For the last two years I’ve been working as the cover artist for HiNRG reigning queen, Hazell Dean. Ms. Dean and I had a chat, mapping out the course of our collaboration and more! Continue reading
From today, November 25th until Monday, the 28th, I’m offering 25% of prints and 10% off commissions! To check out what’s available check out my Portfolio. To place an order or for more information, email me at, firstname.lastname@example.org.
1st of a series titled, “Heroines”. Because it’s oil paint on a variety of materials, the light is picked up differently in various spots. A lot of subtle imagery may be unnoticeable in the photograph.
I’m pleased to announce that after some touching up this painting will be shipped to Gallery 111 in Sausalito, California for a guest artist show in May!
I recently had the privilege to take a small group of students to the latest exhibit at the New Art Center, just outside of Boston. This Larger Truth: Transformation and Identity Then and Now, is the cumulative work of five … Continue reading
I’m excited to announce a list of late afternoon classes I’ll be teaching in the Spring at the New Art Center of Newton, MA, just ten minutes outside of Boston! Teaching at the center gives me a little more creative freedom than I have in public school and I’ve begun to happily plan out the term starting in April.
This class is designed to introduce students to the basic techniques of drawing humans, objects, and animals cartoon-style. Students will learn to give realistic expression to their drawings of original characters and caricatured celebrities. Studying anatomy, proportion, movement, etc will allow students to become more confident and creative cartoon designers. Class discussion will focus on the work of classic cartoonists to better understand and appreciate the art form of cartooning.
Explore the genre of the graphic novel with comic books and manga. Delve into the history of the medium and its influences on animation, anime, music, and film. Students will create their own graphic novel and focus on story structure and pencil and ink art. Students are required to bring a sketchbook to class.
This class is designed for beginners and advanced students who are serious about drawing and painting. Different techniques and a wide range of materials will be used to explore and help redefine students’ art class experience.
Working from still-life, photographs, magazines, and independent ideas students will be introduced to specific drawing fundamentals and techniques. Various mediums will be used such as, graphite, ink, charcoal, chalk pastel, oil pastel, graphic markers, and conté crayons. Personal style is celebrated and encouraged!
This class will offer students the opportunity to make art using different materials and various media. Painting, collage making, blogging, directing, building — anything goes for the serious artist who has something to say. Students will be inspired by modern and contemporary art as they interact with the New Art Center’s current exhibition in the main gallery. A great class in particular to use the creative process to express oneself by thinking outside of the box!
Would you like to become a young leader in the art world? If you’re interested in visual art, photography, music, dance, theater, and/or organizing events — this is the perfect ‘class’ for you! Led by K-12 art teacher and Teen Program Coordinator, Steven Wilber, participants will learn important leadership skills and tools to organize art-related activities, develop budgets, and plan programs like field trips, community art projects, teen night outs, art exhibits, and more.
We have art so that we may not perish by the truth, Friedrich Nietzsche. Seniors and I will be discussing this quote by the German philosopher and poet.
Do you agree, does art save us from the truth?
Planning for my latest painting began from a backup story in Wonder Woman #316, 1984. I loved the dramatic pose of the Huntress with a long, dark cape draped down her sides with her arms raised high. I remember a similar pose from a production still of Batgirl (Yvonne Craig), from the Sixties, Batman, TV series.
Then I remembered Frank Langella as the evil sorcerer, Skeletor, from the Masters of the Universe film. I loved the actor’s flair with his black cloak, as his extensive skull makeup allowed little movement of his face, but the makeup/mask was terrifying on its own. Fashion is an extension of one’s self, of their emotions, this is utilized in much of my work. The Huntress (great name) pose, the cloak, and the skull face would be used to show a duality between beauty and ugliness. Sex, tainted with evil. But because I’m predominately a happy person, I want this painting to reflect that as well.
As of late, I’ve been digging into Diana Ross’ back catalog of lesser known music from the early Eighties. The music videos Dirty Looks, Eaten Alive, and, Pieces of Ice are prime examples of fashion and fades of the era. I appreciate Ross’ commanding presence in front of a camera or on stage. The latter two videos resemble bad B horror films, a notorious source of regular inspiration for my work. I could incorporate Ross’ beauty and the beastly nature of her videos into my skull faced heroine. This would soften the wickedness of the figure, but also enhance the over all mood of the piece.
Within minutes I suddenly had a reference sheet cobbled together and I’m now eager to begin sketching out designs for the upcoming, “Glamor Gore” painting, working title.
In an effort to promote the use of reference material, research, and sharing ideas, I’m asking my eighth graders to create their own individual Tumblr pages. Always believing to practice what I preach, I’ve created my own. With students, step by step, I will be working on a piece of my own, using ideas from the processes of famous artists, until everyone has a completed masterpiece by the end of the term in March.
A fourth grader asked me, “What would Wonder Woman have done?” I knew she was only half kidding because she was visibly hiding how upset she was over the latest news of the shooting in Connecticut. I pray if this … Continue reading