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Society of Illustrators 56

By |November 20th, 2013|Uncategorized|

Lincoln’s Hazardous Journey, Smithsonian Magazine

Lockdown Situation, Security Management Magazine

A couple weeks ago I had the honor and pleasure of being one of the judges for the Society of Illustrators annual juried competition. It was a very humbling experience to be included with such talent. The task of choosing this years show was a daunting one. There was a TON of imagery to look through, and the decision making process was more difficult than I had imagined, but in the end I believe we ended up with a great show. I look forward to seeing it all come together and per usual, I am eagerly anticipating the opening night.

I was lucky enough to have two illustrations selected for this year’s annual. Thank you to my fellow judges for voting for these pieces. See you all at the show!


By |August 1st, 2013|Uncategorized|

New work for Security Management Magazine for an article about active-shooter situations in schools. From their website: “Schools are exploring ways to increase the odds of survival in an active-shooter situation during the time before police arrive. The traditional lockdown is still being encouraged, but training is evolving to include other components”.

Black Sabbath “13”

By |June 7th, 2013|Uncategorized|

New work for Rolling Stone’s review of Black Sabbath’s new album “13”. Larger than life characters and legends of Rock have a lot of weight attached to them, so I really wanted to get it right…hopefully I’ve done them justice. I decided to go with my gut on this one and integrate some of the things I’ve been doing in my personal work. It seems like that’s been a pretty natural thing for me lately. Blurring the line between personal work and commissioned work has been a goal for a couple years now, so I’m very pleased that it’s starting to work. A big thank you to art director Mark Maltais for the killer assignment!


By |June 4th, 2013|Uncategorized|

“Dark Lord II” 12” x 15” graphite, ink, and gouache on paper.

I’m having a lot of fun with this series. I wasn’t planning on doing more than one, but I had such a good time designing the first one, that I thought I’d keep going and see where it progresses. I already have a few more in the works and I’m thinking that, much like my mask series, this is the beginning of a much larger project.

More to come in the near future.


By |May 21st, 2013|Uncategorized|

“The Corpse Tree” for UUWorld Magazine.

Late last year…I took a chance. I decided to include my gallery work in my illustration portfolio with the hopes of getting jobs with a similar mood and subject matter. I honestly felt that it was a long shot, so you can imagine my excitement when I got the call to paint a dying, human-like tree (riddled with holes caused by bark beetle infestation) for an article about the effects of climate change on our forests. It was a dream gig and an absolute joy to work on. A big thanks to Art Director Bob Delboy at UUWorld Magazine for the amazing assignment. Here’s to believing that your personal viewpoint can find a home in the mainstream.


By |April 29th, 2013|Uncategorized|

“Dark Lord” 9.75” x 15” graphite, ink, and gouache on paper.

My own interpretation of the Dark Lord of the Sith. This painting will be featured in the upcoming Star Wars exhibition at Gallery Nucleus. The show opens Saturday, May 4th and has an amazing lineup of artists. I was a Star Wars FREAK as a kid, so I’m pretty bummed that I can’t make it to this one.

Communication Arts Feature

By |January 15th, 2013|Uncategorized|

I feel incredibly honored to be the featured artist in the current issue of Communication Arts. A big thanks to CA and writer Matthew Porter for the great interview. You can pick up a copy on newsstands or here.

Lincoln & Cyber Bullying

By |December 31st, 2012|Uncategorized|

To close out the year, I thought I’d post a couple of my favorite assignments from the last couple months.

Lincoln’s Hazardous Journey, for Smithsonian Magazine.

Following his election, Abraham Lincoln was faced with a long and dangerous trek. There was a bitter and violent opposition to his election and those with feelings of hatred would stop at nothing to see to his demise. Lincoln was to travel from Springfield, Illinois to Washington D.C. by rail, passing through many potentially hazardous locations. Lincoln, who disliked “Ostentatious display and empty pageantry,” insisted on traveling without military escort, making it very difficult to offer the protection needed to facilitate a safe passage. With the help of many key players, including Allan Pinkerton, Lincoln would successfully dodge the harmful intentions of his opposition and reach Washington secretly and safely.

Lincoln donned a Scottish cap and winter shawl to help disguise himself on the journey.

Cyber Bullying, for California Lawyer Magazine.

Last month I was asked to create a conceptual illustration on cyber bullying. I decided to focus on the idea of being overwhelmed by digital media. Instead of being surrounded by bullies, the teenager is surrounded by computers, tablets, phones.

Cyber bullying is a scary thing…There’s a haunting permanence with bullying through social media…No longer does the bullying stop after the schoolyard incident, it lives on for much longer, taunting the abused and inflicting lasting damage.

On a side note…apparently “nerd” is no longer an insult. I guess it’s been a long time since I was in high school because it wasn’t a compliment back then. The editor had me change it to “slut” for the printed version.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope everyone has a Happy New Year!