Dim Stars: Fire | Helikon Gallery, CO

 Dim Stars: From The Core (Fire) | 15" x 15.5" | Graphite on Vintage Paper

Dim Stars: From The Core (Fire) | 15" x 15.5" | Graphite on Vintage Paper

Opening November 3rd at the Helikon Gallery in Denver Colorado is the Muses of Mount Helikon IV group show! My series, Dim Stars: Fire will be exhibited in its entirety at the show.

I actually started these drawings about 2 years ago. The original versions were just the characters doing what they're doing on a blank field. I finished those versions a long while ago and they sat in the flat file for at least a year before I thought about them again.

I took them out and realized I could convey so much more about the world they live in and the stories I want to tell. In between client work, I spent a good part of 2016 drawing in the environments.

I don't normally do rendered graphite like this but I have been finding myself incorporating some sort of visible pencil work it into my client work. I thought I would go full-on with these pieces which was incredibly therapeutic and fun. Doing these pieces reminded me of Elementary and Junior High school where I tested myself on how well I could render.

Sometimes, all you need is a pencil and a piece of paper.

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 Dim Stars: Defense (Fire) | 8.5" x 11" | Graphite on Vintage Paper

Dim Stars: Defense (Fire) | 8.5" x 11" | Graphite on Vintage Paper

 Dim Stars: Escape (Fire) | 8.5" x 11" | Graphite on Vintage Paper

Dim Stars: Escape (Fire) | 8.5" x 11" | Graphite on Vintage Paper

 Dim Stars: Solemn (Fire) | 8.5" x 11" | Graphite on Vintage Paper

Dim Stars: Solemn (Fire) | 8.5" x 11" | Graphite on Vintage Paper

 Dim Stars: Joy (Fire) | 8.5" x 11" | Graphite on Vintage Paper

Dim Stars: Joy (Fire) | 8.5" x 11" | Graphite on Vintage Paper

 Dim Stars: Basking (Fire) | 8.5" x 11" | Graphite on Vintage Paper

Dim Stars: Basking (Fire) | 8.5" x 11" | Graphite on Vintage Paper

 Dim Stars: Sly (Fire) | 8.5" x 11" | Graphite on Vintage Paper

Dim Stars: Sly (Fire) | 8.5" x 11" | Graphite on Vintage Paper

New Britain Museum of American Art

I am incredibly pleased and honored to announce that the New Britain Museum of American Art in Connecticut has acquired my Dim Stars - Pollution Series for the museum's permanent collection. A total of nine large paintings,  this series has been awarded by the Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Luerzer's 200 Best and 3x3 as well as been exhibited in shows in New York, Boston and Vermont and now has a permanent home in Connecticut.

The New Britain Museum, founded in 1903, is the first museum strictly dedicated to American Art in the country. Further, the Sanford B. D. Low Memorial Illustration Collection, begun in 1964 and comprising more than 1,700 works, is the nation’s first museum-based collection covering the history of American illustration from the 19th century to the present.

When I first discovered this museum, I was driving by on my way to my family's house and followed the signs to a small two story house built sometime in the 1800's. I was surprised to see an exhibition of the Hudson River artists as well as work from James Montgomery Flagg, Dean Cornwell, Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood and Norman Rockwell as well as loads of other illustrators and historic and contemporary artists. Years later a proper museum was built, which I am standing in front of in the above photo. Now the New Britain Museum is in the process of another expansion, which finishes in October and will create eight galleries in a new wing. There is more to read about this museum at their website.

There aren't many major museums in the country that have collections that cater to illustration and have galleries designated for its exhibits. I would have never thought I would find myself being asked to be part of this collection. I am moved and deeply honored.

Special thank you's to Douglas Hyland, Executive Director; Emily Misencik, Assistant Curator; Stacy Cerullo, Collections Manager; Lindsley Wellman and the Sanford B.D. Low Illustration Committee. Extra special thanks to Murray Tinkelman.

