Wednesday, May 30, 2012

CANVAS The Artist Showcase - CFA

Deadline: July 1, 2012.

Call for Artists: Juried Showcase open to all artists 18+.

The essence behind CANVAS is to promote the work of rising artists, and have it seen by a large number of galleries, curators, publishers, ad agencies, art directors, and artist representatives.

CANVAS is conducted in a non-profit co-operative way. This showcase is designed to promote artist's, not make money off of them.

The book itself will be a large format perfect bound paperback in full color. The page count will be dependent on how many entries we receive and how many are accepted for inclusion by our judges. The grand prize winner of the entries will be featured on the cover.

All Media accepted.

$30 for 3 pieces, no limit.

Grand Prize winners will be featured on the cover, all accepted entries receive complimentary edition.

Visit for submission information.

Questions? Please contact:

Nelson Gallery, Thirteenth Annual Juried Show - CFA

We are pleased to announce Nelson Gallery's Thirteenth Annual Juried Show. This year's theme is "Feast on This", which may be interpreted broadly, in any way you wish, literally or figuratively. Artists residing in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia are eligible to enter.

DEADLINE: Entries must be RECEIVED at Nelson Gallery by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, June 12, 2012.

The Juror this year is Matt Klos, an art educator who has exhibited his oils and watercolors widely and has won many awards. His works have appeared in New American Paintings. The image on this page is of a work previously exhibited in this gallery. See links below for more information about Klos.


Download the Prospectus and the guidelines for preparing digital images of your work for submission.

Nelson Gallery
27 W Washington St
Lexington VA 24450
(540) 463-9827

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Art Buzz, The 2013 Collection, Juried Book


Art Buzz, the book, is an annual, full-color, fine quality, large (10" x 10") format, hardcover publication that is scheduled for release in January of each year with a vigorous distribution plan targeted directly to the International Fine Art Community. Truly, this is a beautiful book, not a magazine. Each volume of Art Buzz will be available to order directly from Art Buzz and additional copies will be distributed directly to active art dealers and collectors in the United States and other parts of the world.

The deadline for entries is September 30, 2012 (entries in by 6/15/12 discounted).

Open to all visual artists - worldwide - 18 years of age or older. All the various mediums will be accepted such as: painting (oils & acrylics, etc.), drawing, graphic art, photography (includes digital), mixed media, fiber, print making, sculpture, glass, metal, pottery, jewelry, etc. (Sorry, no video art) However, only one medium per entry form but as many images of your work, as you choose to submit, for that medium.

Digital Files on a CD
Digital artwork image files will be accepted on a CD (NO DVDs) and should be readable by a Macintosh computer** and named in conjunction with the actual artwork title. All images should be large – 8" on the long side and high resolution – 300dpi (not 72dpi) – jpeg or tiff file format. All jpegs should be saved at the highest quality. All artwork files should represent your work accurately and honestly. The CD should be clearly labeled with the artist's name and number of images contained on the disc. CD must be accompanied by a printed paper copy of the contents (including images) on the disc and labeled with the artist's name, title of work, medium and dimensions for each artwork. (This printed paper copy is required by the jury.)

Artist Notification
All artists will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance via EMAIL. (If, for some reason, you do not have an email address, only the winning artists will be notified via US Mail or telephone.)

Entry Fee

The entry fee for up to three (3) digital images is $30.00 (US Dollars) if received before June 15, 2012. The entry fee for three (3) digital images received after June 15, 2012 is $35.00. Artists that wish to enter more than three (3) art pieces may do so but they must include a check, with their submission package, for an additional $5.00 fee for each digital image over three (3). The entry fee can by paid via bank check or money order which must be in US Dollars and payable to Art Buzz. Artists can also choose to pay by credit card through PayPal which is very safe and secure. (three artwork entries included when paying via PayPal) Print out your PayPal transaction receipt to include with your entry submission package and mail to Art Buzz.
Note: Entry fees are not refundable for any reason.

Please follow instructions and mail complete entry package to:

Art Buzz, The 2012 Collection
27 Sophie Avenue
Dunedin, Florida 34698 USA

• NOTE: Click on this link if you prefer an Entry Form PDF •

~ Questions? Email ~

Baang and Burne Contemporary Call for New Artists 2012


Burne Contemporary’s 2011 exhibition season, we’ve decided, once again, to do something a bit unconventional. We are hosting an international open call to artists.

