Jimi Hendrix 30 x 40
The year started out on a musical note! I was listening to the classic rock station as usual, driving my (middle school) art students nuts with all that old junk. But as soon as this Hendrix piece began to take shape on a 30″ x 40″ sheet of foamcore, the kids couldn’t believe it was markers and ink wash, and Hendrix became cool again. I liked it so much and got such a good response that I made Giclee prints available.
8 1/2 x 11…..10.00
18 x 24……..75.00
John Lennon 30 x 40
A couple years ago, I had done a picture of John Lennon in the same marker on foamcore, so I have made that available as prints as well. Same prices as above.
Linda Arnold, Midwife 15 x 15
I have been doing artwork for Linda Arnold for many years. She is now a grandmother and helping a whole new generation birth babies. She still retains the beautiful spark after almost 3 decades. This is pastel on olive paper.
Life Poured Out 12 x 18
There was a conference for women in a local church. They needed a picture that communicated the gentle, feminine quality of service. This is watercolor and color pencil.
Joseph 16 x 20
I was commissioned to do a Joseph piece by someone across the country. They wanted my pencil work which aside from the marvelous job I got 3 years ago of illustrating the entire Bible (my dream job which is ongoing) I have not often been able to do lately. I was thrilled to have the opportunity.
This is a Paper pulp Painting, in other words, it is one sheet of paper and the design is actually part of the paper. I have always loved paper, and enjoyed making paper, but wanted to do more, so I tried painting with paper pulp and loved it. I plan to do more paper pulp pieces.
Haiti Redemption 32 x 42
Midway through the school year that horrible earthquake destroyed Haiti. I did a painting in response to the disaster; trying to bring some hope and healing to that ravaged area. It was inspired by pictures of the Haitian artist Prefete Dufaut who, with his family lived in a USAID tent and actually continued to paint after having lost everything. Haiti, though cracked, picked over and sometimes violent, has an amazing resilience.
Tree of Life 5′ x 8′
This was an amazing project I was commissioned to do by a congregation in Virginia Beach. It is a carved walnut tree of life in the form of the name Yeshua in Hebrew and mounted on an 8 foot by 5 foot poplar panel. There are 70 walnut and poplar leaves, and as many bronze leaves, and small lights for each bronze leaf. All lights had to be wired together, a process which I had never done. And though tt was difficult, amazingly every light worked.
Guitar Class 20 x 26
Right across the hall from my classroom is the guitar class. I have the kids go into that room and draw fairly often. I wanted to do the same so I brought a huge newsprint pad in, stood on a chair and drew in charcoal. I then finished it with pastels.
Juarez Butterflies 20 x 26
Ysleta ISD sponsored an a amazing art show entitled “Un Grito al Vacio” or “An Empty Cry” to showcase work done by Juarez and El Paso artists concerning the violnce in Juarez. This was my entry. My hope is that the escalating violence will bring attention to this tragedy and those “crucified” people will become the seeds of change for the region. A young member of the next generation stares mindlessly and without care even as he witnesses “just another murder”.
House of Jacob 24 x 32
This piece in oil and paper is about many things. 2 boys play in a tree, overlooking the “tortilla fence” separating Mexico and the U.S. 2 boys wrestle at the base of the tree and on the wall next to them, Jacob wrestles with the angel. Jacob and Esau are like Mexico and the U.S., each wants what the other has. Once one wrestles with God, though, that one will see himself. The eerie sky is a sort of presage of the disasters that could come in order to bring our nations to look clearly at ourselves. It is problematic to view one’s homeland as the “House of God”.
Witkin’s passion 26 x 36
3 years ago, when I began to illustrate the Bible, I had the amazing opportunity to be tutored by Jerome Witkin, painting instructor in Syracuse U, and premier figurative narrative painter. It changed my life and art forever and I’ve wanted to do a piece about what he taught me since then. I think I’ve captured both the intensity and the gentle acceptance that he exhibited to me, and a representation of the “magic circle of light” that opened my eyes to how a consistent light source makes a piece of art gel properly. I also painted the piece in a cluttered, frenetic style that is like Witkin’s own.
This is a pastel piece of my son and is a sort of sequel to the painting from a couple years ago, “One peaceful Moment” in which my two youngest kids sit on a bench in the shadows during a vacation to Albuquerque. There was bickering and nonsense, but my kids found a few moments of peace. I would like to be able to do the same.
Mountain Song Redone
I had done Mountain Song in 2009, but I did not work every part of it as cleanly as I wanted to, and after having learned what I did from Jerome Witkin, I felt it did not have a good, consistent light source to unify the composition. I sure feel that it does now! I love it, and the hands on both figures look like they are moving, look alive, and fully connected to the instruments they are playing.
Every Summer Wet N Wild WaterWorld contracts me to do their Theming (see Theming under Orange Pages). But this year they wanted On-Site sculpture installations. And they want one installation every Sunday! This first one was a blast, and I can hardly believe everything worked out as well as it did. You’ve never seen paper cranes this big in your life!
Fourth of July weekend and I got paid to do a sculpture installation in a water park with my kids next to a Koi pond until nightfall, beneath an amazing fireworks display. Have I got a great life or what!
Home Blessing 18 x 18
I did this Home Blessing in acrylic on illustration board for a Jewish woman in California. The “Shehecheyanu” prayer encircles the inner English and Hebrew calligraphy which is itself encirled by the city of Jerusalem. That is encircled by intricate, entwined flowers. I am making it available as a Giclee print.
Word Became Flesh 3 redone
I had done Word Became Flesh 3 in 2004, and it hung in my livingroom for me to look at since then. There were many things about it that bothered me. So, again, because of what I have learned about creating a consistent light source, I reworked the anatomy to make it more accurate, and the background to make it more akin to the “Flow” that I love in Rembrandt’s paintings. Now, the piece is closer to what I originally envisioned.