm (39.3 x 28.7 in)

My good friend Alerie, in the painting she’s wearing bright red clothes, but I only have a black and white of this painting; it’s hers.  Maybe we’ll run into each other one day.

Silvia 1993

Silvia 1993

I wanted to do a painting about Cleopatra getting bit by a poisonous snake and my friend posed for a few sessions.

Wedding Day 1993

Wedding Day 1993 – Pencil on Paper – 14 x 20 inches – Artist’s Collection – Location Madrid

I like my Mom and Dad’s wedding pictures.  It’s a good topic to practice pencil on paper since it take a lot of hours to do.


Alerie 1993

I met Alerie at SFSU.  The last thing I heard from her is that she was living in NY.  This is a drawing from a picture I took of her in the stairwell.

wood cut

Neil 1992 Life-size Woodcut

I was living on campus at SFSU when I made this wood cut.  I wanted to do a Klimptish style here of this very extravagant guy I met there.

Leasa 1992 - Oil on Woodcut

Leasa 1992 – Oil on Woodcut – Life-size – Acquired

Another good friend Leasa, this is a portrait of her on a wood-cut. It is quite large since it’s bigger than life.  One of my favorite people has this painting and I’m glad. 


Julia 1992 Watercolor on Paper

Julia, a very interesting person and photographer I met in San Diego.  A great model.  I remember that she didn’t move until I finished.


Stasha 1990

I met Stasha in 1985 at Grossmont College. She had fashion and design in her head all the time.   Now she runs an interesting clothing shop. She posed for me me one day and now her mother has it.

Great Grandmother Agustina 1983

Great Grandmother Agustina 1983

This is a sanguine pencil drawing of my Great Grandmother Agustina in Malaga, Spain.  I was staying with my family in Malaga in the summer of 1983.

Grandfather 1983

Grandfather 1983

This is an oil painting on paper of my Grandfather, Jose Luis O’Donnell Lara. He was watching TV while I painted him in Madrid, Spain in 1983

Grandmother 1983

Grandmother 1983

My Grandmother, Maria de Laguno Zuzuarregui, Posed for me for quite a long time here in Madrid.  I was living with my Grandparents at that time.