Art of Images

People talk of “art,” and most often, they are thinking of images, images as art.  But we also know that the word art points to much wider circles of human creation than just images. It is wider than drawing and painting.

But on this page, in these galleries, this is what I mean by art, my visual art.


Artist Statement

Art-making, in the western tradition(s) for the past centuries, graces primarily the one that makes it. Often, it leaves a trail and others pick it up and see what might grace themselves. Often, it leaves them cold. Even when made with a keen desire for others to be somewhat graced by it, the trail–an object or performance–fails to touch others. Art, this way seen, lives in its own place, perhaps like a terrarium so that it may be enjoyed by observers. But like a life itself, it belongs to itself. Art for the artist.

Digital tools have fully arrived now. I think the moment was when TIME had its person of the year painted in what I call ‘digital oil.’ It was the new Pope, no less. By Jason Seiler. (Dec 23, 2013 TIME cover). I encourage everyone to try it. Find a friend with tools. Ask me. I want to help. Think of it as the most patient tools you can hold. Make a mark. Make another. Let it do something. Let yourself be with it. This is play. Does it leave a trail that others might pick up and feel graced by? That will be for them to discover. Meanwhile in your play with a digital tool–oh, my, humans have made marvelous ones now!–then you will find it completely patient with you. Only you are saying, “Yes!” and “No!” “Beautiful” and “Junk!” It is quiet, saying at most, “Keep me” or “Change Me.” Finally, understand that digital art is playing directly with colored light, while the so-called traditional media, like paint, are playing with materials that send color to our eyes only when light bounces off them. Oh, I love those gooey, aromatic, physical media. They are like food. Digital is, then like what? Maybe like dreams. Yeah, like dreams.

Physical, Traditional Media
  • Late Day Sunlight on Fresh Snow

    "Late Day Sunlight on Fresh Snow"

  • Adirondack Winter, 1

    “Adirondack Winter, 1”

  • Afternoon on Olana Pond

    “Afternoon on Olana Pond”

  • Apple Trees at Kripalu

    “Apple Trees at Kripalu”

  • An Apple, A Day

    “An Apple, A Day”

  • Adirondack Winter, 2

    “Adirondack Winter, 2”

  • Adirondack Winter, 3

    “Adirondack Winter, 3”

  • Adirondack Winter, 4

    “Adirondack Winter, 4”

  • Adirondack Winter, Powdered Graphite Set

    “Adirondack Winter”, Powdered Graphite Set

  • “Borne in Bethlehem”

    “Borne in Bethlehem”

  • Calla Lily

    “Calla Lily”

  • Catskill View

    “Catskill View”

  • ChiOn Temple, Kyoto 2016

    “ChiOn Temple, Kyoto” 2016

  • Moon Set at Sunrise

    “Moon Set at Sunrise”

  • Cassandra


  • Lohan


  • Hildreth Barn

    “Hildreth Barn”

  • Niverville Hill

    “Niverville Hill”

  • Meditate on This

    “Meditate on This”

  • Wolframs-Eschenbach


  • Sutherland Pond in Fall

    “Sutherland Pond in Fall”

  • Otto at Home

    “Otto at Home“

  • "The Farm"

    "The Farm"

  • Love's Pure Light

    “Love's Pure Light‘

  • Snow Day

    “Snow Day”

  • Cathedral and construction, Albany NY

    “Cathedral and construction, Albany NY” 1967

  • Story Illustration

    “Story Illustration”

  • Green Street

    “Green Street”

  • magazine illustration,1

    magazine illustration,1

  • magazine illustration,2

    magazine illustration,2

  • Temple Orange

    “Temple Orange”

  • SunBorn


  • Swiss Independence Day at Nightfall

    “Swiss Independence Day at Nightfall”

  • The Cottage 1967

    “The Cottage” 1967

  • Apple Portrait on Rectangles

    “Apple Portrait on Rectangles”

  • "Pine Cone Cluster"

    "Pine Cone Cluster"

  • two golden fish being fed petals under moonlight

    "Fantasy Flying Fish"

  • oil painting of a country river in late autumn with mountains in distance


  • watercolor figure silhouetted on desert sunset


  • “Hildreth, north view”

  • 3”x3” pencil on paper from “Two Ways in a Winter Wood”

  • Phelps Road in October, watercolor

    Phelps Road in October

  • Deb Koffman, graphite on paper

    Deb Koffman, graphite on paper

  • TKPhelps March’24

  • “Loch Ness Looking South”, 5”x7” colored pencil on paper (Polychromos on Artistico watercolor paper, 140 lbs, hot pressed, 100% cotton), reference June 9, 2024, 9pm. We 3 were there. Had visited Urquart Castle on the lake’s western shore (about straight down from the bird in my piece). Air filled with sounds of sheep. Think: Heaven. (That text with FB post 2:12 July 20’)

Digital Landscape & Still Life
  • Winter Path to River

    “Winter Path to River”