Just to be clear, we are not doing an open call for a juried group exhibition; we’re looking to sign new artists to our gallery for a two-year exhibition, promotion, and marketing contract with the gallery, and inclusion in the upcoming exhibition and events for the 2012-2014 seasons.

DEADLINE: Monday, July 31, 2012.

Entry Fee: $45.00

Open to all artists, age 18+, who wish to be considered for a two year representation contract with the gallery. All submitted artwork must be available and for sale.

Entries will only be accepted online through Artists should submit 8 images of their most recent artwork, an artist statement (150 word maximum), a CV, and if possible a URL to their website.

Baang + Burne will only be accepting entries submitted through this system. E-mail or paper submissions will not be accepted.

Every submission will be personally considered and reviewed by Baang + Burne Gallery Directors Kesha Bruce and Charlie Grosso and Associate Director Erin Skaryak.

Baang + Burne Contemporary is an unconventional art gallery directed by contemporary artists Kesha Bruce and Charlie Grosso. Our gallery aims to challenge the premise of what an art gallery can be. We’re interested in engaging the world at large and presenting work that generates dialogue critically, socially, and culturally.

In the first 16 months of Baang + Burne Contemporary’s existence, we experimented with apartment shows, private “invitation only” events, and 6x6, an art version of a music festival. For 6x6 we presented six exhibitions in six weeks, bringing together unexpected alliances and partnerships from various creative fields outside the art world and from non-profit arts organizations.

We are committed to asking challenging questions and using the gallery to continually experiment so that we may find the new solutions for both artists and collectors. Baang and Burne Contemporary is designed to continually challenge and constantly innovate. Our Mission is to make art the agent and not merely the product.

Contact the gallery by e-mail at for more information or if you have questions regarding the open call, exhibitions, or this prospectus.

That Which I Love - CFE

That which I Love
Juried Show
June 29th-July 25th 2012

What person, animal, passion or cause do you love enough to represent with your art?  Show us by entering your piece depicting, “That Which I love”.“That which I Love,” organized by Kathryn Cook (Chambers Arts! Studio Artist) will benefit Global Hope India.  Global Hope India is comprised of a group of individuals who because of their love and compassion toward some of the world’s most impoverished people, are dedicating their time, money and gifts to make a difference.  All profits will be donated to Global Hope India, including sale of art commissions of 20%. 

Open to all ages.

Juror: Lyric Kinard  
Awards: 1st prize $250; 2nd prize $100; 3rd prize $50; PLUS 3 Purchase Awards from Emerge Fine art; Ralph Ashworth; John & Courtney Florian’s  

Entry Fee: $20 for up to two 2d or 3d pieces; $5 for each additional piece up to 5 total pieces ($35 for 5 pieces). 

Inquiries -- 919 345 0681 or  Be sure to include completed registration form with entries.

Show Requirements - All 2d and 3d works should not exceed 50” in any direction nor weigh more than 50 pounds.Work must be framed or have finished sides and properly wired for display (no alligator clips or hooks).  3d work must stand alone.  Cash, check or credit payable to Chambers Arts! 

Only digital submissions are accepted for juror selection; jpeg - maximum 2MB and 300 dpi resolution with each file digitally labelled with LAST NAME, FIRST INITAL; ENTRY NUMBER  ie.  COOKK1, COOKK2.  We have the right to refuse improperly prepared works.  After notification selected works must be delivered June 21 & 22 11a-5p or June 23 from 11a-2p to Chambers Arts! #130 200 S Academy Street Cary, NC  27511.

Entry - June 15, 2012  Entry Deadline -- Digital entries only. Email images and completed entry form to or drop off completed entry form, entry fee and digital media to Chambers Arts!  Payment can be made through Chambers Arts! website via PayPal, or call 919 481 1003 for credit charge or mail check made payable to Chambers Arts! to Chambers Arts! #130 200 S Academy Street Cary, NC  27511. June 18, 2012 - Notification of acceptance by phone & email   June 21-23 Delivery of works to Chambers Arts!  Must have completed Entry Labels attached.  June 29 6-9p  Reception, Awards & Silent Auction with Paula Snyder Music  at Chambers Arts!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

New Emerging Artists - CFA

I just found out about this site, not sure how the jury process works, but worth a try! 

New Emerging Artists promotes the development of contemporary artists by providing prestigious exhibition opportunities. We produce 4 major exhibitions a year and have an open submission policy.

