Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Eva Perón

“I am only a sparrow amongst a great flock of sparrows.”
- Evita Perón , former first lady of Argentina

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Ernesto Che Guevara

Before declaring any manifesto, a passport fluttered open, revealing Ernesto. 

Vagabond forging a motorbike-route, he’d peel out hard, on united fruit. 

Asthmatic slumping on his chopper, humanity drained, traded for copper. 

Before tee-shirts exploited this face, banana republics, a branding disgrace.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Barack Obama

Here's a portrait of one of my favorite U.S. presidents, Barack Obama, created on a vintage map of Hawaii (where he was born). This is part of a series called World Tour - in which I use pages from an old atlas as canvases - painting images relating to the place on each map.

Prints are available here!

That's me holding the original framed portrait of one of my heroes.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Howard Stern

From all five boroughs of a neurotic mind, seven dirty words are gleefully enshrined. 

Subway tunnels connect to Freud and Jung, trains emerge, irreverence on the tongue.

A legend’s lines flow across this chart, with a juvenile sound, rhyming with heart.

Prints of this piece are available here.

Strange Brains

This recent piece for The Wall Street Journal accompanies a story called Strange stories of extraordinary brains and what we can learn from them.  By studying people with unusual mental conditions, scientists are further able to unravel mysteries of the mind. This assignment had a super tight deadline, so I pulled an all-nighter to get it done. Thanks to art director Manuel Velez for a super fun assignment. You can read the article here. Below are sketches.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Leonard Cohen

Enough with trade wars and tariffs. America needs more great Canadian imports, like Leonard Cohen. This legendary singer/songwriter, poet, and novelist was born and raised just outside Montreal, Quebec. We lost him last year, but this true artistic spirit's legacy lives on.

Prints of this piece are available here.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Sinead O'Connor

Here's a portrait of Irish singer, Sinead O’Connor. While drawing this piece, I kept contemplating the tragic losses of public figures, Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. Like many, I kept thinking, how can these people who seemingly have it all, choose to take their lives. There’s a saying, “You don’t know if the roof is leaking unless you’re inside the house”. It’s too bad we can’t see inside the internal landscape of anyone’s psyche. They might be stuck in a dark emotional valley, and don’t have a map for climbing out of it. It’s a good reminder to be kind to others, and stay tapped into our empathy. It might make a difference in their lives.

India ink on a map of Ireland, 20" by 30"