Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Under The Influence: Beastie Boys Tribute

Oh My God, It’s a Mirage
21 x 15.5 in.
oil, graphite and spray paint on masonite


This is my painting for the Beastie Boys tribute show @ Gallery 1988 in LA. I had a tough time coming up with a concept for this show, but it was a good challenge. I'm happy with my idea but I'm still not sure how I feel about the overall painting. I did do some experimenting with spray paint (it doesn't show in the scan, but the background is GOLD) and stenciling which I enjoyed, but I must say that I'm glad to be working in full color again on my current sure to check out the show if you're in the area, it opens January 8th @ Gallery 1988 LA

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Recent Commission.

Some commissions are more difficult than others, and while some jobs may not always be something I would normally find myself painting, I try to find ways to make them me. Needless to say, there are still times when a piece can just be a struggle whether it be the subject matter or just the idea. However, here is a recent commission that I just finished up and really enjoyed. I am fascinated by past times, so this job to create a painting based off of an old photograph was right up my alley.

15 x 12 in.
oil on wood

And then there is Dwight Schrute, a fun little painting I did for my sister. Because really, who doesn't love Dwight?

Assistant TO the Regional Manager
5 x 7 in.
oil on board

Monday, October 27, 2008


Grandparents: Jack and Irene Malone
16 x 19 in.
oil on wood

This is a painting of my grandparents that I did for my mom. I reproduced it from an old photograph of them that we had found when my grandmother passed away. We think the photograph was taken around 1940, my grandmother would have been around 19 years old and my grandfather would have been around 24.

Here's a picture (a pretty terrible one-I'll get a better one up soon) of the piece framed.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Out of sight, out of mind.

Here is a painting I did last year, I had never posted it and just came across an image of it the other day. It was based off of a book I had read, "Evening" by Susan Minot. The story was about a woman on her deathbed, reflecting on a love in her life from 40 years earlier.
I sold the piece last year and seemed to have forgotten about it until now. It's one of my favorite paintings that I have done mainly because of how much I enjoyed the book. I think I'll re-read it (I do that a lot) and maybe even paint another piece based off of it :)

8 x 20 in.
oil on board

Thursday, October 16, 2008

A cover & a feature.

Here are two pieces I just did this weekend for the Seattle Weekly, a cover and a feature illustration. The article was about how judges are elected in Washington, and the lack of information voters have. The art director came to me with her ideas already in mind, and although these aren't exactly images I would normally paint, I enjoyed the challenge and feel pretty good about the outcome.

link to article:

Monday, October 6, 2008

The start of something...

If not now, not ever.
13 x 19 inches.
oil on board

The first of a new series, more to come...

Friday, September 19, 2008


4 x 4 inches
oil on wood.

Saturday, September 13, 2008


Here is my new piece for Homegrown, a group show @ JInxed in Philadelphia.

The Deborah Anne
16 x 20 inches
oil on board

I've been on a lace kick lately and this is the second piece I've incorporated it into. I think I handled it better than my first attempt,but it's something I'll have to continue to explore. I also thought about playing with the idea of cut paper, though I think if I went with that approach I would want to create my own paper lace, and that would end up taking longer than the actual painting. I did however include some paper doilies in my matting/framing...

Show Card & Info:

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Crazy For Cult Opening

Had a great time in California and the Crazy for Cult opening was really fun and successful :) Here are some pictures I found online, I'll add some of my own soon. Also, a video form Vimby, I'm terribly bad at being interviewed and can't watch myself ( I need to just stick to painting) but aside from my embarrassing part at the end, its a really good recap of the show.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

My Studio <3

Here are some photos I've been wanting to post of my new studio. I am leaving tomorrow for California. I'll be visiting for the week and attending the opening of Crazy for Cult @ Gallery 1988 in LA. Be sure to check it out on Friday if you're in the area!

Monday, August 18, 2008

GZA Portrait

GZA, an artist unaffected by time-for the seattle weekly
7.33 x 8 in. oil on board

Monday, August 11, 2008

Crazy For Cult: This Time it's Personal

Here is my piece for the Crazy for Cult show at Gallery 1988 in LA. I feel like this piece is a little bit of a different direction for me and I'm still trying to figure out how I feel about it. I do know it was awfully challenging and took quite a while, I think my eyes need a rest before I can really evaluate it. I'll be out for the opening though and am psyched to see the whole show!
Check it out if you're in the area, August 22nd @ Gallery 1988 LA

Most humbly inscribed, this plan of Oz… A perfect view of Dorothy, as she journeyed along the yellow brick road, 1939.

28 x 20 inches
oil on board



Saturday, June 7, 2008

Erykah Badu

So, it's been a little while. I just moved into a new place here in Philly and have been pretty busy with that along with other things. Last Friday night, after a long day of moving which sill wasn't quite done, I got a call from the Seattle Weekly for a "beautiful portrait" of Erykah Badu by Monday morning. I had a pretty busy weekend planned already and my studio space wasn't set up yet, but it was fun to pull some all nighters for this. She's such a beautiful person to paint and I really enjoyed doing this piece.