  • A Long Conversation

    “A Long Conversation”

  • Après-midi au Jardin du Luxembourg

    “Après-midi au Jardin du Luxembourg”

  • le pont Marie pendant l’inondations de 2016

    “le pont Marie pendant l’inondations de 2016‘

  • Mountains of Central Taiwan

    “Mountains of Central Taiwan”

  • Noyac View

    “Noyac View”

  • Cool Down

    “Cool Down”

  • Returning Home

    “Returning Home”

  • Waiting for the Hammock

    “Waiting for the Hammock”

  • Vicky’s Begonias

    “Vicky’s Begonias”

  • Daffodils Cut

    “Daffodils Cut”

  • Hortensia in Nuremberg

    “Hortensia in Nuremberg”

  • Mountain Laurel

    “Mountain Laurel“

  • Catskill Setting in October

    “Catskill Setting in October”

  • Catskills from Keene Farm

    “Catskills from Keene Farm”

  • Snow Flurry in Sunlight

    “Snow Flurry in Sunlight”

  • Whiteface at the start of winter

    “Whiteface at the Start of Winter”

  • “Evening Meal After Rain”

    “Evening Meal After Rain”

  • Plum Blossom Branch

    “Plum Blossom Branch”

  • beach at ocean, water color

    Sagaponack Memory

  • Daffodils, 2021

    Daffodils, 2021

  • “Catskill October”

  • Montauk Point Winterscape

  • Two Ways in a Winter Wood

    Two Ways in a Winter Wood

  • Walking the Dogs

    Walking the Dogs

  • “InterMezzo” in Cavalleria Rusticana

  • “Hebron Glass” TKPhelps March 2024, Procreate painting

Digital Oils, general

These digital images have various effects similar to oil painting. Sometimes this is just the gallery I chose to put the image into, but many were intentionally made using oil painting as a style and method. Always for me, it is about the image and its effect and what tools to use to get there and only secondarily a question of what category label to give it.

  • "Salvator Mundi, 2018"

    "Salvator Mundi, 2018"

  • El Niño

    “El Niño”

  • Painting “El Niño”

    Painting “El Niño”

  • World for Sale

    “World for Sale”

  • Jardin du Luxembourg et L’École des Mines de Paris

    “Jardin du Luxembourg et L’École des Mines de Paris“

  • Peace


  • l’amica di Modigliani

    “l’amica di Modigliani”

  • l’amica di Modigliani, detail

    “l’amica di Modigliani”, detail

  • Étude


  • Waiting at the Window, Bartolini’s Nymph at the Louvre

    “Waiting at the Window, Bartolini’s Nymph at the Louvre”

  • Seeing the Light

    “Seeing the Light”

  • Entering the Plane

    “Entering the Plane”

  • Aisle 42

    “Aisle 42”

  • Sailing, digital silkscreen

    Sailing, digital silkscreen

  • The Bid

    The Bid

  • “The Robin” after Fabritius

  • County Fair, digital oil

    County Fair

Digital Abstract
  • "Starchitecture"


  • Alpha Lock, 1 abstract multi-colored

    “Alpha Lock, 1”

  • Alpha Lock, 2

    “Alpha Lock, 2”

  • Alpha Lock, 3 abstract multi-colored

    “Alpha Lock, 3”

  • Alpha Lock, 4

    “Alpha Lock, 4”

  • Alpha Lock, 5 abstract multi-colored

    “Alpha Lock, 5”

  • Alpha Lock, 6 abstract multi-colored

    “Alpha Lock, 6”

  • Alpha Lock, 7 abstract multi-colored

    “Alpha Lock, 7“

  • Alpha Lock, 8 abstract multi-colored

    “Alpha Lock, 8”

  • Alpha Lock, 9 abstract multi-colored

    “Alpha Lock, 9”

  • Alpha Lock, 10 abstract multi-colored

    “Alpha Lock, 10”

  • Alpha Lock, 11 abstract multi-colored

    “Alpha Lock, 11”

  • "Alpha Lock, 12" abstract multi-colored

    "Alpha Lock, 12"

  • "Alpha Lock, 13" abstract multi-colored

    "Alpha Lock, 13"

  • "Alpha Lock, 14" abstract multi-colored

    "Alpha Lock, 14"

  • abstract multi-colored

    "Alpha Lock, 15"

  • Fall Coming, watercolor in amorphous field with tree and sun or moon

    "Fall Coming 2020"

  • Abstract image of greens and oranges

    "Green and Orange"

  • Song at the Cliff, digital pencil of tree and singer on a cliff with John 14:27

    "Song at the Cliff"

  • pan dēmos

    "pan dēmos"

  • Water #2

    Water #2

  • “Torn” abstract digital oil of many colors


This gallery includes (and is mostly) a series I call “Alpha Lock.” It is a method of digital painting I invented (others surely do similar things) using iPad’s Procreate app with Pencil. I like it because it not only does not simulate physical media, but it allows image effects that cannot be made in the physical media. Look for strokes that lie over and under each other in bold or subtle ways, especially where a stroke of color follows what is under it, yet changes that. The term “alpha” refers to something in digital images. It is the attributes, such as color, that determine which dots are in an image. By locking these in place, one can add to what is there while also keeping parts of it in place. Hard to describe...

