Sunday, December 28, 2014

Pileated Woodpecker


Here's a new 34" by 20" drawing of Pileated Woodpeckers, drawn directly on a map of the Eastern Adirondacks. No doubt, these beautiful creatures add much character to the fabric of this region. You can view my collection of map drawings here.

Prints of this piece are available here!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Parent and Child


Here's a new mixed media piece,  Parent and Child. It's part of a series of animal drawings, which will be sold at a new business, Hudson Valley Home. You can see another elephant depiction here.

Parent and Child detail
 Prints of this piece are available here.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Adirondack owls


Here's a new piece drawn on a map of the Adirondack High Peaks. It was rewarding to work in a larger scale,  34" by 20".  I've had a hoot of a good time creating this animal series, and have gotten fantastic feedback. Prints of this piece are available here. More owls, whales, elephants, peacocks and woodpeckers will be visiting this blog soon, so I hope you'll come back too!





Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Whale


I had a whale of a good time drawing this piece on a nautical map. Prints of this drawing are  available here. Below are some sketches I played with...


Monday, December 8, 2014

Another Peacock


Here's another peacock drawing I created for Hudson Valley Home. The original piece (as well as beautiful reproductions will be available there soon! You can view my other peacock drawing from this series here.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Peacock


I was asked by a new local business, Hudson Valley Home, to create artwork with a peacock theme. This 12" by 12" mixed media piece is what I came up with. The original, as well as prints will be available soon! You can view sketches for this project here.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Hispanic Hudson Valley


Here's a recent piece for an article about the burgeoning Hispanic community in the Hudson Valley. Many of these residents are immigrants who are limited by their native tongue. But even with the language barrier, most in this community believe strongly in the American dream. To help them navigate through our culture, Bard College started publishing  La Voz Magazine. This Spanish language publication helps families find resources such as affordable healthcare, housing and ESL classes. You can read this cover story in the Winter issue of About Town magazine.


Below are some sketches for this piece...


Thanks for visiting, and hasta la vista, my friends.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Hot Domain Properties


Here's a new piece for the Wall Street Journal, about the new domain name, .nyc , which recently went on sale to the public. Some speculators are buying up multiple addresses, betting that they will become hot properties in the future. Examples include brooklyn.nyc, pizza.nyc, law.nyc, and kids.nyc, to name a few. You can read the article here. Given the tight deadline, I had two hours to come up with ideas. Here are a few of the sketches I submitted:





Friday, November 7, 2014

More Hudson Valley Maps


I've been sketching ideas for an exciting new project for a local client. The themes of these sketches represent various towns, people and landmarks of the Hudson Valley. Local maps are used as canvases. I'll be posting a lot more about this project  and my client very soon. You can view my first batch of these local map sketches here.

Kingston, NY was a leading brick producer in 19th and 20th century

Rhinecliff, NY is a prominent stop on the Hudson River Line

A more naturalistic approach to the Woodstock peace and love thing

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Hudson Valley Seed Library


I'm thrilled to have illustrated this seed packet for the Hudson Valley Seed Library. Blue jade sweet corn originated in Mexico, so I incorporated a map into the drawing as a nod to those historical roots. These corn plants are very short, so you can grow them in a pot. These seeds, along with many other 'custom artist designed' packets are available here.


Unfolded, the seed packet looks like this. (images courtesy of seedlibrary.org)

The original art, 11" by 11,  Sumi ink and guache directly onto a map of Mexico.

Osama Bin Laden


On May 2nd, 2011, America breathed a sigh of belief. A decade after the World Trade towers fell, the mastermind of this horrific event had finally been killed. As the Navy Seals were taking Osam Bin Laden down, President Obama and his staff monitored their progress from the White House situation room. An iconic photo capturing this moment appeared in papers the next day. Until a week ago, the clipping was affixed to my refrigerator. It inspired me to draw this charcoal portrait, which is 16" by 22".  I'm grateful that a bit of closure to a horrible chapter in US history was delivered on that day.


Monday, November 3, 2014

Sketching Peacocks


Here are some peacock studies I played with last week. They're ideas for animal prints I'm creating for a new client.  You can view my owl sketches here, elephant sketches here and whale sketches here. I'll be posting more about this project in the days to come, so please visit again soon!






Sunday, November 2, 2014

Sketching Whales


I had a whale of a time sketching this week. These ideas for animal prints I'm creating for a new client.   You can view my owl sketches here, and my elephants here. I'll be posting more about this project in the days to come, so please visit again soon!


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Sketching Elephants


Here are some elephant studies I was experimenting with this week. They're ideas for animal prints I'm creating for a new client.  I'll be posting more about this project in the days to come, so please visit again soon!




Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Hooting


 In honor of Halloween, I'm posting some owl sketches which I finished today. These are ideas for animal prints I'm creating for a new client.  I'll be posting more about this project soon, but in the meantime, happy Halloween!



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Hudson Valley Maps


I've been sketching ideas for an exciting new project for a local client. The themes of these sketches represent various towns, people and landmarks of the Hudson Valley. Local maps are used as canvases. I'll be posting a lot more about this project (which has a very large scope) and my client very soon. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these images...


Pete Seeger, Hudson Valley

Fire Tower, Stissing Mountain

Bob Dylan, Woodstock

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Jungle


I was researching a project  yesterday, and stumbled across some maps representing the Chicago stockyards. They reminded me of Upton Sinclair's classic novel, The Jungle, and also inspired these drawings.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Mike McCurry


Mike McCurry was President Clinton's press secretary for nearly four years. After leaving the brutal arena of politics, he wanted to stay in touch with the ideals which lead him to Washington in the first place. A lifelong church goer, he was encouraged to study theology at a seminary. Today, he's one of many former political leaders who are taking this idealistic path,  trying to bridge the ethics of religion with the dialog in DC politics. This will hopefully help address issues which many churches champion, like global poverty and human rights. Thanks to art director, Jenny Mazer of National Journal, for the opportunity to create this portrait.