Erykah Badu
9 x 9.75 in. oil on board

online article:

Friday, May 2, 2008


Here is a new piece that has taken me a little longer than I anticipated. I struggled with the lace quite a bit, but liked the concept too much to give up on it. After about 17 trial and errors of painting lace, I've settled with this...I think I'm happy with it, but need to give my eyes a rest before I can really tell how i feel. I've cropped out a few inches of the sky here, but the actual painting is more vertical.

Self-portrait 1
16 x 27 in, oil on wood
.click to enlarge.


Saturday, April 5, 2008

Past & Present.

Just got back from a trip out to California for the opening of Toys @ Gallery 1988 in LA. I had a great time and the show was awesome! Saw some old friends, met some new ones and sold a painting, I'd say it was a pretty successful visit...

In other news, I just found out that I was accepted into the 145th Small Oil Paintings exhibition at the Philadelphia Sketch Club. One of the reasons I like being involved with the Sketch Club is because of how the institution functions as if it could be decades ago. While the rest of the world continues to turn everything towards digital technology, I think there's something nice about having to submit an actual painting for the judging process. It feels good to know that my work is being looked at directly by someone, without being filtered through a computer screen. And not only are submissions not done digitally, acception forms are sent in the mail and work not accepted is stored in boxes by numbers and to be picked up by the artist with certain pickup dates (and nowhere on the submssion form to you find a place for an email adress). There is nothing convenient about the process and I love that, but not as much as the amazing building that is the home to the PSC and filled with so much history.

Check it out...

The 145th Annual Exhibition of Small Oil Paintings
The Philadelphia Sketch Club
235 South Camac street Philly Pa 19107
Reception, April 6th 2pm-5pm
*exhibition runs through April 27th

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

A Pirate. A Pet. A Plane.

Continuing with the Playmobil kick that I've been on, I've crossed over to the bad guys. Here is a pirate portrait that I did as part of an artist trade.

Playmobil Pirate
5 x 7 in.
oil on wood

Here is a pet portrait that I did for my friends birthday.

5 x 7 in.
oil on wood

In other news, I will be leaving Thursday for California to attend the opening of TOYS @ Gallery 1988. If you're in the L.A. area, the opening is April 1st and starts at 7pm. Come check it out!

Monday, March 10, 2008


Here are two smaller pieces I did for TOYS (Gallery 1988, LA) to go along with my larger painting (previous post). These were a lot of fun and I'm already working on some more. Still playing with the idea of the Royal Navy, I based these off of the old uniform studies.

HMS Playmobil Captain, Full Dress
5 x 7 in.
oil on wood

HMS Playmobil Midshipman, Undress
5 x 7 in.
oil on wood

Friday, March 7, 2008


This is my painting for the TOYS show that opens April 1st at Gallery 1988 in LA. I'll be flying out for the opening and am psyched to go!

The Confederate Armed 'HMS PLAYMOBIL' Engaged in Enemy Attack, Flying the Confederate Armed Ensign"
16 x 20 in.
oil on board

I really enjoyed painting this piece. It was challenging for me to come up with an idea that I felt was sophisticated while still meeting the guidelines of painting a child's toy. ( Solution - make Playmobil into the Royal Navy) I also have two smaller paintings that go along with this that were also a blast to paint, I will post them soon!

Monday, March 3, 2008

Chapterhouse Show.

I am having a show at the Chapterhouse Cafe & Gallery this month. The work is already up and the opening party is Friday March 14th at 7pm. Check it out if you're in the area!

620 s. 9th st.

Monday, February 18, 2008

New Series.

I'm really enjoying these portraits lately and have decided to do a large series of them (either 9 or 12). I have some ideas for a possible installation when I finish them. More to come...

17 x 17 in.
oil on wood

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Art Glut write up.

Check out the write up on ART GLUT.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008


My house gallery presents:

Friday February 15th

2534 S. 8th st.
Philadelphia PA 19148

Friday, February 8, 2008

And another...

17 x 17 in.
oil on wood

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


One of the reasons I enjoy painting portraits so much is because of the challenge involved. Each one is a struggle for me, it never fails. But in the end, (usually after much frustration), it does feel rewarding because it wasn't easy. That being said, I'm not so sure I feel that reward with this particular one yet.
This is a portrait I started a while ago. I'm still not completely satisfied with it, but I think I've realized that i might never be. So until I decide to tackle it again here is where it's at...

17 x 17 in. (circle)
oil on wood

Monday, January 28, 2008

Machine Gun Joe

Here is some album art I just did for my friends in Machine Gun Joe (philly, Pa)
You can check out there music at

11 x 11 in.
oil on board
(& hand lettering)

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

WILD side.

This is a personal piece I just finished, I've had the idea for a while and finally got it out. It was something a little different for me and I had a lot of fun with it.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side
5 x 22 in. oil on wood


Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Happy New Year!

I haven't posted in a while but here are two more pieces for my fashion series...I am also working on a cd cover for Machine Gun Joe and a portrait commission that I will post soon. Also, some shows I have coming up in 2008 include the Chapterhouse (philly) in March, Toys at Gallery 1988 (LA) in April and Crazy for Cult at Gallery 1988 (LA) in August.

More to come soon!

9 x 12 in. oil on wood

7 x 7 in. oil on wood