Monday, December 22, 2014


Hey Everyone ,

Happy Holidays!  I just finished up my newest poster art for the Walter Gloor Mainstage stage series at Fredonia State University. Thanks to Tom Loughlin for bringing me back on the project. Enjoy! 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Alberto Rey and the Bagmati River Arts Project, Kathmandu, Nepal

My good friend and colleague Alberto Rey is a great artist who has exhibited all over the world . His series "Biological Regionalism" is an ongoing multimedia project that brings art and science together to bring awareness to the ever changing environmental landscape of local wildlife and vegetation that is often ignored. Recently he is attempting one of his most ambitious projects to date:

Bagmati River Arts Project, Kathmandu, Nepal

In his own words he describes the project :

"A few months after my Burchfield Penney exhibition opened, I was invited to create an international touring art exhibition that would bring awareness to the plight of the sacred but polluted Bagmati River that flows through Kathmandu, Nepal. There is substantial community support for the project in city but due to their economic struggles, I am doing the needed fundraising for the project through Hatchfund. We raised $9000 and are close to reaching the minimum to do the project. We need another $4000 to close the gap by the end of the month. "

Currently he is trying to raise the necessary funds to complete the project and I felt the need to share in order to help him realize this important and thought provoking project. 

To learn more about this project and to donate, you can 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

A MIdsummer Night's Dream

Hi Everyone,

  Been a bit of time since my last post but the easel has been full with paintings that I have yet to photograph and yet to clear NDA's. This new image is the first poster for Fredonia University's 2014-2015 theatre season. Tom Loughlin was the director on this one and I had a blast painting it. Enjoy!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Win/Place/Show: Pops- 24x18 oil on panel

Hi everyone ,
 I recently photographed some paintings I've finished up in the last couple of months and will be putting them up on the blog throughout the coming weeks. Enjoy ! 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Jenny Lin - for the New Yorker

 I was recently fortunate enough to be commissioned again by the New Yorker to paint a portrait of famed pianist Jenny Lin. Thanks again to Jordan Awan for the opportunity to work with him again.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Just For Me #2

Hi Everyone ,
  Here is the second of two illustrations that I did for a collection of short stories by author Michael Yachnik. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Just for Me

Hi everyone . Here is a piece I recently finished up for a collection of short stories by author Michael Yachnik. It's a self published project which illustrators were invited to collaborate with Michael and it was a blast. Hope you enjoy and look out for another piece from this project soon!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Party People

Hi Everyone,
     Recently I was asked by AD Jordan Awan from the New Yorker to illustrate an article by Hilton Als about an off broadway production of Ed Bullins' The Fabulous Miss Marie. This marks the first illustration that I've done for the New Yorker and  it has been a publication that I've wanted to work with since I became an illustrator. Thanks again to Jordan Awan for giving me an oppritunity to work with him and I hope you enjoy the painting and the article that it illustrates. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

"Out To Pasture" Illustration for the National Labor Federation 2016 Calendar

Hi Everyone ,

   I was recently contacted by Mike Petteys, Art Director for the National Labor Federation calendar to do a illustration based off of the Farm Workers for the month of June. I was sent out to document the dairy farm workers that work around the nearby city of Syracuse and create a painting that went along with an article encouraging students to volunteer their semester breaks. The illustration is titled out to pasture because reflects the expendability of farm workers (whose average life span is somewhere around 40 years old) and their unfortunate parallels with dairy cows who have lost their ability to produce work and as a result are discarded by being put out to pasture ( where they are eventually sold to meat processing facilities) in order to make way for newer cows. Special thanks to Chuck Pyle  for recommending me for this amazing project.

Thursday, March 13, 2014


Just finished up my final poster for the 2013-2014 season SUNY Fredonia's Dept. of Theatre and Dance performance season. This last one is for the musical RENT. Enjoy!

Monday, March 3, 2014

The Shape of Things

Hey Everyone,
  Here is a new poster I just finished up for SUNY Fredonia's Department of Theatre and Dance . Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

NItza Villapol for SAVEUR Magazine

          Here is a recent portrait painting I recently completed of famed Cuban nutritionist Nitza Villapol for this month's SAVEUR Magazine. Thanks to Dave Weaver for the opportunity to work with him again.

Friday, December 27, 2013

"Fountain of Youth " Illustration for SAVEUR Magazine

Hi Everyone,

 I recently finished up a pair of illustrations for SAVEUR magazine which were a blast to make. Many thanks to Dave Weaver who was the AD on the project. Enjoy!

Monday, October 28, 2013

The School for Scandal

Hey Everyone. Here is another new theatre poster I recently finished. Had a quick weekend turnaround with this one which I had alot of fun with. James Ivey was the Art Director . Enjoy!

