Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Anomalous Divergence

Anomalous Divergence

Ray Legnini was nice enough to share with me his song Zabazaar, for which my newest Lyrical Visions stems from. Ray is a self professed "crazy drummer/songwriter - who dabbles with the bazaar - concentrating on diversity and alternative ways to make sound/songs--getting political sometimes, hard and crazy sometimes, or soothing and relaxed sometimes."

Listen to the song that inspired the artwork HERE, and be sure to check out the rest of his amazing songs.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Work In Progress

A little behind the scenes action of me working on my artwork.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Wasted Rose

Wasted Rose

I recently met Sharif while visiting a local pub in Old Town Alexandria. We spoke of music and art, we exchanged business cards and talked of collaborating. It was a very good day.

I listened to the song, Another Wasted Rose, he sent to me, and fell in love with it. The mood and emotion I got from it immediately struck several creative ideas for me.

Sharif is a talented musician and has had his music licensed and featured in several notable spots.

Music Connection magazine named Sharif one of the top unsigned artists of 2009, while Kisses and Lies landed on many year-end best-of lists of 2010. Also, “Another Wasted Rose” received an honorable mention in the 2008 Billboard World Song Contest and “Dark Side of the Dawn” charted on the FMQB charts in 2010. Sharif has also worked with legendary songsmith Desmond Child, landed endorsement deals with 10 major companies (including Gibson Guitars, Taylor Guitars, D'Addario Strings, and Red Bull), and garnered press accolades such as Vintage Guitar magazine calling his last release "an often moving, overwhelmingly pleasing, well-constructed album."

Be sure to check out his website http://www.sharifmusic.com
And Like him on FB https://www.facebook.com/sharifmusic

Below is the video for the song, which I just recently found as I wrapped up the finishing touches on the piece.

Emanating Exaltation

Emanating Exaltation

Dena Monticone talked to me at the gallery for show for Lyrical Visions back in March, and asked if I would listen to her music. I have to tell you I was excited to work on this piece, as her style of music is truly unique.

Her band, Aura Superb, sent me their song for Identity Crisis, which is the basis for this recent piece. There are elements of the lyrics in the piece, but the overall flow is more from what I felt listening to the song.

Visit the Aura Superb FB site and listen to their other songs! www.facebook.com/groknrock
Identity Crisis song http://www.reverbnation.com/play_now/song_16584486

UPDATE! You can view the YouTube video of the demo for the song below.

Solo Show in Occoquan

I have spoken with Gloria Rouse, the co-owner of Mill Street and they want to have me as the Featured Artist at the gallery for the month of July! Pertinent info will be coming!

This is great news for the collectors and fans who live in Prince William County, as they can finally see my artwork in person without going to DC.

Friday, May 10, 2013

ArtDC 18 x 18 Small Works Show

Two of my pieces Spectrum and Crucial Fulmination will be featured in the main gallery for this show.

The artdc Gallery
5710 Baltimore Ave.
Hyattsville, MD 20781

Who: The artdc Gallery
What: 18” x 18” Small works exhibit
Where: 5710 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville, MD 20781
Exhibition dates: 4-29-13 to 5-26-13
Reception: 5-11-13 12 to 5pm
Web: www.artdc.com

We are pleased to announce our 18” x 18” small works exhibit at the artdc gallery. This show offers us the opportunity to open the gallery doors to anyone who wants to show. We break down the barriers of the traditional gallery gatekeeper role that may prevent emerging artists access to exhibit. All works are limited to 18” x 18” or less which often places it in a very affordable range! This is a unique opportunity to connect with new and emerging artists!

Artist list to be announced!
View the FB Event HERE

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


UnBound2!  - An Invitational & Juried Exhibition
July 5th – August 3, 2013

Candela Books + Gallery announces our second annual invitational and juried exhibition: UnBound2! The summer exhibition will feature work from a wide range of contemporary fine art photographers. An UnBound2! gala (as in galactic) event, will raise funds to purchase select works from the exhibition. Works purchased by Candela through this event will subsequently be included in the Candela Collection.

