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

This page is only about painting people I know.  People who have posed for me or have given me a photograph.  To me it’s obvious which are direct and which are from a photo.  I have quite a few of each kind, so I’m putting them here to see them together.  I like different mediums such as watercolor, oil, egg tempera and pencil.

Watercolor of my son David while sleeping.

My son while he was sleeping, painted it in 2000.  I’m really glad to have painted this moment since it brings back memories.

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.  

Boy in Tree

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

My son in the park, a studio painting.

Beatriz 1996

Beatriz 1996 – egg tempera on canvas – large and lost.

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

Woman Surrendered to Sun

Woman Surrendered to the Sun 2013 – Egg Tempera on Canvas – 130 x 89 cm. – Acquired

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

Alerie  1993

Alerie 1993

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.

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. 

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.

David in Cantalojas 1998

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

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.

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.


Isabel 2012

This is Isabel, the mother of my son’s best friend in 2012.  Isabel 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 2009

This is a large painting of my son with a cat while we were in Cantalojas.  

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.


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.


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 at Grossmont College in 1985.  She posed for this painting for quite a few hours.  She is gazing into the distance.