Monday, October 21, 2013

2013 Dance Ensemble

Hey Everyone! Above is art for a new poster I recently completed for the SUNY Fredonia Dance Ensemble. The wonderful Helen Meyers was the art director on this one. Enjoy!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Moon Over Buffalo

Hello Everyone. Having alot of things tied up in NDAs means the blog goes on a hiatus sometimes. That being said , Here's a new theatre poster I finished for the 2013-2014 SUNY Fredonia Theatre and Dance Season. Enjoy !

Monday, July 1, 2013

Russell Crowe- Man of Steel

Portrait of Russell Crowe as Jor-El in the Superman movie adaptation Man of Steel

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Monday, June 10, 2013

Monday, June 3, 2013

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tosinos -14x18 oil on panel

Another one of the new oil paintings I recently completed. Enjoy!
-Available for purchase

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Upper Franklin st Sunset- oil on panel

Hey Everyone,
 I finally photographed some oil paintings and will be showing them off in in coming weeks. More to come!

- Available for purchase

Monday, May 13, 2013

Dream Mine

Hey Everyone!
        Here is a new illustration done for, an upcoming web project by designer Jason Dilworth. This illustration chronicles "Koyle's Dream ",one of the many scenes in the story of the Dream Mine. Google the story if you want to read some fantastical stuff. Enjoy!

Monday, April 29, 2013

New Card Illustration

Hello everyone,
I apologize for the lag in posts. I am waiting for work to either be photographed or released from NDA's . On that note, here is a piece that I recently did for Fantasy Flight Games. Major thanks again to Andy Christensen for the opportunity to work with him again. Enjoy!

Copyright Fantasy Flight Games 2013

Friday, March 1, 2013

Yet Another New Card Illustration

Hey Everyone, Here is one more recent card that I did for Fantasy Flight Games. Again, thanks to Andy Christensen for the opportunity to work with him again. Enjoy!

Copyright Fantasy Flight Games 2013

Monday, February 25, 2013

Another New Card Illustration

Hey Everyone, Here is another a recent card that I did for Fantasy Flight Games. Major thanks to Andy Christensen for the opportunity to work with him again. Enjoy!

Friday, February 22, 2013

New Card Illustration

Hey Everyone ,
    Here is a recent card that I did for Fantasy Flight Games. Major thanks to Andy Christensen for the opportunity to work with him again. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Stop The World I Wanna Get Off!

Hello Everyone,

   After a great weekend at the Society of Illustrators NY (post to follow) I finished up the last of the poster art I did for SUNY Fredonia's Department of Theatre and Dance. For this last poster I collaborated with the talents of up and coming designer Brett Smith who designed the typography. With this poster I also had the pleasure of working with Tom Loughlin again whom I had previously worked on the Piano Lesson with. Anyways, back my easel. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Diary of Anne Frank

Hey Everyone. As promised , here is the new poster I am working on for SUNY Fredonia's Dept. of Theatre and Dance. Enjoy!

Now... back to work...

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A little practice....

Hey Everyone.Now that my teaching semester is coming to a close, I'll be in my studio more. I have a couple of oil paintings that need photographing as well as a couple of illustrations that are finishing up. Looking forward to sharing with everyone. In the meantime here is a quick practice piece I did to sharpen up my hand a little. Need to do more of these. Anyways..Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Society of Illustrators 55th Annual: Gold Medal

Tonight I found out that I have achieved something I could've only dreamed of achieving years into my career. Tonight I found out that I was awarded A Gold Medal in Advertising by the Society of Illustrators New York for their 55th Annual Exhibition. I want to take a moment to thank all friends , family , and of course my instructors. I couldn't of even dreamed of getting where I am today without your support and guidance. This is not only a win for me but a win for all of you.......

Above is the piece I was fortunate enough to win the award for.

Monday, November 5, 2012

David Grove: 1940-2012

             Two weeks ago, David Grove passed away.  I was fortunate to call him a mentor and blessed to call him my friend.  I  had first discovered David 's work in the pages of Spectrum while looking for professional artist in the area to give me some feedback on my work. When I saw his book cover for David Keck's In the Eye of Heaven I just about flipped. Here was some young rookie doing the kind of art that I wanted to do. Little did I know this "young rookie" had 40 plus years  under his belt and had been recently inducted into the Society of Illustrator's  Hall of Fame. 

             I never forget the first day I met David one sunny San Francisco day in his North Beach  house atop a hill on Union st. After hauling a couple  24x30 oil paintings up to his place I entered into a beautiful home with this gorgeous skylight in the middle of his studio. While the first hour of our meeting went fairly quiet as David probably was figuring out why some you illustrator would call him out of the blue to visit him, it quickly subsided once I spotted an original Earl Blossom illustration hanging on his wall.  "You know sh*t that you're not supposed to " was his first reaction after I blurted my love for 50's illustration and illustration history. From then on I would visit once a semester to show him a new body of work. During one visit I was expressing my frustration with a new painting that I had finished. I must of spoke for almost a half hour about how I couldn't understand why my newest painting wasn't better than an older painting that I brought with me.David remained silent. Sitting down on his couch in defeat I blurted" I don't what happened , I just don't .." David all of a sudden got up and went over to the two paintings in question as said " You wanna know what happened?" I said "Yes , absolutely " preparing for David's advice to part the clouds of confusion. David turned to me and said "Ya F%^ked up Ray! ". 

