Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Our Friend the Sorceress....

The Origin of the Sorceress
14 x 18 in.
oil (& gold leaf) on wood

My piece for the upcoming show, "Under The Influence: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" at Gallery 1988 in LA. This painting is my version of the character Sorceress-keeper of the secrets of Castle Grayskull.
The show opens Friday January 8th and will run through the 29th. More info can be found here!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

New Print!

"The Battle of the Head vs. Heart" print now available in my etsy shop!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Monika + Danielle =

Just wanted to share the final pieces of jewelry that I recently posted the miniature paintings for. These are part of a series that I've been collaborating on with Monika.

Exposed (necklace)

Connected (bracelet)

*Photos by Amy Gray

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Perpetual and familiar battle...

of the Head vs. Heart.

Head vs. Heart
11 x 20 in.
oil on wood

This personal piece has been in the works for quite some time. It's an idea I've had for a while that I kept managing to put on the back burner in order to meet some deadlines. Needless to say, it turned out exactly how I envisioned it from the first thought. I love when that happens.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Sneak Peek.

Just a little preview into another collaboration I'm working on with Monika. These are my paintings that will eventually be jewelry. I unintentionally tend to hold my breath when painting tiny details, there was little breathing during some parts of these.

about 2 x 4 in.
oil on masonite
(part of a large necklace)

about 1.5 x 2 in. each
oil on masonite
(will be set into a bracelet)

More to come....

Monday, October 12, 2009

Fat Kenickie.

I was invited to be part of an exhibit at Gallery 1988 LA, featuring all works based off of Kevin Smith's "Smodcasts." The moment in my assigned episode that I decided to paint is Kevin Smith talking about his involvement with theatre back in high school, and how he played kenickie in Grease, in which he refers to himself as "a fat Kenickie." (This also happens to be the title of the episode, Smodcast 12: A Fat Kenickie) Immediately I could visualize this, basing my painting off of the well-known black and white headshot of Kenickie.
The show will take place at Gallery 1998 LA, October 23rd from 7-11pm.

Fat Kenickie
9 x 12 in.
oil on board


Monday, September 28, 2009


Ms. Mary Gold
9 x 10 in.
oil on board

Here is my contribution to the Autumn Society of Philadelphia show, DIA DE LOS MUERTOS, that opens this Friday at Proximity Gallery in Philly. My concept for this painting came from the belief that the marigolds are thought to attract the souls to these offerings. I used one of my favorite old photographs that I collect from flea markets for reference. The Photograph is of a victorian woman sitting in a field of flowers which I "brought to life" in my piece. The opening this friday is from 6-9 pm at Proximity Gallery in Fishtown, 2434 East Dauphin Street Philly Pa.

Also, had a nice little feature last week over at Illustrophile, check it out here.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

It's been a little while....

Sorry for the lack of posts lately. I have a new piece to share today and a lot more over the next few weeks....

This painting was a bit experimental and I had a lot of fun playing around. Unfortunately this is not the best image of it. I finished it for a show that was put together at Triumph Brewery in old city Philadelphia. Since it required a lot of building up with layers, I didn't get to add as many as I wanted before the show, but when I get the piece back I'll continue to work on it and get a better image of it.

Lace Trees
13 x 39 in.
oil and acrylic on wood

In other news I received a bronze in the professional illustration category of Creative Quarterly 17, the issue will be on newsstands in December, the work can also be viewed on their online gallery in December as well.

Coming up:
The Autumn Society's "Dia De Los Muertos" show at Proximity Gallery
Kevin Smith book release exhibit at Gallery 1988 LA
"Under The Influence: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" at Gallery 1988 LA
More collaborative jewelry with Monika

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Interview and New Prints!!

A great little blog featured my work along with an interview and short video. Check it out!

Also, I am glad to announce that I finally have a shop set up with some archival prints of my work. You can also check that out HERE!

Monday, July 6, 2009

I'm a loner, Dottie, a rebel.

