Saturday, December 24, 2011

Thank you and Happy Holidays

Thank you to all who came by to the show, if you weren't able to make it, I will be posting images of the "into the seE" series that was on display
...and wish you and your families a happy holiday season

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Gallery Show II: into the seE

Hello everyone! Between school and teaching, I've been working on a series for gallery work these past few months. From 12/20-12/24 this work will be up at Ceres Gallery in Chelsea, with a reception night on the 22nd from 7-9pm--swing on by!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Evelyn Sylvan and the Curse of the Magical Tree Stump!

Hello All!
Sorry for the lack of updates; It's been a great and busy past couple of months. My 2nd children's book, Evelyn Sylvan and the Curse of the Magical Tree Stump, is now completed and available at the Barnes and Noble web-site!

The story deals with bullies--their actions and how they treat others, interwoven with fantasy, drama, and humor. At the end, it's the power of true friendship that saves the day!

Evelyn Sylvan is the most popular girl in school-but she's also a bully. One day, a magical tree stump that imprisons cruel-hearted individuals gets a hold of her! 
Join Evelyn as she embarks on the journey of a lifetime to free herself from the stump's curse as she learns the true definition of what it takes to be a real friend.



Let me know what you think
(Sketches and processes of the book will follow soon in the coming weeks!)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

New York Cares, Colorado Mountain Ranch, and NAEA Seattle, oh my!

(Hello again after being away for so long! I've been working on some gallery work and on a project, but can't show/say anything until we get the green-light, so hopefully more exciting news within a couple of months! I've been getting many opportunities to travel and meet some great people and institutions:)

New York Cares: I got the chance to meet the great kids of Jennie A. Clarke Residence in East Harlem and got to be a part of their Bedtime Stories activity session! (Please click on the link to go to the NYCares blog page to read what happened!) Afterwards, the kids made and gave me thank you cards--a wonderful night and experience!

Colorado Mountain Ranch: My friend (and talented artist) Devin Scannell invited me up to see the CMR--I was floored! CMR is run by a trio of caring/selfless individuals: Mike, Lynn, and Gail. They hold summer programs for youths in the mountains of Gold Hill, CO (please see the link for more info). Last summer was very tough for them as a wildfire destroyed most of the CMR property (as well as countless of homes in that area). The trio, along with the help of the townspeople, volunteers, and contributors, are rebuilding the site better than ever! If you'd like to find out more of how one might help, visit the Four Mile Relief facebook page.

NAEA: The National Art Education Association's conference in Seattle, WA was my first NAEA conference and was a blast! Some of the top art educators and researchers (such as Olivia Gude and Judy Burton), as well as scientific/environmentalist/artist innovators (like Mark Dion), were in attendance giving insightful lectures and presentations. The conference was only 3 days long, but it was jammed pack! Next year, the NAEA comes to NYC!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Featured in 3x3 2011 Illustration Directory!

A page from Sammy's New Home was featured in the Children category of the 2011 3x3 Illustration Directory!
Check out the magazine's site at http://www.3x3gallery.com/

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

...In the Woods

A couple of days ago, I had the opportunity to see a screening of the first half of ...In the Woods, a film by Jennifer Elster. It has an interesting premise to it: individuals take a walk in the woods and journey within their souls and psyche.
Here is the link to the official site: http://www.itwpathway.com/

Prior to actually seeing (part of) the film, I painted/designed this image/poster.
(Acrylic, Digital).

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Look

The Look
(Acrylic, Pencil, Mixed Media)
Capturing the fleeting instant when two eyes meet...
--Kind of looks like Zooey Deschanel :P

Monday, January 17, 2011

MLK Day

Voices: MLK 
(Ink)
The first of a series of my take on inspirational figures from history/present. What better way to start off the series than with Martin Luther King Jr. His speech/Million Man March will always be present in our minds and hearts. It is a shame that equality (no matter race, creed, sex etc) is still not a universally accepted idea. Here's to the now&present--here's to us to keep pushing for a change...

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Find Yourself

Find Yourself
(Ink, Mixed Media)
This symbolizes my experience moving in to the big city. There's so much life/craziness going all around, it is very easy to get caught up in it all and to get lost...

Monday, January 10, 2011

Planes

Planes
(Acrylic, Pencil, Mixed Media)
Different perspectives always interest me--seeing someone or something from a different angle gives us a different characteristic of said being. The gold chain is used to bring the different perspectives together cohesively. How do you view the world/others around you?

Saturday, January 8, 2011

My Top 30 films!

A small break from the world of fine art, and into the magic of cinema!
My good pal Tom of A Work in Progress created his very own Top Movie List on IMDb, and gave me the push to do so as well--quite a hard task as there are so many great films out there to choose from!
I am sure the list will never be final/complete as it is ever changing.

Take a look at my favorites right here

UPDATE: Also made a list of my favorite 25 film characters--what's a great story without great characters?

What are films that you cannot get enough of?

Here's a hint to my number one:

Friday, January 7, 2011

Fleeting Memory

Fleeting Memory
(Acrylic, Watercolor, Ink, Mixed Media)
We tend not to remember every single minute detail; sometimes the most peculiar (or important) things stand out apart from the rest within our memories.

This piece went through quite a bit of revisions; from the construction of the background to the shape of the body of the main figure.
My experience working and exploring upon this painting was a pretty funny metaphor to what the piece meant to me--that 'otherworldly' fleeting/changing aspect of one's memory.

Here's the last revision I had before finally arriving to my finished piece:
I wasn't all too happy with the shape of the body of the figure--it didn't have the graceful/flowing personality to it that I had envisioned (I did my best to change that for the final version of the piece). The background also didn't feel too cohesive for me--so I added the yarn strings and vertical piece of tape. I have my reasons for why I applied these little changes to the piece, though I want to keep the meaning open to all of you :)

Here is where this piece all started:
a simple watercolor semi-portrait of one of my pals. I happened to paint it on this discarded piece of bristol paper. What started out as just a sketch/practice painting, ended up being a rather interesting piece of work to me. The concept of the fleeting aspect of time and memory grew from here...

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Womb

Womb
(Ink, Watercolor, Acrylic on Board)
A kind of re-birth/new beginning--perfect transition&start for 2011

Monday, January 3, 2011

The Widow



The Widow
(24x24in Acrylic on wood board)
I explored my view of the traditional Indian Widow; a life held by constraints and the rules of their society. Perhaps it is an environment that one can escape...

Here's a look at the process this piece went through from the sketch on the board to the final (minus the red background and yarn):
Red just seemed like the right choice for the background--to bring an intensity; a metaphor for the glare of society that the widow character may be feeling enforced upon her
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