         A few months later, David's health turned sour and he was hospitalized. Getting ready for my thesis show, I sent him a postcard along with a thank you note for the opening to show him the progress I made on my work. His first day out of bed he surprised me by coming to my opening. From those 2 hour conversations at his home and the many phone conversations we had after reconnecting last winter, David taught me the meaning of being a professional. The commitment to the craft , the patience ,determination, and honesty that one needed to do this for a living. 

      I cried after hearing of his death but quickly I remembered how lucky I was to have known someone like David Grove. I only hope I could even be half the artist he was and pay forward all he did for me. Thank you for everything David. I hope wherever you are  you are having a cocktail with Bernie Fuchs and N.C.Wyeth.

The wonderful team at Sidebar Nation put together an amazing interview discussing his life and art. You can find that interview here

A book about David Grove's work was recently released by Norfolk Press You can purchase the book here 

      A celebration of David's' life and work will be held at Café Divine, 1600 Stockton Street, San Francisco CA on November 30, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Friends of San Francisco Animal Care and Control, or to the charity of your choice

Monday, October 15, 2012

New Illustration

Here's another card I did with Fantasy Flight Games. Again , big thanks again to AD Andrew Christensen for the opportunity to illustrate for them. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

New Illustration

Just recently received word on the release of the some more Cards I did with Fantasy Flight Games. Big thanks again to AD Andrew Christensen for the opportunity to illustrate for them. Enjoy!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Head Painting Demo

I'm in the process of painting a demo of a head for my students using an opaque underpainting technique. This process is commonly referred to as "loading the whites " and is a great way to solve the majority of problems in a given picture. I painted this in acrylics and next I will glaze in the color using oils.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Piano Lesson

Hello Everyone . Here is another piece of art finished up for SUNY Fredonia's 2012-13 Theatre and Dance performance season. Enjoy.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Hello Everyone . Here is another piece of art finished up for SUNY Fredonia's 2012-13 Theatre and Dance performance season. Enjoy.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

It's been a long time....

Hey Everyone ,
      Let me start first by apologizing for the lack of updates. NDA's , unphotographed paintings , and summer traveling put my blog in limbo. But alas, I am back.  One of the many things that I have been working on over the summer has been the newest season of posters for SUNY Fredonia's department of Theatre and Dance . So without further adieu, Here is the first of five posters that I have been working on. Enjoy!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

New Illustrations: Games of Thrones TCG

Hey everyone. Sorry about the lack of updates. I assure you that I have been hard at work at some new work but can't show them until the NDA is lifted. On that note, I recently found out that some Game of Thrones cards I did for Fantasy Flight Games were released . Here are a couple of them. Enjoy !

EDIT: I forgot to mention that I worked with the mastermind Andy Christensen, who was the AD on this project. Thanks Andy!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

SIDEBAR: An interview with David Grove

            Anyone who knows me knows that one of my favorite podcast is SIDEBAR . Recently they interviewed one of my artistic heroes David Grove. I am very fortunate to call David a mentor and a good friend. Over the years David's generous time and advice has and still been an immense part of my artistic development. As usual the team at SIDEBAR: Dwight, Swain, and Adrian produced a fantastic interview that framed a wonderful picture of the extremely smart, witty, and kind man that David Grove is.

Enjoy the interview here and a samples of his work below

Last year Norfolk Press released  David Grove: An Illustrated Life, a wonderful book on his life and his work which I will be talking in detail about in the near future. But for now here is a link to the place where you can purchase his book

Monday, March 19, 2012

Portrait of Sophia Loren

I Had so much fun doing this portrait I decided to finish it up. One interesting thing that Harold Speed talked about in the book I previously mentioned was that finish was more about refinement of your initial statement rather than addition of more detail. When finishing this I tried really hard to do this.Anyways, Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Had a little free time so I decided to try out some ideas on value that I've been reading about from Harold Speed

Saturday, February 18, 2012

"Gandules" 12x20-oil on panel

This is painting will be part of the "DELICIOUS",a group show at the STUDIO Gallery in San Francisco, CA. Below is the show info:

Delicious, work inspired by food & drink
February 29th - April 1st, 2012
opening reception: Sunday, March 4th, 2012

1815 Polk Street
(between Washington and Jackson)
San Francisco, CA 94109

Friday, February 3, 2012

"Stage Door"

Here's the final poster (without the type) for SUNY Fredonia's 2011-2012 Theater Season