Gentle on my Mind

I went to a show in Lexington at a great guitar shop called The Music Emporium. It was the best show I have ever been to. I was inspired to do this painting as an ode to the evening, the band, and the shop.

When I completed the painting, I returned to the shop. I walked around reveling at the guitars. A man came up to speak with me.

Can I help you

Do you guys trade guitars?

Yeah sure we do, what do you have? 

I have a few guitars in the trunk of my car let me bring them in.

This better be good kid! 

I returned with the 3x5 ft painting of the concert, and things got quiet.

What do you want for it?

I don’t know much about guitars but I know tho is a special piece and I would just expect a special guitar in return.

They set me up with acoustic Martin, case pick and all! It was the coolest thing I have ever done with a painting.

Nonsense

Playing around here with contradictory sayings and different kinds of wordplay. It made for a nice textural piece to put up on a wall... or to be lost in a sketchbook somewhere at the bottom of a filing cabinet, to be found many years from now. 

A Room

I'm heading to Casey and Angela's wedding this weekend. They are great friends of mine, so I wanted to do something special for them. I recreated an Edward Hopper piece "A Room in New York". They both moved to Virginia to start a life together. I found this piece to speak to their story. A couple that only needs each other to stay entertained. Cheers, and a happy marriage to you both!

 

The Reproduction

The Reproduction

The Original - Edward Hopper

The Original - Edward Hopper

Who's There?

I put this book together as a pairing to the Wall installation "Knock Knock". It now sits on the coffee table in the Drizly lobby.

Knock Knock

An old college pal, Justin Robinson, approached me about doing a mural on a wall in his office. I was pumped, so I put together a proposal deck. I considered illustration, typographic treatments, and other painting-related ideas, but then, an installation idea hit me that I knew I had to make a reality.

This piece was inspired by a work done by Joseph Kosuth entitled "One and Three Chairs". In his Installation there hung a photograph of a chair, there sat a physical chair, and next to that hung a definition of a chair. In the piece the audience is called to question the reality of a chair.

Drizly deals with alcohol delivery, where they are playing with the reality of the door. They've turned your front door into your refrigerator door. 

Special thanks to: Jim, Dad, Ben, Nick and Mike.

Stillman

A 3x4 ode to the North End in Boston. This one took me a while, but when I finished, I made post cards and put them in the mailboxes of the building. Luckily I was able to connect with one woman who was interested in purchasing the piece. I now hangs on the wall of Stillman.

Innovative Systems

This is a Call for Entries poster for an competition to create solutions for alternative fuel and renewable energy. The concept is riffing on the idea of a salmon swimming agains the current, posing a question to the audience: Are you going to be the one to come up with the idea that is different from all the rest?

Ashcan School

This is an interactive piece targeting young artists who are looking for inspiration from the past. Ashcan School is a realist art movement, that took place in the early 1900s. It is characterized by bold colors, rough brush strokes, and real life scenery, not widely accepted by the public. The design is built to emulate the brash but beautiful collection of work. The idea behind the interactivity is that students can submerge themselves into the movement rather than paging through a text book.

Lefty

Lefty is an organization that pairs writers up with illustrators. As a writer, one has a thread. With imagery, Lefty helps weave the thread into a story. This is identity system consists of a folder, booklet, letterhead, and business card.

The Depths

This is a booklet and packaging system for an event titled "The Depths Reveal". It is a 2 day art excursion into the depths of Freedom Tunnel in NYC. Targeting artists and urban explorers, the concept pushes bold colors and wild typography against a quiet body type – Helvetica – the face of the NY Subway system.

A Resume

I printed this resume backwards on the backside, so that the only way one could read it is by looking up to the light. The concept is that recruiters are looking for the person behind the resume. I am the person behind this resume. It doesn't work so well in the digital arena, but it sure was fun handing them out at the portfolio show.

PGE Annual Report

This is an annual report for Portland General Electric. The message that they wanted to communicate to their shareholders is that they are powered by their community and environment. To communicate that message, the visual language I developed consisted of overlayed imagery which created a conversation between foreground and background. I also took on a bright color palette to communicate the "energy" that PGE has and provides to the community that it serves.