Monday, April 9, 2018

"love nature, too" artist reception thank you

Kris and I want to thank everyone who came out on Sunday to say hello and show their support for our work, and to North Gate Vineyard for having us back for a second round! We had such a good time talking with friends, we didn’t get a chance to get any photos except for before the reception. The show will continue through June, so if you’re in the Purcellville, Virginia area, stop in, have a look and try some of their award-winning wine. 

Saturday, April 7, 2018

some "thirty-six trees" install sneak peek shots

Looking forward to the artist reception at North Gate Vineyard, for Kris and I tomorrow, Sunday from 3-5pm. I only shared some of what I hung from the Hokusai-inspired “Thirty-six Trees” series, though there will only be 35, since I gave one away as a gift to a couple celebrating their 32nd wedding anniversary the day we were hanging our work. They were so kind and funny, and would occasionally lend us their eye and advice during the install process. Kris has plenty of beautiful works at the vineyard as well, but you’ll have to be there to see them, so hope you can make it! 

Saturday, March 31, 2018

love nature, too

I'm happy to announce a new exhibit that my wife Kris and I will be featured in at North Gate Vineyard, starting in April, 2018. This will be our second exhibit together at North Gate, since the first one, called "Love Nature" happened in the Fall of 2015.  Continuing with the nature theme, Kris will have more of her amazing, intuitively painted florals, and maybe some abstracts as well. Unlike the acrylic landscape paintings from a few years back, I'll be featuring framed and singed giclee prints of the "36 Trees" series, first seen at the 2016 Alchemical Vessel show at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery. The series was inspired by Hokusai's Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji series of prints, and it'll be good to see them all out in the open and on display on walls, along with Kris' work. 

The opening reception will take place on Sunday, April 8th, 2018, at North Gate Vineyard, from 3-5pm. We hope to see you there!

Friday, March 30, 2018

art exhibits over spring break

This year's Spring Break from teaching art didn't involve a vacation or a nice getaway, but more or less consisted of getting a lot of boring, mundane everyday things that needed to be done, done, or as I like to call it TCOB. Got the taxes taken care of, the car serviced, dropped off and picked up lots of art to and from shows, did a lot of spring cleaning, the list goes on. That said, I was able to escape a little bit by visiting a couple of great art exhibits in the greater DC area. The first stop included a trip to the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, where I saw the latest, 2018 Alchemical Vessel show. I was honored to to be a part of this wonderful exhibit and event for three consecutive years, from 2015-2017, and am always astounded by how people create something so extraordinary from a simple object or concept. This year's theme was "Our Common Thread", and this time around, artists were given a flat, round wooden surface to work from. The three pieces seen in the photo above, at the right-hand side were made by, from top-to-bottom, Spencer Dormitzer, Cheryl Edwards, and Wayson R. Jones. The show will continue to run through April, 2018!

While I was very familiar with the JHHAG, I had never been to the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, in the Hyattsville, Maryland Arts District. At the urging of my friend Eric Gordon, I decided to finally make the trip out to see a show he' s currently in at the center, called Not Too High, Not Too Low. All I have to say is everything completely surpassed my expectations. The center itself is an artist's dream, and I only wish I didn't live so darn far away from it. The exhibit was a fantastic display of the variety and approaches to art that six local artists working in the cartoon/comics/zine vein,  explored. Both the show and the space have to be seen in person to truly appreciate, and the exhibit will continue to run through the month of April, 2018. 

Thursday, March 29, 2018


Here's a commissioned pet portrait of a beautiful, rescued pit bull/terrier mix, for a kind woman who purchased the Virginia Big-eared Bat piece from the Endangered Kingdom exhibit. She mainly bought the piece because her son loves bats, but also because their beloved dog, whose name is Jane, has big, pointy ears, similar to a bat! I loved working on this piece and found it to be a good  challenge due to the very dark tones and tiny hairs in Jane's face. 

Sunday, March 25, 2018

new spring splotch monsters invading splotch monster island!