I am excited to be part of Gallery 1988's Crazy for cult show again! This year I picked a film that I pretty much wore the tape out of as a kid, and re-watching it as an adult makes me understand why I'm as strange as I am now, ha. So Pee-Wee Herman it is....The opening reception is Thursday, July 16th 7-11pm. at Gallery 1988 LA, 7020 Melrose Ave.

“I’m a Loner, a Rebel”
13 x 16 in.
oil on board


Engraved plate, replicating the one on the back of Pee-Wee's bike

Also, here is the solution I came up with for my reversible tree painting from my last post. I made it into a magnet so it can be hung either way on a magnetic board.

And on a different note, this is the 9th one I've found in the last month or so....

Friday, June 19, 2009

I'd rather be painting trees....


acrylic and oil on masonite
11 x 7 in.

Now I need to stop being distracted by them and finish paintings with deadlines :)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

So it's been about 3 years, but I spent the other day revisiting the world of bookbinding. I made this mini accordion style book/portfolio of some of my paintings. I think sometimes I forget how much I enjoy making things other than oil paintings, though I do enjoy making those too :)

Tomorrow night is the opening reception of the Uarts Showcase at Elle-Bees in Manasquan NJ. Elle-Bees was started last year by two Uarts grads, its an awesome little shop with paintings, jewelry, clothing and other oddities. I will be showing a few paintings and there is sure to be tons of great work by many great Uarts students, almuni and faculty. So if you're in the jersey shore area it's definitely worth checking out.

And last but certainly not least, one of my favorite blogs gave me a nice shout out which can be seen here :)

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

a portrait, a coin & a necklace.

First off, here is a portrait I just finished of the actress Scarlett Johansson. I love her timeless look and had a fun time painting her.

8 x 16 in.
oil on wood

Next, a commission I recently completed of a coin designed by Augustus St Gaudens in 1907, considered to be one of the most beautiful American coins. It was adapted since then and a high relief edition was just issued by the U.S. mint this year. The most challenging part of this piece for me was the size (20 x 20 in.) and my reference photos. Although I had multiple images to work from, none of them were very large which made it challenging for the detail in certain areas. Overall though I am happy with the finish and enjoyed working on this piece.

20 x 20 in.
oil on wood

Lastly, some photos from the runway of the JIM show as part of the Snag Conference. We had a little mishap with our piece, and it went from a brooch to a necklace, but it worked out fine.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

a VERY LARGE Brooch.

Here is the finished, oversized brooch that Monika and I collaborated on. It will be part of the Jewelry in Motion show (part of SNAG), this Thursday night at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I will be sure to post pictures of the event with our model wearing the piece.

oil on masonite, plastic, sterling, magnets

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Rainy day....

Tree study from my studio....

7 x 9 in.
oil on wood

Monday, April 27, 2009

Strega Nona - Magnetic Painting

Enough, enough, pasta pot,
I have my pasta, nice and hot,
So simmer down my pot of clay,
Until I’m hungry another day.
(Strega Nona)

16 x 20 in.
oil and magnets paint on wood (Magnets- oil on wood & magnet)

I'm really excited to be part of " Beyond the Page" at Gallery 1988 San Francisco. For this show, artists were asked to re-interpret favorite children's books. The book that stuck out to me from my childhood was "Strega Nona." At first I had a hard time coming up with an idea for this piece since these books already exist as illustrations. So I decided to reverse it and create a painting that went from illustration to reality. I liked how it played on the idea of a child's thoughts when reading a childrens book and how when you're young you imagine anything as being possible, even a land full of pasta.

Continuing with my series of magnetic paintings, I think of all shows this one seemed the most appropriate to make a "playful" piece for. One thing different about this magnetic painting as opposed to my previous ones, is that the magnets are more about revealing something underneath them. Previously the magnets served more as additional paintings that added something to the overall painting, where as here it's more about what's underneath them.

Framed with Magnets:

Some images from the original book by Tomie dePaola:

The show opens Friday, May 1st at Gallery 1988 San Francisco

Monday, March 30, 2009

In progress: collaboration

A little something, soon to be part of a bigger something...

More to come...

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Poppies & Tv.