We are excited to discover and work with talented artists of all disciplines. New Emerging Artists gives artists access, support, and financial resources to launch their art career.

Houston Fine Art Fair
Submission Deadline: Jun 05, 2012
Notification Date: Jun 30, 2012

Submission Deadline: Aug 07, 2012
Notification Date: Sep 15, 2012

The LA Art Show
Submission Deadline: Sep 14, 2012
Notification Date: Oct 30, 2012

ArtPad SF
Submission Deadline: Mar 01, 2013
Notification Date: Apr 01, 2013

Wish You Were Here 11 - CFA

Artists & Friends of A.I.R. Gallery:
We invite you to participate in our yearly benefit postcard show:

Wish You Were Here 11: June 21 - July 15, 2012
Reception: Thursday, June 21, 6 - 8:30 pm
DUMBO 1st Thursday: July 5, 6 - 9 pm

Last year's exhibit featured work by over 400 artists from as far afield as Australia and Guyana, and included the work of notable artists such as Yoko Ono and Dottie Attie. This year we hope you will join us in our mission to provide leadership and community to women in the arts by exhibiting your work in Wish You Were Here 11.

All the proceeds of this exhibition help fund our programs, including our Fellowship Program for under represented and emerging women artists.

Each donated card will be labeled and a list of participating artists will be made available to gallery visitors.

All postcards will be priced at $45 including New York State sales tax.

This year all sales will be CASH or CREDIT & CARRY only.

DIRECTIONS FOR PARTICIPATION: please read the below carefully

1. Create a wall mountable artwork that is 4 x 6 inches*

*If your artwork is made of cardstock or a similar thin material, it will be displayed in plastic sign channels that are mounted on the walls of the gallery. If your artwork is made of thicker material, please wire the back so that we can hang it on the wall on a nail or hook.
*We will accept horizontal diptychs & triptychs in which each component is 4 x 6 inches in size - NO vertical diptychs/triptychs allowed.

2. Print the following information on the back of each card:

Phone Number &/or Email:



DELIVERY of work: By 6pm Saturday, June 1, 2012:

Mail / Hand-Deliver in an envelope to:

A.I.R. Gallery
ATTN: Postcard 2012
111 Front Street #228
Brooklyn NY 11201

RETURN of unsold work:

- Enclose a SASE for the return of your submission.**
**this is ONLY for U.S. submissions. Postcards from outside of the US cannot be mailed back.


- Pick up your submission no later than September 8th 2012.

SEPTEMBER 8, 2012 will become the property of A.I.R.


To download an example of how to format the back of the card, click HERE.
Please note that depending on your printer, this example card may print slightly larger than 4"x6". Please trim to 4"x6" if you use this PDF as a template.

ArtLibs Show

I recently finished my two pieces of artwork for the upcoming ArtLibs Show. Think of this as 30 DC based artists playing an interactive game of MadLibs with their art.

(adjective) local artists will help (verb) a story through their art. The catch is that the (noun -pl) will not know what the story is. The artists will only receive a type of word to illustrate. The artworks will complete the (noun) with the help of viewer’s interpretations. The (adjective) stories the visitors create will all be included as part of the (noun). In this way the exhibit will continue to (verb) (adverb).

The show runs from June 18 - August 10, 2012.
Reception is Saturday, June 30, 3-5pm.

Arts/Harmony Hall Regional Center
10701 Livingston Rd
Fort Washington, MD 20744

ArtLibs - Artist Profile – Russ McIntosh

I was recently featured on the ArtLibs blog site. Below is the full posting:

Multi award winning artist, Russ McIntosh, has spent over 15 years developing and honing his unique style of digital photography. In the past two years, he has emerged as a hard working and diligent artist. Going from relative obscurity to being featured in magazines and news outlets, his work has graced galleries prominently throughout the east coast as well as select exhibitions in the continental United States, including California and Louisiana. Russ also works hard at helping other emerging artists with his blog, as well as offering tips and advice to those artists just beginning to showcase their work.

Have you ever stared at a cloud and saw shapes and images in them? The essence of my art is for the viewer to look deep within my images to find something much more than what they originally saw upon the initial view of the pieces. The images I have created have many layers in them, and though at first glance the main composition does register with them, it is upon further reflection that the viewer can see “hidden images” that were originally unnoticeable.