As with springtime, there is new life appearing on Splotch Monster Island. The Splotch Monster a Day project continues, and a new Splotch Monster art exhibit is in the works for July, 2018! I'll keep folks posted about the show, as it draws closer. In the meantime, stop on over to the Splotch Monster blog to what these monsters looked like before they were brought to life!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

"fox love" mini-series and art exhibit, on view at the middleburg library, march-through-april 2018

Over the course of a month, I worked on and completed a mini-series focusing on the red fox. It was made for a small exhibit at a small and very charming public space called the Middleburg Library, in Middleburg, Virginia. There are fourteen pieces altogether, six in a vertical format (18" x 12") and eight in a horizontal format (12" x 18"), featuring a total of fifteen foxes, in various poses. I used 140 lb cannon archival watercolor paper, and covered the papers first with various abstract watercolor washes and designs, to be drawn over. Much like the Endangered Kingdom series, I sketched the foxes out in pencil first, later going over the pre-sketches in black marker and brush pen. Since I had not yet gotten a chance to get the works scanned, I decided not to put any of them up for sale. 

I've always loved foxes, and I love how they've grown so much in popularity over recent years. I decided to embrace the cliche and style of Middleburg, VA, with its fox decor all over town. Sadly, there has been a history of fox-hunting in the area - a dated, barbaric and painfully antiquated "sport". Instead I decided to celebrate this beloved small beast, and foster compassion through art. I also continued the crown concept, as each and every red fox in the exhibit adorns a king's or queen's crown, to honor their place in the animal kingdom. 

Compared with the Endangered Kingdom series, this was a far quicker, looser, and spontaneous artistic endeavor. I've received so much positive feedback for these drawings already, and I'm looking forward to selling them in the form of larger-scale giclee prints, in the near future. 

I'm so grateful for the opportunity to display my art at this charming, historic space, and am so very thankful for my wife Kris, and her good eye and hanging expertise. I don't know how I'd do half of these things without her, sometimes! In the meantime, the "Fox Love" exhibit will be on display at the Middleburg Library, in Middleburg, Virginia from now, through the end of April!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

endangered kingdom's last day at the joan hisaoka healing arts gallery

Today was the final day to see the Endangered Kingdom exhibit at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, and I managed to stop by to get one last look before the art comes down. The show was definitely a highlight in my life, and it’s hard to believe it’s all over. I hope that in some small way my art helped to make people aware of some very important issues, while bringing them joy, as well. I’m so incredibly grateful to everyone involved, and for their support. In the meantime I look forward to returning for a Splotch Monster-making workshop in a couple of weeks! 

Sunday, February 25, 2018

endangered kingdom (extended): north american red wolf

Here's one more to add to the Endangered Kingdom series - the North American Red Wolf. It was made as a gift commission for a dear friend's husband who worked to protect wildlife for over three decades. They came to my exhibit and artist talk, and purchased some work, but were hoping to find this amazing animal represented in the show. How I now wish it was in the show, but I'm so glad I got the opportunity to further delve a bit more into the series, and create this piece for such wonderful people.  I chose to document the making of the piece in chronological order as well, and posted it here in reverse. 

In the meantime, the Endangered Kingdom exhibit at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery will be on display for only one more week. On Saturday, March 3rd, by 3pm, the show will end. If you're in the DC area, hope you can make it out to the show!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

endangered kingdom artist talk, world pangolin day and more, at the joan hisaoka healing arts gallery

I want to thank folks for braving the cold and sloppy winter weather Saturday to come by and hear my Endangered Kingdom artist talk at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery. It was so good to get a chance to share my work with such wonderful people! A big thanks goes out to Spencer Dormitzer (top photo) for such an eloquent and thoughtful introduction, as well, and to friends who traveled near and far to see the show and hear me speak, and buy my work yesterday. I am forever grateful.

(photos courtesy of JHHAG, directly above and below)

Saturday was also World Pangolin Day, a perfect and appropriate day to talk about my Endangered Kingdom exhibit. I want to give the always inspirational Jennifer Crawford a shout out for purchasing my Pangolin piece on the show’s opening night!

The Smith Center for Healing And the Arts, which is part of the Hisaoka Gallery, is such a warm and welcoming space. I’ve always loved the colorful origami bird sculptures along the space’s window. I'm looking forward to doing a Splotch Monster-making workshop here in March, so stay tuned for more details to come! In the meantime, the Endangered Kingdom art exhibit ends on Saturday, March 3rd, so there's still a little time to see the show before it all comes down.