Out on stands now, the January issue of Family Circle has a piece I created for Design Director Lisa Kelsey. This piece was fun to do. I had a great time with the flowers - all the colors and shapes!
Earlier this year around March, I got an email from Susan Hodara, a writer for the New York Times Arts Section letting me know that Communication Arts was interested in doing a feature about me and my work for the September/October issue of the Design Annual.
Susan drove up from New York to Boston and we spent a wonderful day talking about...well, everything. From the beginning of where I started to where I am now. After she went through her notes and recordings, we had many follow up email conversations cleaning up the details about some of the information that she wanted to focus on. I had no access to the final feature and first read it when I got my issue from my subscription in the mail. I'd be lying if I didn't say I was terrified but very honored and pleased with the whole experience.
To read, you can click on this link which will open up a PDF of the feature.
Thank you Susan, Patrick Coyne and Communication Arts for the honor of being part of a legacy of amazing artist interviews.
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!
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.
Just released are a couple of new pieces I did for art director Patrick JB Flynn and The Baffler magazine.
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.
The sketchbook represents a place where my need to create a good image and my need to destroy them collide.
I'm nearly done with sketchbook #27. This is a selection of my favorite pages.
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.