Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Have several projects going on - mainly been setting up ways to promote and sell my work on different sites including:
Posters/prints of paintings are available Etsy, fuller descriptions of the work and my intents behind the different pieces on Tumblr and Facebook.

Okey dokey, back to work.

Monday, April 9, 2012

"I am" - 04/09/12

"I am" is the 2nd painting hung in my one man show at the ReBar gallery space, the Walkway, in Brooklyn NY.

"I am" is my personal favorite in the show. I have 3 absolute favorite paintings but "I am" reflects a part of me I often times can't  recognize....maybe because I'm not good at holding myself in a still, stern, quiet, dignity filled stance like the subject of "I am".

The subject of "I am" came from an apparent WWII, black and white photograph of a woman standing on her porch in her Japanese kimono. Her head is up, her chin chutted out as she stares down the photographer daring him to capture who she is. I fell in love with her stance and aggressive chin jut. In our new world full of Snookies, talentless celebs and screaming super hype - I find painting people who have quiet inner power a complete relief. Like so many people in my portrait-ish paintings her gaze demands that we recognize her. While I was painting her I imagined her saying in a deep, soft, firm voice: "I am. I AM. I am and I will have your acknowledgement and respect."

"I am" hanging 2nd to last at the far end of the wall.

"I am" on the Walkway wall.

Maybelle - 04/08

I think I'm going to duplicate a project we have going on on Facebook here on the blog - I know some readers don't subscribe to FB but may fidn the project interesting.

On Facebook we have a page dedicated to the show - it's an "events" page. In theis case the "event' is writing about the work in the show - we're picking a painting a day and doing a short, descriptive essay on it. Yesterday's featured FB painting was "Maybelle" a 36" x 48" oil on acrylic and aerosol with oil pastel portrait of a woman in a garden. She's surrounded by (primarily) indistinguishable fern and  energetic chaos. I fell in love with a small, found, blakc and white photo of this woman because of the way she holds her torso - in the photo, she's a slight woman whith an extreme curve in her back. I gave my Maybelle a bit more beef, browner hair, and a face with weight. My Maybelle is a solid woman, not very cautious in her nature, unafraid BUT she has one slightly bruised and swollen eye. Her name is  a contradiction of who she is - she is neither a May(be) or a Belle - she is a solid force to be considered. Like all my people she has her own character building stories that was can feel seeping out her pores. She completely embodies the theme of my portraits "Ick ben heir (I am here) and living in YOUR culture of disregard.

"Maybelle" is hanging way down the wall on your left.

 There she is....hanging under a light switch!

"Maybelle" as photographed by Fall River photographer Chuck Pappas.  12" x 18" color prints, made with Sarah at Just In Advertising in New Bedford MA, of Chuck's photo are available for $20 each. Email me at: to order.

If you'd like to follow the FB event page directly go to:

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Jeepers - one month later so much has happened!

I can't belive it but the show is up, we had our opening and I haven't posted a single thing on my blog. Sorry!

And today I have to get going but I promise to start posting again. However, if you want a quick look at stuff that's happened please visit the following links:

Facebook:  - the"Culture of Disregard" event page. We're featuring a painting or print a day on this page. The pics are accompanied by a short essay describing the work and the thinking or intent behind it.

Facebook: - my Beck Lane, artist page

Will post more asap....promise.