Welcome to"Behind The Canvas" , my reflections on what inspired a painting or a series of works and my feelings toward living a creative life. People often ask me about my work, hopefully this blog will answer some of those questions. Enjoy! LP

My New East End Lamp Post Art

August 25, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

This lamp post art was created for the East End Main Street public art program.
The original painting  ( "Pink Lady")represents one of the many turreted homes in the east end neighborhood. The sign is located in front of "The Abundant Life Ministries" church at 1534 Washington St. East. The painting is on display at Old Colony Realty and is for sale.

Come See "Our Appalachia" at Tamarack

August 07, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

This painting along with another were accepted into the Tamarack Art Gallery's new show "Our Appalachia", which opens Sunday August 10th and closes September 28th. The subjects are based on a photo that I took at a friend's wedding in the country. Stop by the gallery to see the show, and then have a bite at The Greenbrier Cafe.

Virginia-Elizabeth Goes On The Block

June 23, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

This painting of the infamous " East End Chicken" aka "Virginia-Elizabeth" will be up for bid in the "Street Works Art Auction & Celebration" on Wednesday, June 25th, Festivities run from 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Go to CharlestonEastEnd.com for further information & to purchase tickets to the celebration.
Put "Payne" in the "Artist Code" section of the registration form


February 16, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

To make a great pot of soup, you start with several ingredients. First you chop and sauté some onions, layer in some spices, add a little wine, add some more vegetables, some broth, and then you let it simmer... The longer it simmers, the better the soup.

Creating is like that. Sometimes artwork needs to "simmer", that's when I take a break from one painting and work on another. That simmering time renews my enthusiasm to approach the work again. And ideas are no different, I have some that have been simmering for years and are just now bubbling into fruition. LP




Restaurant Girls

February 04, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

This is a subject that I saw in my mind and had to paint it. I asked several of my friends from church to gather around a table and pose so that I could take some photos. After working up sketches from the poses, I invented  the "table-scape". After weeks of concentrated effort, it was finished and I displayed it in a local restaurant. Although, the painting is still available, it has led to numerous portrait commissions using that theme. You never know where an idea might lead... here are two commissions that came from others seeing this one. Cheers!


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