Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles CFE Poster

I was asked by this year's Chair, Steven Hughes otherwise known as Primary Hughes to create a the Call For Entries poster for the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles 55th annual competition.

I've been included in many of the shows in the last 10-15 years and as a capper last year, I received a Gold Medal for my painting for Tor Books/Tor.com. To be asked to create the poster for this year's competition was a nice surprise and an honor.

Steven asked me to create the art just before I left for a trip that had me away from the studio for a good part of a month. I had free reign to create whatever I wanted. This was great because I had a lot of time to think about what type of image I wanted to make. I created a piece that was about the judging process itself. The omniscient judge mysteriously selecting pieces in a harsh landscape of possible failures.

Thank you Steven and the Board of Directors at SILA. 

Norman Rockwell Museum - Love a Vet Exhibit

November 7th was the opening of the '52 Reasons to Love a Vet' exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum. I traveled up to the picturesque Stockbridge to attend the opening and artists' dinner that followed. If anyone is interested in visiting the museum, I highly recommend the Red Lion Inn.

My piece King of Diamonds is on display along with many other artists as well as rare limited edition prints, signed copies of the book and other good for sale. The sale of these products go to raise money for vets with PTSD. So far, the curator and friend, Ella Rue has raised over $40,000 with this project.

To find out more, please visit: http://www.52reasonstoloveavet.org/

You can also visit the Norman Rockwell Museum's website for more information on this exhibit and others. The Harvey Dunn exhibit is NOT to be missed!

Curator, Ella Rue and I in front of my painting.

Curator, Ella Rue and I in front of my painting.

Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles - Gold Medal

I am very honored to have been awarded a Gold Medal for the Book category for the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles 54th Annual Exhibition. This piece was created for Irene Gallo and Tor.com. A special thank you to all of the judges and the organization.

The original painting will be on exhibit at the Gallery of the Society opening November 7th. You can find out directions and information by clicking through the link above.

As well as the 'Dogs' painting above, two other pieces done for art director Bryan Gray and Liberty Magzine were accepted into the exhibition.

2015 World Illustration Awards - UK

It was an honor to be notified of my selection into the Association of Illustrators (AOI) World Illustration Awards. The series I created for the Boston Globe was 'shortlisted' but was selected to be part of the exhibition. The art for the cover was hung and the entire article was shown in a case in context. It's not often that I am part of shows that do that. It make it special actually seeing how the art is used.

My work and the show will be touring around the UK for the next year to various schools and galleries. Since I will be in London in late February/early March, I wonder if I'll run into it?

A special thank you must go to Aad Goudappel who was kind enough to send along photos of the event.

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

Skulls of Ultimate Death at Every Day Original!

Exclusively at Every Day Original, my Skulls of Ultimate Death original paintings will come available for purchase. This one, 'Red Flaming Death!' will be the first and wil be available precisely at 10am EST on July 19th.

Skulls of Ultimate Death started with my reflection of so many people in my life that have passed away instigated by the loss of my Mother...then my Uncle a few months later and my cousin of the same age a few months ago. All within two years. It was an outlet for me in my sketchbooks which eventually became a zine and now a series of small paintings which will only be on sale at Every Day Original.. 

As a kid and artist, I've always loved skulls. They're just so cool. There is a bit of tongue and cheek to these paintings as well. Like whistling past the graveyard at night, hoping that the scary monsters of death aren't real. There is something powerful about the visual interior of our humanity. If our faces are life, then our skulls beneath show us death.

Please visit the new SkullsofUltimateDeath.com website which will be updated regularly with sketchbook skulls, paintings and anything related.

50 Towers Exhibition

I was privileged to be asked by SooJin and Chris Buzelli (Thank you guys!) to take part in this group exhibit in NYC. It's been great to see all the towers being made by all the other fabulous artists invited. If you can, please make it to the opening where you'll get to see all of these amazing creations.

You can find out information here at Boundless Brooklyn.