The approach I take with my artwork is very distinct, in that I incorporate numerous photographs into a very unique composition. Utilizing anywhere from six to two dozen images or more, I build a piece up. At times when layering the images, other images can be noticed, and I will adjust the highlights and shadows adding some digital paint to make the piece more cohesive. With a vivid imagination I try to present the essence of staring at clouds within my own artwork. If you look at the shadow shapes and highlights within the image, other objects will start to take focus.

You can get a preview of Russ’s work at Artomatic on the 10th floor near the bar on the airport side.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Lost Innocence

Lost Innocence

I just finished the 2nd piece for the upcoming ArtLibs show in Fort Washington, MD. This piece is based on a noun. This piece actually harkens back to my first drawing I remember ever making. My older brother was sitting across from me at the dining room table and he had to draw a picture of where he lived. Well we lived in a two story right next to a bridge and my brother drew this very simple childlike drawing of our house and the bridge and a car driving over it. I wanted to draw something too, but couldn't come up with anything so I drew what my brother was working on. As he worked directly across from me, my picture ended up being a mirror image of his down to the smallest details. My parents were amazed at my prowess and from then on encouraged my artistic abilities. Reflecting back on that picture, I took a warped outlook on trying to recreate that image with this piece. I hope you enjoy it.

This piece and the other DownsideUp will be on display at the Arts/Harmony Hall Regional Center from June 18th to August 10th. I can't wait to see the other finished "words"!

The Billboard Art Project - Salem, Oregon

Starting Friday, May 25 at 12:00 a.m. and running through Sunday, May 27 at 11:59 p.m. several of my pieces will be on a Giant Digital Billboard in Salem, Oregon!

Beginning at Midnight you can view down, Etheric, Unthought Known, and Comforting Warmth. My artwork will be displayed roughly around the following times: 1:47am, 4:47am, 7:47am, 10:47am, 1:47pm, 4:47pm, 7:47pm, 10:47pm, and then it repeats itself again until Sunday May 27th at 11:59pm.

The Billboard Art Project is taking over roadside digital LED billboards to turn them into free public art venues for 24 hours or more.

Those in-your-face and colorful canvases that you see as you sit stuck in traffic are turned over to local and international artists for a little break from everyday advertising, presenting larger-than-life art in glowing colors.

Catch a glimpse from your car as you drive by, or hang out for awhile and watch the show with other artists and onlookers.

You won't know what is coming next as different artists explore this medium, with the electronic canvas morphing every 6-10 seconds.

Salem, Oregon
Starting Friday, May 25 at 12:00 a.m. to Sunday, May 27 at 11:59 p.m.
72 hours of continuous art. The Salem billboard is facing north, viewable by southbound traffic on Commercial Street SE. The sign is just past the parking lot of 3165 Commercial Street Southeast. See map

If anyone happens to make it to this, can you please take pictures and send them to me. Thanks!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Del Ray - CFA - HOT! HOT! HOT!

What comes to mind when you hear "Hot! Hot! Hot!"?  The surface of the sun, steamy dances, ice melting on the sidewalk…Got an idea yet? Great, because that's what we want for the Hot! Hot! Hot! show in July. (almost) Anything goes, all media welcome and the show is open to all area artists!!

Curators: Tracy Wilkerson
Tamara Wilkerson

Entry Details:

  • This show is open to all area artists.
  • Receiving takes place Sunday June 24, 6:30-8:30 pm and Monday June 25, 6:30-8:30 pm.
  • Artists may submit up to 2 pieces of artwork.  Entry fee is $5 per piece for members, $8 per piece for non-members.  Please indicate if these works are Not For Sale (NFS) or priced to sell.  
  • Artists submitting work for display may also submit up to three additional matted & shrinkwrapped pieces for art-to-go sales.  Entry fee is $5 for up to three take-away sale items.  These works must be no larger than 18”x24” and priced to sell.  When take-away items sell, the artist (at the curators’ discretions) may replenish them at no additional entry fee.
  • Limited space for 3-D work due to Special Events – Salsa dancing etc. Contact Curator.
  • Your art must be ready to hang or display with wire and screw eyes, mounting and/or display stand, framed, matted, or with edges finished. We cannot show work that is not ready for exhibition. See for details.
  • When your art work sells, you are asked to make a 20% donation (tax deductible) to Del Ray Artisans.  To have this automatically deducted from you sale, please check the opt-in box on the other side of this form. 