 Frost | 16” x 20” | Acrylic and Ink on Wood Panel | May 2012

Frost | 16” x 20” | Acrylic and Ink on Wood Panel | May 2012

 Global Warming | 16” x 20” | Acrylic and Ink on Wood Panel | May 2012

Global Warming | 16” x 20” | Acrylic and Ink on Wood Panel | May 2012

 Float | 30” x 40” | Acrylic and Ink on Canvas | July 2011

Float | 30” x 40” | Acrylic and Ink on Canvas | July 2011

 Diamond Core #1 (Acid Rain) | 16” x 20” | Acrylic and Ink on Wood Panel | July 2011

Diamond Core #1 (Acid Rain) | 16” x 20” | Acrylic and Ink on Wood Panel | July 2011

 Diamond Core #2 (Death) | 11” x 14” | Acrylic and Ink on Wood Panel | July 2011

Diamond Core #2 (Death) | 11” x 14” | Acrylic and Ink on Wood Panel | July 2011

 Diamond Core #3 (The Cleanse) | 16” x 20” | Acrylic and Ink on Wood Panel | July 2011

Diamond Core #3 (The Cleanse) | 16” x 20” | Acrylic and Ink on Wood Panel | July 2011

 The Search | 17” x 11” | Acrylic, Ink and Metallic Paint on Crescent Illustration Board | May 2012

The Search | 17” x 11” | Acrylic, Ink and Metallic Paint on Crescent Illustration Board | May 2012

 CO2 | 16” x 20” | Acrylic, Ink and Silver Leaf on Wood Panel | May 2012

CO2 | 16” x 20” | Acrylic, Ink and Silver Leaf on Wood Panel | May 2012

 Diamond Power! | 30” x 40” | Acrylic and Ink on Canvas | October 2011

Diamond Power! | 30” x 40” | Acrylic and Ink on Canvas | October 2011

 American Illustration Annual

American Illustration Annual

 Society of Illustrators Annual

Society of Illustrators Annual

 Luerzer's Archive Annual

Luerzer's Archive Annual

White Light

Introducing my new mini-series of Dim Stars paintings called 'White Light'. They are all on 5" x 7" museum canvases and combine various mediums. Intent on this being Part 1 of a two-part series, I wanted these pieces to be small and personal and explore the personal and sad circumstance of having a close family member pass away.

Knowing that someone in your family is sick and going to pass on, one still cannot help feel the shock and suddenness of your loved one leaving, permanently. Are we ever truly prepared? Exploring the emotions associated with a death in the family has been a long bell-curved process. Constantly flowing up and down in states of sometimes acceptance and sometimes disbelief and feeling lost throughout.  Further trying to make sense of your own life without this person who may have had a constant presence within it is a confusing experience as well.

Normally working three or or four times larger, physically working small made me feel like I was trying to fit a huge amount of emotions and thoughts into a small space. Packing every ounce of me within the piece. The act of making this work felt more personal and as a consequence, spent more time doting over the little details and textures making sure every piece was presented the way I wanted.

This felt good. This felt freeing.

White Light | 5"x7" | Mixed Media

Ground | 5"x7" | Mixed Media

Inside | 5"x7" | Mixed Media

Disintegrate | 5"x7" | Mixed Media

Here are a couple of process photos.

Society Annual Book 55

 

I finally received my copy of the Society of Illustrators Illustration Annual 55!  I am so honored that the judges felt so strongly to include so much of my work in this year's book.

Sometimes, it is hard to take in things like this. I remember when I first started staring dreamy eyed into my copies of the Society Annuals and wondering if I would ever have the fortune to get accepted into such a prestigious book. I was such a fan then of so many artists and am still a fan of current artists now, that every time I am included, it makes me light up and be extremely grateful.

I think part of my surprise every year is that for the first 10 years of my career, I never really got these sorts of recognitions. Partly because I never really entered (duh) but when I did, I probably didn't enter enough...and I am honest with myself; I really sucked. I was still figuring out myself and my place in art for a long time.

A very special thanks to the Society and all the judges! :o)

Here's a snapshot of the Pollution Series hanging at the Society. Unfortunately, it seems not all of my paintings made it into the book that were accepted. I assume for space reasons. I didn't get around to taking shots of the Air Force paintings.

Alien Implantation

"Alien Implantation" | 11"x14" | Mixed

"While she was amused thinking she would have a virgin birth, she started to accept the reality that it was actually an alien implantation."

What can be more beautiful than a pregnant woman...and spaceships? Could it be the Baby Jesus? ;o)

A personal piece I've been thinking about for a while. I've also been thinking about adding more graphite to the final product. It's only something I've toyed with in the past and have been building up the guts to do it in a real way.

I hope everyone has a wonderful and happy holiday and I will see you in 2014!