The mission of the Candela Collection is to support photographers through the purchase of original photographic work and to actively pursue opportunities to donate said works to notable permanent collections.

UnBound! generates opportunities and exposure beyond the traditional group or juried show. Our hope is that photographers will support us by their active participation just as we hope to support their work and careers in return. All accepted photographers will have their work featured at Candela Books + Gallery, a gallery space in the downtown arts district of Richmond, Virginia.

For a look at last year’s exhibition, go here: UnBound! 2012

At the close of the exhibition, on Saturday, August 3rd, Candela will host the big UnBound2! event which will include food, music, laser cake, various high-jinks and hoopla along with incredible photography. The ticket and raffle sales from this event will be used exclusively to purchase work from the exhibition for the Candela Collection.

All work for exhibition will be selected by the Candela founder, Gordon Stettinius, and Associate Director, Amy Ritchie.

Deadline for Submissions:                                                            April 1, 2013

Notification of Acceptance will go out:                                       April 24, 2013

Accepted work should arrive at Gallery no later than:               June 7, 2013

Please follow directions carefully:

– Candela Books + Gallery is looking for photographic work only.
– Only email submissions will be accepted. Though we may inquire further about the work.

Send submissions to:


– Subject Line:  UnBound2! Submission!
Include up to 3 JPG images of work (approx. 10”x10”x72dpi) in a single email.
Also include a resume and artist statement, if applicable. Inclusion of an artist statement is strictly optional.

– For each image include:


   (Full Description of Object would be excellent, i.e. sepia toned gelatin silver photograph OR archival pigment print OR unique paper photogram… etc.)

Photographer’s Name:
City, St., Zip
Email address:

– There is no entry fee. 

For all work selected for exhibition:

Accepted work should be for sale.

Candela Gallery will retain a 50% sales commission from the sale of work to any patron other than the collection itself. All funds raised from ticket and raffle sales for the UnBound2! event will be used to purchase work for the Candela Collection.

Candela reserves the right to not exhibit work that is significantly misrepresented during the submission process.

Accepted work should be presentation ready when it arrives at the gallery.

Accepted work should arrive at our gallery no later than June 7, 2013

Accepted work should include return postage. (Note: When possible please include return shipping in one of two ways: a pre-processed FedEx label that includes the requisite bar code, or a UPS shipping document.)

We will return unsold work within two weeks after the exhibition closes.

Ship work to:
Candela Books + Gallery
214 West Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220

Gallery Underground Solo or Group Shows

Northern Virginia Art Center is searching for talented professional artists with a cohesive body of work to exhibit in their new Special Exhibitions space in the heart of Crystal City's thriving restaurant district.  380 square feet of gleaming exhibition space available for monthly exhibits of 2D or 3D art!  Their full time gallery staff will assist in exhibit installation, process sales of your work, and will coordinate your opening reception, all for a small fee and low sales commission.

The Gallery Underground announces solo or group exhibition opportunities for artists from the Greater Washington, DC area. Our new gallery at the Shops at 2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA is a bright and open space in the heart of Crystal City’s thriving shopping and restaurant district.  We are searching for talented professional artists with a cohesive body of work to exhibit in our new Special Exhibitions space.

Benefits of having a solo or group show at Gallery Underground:

380 square ft of gleaming exhibition space
Excellent location in high traffic shopping district
Flexible space for 2d or 3d art
Professional, adjustable track lighting
One evening reception promoted in local publications and to our extensive patron list
Our full time gallery staff handles all sales, processes payments, assists in exhibit installation, and helps coordinate exhibit receptions
Applying for a Solo or Group Show at Gallery Underground

Download the PDF of the FULL PROSPECTUS and the APPLICATION FORM via the link at the top of the page.

Artists are invited to submit work with a common theme, style or medium.