Accepted Artist Requirements:

  • Artists are responsible for drop-off/pick-up arrangements, as well as delivery of sold work.
  • All artists MUST gallery host and/or volunteer with set-up, hanging, opening/closing receptions and/or take down.  Please bring your calendars so you can sign up for duties at receiving.  We’ll ask you to contribute a food or beverage for the opening reception.  These volunteer hours are for entry into this show only and not part of your “required membership volunteer 10 hours” 
  •  Insurance for artwork and all arrangements for work sold is the responsibility of the artist. Neither Del Ray Artisans nor the City of Alexandria can be held liable for any loss or damage.
  • Permission to photograph any work for DRA publicity purposes is automatically granted by the artist as a requisite for entering the show.
  • Work must be original (no reproductions) and not previously exhibited in a DRA show.
  • Any artwork left over 30 days after artwork pickup will be automatically donated to DRA for silent auction.

Click Here for Entry Form

Saturday, May 19, 2012



Just finished my newest piece. This is one of two pieces for the upcoming Art Libs show in Fort Washington, MD. I was asked to create an image based on an adverb. Since I loved doing Mad Libs when I was young, I would always choose the most random words that would make the story more humorous to me. So in keeping with that I chose the word upside-down. I can't wait to see how my "word" plays out in the overall story!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

PHOTOcentric - Call For Entries

Deadline: May 15 (early entry)

Call for Entry
Open to amateurs and professionals and all photographic mediums
$45 ENTRY FEE for 5 images
   Deadline June 14
EARLY ENTRY $35 for 5 images
   Deadline May 15
Additional images $5 per each
All artists must submit work online

All accepted work will be included in exhibition book PHOTOcentric 2012. Accepted artists will be required to send a hi-res digital image. Award recipients will receive a complimentary copy.

What to Submit
Original images in all photographic mediums:
Digital, film, alternative Processes, Pinhole, Photograms, Black and White or Color. Work must not have been exhibited previously at Garrison Art Center. no pornographic or defamatory images.

Image Format
72 ppi resolution
1,280 pixels on the longest side
sRGb or RGb color space (standard) with layers flattened, 8 bit mode JPG format, compression at level 7

All artists must submit work on-line.  No CDs or e-mail submissions accepted.

•Early entry deadline  5/15
•Final entry deadline  6/14
•Notification to artists  7/17– 7/22
•Hi-res image due    7/23
•Deliver accepted work  9/1– 9/4
•Exhibition opens   9/8
•Artists’ reception    9/15
•Exhibition closes   9/30
•Work pick up/ship    10/1– 10/3

PHOTOcentric 2012
Garrison Art Center
23 Depot Sq
Garrison NY 10524

Where to find me at Artomatic

Click on the image above for zoom

This weekend I plan to prep my wall for the Artomatic show that starts next week. Friday May 18th at 6pm is the big kickoff!!

You can find me on the 10th floor, section 130. 

From the elevators, head towards the side facing the airport. Go through the doors to the open space and my space is on the outside wall of the office facing the airport. Stop by on your way to get refreshements at the bar!

And my space is finally done!

The Conversation: Talking About Your Work

Get the tools to talk about your work. Discussion on strategies to tailor your talking points – from the snappy elevator pitch to an engaging artist talk. Learn how to effectively get your point across – whether you’re talking to press, collectors, or fellow artists – with valuable advice from expert art professionals. The panel will include Michael O'Sullivan of the Washington Post and artists Zoe Charlton and Carol Brown Goldberg.

Saturday, May 19 10am-12pm 
Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint 
916 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Emerging Visual Artists Elect DC

Very interesting article about the DC art's scene. I read this article about a year ago, made some notes and forgot about it. As I was cleaning off my desk, I came across the article again, so I figured I would share it with everyone. You can read the entire article HERE. I've included some excerpts I found interesting below.

Like most cities, artists, gallery owners, critics, curators, collectors and the curious weave a nebulous network to sustain a creative community. Unlike most cities, the DC art scene operates in the shadows of national monuments, free national art museums and internationally recognized art centers. Cities across the U.S. battle against the pervading myth that you can only make it as an artist in a culture-rich metropolis like New York, Los Angeles or Chicago. True, DC has distinct offerings and challenges…but clear indications show that emerging artists don’t settle for DC, they choose DC.

