This piece for Princeton Alumni Weekly accompanies a story about the university’s famed eating clubs. Change is in the air as 9 of 11 of these clubs now have elected female presidents. Their goal is to make these unique meeting places more diverse, inclusive and safe. A special thanks to art director, Marianne Nelson for this tasty assignment!
I’m honored to have this portrait recognized by the prestigious American Illustration 37. It will be included in their permanent online archive. Thanks to the Jury!
Prints of this portrait of the late great Stephen Hawking are available here!
Here’s a new piece for my friends at Riverdale Country School in the Bronx. This artwork will appear on a greeting card designed for general use by the school. Scenes depicted around the Riverdale “R” show prominent locations on the upper and lower campuses of this idyllic institution. Special thanks to Marie Cappuso for this fun assignment
Here’s a piece for the University of New Hampshire’s alumni magazine, Connect. It accompanies a story called Music to their Brains. The author describes a study in which people have their brains monitored while they play musical instruments. With this research, scientists are learning how different parts of our brains relate to music. Various lobes are utilized to process hearing, touch, thinking, seeing, etc. With this study, researchers hope to to understand more about how our brains work. They also see potential in using musical performance as therapy for people with brain trauma. A special thanks to Valerie Lester for this stimulating assignment.
Below are ideas I submitted for this project.
Bengal hearts beat within a Tiger economy, as moms with balms practice Tiger astrology.
These beautiful creatures play a significant role in many Asian cultures, as a physical, metaphorical and spiritual presence. Signed prints are available here!
This sketch may be rain soaked, but bad weather didn’t stop a wonderful crowd from standing in vigil to honor students and teachers killed by gun violence. If we're really a civilized society, we've got to value Public Safety over gun rights!
A Niagara Perch
Tattooed across peaceful shores,
between this lake of childhood frolics,
and an undertow of uncertain fortunes,
waterfalls and whirlpools beckon from below,
pulling for a tumble into uncharted territory.
This piece for Harvard Magazine accompanies a story called The Emergent Mind. It’s about a research study which shows that infants are capable of abstract thought. They’re able to understand “patterns of activity in terms of variables like cost and reward”. Below are sketches I submitted for this project. A special thanks to Jennifer Carling for a fascinating assignment!
Here’s a little drawing commissioned by my friends at Riverdale Country School. It’s unique shape was designed to fit on envelopes containing promotional material about the school. I was asked to illustrate this quote by the school’s founder, Frank Sutliff Hackett: “It is not the work done which inspires enthusiasm, but the work to be done -- the long vista and the yet unfolded close.”
A special thanks to Cicely Upham and Marie Capasso for this fun assignment.
Here's a charcoal portrait, Jackrabbit, drawn on a topographic map of Rabbit Peak, California. These bouncy and beautiful creatures are part of the fabric of this desert region in southern California. Beautiful prints of this piece are available here!
This charcoal portrait of a Wild Pig was drawn on a map of Mount Laguna, California. The mighty creatures are part of the fabric of this region in southern California. Prints of this piece are available here!
Here's a portrait of a coyote, drawn on a map of Borrego Desert in southern California. These beautiful creatures are part of the fabric of this desert region in southern California. Their howls at night can haunt any landscape. Prints of this piece are available here!
Here's a portrait of the feminist punk rock collective, Pussy Riot. This Russian band uses their music and performance to support the rights of women, immigrants, and the LGBT community. They also stand in opposition to the draconian policies of Russian President, Vladimir Putin. Signed prints of this portrait are available here!
Here’s a portrait of famed composer, Jean Sibelius, drawn on a map of Finland. His brilliant compositions helped Finland forge it’s own unique identity in it’s struggle for independence from Russia. The original drawing is available here!
Here's my charcoal portrait of boxer, Mike Tyson, one of the most complex characters to come out of Brooklyn. He's a combination of fierceness, sensitivity, intelligence, volatility and self-depreciating humor - all wrapped into one larger-than-life human being. Prints of this piece are available here!