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Death Valley Rally

I just finished a commissioned album cover for local Virginia band Death Valley Rally.

You can enjoy some of their songs here

Instead of oil paint I returned to acrylic for this piece. It was weird returning to a medium that dries so quickly, but I was able to figure it out again with the use of some extenders.

I really enjoyed doing this. It was a nice experience that made me realize I’d be open to doing more commissions in the future.

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New Waves 2012, TCC’s Annual Student Show and Marvelous Humans

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Please click on New Waves 2012 to see a nifty PDF mag catalog I created for VA MOCA to promote this years New Waves exhibition! Here is the Facebook event page.

Thursday, March 22, is the opening. I’m excited about this exhibition not only because my painting Seer was accepted, but also because I also helped prepare the gallery working as an intern for the staff at VA MOCA.

This month is also the annual student art show at Tidewater Community College. Two pieces of my student work, Focus and Wishful Thinking, will be hanging there amongst all the other rad work from the school.

And then early next month I will also be participating in a group show, Marvelous Humans, at Articulated Gallery in San Francisco. The show was curated by Josh from Creepmachine, a contemporary art blog.

Instead of being just another circus freak show, Josh wanted to put together something different. To quote his site,

“Marvelous Humans” will be a group show with artwork inspired by the many human marvels that once lived, or are alive today. This is not just another “sideshow” art show. I have always been inspired by the people who were born with a certain condition, and made the most of it. So instead of focusing on these people as “oddities”, as too many sideshows did throughout the years, I thought it was time for some art to be created that gave these people dignity.

I chose Millie La Mar, a woman born with albinism in the Victorian era, who later became part of a circus and created an act portraying herself as a psychic or mentalist, capitalizing, or submitting depending on your point of view, to the stereotype of albino’s being eerie or mystical.

I chose ink wash, gesso and colored pencils rather than do an oil painting because I wanted to give her portrait an eerie distance and vintage feel.

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Spirit Board Show

I’m excited and wish I could attend! Some of my work will be on display at San Francisco’s Articulated Gallery this November!

The show will open Saturday, November 15. If you are in the area you should definitely stop by! I’m extremely honored to be asked to participate by JL Schnabel Leva, especially for a show about spirit boards, my favorite subject!

Please also check out the Facebook event page for the show and RSVP if you will be attending.

Saturday, November 15, 2011

“Spirit Board” Group Art Show

Articulated Gallery is very excited to announce our November group art show “Spirit Board”, opening November 5th at 8pm-11pm.
DJ’s WhITCH & NAKO will be providing the music for the evening.
Curated by Artist / Art Writer / Jewelry Designer JL Schnabel.
Featuring works centered around the infamous “Haunted Boards” from…..

Jennybird Alcantara
Edith LeBeau
Sienna Freeman
Jon Todd
Allyson Mellberg Taylor
Dave Miller Weeks
Liza Corbett
Chad Merritt
Jeremy Hush
Darla Jackson
Lincoln Smith
Margaux Kent
Paul Romano
Kristen Ferrell
Elizabeth Levesque
Bird Reynolds
Monique Ligons
Jason Goldberg
Heather Gargon
Kelly Louise Judd
Leila Marvel
Karyn Crisis
Christina Brown
Eric Eaton
Caitlin Hackett
Jessica Ward
Buddy Nestor

Reception will be 8pm-11pm, November 5th, beverages and treats will be served.
Many artists will be in attendance. :)

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*LIKE* me

Now for some self promotion. I have been peer pressured into starting my very own Facebook Fan Page. Wow. I feel like a tool, but if this is how the internet works nowadays then I am going to play the game. Please *LIKE* me on the internets if you are so inclined.

I also am in the running to win a Jerry’s Artarama gift card, which would be rad since I am in school and school supplies torch your bank account. They have a poll on Facebook. If you feel like clicking for me then please do. I believe you can vote without giving it permission to post to you own Facebook account.

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Friends Show Pictures

These aren’t gallery in action shots, but some simple ones from my camera showing how the work was set up.

It’s all about to come down soon. We had a nice closing despite Hurricane Irene’s party poopery. Lorrie Saunders kept her gallery open the eve of the storm and I’m grateful for that.

Glenn Arthur with some Allison Sommers on the back wall.

Nomi Chi drawings that I covet.

Two works by Cate Rangel are what you see as soon as you walk in the front door.

Here is a blurry photo of Jason’s work not quite doing them justice!

My wall of work.

Jessica McCourt’s beauties.

More Nomi Chi.