“This city is so supportive of artists , because when you’re here, in this small pond . . . it’s so easy to make your mark…..and once you’re respected in a city, you can take that and brand it outside of that city. So, this is the perfect city to be an emerging artist, I think. If you’re in New York, you’re invisible. If I was in Seattle, I’d be an invisible glass artist. But because this city has so few, if you succeed, you will succeed in more places than just DC because you have the reputation that comes from coming from a regional city” says Tim Tate.

“So, it’s a great business model. This is the best place that I can imagine to be an emerging artist. This town,” he says.

“Artists think there is one moment that will get them known,” continues Tate, “you’ll be in the front page of the Washington Post, they’re going to do a documentary on you, you’re going to be in a museum show . . . whatever it is, nothing catapults you into fame, except for 5,000 baby steps and working hard for years and years.”

Fine artist and native Washingtonian Joseph Holston agrees. “It takes years and years of commitment on the part of an artist to build a solid reputation,” says Holston. To cultivate a following, he advises that artists maintain and nurture their patron base, work consistently to provide them with what they need to spread your name further, and continue to grow – never allowing yourself to become static. “I believe people in Washington respect artists who continue to challenge themselves and whose work never stops evolving,” he says.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

vertigoBlue Information

16" w X 22.5" h X 1.25" d
Museum Quality Canvas Wrap

This is a very unique work, in that no matter which direction the image is displayed the composition still works. There are numerous elements working together from the clouds, to the water, and finally the stars and celestial aspects. When viewed as is, the stars filter down into the sky and the clouds, but if it is spun 180 the clouds, now appear before a vast ocean the melds into space. When spun in either direction 90 degrees you will notice half of a face gazing back at you.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Twist of Cain Information

Twist of Cain
16" w X 12" h X 1" d
Giclée on Fine Art Paper Ensconced in a Black Frame

I was asked to do an open commissioned piece based on the Danzig song "Twist of Cain." The song is very heavy and dark, and I wanted to capture the feel of that in the composition. The lyrics are based on the classic story of Cain and Able. The heavenly light that shines down on the shadowed figure can be eluded to that of the Christian god taking note of the situation. Hidden throughout the composition are various angels and skulls. How many can you find?

Hands of Time Information

Hands of Time
16" w X 12" h X 1" d
Giclée on Fine Art Paper Ensconced in a Black Frame

I have a lot of artwork that is based on or inspired by music. Hands of Time is one of those songs that reaches deep down within you. There is much going on in this piece, including my interpretations of the lyrics. If you look throughout the composition, there is a plethora of hidden aspects - forms begin to emerge in the clouds, the stars take on new shapes, and within the window pane itself is a whole new world.

Hands of Time won the Curator's Honorable Mention Award for the Altered States Show at PoconoArts in Pennsylvania. 

Unthought Known Information

Unthought Known
12" w X 16" h X 1" d
Giclée on Fine Art Paper Ensconced in a Black Frame

I have always been a huge fan of Pearl Jam. They have many songs that reach out and invoke many great images, this song in particular I could not stop listening to. I have captured many phrases that appear in the song into the overall composition of the piece. From the path cut by the moon, to the waves and distant shores. This piece can be viewed in three different aspects. First the overall composition that you see when first looking at it, then if you step back you can see the Eddie Vedder's, the lead singer, face. The contour's of his face is enhanced by the shadow shapes surrounding the piece, his eyes are just above the clouds, and his mouth is between the tree and the mountain's. Now look closer at his mouth, that is actually the band performing the song, live in concert. There are other elements hidden throughout the piece that are associated with the band and the song.

You can view the video for the song, and read the lyrics below.

JesusHell Information

16" w X 12" h X 1" d
Giclée on Fine Art Paper Ensconced in a Black Frame

I was asked by a local heavy metal band to create an album cover for their new album. They wanted a very sacrilegious aspect to the piece, and after tolling away on many concepts I finally settled on a fiery apparition. There is a great optical illusion hidden in the eyes. At certain instances the eyes appear closed, yet if you look at  it from a different perspective the eyes are open. There are many hidden images hidden within the flames, so look closely to find them all.

vertical horizon Information

vertical horizon
13" w X 8" h X 1.25" d
Museum Quality Canvas Wrap

Every now and then, I am asked to work with a writer to give each other inspiration to create new works. This piece is loosely based on a poem provided to me. I had the idea to use two people lost in themselves and fading away into the city. I particularly like in this piece that your eyes are constantly moving and adjusting to the perspective and the hidden images throughout.

You can read the poem below that inspired this creation.