Most people who know me and my work, know that I can sometimes get a bit obsessed with different themes, subjects, objects, etc. and will repeat these things in my work until I move on to the next thing. My most recent obsession has been poppy flowers. It started with the poppy field I painted in my Wizard of Oz painting, and since it has been a lot of little paintings and poppy sketches. Since I am not over this phase yet, I wanted to do a piece using the poppy as it is often recognized today-a symbol for war veterans.

Veterans Day
12 x 18 in.
oil on board.

I spent a while on this piece trying to get it exactly how I envisioned it. I feel happy with the final painting, the poppies were really fun to paint and I enjoyed using the old wipe-out technique in the background as well.

Also, I will be part of the group show "Idiot box" at Gallery 1988 in LA, opening April 2nd. They wanted the work for this show to be fun and humorous, so I went with a Carrie Bradshaw (Sex and the City) dress up painting. It's a little bit of a different feel than most of my other work but I wanted to create another magnet painting for a bigger audience.

Carrie Bradshaw-magnetic dress up
13 x 16 in.
oil & magnetic paint on board

Dress Magnets
oil on board & magnet

-painting with magnets

-Carrie dressed up

-the magnets are fun to play with too :) (& I have no idea who this girl is)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


I've been slowing down with my posts lately, but here's some stuff I have in the works: I will be part of "Idiot Box" at Gallery 1988 in LA. The show opens April 1st and will be hosted by Mr. Belding (Saved by the Bell). I'm sure it will be another fun show with tons of great work! I will also have work in 1988's San Francisco gallery as part of the Children's Book Show which opens May 1st.

I'm currently working on a collaboration with Monika for the Jewelry in Motion event at the PMA which will be part of the Snag conference, more on this soon!

And here's a new piece that was a bit of a challenge, as most portraits usually are for me. This piece started as an experiment, the spray painted stenciling was something I was just playing around with on some board, I then decided to use it as the background for an oil demo I did at the University of the arts. I thought I might play with laying some more delicate stencils over the face, I decided against that and added the veil although it's something I definitely want to try in the future.

12.5 x 18.5 in.
oil on wood

Thursday, February 12, 2009


I'm a bit overdue for a post, so here's some of the stuff I've been up to...

I'm excited to be part of the Jinxed 3rd Annual Alex Curtis Memorial Heart Show. The opening is this Friday, the 13th from 6-10 @ Jinxed, located at 620 S. 4th St. Philly. Below is my heart for the show, be sure to check it out if you're in the area.

Poppy Love
oil on wood.

I've been scheming for quite some time to create magnetic paintings. I came up with the idea a while back and thought it would be a really fun idea to make these paintings that were intended to be touched, something that is almost always forbidden. As a painter I guess I never seem to think my own work is too precious, I don't treat any of my paintings as delicate things (which maybe I need to work on). Anyway, with these magnetic paintings, the viewer is invited to lift the magnets, see what's underneath them and even rearrange them if they'd like. Also, the magnetic boards still work as a painting without the magnets, and the magnets are miniature paintings that will stick to your fridge :) or anything else magnetic.

For my first try at this I did interior spaces. They were really fun and I have a lot more ideas for magnets + paintings in the future.

Magnetic Bathroom painting all together:

10 x 13 in.
oil on wood - magnetic board.

Wallacavage Chandelier
3.5 x 2.5 in.
oil on wood - magnet

5 x 4 in.
oil on wood - magnet

Magnetic Living Room Painting all together:

Living Room
16 x 12 in.
oil on wood - magnetic board

5.25 x 4.25
oil on wood - magnet

5 x 6 in.
oil on wood - magnet

Framed Ship
4.25 x 3 in.
oil on wood - magnet

Magnets on a fridge.

I will be showing these magnetic paintings at Zuzu's of Beacon, in Beacon Ny. The show was put together by my friend Chris Whetzel who will also be showing work, as well as Doug LaRocca and Peter Wonsowski. The opening is this Saturday the 14th @ 7pm, 453 Main St. Beacon Ny

One last thing, in addition to my magnetic paintings, I had printed magnets of my chair painting made that I will be selling as well, they look like this: