Goin’ Out West

I went for my first visit to the west coast this month. While visiting Washington I visited Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia. I’m from the other side of the country. We have mountains, beaches, ocean, and coast. I was struck by the subtle differences in the skyline- the boats, the fact that the snow-capped Ranier mountain was visible in the skyline in the middle of July, the small boats in every body of water. I was thoroughly impressed by the Chihuly glass sculptures in Tacoma and Seattle. Pottery and blown glass clearly have a big impact on the local art there. Below are a few drawings from my visit.

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Washingon Woman, prismacolor marker and sharpie on paper. 
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Sketch of the glass flowers at the Chihuly Glass Gardens in Seattle. 

A Very Belated Art Max Expo Post

“I’m late, I’m late! I’m late for an important date,” cried the white rabbit.

I showed at Art Max Expo last month, and of course I’m not posting about it until now. Better fashionably late than never.

This was it’s kickoff show. It was put together from a fellow Delaware artist. There was a lovely mix of cosplaying, fine artists, sculptors, face painters, and caricature artists.
sea goddess sized for web


Happy International Women’s Day

I write this on the eve of National Women’s Day. This year also marks the first #daywithoutawoman protest. Women are striking across the USA to show people what an impact women are in the workforce. Those who can’t strike wore red to show their solidarity. And I certainly rocked red today since I couldn’t strike. In fact, at the library I work at the entire staff is comprised of women. If we were to strike the library wouldn’t function!

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Malala, acrylic on 8×10″ canvas.

I chose to highlight my portrait of Malala Yousafzai for a few reasons. She’s rocking red. What’s more, her story is one of a position of powerlessness she parlayed into activism for girls education. She didn’t have resources at her disposal. Armed with only tenacity, she is now a figure in women’s history. Historical figures are sometimes divorced from what we consider to be “average” people. Malala is an example that real people can make a difference.


Home is Where the Art Is

Many moons ago I teamed up with musician Alphane Reality Generator for the album Nature of my Circuitry. I made the cover art for the album. Years later he decided he had to own the original image, a mixed media piece in pastel and paper cutouts. Upon a recent visit I saw it’s home. As most artists will tell you their pieces are like their children. Even when selling a painting it feels like losing a part of yourself. It’s wonderful to see your children adopted into good homes.

‘Nature of My Circuitry’ hanging in it’s home