MidnightDream Information

8" w X 12" h X 1.25" d
Museum Quality Canvas Wrap

I once had this dream, where I awoke from a deep sleep. Something seemed amiss, so I looked around and felt compelled to go out back and take another glance. There standing on my back porch I saw the most amazing sight. I ran out into the field and there above me were the celestial planets larger than they should be. I was taken aback at the spectacle I was witnessing! This was amazing, even the moon was closer than it should normally be. Suddenly my alarm clock woke up and I awoke to normalcy, but I couldn't get that vision out of my head. I immediately reached for my sketchbook and jotted down everything I could recall. From there I spent many days and weeks trying to bring the dream to life in my artwork. And now, I present to you my MidnightDream.

Friday, May 4, 2012

unlockedPossibilities Information

11" w X 11.5" h X .75" d
Museum Quality Canvas Wrap

The universe is a wide open space, though even with the vastness of the celestial scope, there is the idea of something more. Hidden throughout the piece is numerous elements that reinforce the idea of thinking beyond. Do you have the key to unlock your thoughts when you gaze upon this work?

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Unknown Information

8" w X 10" h X .75" d
Museum Quality Canvas Wrap

I have a great love for Greek mythology, in particular the story of Icarus. Many know of the tale, about the boy and his father trying to escape from King Minos and craft a set of wings from bird feathers and wax. His father warned Icarus not to fly to close to the sun, or his wings would melt. Heedless of his father's caution, Icarus became enamored with flying through the clouds and kept flying higher and higher, until... the wax on his wings began to melt, but it was too late, Icarus' wings began to fall apart and he fell into the sea.

Embracing Art Show & Reception - AAG

Saturday, May 19th
5pm - 8pm

Please join the Arlington Arts Gallery for the Embracing Art Show. Wine and food will be served

The show will feature original artworks available for sale by many talented local artists.

The gallery is in the back of the shopping center with LOTS of parking!

5179-B Lee Highway
West Arlington, VA 22207

It's A Wonderful World Show at CHAL

May 12th - June 1st

The Capitol Hill ART League presents its Third Annual Metro DC open juried exhibition: It’s a Wonderful World?

I am pleased to inform you that your works: Galadali; Altitude Attitude; and Contemplation were selected for inclusion in the exhibition. Additionally, Galadali has been awarded an Honorable Mention by the juror.

JUROR: F. Lennox Campello is a well-known and widely published DC area art critic, award winning artist and supporter of the visual arts. He is often heard on NPR and the Voice of America discussing art issues. Since 2003, his blog, Daily Campello Art News has been one of the most widely read art blogs on the web. He was the co-founder of the Fraser Galleries of Georgetown and Bethesda and is currently the co-owner of Alida Anderson Art Projects.

AWARDS: Awards will be decided by the judge and will include awards for ‘Best in Show’, ‘Merit’ awards and two Honorable Mentions will be awarded. All awards will be presented at the opening reception with the judge’s talk on Saturday, May 12, 2011 from 5:00-7:00 PM.

Exhibition Calendar:
May 12, 2012 - Artists’ Reception and Awards, Presentation (5:00 - 7:00 pm)
June 1, 2012 - Exhibition closes

Capitol Hill Arts
545 7th Street SE
Washington, DC  20003
(202) 547-6839

Contact info: Prospectus at:

The Capitol Hill ART League (CHAL) is a program of the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. Located in the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood in Washington, DC, CHAL is composed of approximately 100 artists. Each season CHAL mounts a series of seven juried exhibitions and conducts gallery talks at the openings; CHAL hosts lectures on a variety of art related topics, offers workshops, and strives to develop a supportive artistic community. The greater Washington community is encouraged to participate in all of these events.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Wave Information

The Wave
12" w X 12" h X 1.5" d
Museum Quality Canvas Wrap

The Wave was created as an album cover for a local Virginia band, staticVoid, back in 2005. The band members have since gone their separate ways though. The artwork takes it visuals from several narrative elements in the song it is inspired from, such as "floating on a wind" and "chase the cresting wave". I thought it would be interesting to juxtapose those ideas. If you look closely you can see the clouds are above the Earth and you can make out land masses in the bottom left hand corner. As with my of my works I have hidden several elements throughout the composition as well. Look carefully at the shadow shapes in the wave and the clouds.