Digital Portraits

Most of my digital portraits are “born a photograph, raised a painting.” I import one or more photographs (usually ones I have taken myself) into fine art painting software such as Procreate and ArtRage and then work from there. I don’t use automatic features that alter a photo to make it look like paint. Instead, I work “every inch” (even spots as tiny as refliections on the eye) and use artistic choices as I would in making any fine art image, such as oil paintings.

  • George and Lizabeth

    “George and Lizabeth”

  • Timothy


  • Donna Hildreth Moss

    “Donna Hildreth Moss”

  • David Wade Smith

    “David Wade Smith”

  • David in the Clouds

    “David in the Clouds”

  • Benediction


  • Becca 2017

    “Becca 2017”

  • Becca


  • Deborah


  • Courtney


  • Merrall and Mary

    “Merrall and Mary“

  • Eleanor December 1990

    “Eleanor December 1990“

  • Eleanor January 2014

    “Eleanor January 2014”

  • El Tigre

    “El Tigre”

  • Aaron Graduation

    “Aaron Graduation”

  • Eliane


  • Joelle on Qingdao Mountain

    “Joelle on Qingdao Mountain”

  • “Katie 2017”

  • Stephen


  • Self-portrait Aug 2015

    Self-portrait Aug 2015

  • Self-portrait Winter 2017

    Self-portrait Winter 2017

  • Raymond Ortali

    “Raymond Ortali”

  • Birgit und Jürgen Wagner

    “Birgit und Jürgen Wagner”

  • Sư Cô Đức Quang and her Grandmother

    “Sư Cô Đức Quang and her Grandmother”

  • Gerti at 30

    “Gerti at 30”

  • David


  • Beth in Evening Light, Poet’s-Walk Gate

    Beth in Evening Light, Poet’s Walk Gate

  • Verginie, a pencil sketch

    Verginie, a digital-pencil sketch

  • Emilea


  • Self-portrait of artist against winter drawing

    “Mynd of Winter”

  • Mom at 70

    Mom at 70

  • portrait of Thich Nhat Hanh

    Thich Nhat Hanh Moon Bright Mountain

  • Jane S 2018

    Jane S 2018

  • Headshot digital oil of Artist in early 2022

    Self March 2022

  • "Thayer House 2022 grisaille"

  • "Phelps House 2022 grisaille"

  • "Stram Center 2022 grisaille"

  • "Hildreth House -grisaille"

    "Hildreth House-grisaille"

  • Vicky’s Heaven

    “Vicky’s Heaven”

  • Wolframs-Eschenbach


  • Otto at Home

    “Otto at Home“

  • ChiOn Temple, Kyoto 2016

    “ChiOn Temple, Kyoto” 2016

  • "Starchitecture"


  • “Steve’s Old Town”

  • "Maggie's Art"

  • “l'Église du Saint Esprit‘

    “l'Église du Saint Esprit"

  • Vicky's Heaven

    "Vicky's Heaven"

  • Sagaponack Common School 2022

    Sagaponack Common School 2022

Photographic Art
  • Green Tara Figure

    “Green Tara Figure”

  • Buddhas Watching over Us

    “Buddhas Watching over Us“

  • Ethel Rose

    “Ethel Rose“

  • Ganesh Carving at Lynn and Dan’s

    “Ganesh Carving at Lynn and Dan’s

  • Deborah June27'88

    Deborah June27'88

  • Golden Gate Bridge Below June 1988

    Golden Gate Bridge Below June 1988

  • Sag Harbor Frosting

    Sag Harbor Frosting

  • Daffodils, 2021

    Daffodils, 2021

  • "Iris Spring Portrait"

    "Iris Spring Portrait"

  • Mirror Lake Again

    Mirror Lake Again

  • Still Life 2023

The images I put in this gallery are “born a photograph, raised a photograph.” That’s a twist on my metaphor for describing some of my digital fine art (see, for example, the digital portraits) which I call “born a photo, raised a painting,” which means they started out as photographs and got their basic “DNA” from there, but are then cultivated often for a long time being worked on every inch with digital tools as a painting. So, here are photographs that I have also worked on in varying ways to present images of superior photographic qualities, some of which might not even be in the original. Some are just fine art photographs the way I took them in the camera. But I have “a thousand” of those; so when I place one here, it qualifies to me as fine art, thus “Photographic Art.” To me, art in the western tradition is self-expression plus communication that emanates notable beauty—or more accurately that draws out the elusive and even mysterious “beauty” response in the artist and many of the viewers.

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