new artwork :: digital painting


as many of you know, i have a student teacher, jackie sullivan.

she is quite an digital illustrator - but not in the traditional sense. she has been working with the ap students on a digital painting, and i was inspired and did one of my own.

the technique is as follows: start with an ink wash painting (b/w). scan it. paint the colors using photoshop and a wacom drawing tablet. add textures (in my case, pieces of my circle paintings and spray paint splatters). tweak.

jackie's knowledge of photoshop tricks and techniques was inspiring and excited the students as well as me.

the subject of this painting is the ornette coleman quartet (l-r): don cherry, charlie haden, coleman, and ed blackwell.

the title is "the shape of jazz to come". signed and numbered archival digital prints (on rives bfk) are available for sale. contact me for prices.

artists statement for 'unbroken'.


as an artist, i have been interested in the circle form for a long time - something about its unbroken nature and infinite path appeals to my imagination.

it was only when my wife became pregnant that i seriously turned to the circle as an artistic metaphor. i wanted to find a creative vehicle to express my awe and excitement about our growing family, and the circle seemed a natural fit.

as i painted, the circles came to represent many things… the unbroken and unending lineage of family. the bonds that hold our families together. different types of family units – the parent/child relationship, siblings, extended families. the sacred bond of marriage. the way that family members protect and envelop each other. some paintings represent specific people or situations, others just came from thinking about what the circle can mean.

i hope you can see yourself in the paintings before you… in the end, they are all about the path that we walk and the people whom we walk it with.
the unbroken circle.

:: i hope you are able to see the show, either in my portfolio or in person to see what they're all about.

family circles show :: sips cafe :: feb 09

i'll be having a painting show at sips cafe (stutson plaza in irondequoit near charlotte) during the month of february. the show will consist entirely of my newest body of work :: paintings of circle forms. unfortunately there will be no opening reception, bc the cafe is really small. anytime that anyone would like to see it, let me know and i'll meet you for a cup of coffee.

more info to come...