You can download the song this piece is inspired from HERE. (MP3 Download)

SlowArt/Direct Art - Surreal Visions CFE

Deadline June 30, 2012

SlowArt Productions presents the thematic exhibition: Surreal Visions. The exhibition will be held at the Limner Gallery from September 8 - October 7, 2012. This exhibition is open to all interpretations of the concept, Surreal Visions. Included are all forms of surreal and visionary figurative art. All interpretations of the theme "Surreal Visions" will be reviewed and considered.


ELIGIBILITY AND RESTRICTIONS: The competition is open to all artists, national and international, working in all media. All forms of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, graphics, digital and installation art, video, etc. are eligible. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older to apply. Wall mounted works must not be taller than 72" no wider than 120". Sculptural work must fit through a 36" wide entry door.

EXHIBITION AND AWARDS:  Winning artists will be featured in a group exhibition at the Limner Gallery, September 8 - October 7, 2012. The exhibition will also be displayed on the Limner Gallery web site. One artist will be awarded a two page display in Direct Art Volume #20, Fall 2013 issue. Two artists will be awarded a single page display. Direct Art is distributed to bookstores across the USA including Borders and Barnes and Noble. For more information on Direct Art view:

ENTRY FEES:  There is a $35.00 entry fee for one to four artworks entered, presentation is by digital JPG image files. There is a $5.00 fee for each additional artwork above four. Details of 2D artwork count as an additional artwork. Sculptors may provide one additional view per artwork without cost. Artists accepted to exhibit will not be charged additional fees of any kind.  Payments by credit card at time of entry using PayPal, or check or money order payable to SlowArt Productions.

NOTIFICATION:  Artists will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance no later than July 30, 2012. Results will be posted on or before this date at: Notification will be made via email and by posting on the results page. All artists who provide a working email address will be notified via email, if no email is provided, artists will be notified via postal mail only if accepted to exhibit. Type your email address clearly, if a mistake is made you will not be notified.

DEADLINE: The final entry deadline is June 30, 2012. Entries must be submitted via email or postmarked by this date.

Sorrowful Intentions

Sorrowful Intentions

This piece is part of my new series focusing on artwork based on local DC, Maryland, and Virginia music. The music this work is inspired from is from the band Angel Row.

Angel Row is a female fronted four piece rock band that has been captivating audiences with their hi-energy performances and their original music since late summer 2008.

Though I did not do a literal translation of the song, I feel I captured the essence of the piece. You can read the lyrics below and listen to the track HERE.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Famous Artists Dissected for MASP Art School

In a very clever campaign by advertising agency DDP of Brazil, they have created a great visual for MASP Art School with three legendary artists dissected to show their "true" insides. Dali, Picasso, and Van Gogh are all exposed to show their insides match the iconic styles they made into worldwide textbook material. For art school, these seem quite on point. (via Juxtapoz and adsoftheworld)

The Creative Personality

I just read a great article on creative people at The article is excerpted from the book below.  
From book: Creativity: The Work and Lives of 91 Eminent People, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, published by HarperCollins, 1996. Retitled as Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention.

The Creative Personality:
Ten paradoxical traits of the creative personality
By Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Of all human activities, creativity comes closest to providing the fulfillment we all hope to get in our lives. Call it full-blast living.

Creativity is a central source of meaning in our lives. Most of the things that are interesting, important, and human are the result of creativity. 

What makes us different from apes--our language, values, artistic expression, scientific understanding, and technology--is the result of individual ingenuity that was recognized, rewarded, and transmitted through learning.

When we're creative, we feel we are living more fully than during the rest of life. The excitement of the artist at the easel or the scientist in the lab comes dose to the ideal fulfillment we all hope to get from life, and so rarely do. 

Perhaps only sex, sports, music, and religious ecstasy--even when these experiences remain fleeting and leave no trace--provide a profound sense of being part of an entity greater than ourselves. 

But creativity also leaves an outcome that adds to the richness and complexity of the future.

I have devoted 30 years of research to how creative people live and work, to make more understandable the mysterious process by which they come up with new ideas and new things. 

Creative individuals are remarkable for their ability to adapt to almost any situation and to make do with whatever is at hand to reach their goals. 

If I had to express in one word what makes their personalities different from others, it's complexity. 

They show tendencies of thought and action that in most people are segregated. They contain contradictory extremes; instead of being an "individual," each of them is a "multitude."

Here are the 10 antithetical traits often present in creative people that are integrated with each other in a dialectical tension.

(Read the rest of the article below.)