Friday, March 20, 2015
This portrait was commissioned by a friend of my family that is actually related to Mosaddegh. From all accounts he was a kind and very well educated man. The piece is 20 x 16 acrylic on panel. The originally photograph was from a LIFE article. I have added a few symbols like the colors of the Persian flag on the buttons of his left sleeve. I made his shirt blue to represent his democratic stance. Most importantly is the crack of light traveling up the door only to be cut short by the lock. The light is the hope of Mosaddegh and Iran in 1951, and the lock doubles as the eye of the illuminati we see on the dollar bill surrounded subtly by a greenish triangle.
Friday, October 24, 2014
This is Bo Senior and baby Bo Jr. We see representations of maternal love consistently throughout art history, but paternal love between a father and his son is more rarely depicted. I was deeply moved by this commission. 16x20 Colored pencil on Rives BFK.
Sunday, May 4, 2014
16x20 Acrylic and Watercolor on Panel. Ephesia is a part of an indigenous tribe in the Brazilian Amazon. The international beef industry is the leading contributor to deforestation in this area. Some American companies benefit from this industry, mostly in terms of the leather. Some American corporations that benefit from Brazilian leather are Nike, Adidas, Timberland, Clarks, and Reebok. There are many more.
I will be joining the resident artists at the Creative Alliance in August 2014http://www.creativealliance.org/
Friday, February 14, 2014
This is the sketch for one of the eight new pieces in my Amazon Women series I've been working on while a Resident at the New York League of Art Students Vytlacil Campus. Her name is Embera and she looks on in disbelief at hectares of razed jungle she once called her home. In the distance atop a hill she is watched by the demon of industry mounted proudly upon his Nelore bull. Seven football fields of rainforest have been burnt today so the world may have its burger. There has got to be some other way.