Recent Work

Jolan

Oil on canvas. 24" x 24".

Jolan

Paulie

Oil on canvas. 24" x 24".

Paulie

Purple Haze

Oil on canvas. 40" x 30".

Sunny Dee

Sunny Dee

Oil on canvas. 24" x 36".

Sunny Dee

Tilling the Earth

Oil on canvas. 40" x 30".

Tilling the earth

State of the Arts 2017
R. G. Endres Gallery, 7700 Mission Road, Prairie Village, Kansas.
On display for the month of October, Monday though Friday, 8a to 5p.

Please help me win the Prairie Village Arts Council People’s Choice Award by visiting pvsota.org and voting for “Tilling the Earth.”
Thank you for your support!

People’s Choice voting will conclude at 7:30p, October 13, 2017

David

Oil on canvas. 30" x 24".

MarilynAs I worked my way through KU as a painting major, I kept being asked, “Have you met David Gross yet?” Unfortunately, with my commute and heavy schedule, I never seemed to have time to go to Paola to track him down. This went on for three years.

Then, I had a show in Paola in 2009, at which I noticed a gentleman looking at my work. When he noticed me, he walked over and introduced himself, “Hi. I am David Gross. I really like your work.” Of course, I responded, “Thank you,” not realizing my life would be changed forever from that moment.

Over the next year, we grew to know each other. I learned David had been painting his whole life. It was the one constant thing in life that sustained him — art. He loved to explore color, space, and composition. Over time, he shared that he dreamed of being able to paint exactly what he wanted, to explore, experiment, and not necessarily paint what would sell — a feeling I deeply understood.

Over the years as we became good friends, it became clear to me that he was a master colorist and a master of any style. I was in awe of David’s unmatched skills. I’ve always thought that there is genius in pure simplicity, and this man exhibited his skill in his choice of compositions and colors on every canvas. He was unafraid of experimentation. His words are constantly running through my mind whenever I hit a wall and can go no farther on a painting: “It’s just a painting.” Then I laugh, and the wall is always shattered. Every day, I honor him by continuing to paint — he was always encouraging me to grow and experiment.

David passed away March 20, 2017. He lives on in the hearts of those who had the privilege of working with him.

The Hilliard Gallery is having a retrospective show of his work September 1 through October 27, 2017. My portrait of him will be part of the retrospective. The gallery is located at 1820 McGee Street, Kansas City, Missouri, and is open Tuesday through Friday 10a – 5p, Saturday 12n – 4p, and by appointment.

Marilyn

Oil on canvas. 30" x 24".

Marilyn

Guitar Man

Oil on canvas; 5' x 4'.

Guitar Man

Matthew’s Sunset

Oil on canvas tritypche. Each panel 5' x 4'.

Matthew's Sunset

Thank you to the following arts patrons for their support:

Crocus
acquired by anonymous.
Sunflower
acquired by Ann Clements.
Matt's Rose
acquired by Matt Pickett.