Friday, March 27, 2020

Wine for Wildlife has gone VIRTUAL!

Due to COVID-19 social distancing, as with most things currently happening, the Wine for Wildlife event has officially gone virtual. HERE is the link to the virtual event, and HERE is a little promotional video that my wife Kris and I made for our birdhouses. Check it out!


Friday, March 6, 2020

Wine For Wildlife, 2020


Join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy as we celebrate wildlife, art, and wine at scenic Sunset Hills Vineyard. This year’s live auction will feature birdhouses customized by local artists. Watch social media and local establishments for a preview of the birdhouses. Join us for an evening of local entertainment, local art and local wine all to support the mission of Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy.

Tickets will go on sale here on February 1, 2020.

Questions: Contact info@loudounwildlife.org

https://loudounwildlife.org/event/wine-for-wildlife/


Monday, March 2, 2020

Australian Wildlife project


Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby

 While January 2020 began with a laid-back approach to art-making, with the miniature "tone poem" paintings, later in the month I learned of the out-of control Australian bush-fires and their devastating effect on the environment and the wildlife. It was infuriating to learn of just how little was initially done to get the situation under control, and it was terrifying to witness the utterly destructive results of climate change, and climate change denial.


Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo

I wanted to do something about this, but felt helpless. That's when I was inspired to try a collaborative project with some local musicians whose work I respect and enjoy.  I reached out to about half a dozen musicians working in the ambient and experimental side of things, to see if they were interested, and I quickly received some very enthusiastic responses, to my pleasant surprise. 



Echidna

The idea of the collaboration would be that I'd assign an Australian animal that was either threatened or directly affected by the fires, and the musician would somehow interpret that animal through their music, in an attempt to capture the "personality" and character of that animal, then I'd draw it. In turn, the musician would choose an AU animal and make a track, and have me draw it as well. The resulting music and art would go on a limited edition CD, with all earned money going directly to a charity that helps Aussie wildlife. 



Platypus

So far, I've got all eleven animals completed, two of which are originally from the Endangered Kingdom series, and nine (seen here) that are brand new works, done in the same style as the EK series. It's been good, getting back to drawing again, though after this series I will return to working on larger-scale abstract work.



Thorny Devil Lizard

Four of the musicians have completed and sent me their two tracks each, resulting in six that are finished, while the rest are nearing completion. The goal is to have the art and music done by the end of February, and the release completed and ready by the end of March, late April, at the latest. I'd also like to get a release party set-up, and even an accompanying exhibit, even if it's just a pop-up show for one day. We'll see if that happens, and it's not a hundred percent necessary, though it would be nice. 


Koala

I'll be sure to talk more about the musicians involved in the project, as it nears completion. For now, this post is just a peek at what's in store. Stay tuned for more!


Western Ground Parrot



Manning River Turtle


Kangaroo

Friday, January 10, 2020

Tone Poems 1-5






Continuing in the chromesthesia-related vein, I've been working on smaller, 4.5" x 4.5" acrylic paintings on paper called "Tone Poems". So far, five have been completed and I plan on doing about twenty, in total. That, however, can change to even more, if I feel there's more to explore in this format. These are being made for reasons I can't quite reveal just yet, however it does have to do with my collaboration with Virginia musician Tristan Welch. Making these small works on paper has been a nice way to ease into the new year, stay creative and artistically productive, without a ton of pressure, or use of materials and resources, for that matter. More to come soon!

Sunday, December 8, 2019

"Listen", 24" x 48", acrylic paint and gloss varnish on canvas


"Listen", 24" x 48", acrylic paint and gloss varnish on canvas





"Listen" is the latest painting I completed, continuing in the chromesthesia-inspired, abstract painting vein. My artistic direction has changed a lot over the past year or so, as I decided to go all in on focusing on painting with acrylics on canvas again. Still, much has remained the same, as I've continued to work with elements of chance and spontaneity, and remain a hundred percent true to my interests and what some would call creative "muse". It has been extremely fulfilling taking this approach to art-making, and it has also yielded unpredictable rewards, including three solo shows in 2019, and far more sales of my work than ever before. These things, I feel are only a byproduct to making the art I make, but are quite significant nonetheless, and I'm extremely grateful to everyone who has supported me and my work in some way, both great and small. Looking forward to seeing what's on the horizon in the new year! 

Monday, November 25, 2019

Wine for Wildlife customized owl house


After a couple of weeks working on customizing a birdhouse for the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, it’s finally finished. I specifically chose to work on an owl house because it’s size and shape allowed me to paint it in the abstract style I’m currently exploring. After taking some of it apart, sanding, gessoing, painting, scraping, and varnishing it, I reassembled the house as it originally was. I was going for a more rustic look by using a subtractive process, applying acrylic paint, scraping some off, and reapplying more paint over the course of a few days. I wanted the house to blend in with nature while also taking on the presence of a unique and functional object of art. This was a fun challenge and I’m grateful to have been asked to participate! My wife Kris is working on one as well, and we’re looking forward to the Wine For Wildlife event in late March, when this work will be available for auction. I’ll post more as the event date draws closer. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

I got an artist interview featured in the November, 2019 issue of Get Out Loudoun!


I’m very excited to be featured in the November, 2019 issue of Get Out Loudoun! They did an excellent job featuring my art work, and it was a pleasure to be interviewed by Jim Sisley, of Tryst Gallery, Leesburg for this article! You can find the latest Get Out Loudoun issues available for free at local business throughout Loudoun County, Virginia, including Tryst Gallery (I just got mine at Dunkin Donuts). Check it out!

You can also read the interview HERE at the Tryst Gallery blog, as well!


Sunday, November 3, 2019

a visit to the ginkgo tree grove at the Virginia state arboretum


The original plan was to stay home and sleep in, after all the arting on Friday and Saturday, but the weather was just too nice to not go out and enjoy, so Kris suggested we visit the Blandy Experimental Farm, near Winchester, Virginia, to catch the last few days of the yellowing ginkgo grove on the grounds of the Virginia state arboretum. This place has a lot of significance for Kris and I, since about a dozen or so years ago, I got on the live "Blandy Cam" to say "hi" to Kris, who was still living in Trinidad at the time, and who only communicated with me via Skype until that point. This was a big deal, and considered hi-tech back then. It's kind of crazy to think of how far we've come since, for better or worse.



Saturday, November 2, 2019

Visual Music exhibit closing event/Purcellville Artisan Tour


It turned out to be a beautiful day for art and music at 868 Estate Vineyards! This afternoon was the closing event for my Visual Music exhibit, and I was joined by Tristan Welch on ambient guitar, while doing a painting demo. I’m extremely thankful for Tristan driving all the way out west today, to join us, as much of the work in the show was the result of a recent collaboration between the two of us that will eventually be released as an album (stay tuned!). I’m also so grateful to Andrea Cybyk and Nancy Deliso for giving me the exhibit and allowing my work to grace the walls of 868. It has been an extremely positive experience that is ending with some recent exciting news that 21 of 26 pieces in the show were sold! It still hasn’t quite sunk in, I think. I also need to thank my always incredible wife Kris, who is always there for me, who documented today’s as well as yesterday’s event, and who keeps me going when I need it the most. Finally, I can’t forget to thank everyone who came out to support me from near and far, and even via social media - as I will always say, it is never taken for granted.