Applicants will be asked to include:

Images of 5-7 works in JPG format (no larger than 1MB each).
List describing the title, medium, size and sale price of each work.
Short statement of the work, one or two paragraphs in length.  Consider discussing technique and materials used, and/or themes addressed.
Please write “Solo Show Application: ARTISTS NAME” in subject line.
The Committee will determine the number of pieces to be exhibited, the duration of the exhibit, and exhibit placement but will attempt to accommodate an artist’s preference.  The Committee reserves the right to select the individual works to be shown.

Artists may resubmit new work after one year. 

FotoDC - Spring in Focus 2013

FotoDC - Spring in Focus
2013 Cherry Blossom Photo Contest - FotoDC presents the 3rd annual Cherry Blossom Photo Contest celebrating the District's most popular springtime celebration. We are seeking imagery related to the cherry blossom celebrations, images of landscapes, blossoms, people, parades, festivities, all are eligible.

2013 Spirit of DC Photo Contest - FotoDC is seeking great images of our city! Capture the people, our neighborhoods, on and off the Mall, day or night, using cameras or mobile phones. What is the essence of Washington? What makes our city unique? All images are welcome including those that were taken prior to 2013.

FotoDC is offering great exposure, cash prizes - favorites (and past winners) will be shown in an exclusive exhibition with invited photographers at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery in Chinatown. Opening and reception will be held at Pepco Edison Place on April 4th, 2013. In addition, the winners from both contests will be exhibited at Boston University's Center for Digital Imaging Arts in Georgetown - late May opening to be announced.

Eligibility: Open
Deadline: April 13, 2013
Entry Fee: $9.50 - $15.00 per image

Artisphere Art Opportunites

Artisphere’s ‘Call For Artists’ is a periodic summary of opportunities for artists related to Artisphere and elsewhere. Please share this with others!

If you have questions, please contact the administrator for each Artist Call separately.  If you have a suggestion of an Artist Call you would like distributed, please email Cynthia Connolly at cconnolly@arlingtonva.us.

DEADLINE: April 28, 2013
ELIGIBILITY: Proposals will be accepted from individual artists, arts groups, organizations, and curators who live, work, study or maintain a studio in Arlington County, Virginia.
JURORS: Sarah Tanguy, curator, Art in Embassies, U.S. Department of State and independent curator and arts writer and Jackie and Philippe Loustaunau, collectors.
AWARDS: $500 for each exhibition
For more information visit: http://artisphere.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6e1248e4c0f1147b4842f4f19&id=a45c606c4d&e=875668427e

DEADLINE:  April 1 2013
Paul D. Miller a.k.a. DJ Spooky and Svitlana Matviyenko, editors of The Imaginary App, an anthology of art and scholarship on app-computing, invite artists and designers to submit entries for a traveling art exhibition and publication of selected works in our anthology. Our exhibition will feature original icons of nonexistent apps.
The goal of this project is to challenge the limits of technological assistance endorsed by the slogan: “There’s an app for that.” What are the most desirable, terrifying, or ridiculous apps that haven’t been and, possibly, will never be released? Formulate a concept of an app. Translate it in the language of design.
For more information visit: http://artisphere.us2.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=6e1248e4c0f1147b4842f4f19&id=31134dce1c&e=875668427e

Open Slots are available for Fall, 2013
OUTER SPACE is accepting proposals of visual works for the 2013 season. Please submit the following materials to signalouterspace@gmail.com:
- 5 images of works for consideration
- Artist or Curatorial Statement
- Resume or CV
- A brief statement describing your exhibition proposal and desired time slot
Installation is to be complete by the Thursday before the scheduled opening.
Openings will be Saturday from 5-7.
Gallery hours are by appointment.
OUTER SPACE is located in the alley between Upshur and Taylor Streets NW, accessible off of 13th Street NW in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington,
DC. Please send all inquiries to Chandi Kelley and Frank Adams at signalouterspace@gmail.com
For more information visit http://artisphere.us2.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=6e1248e4c0f1147b4842f4f19&id=f82e53f3e4&e=875668427e

The Trawick Prize: Deadline April 1

The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards was established by Carol Trawick in 2003. Ms. Trawick has served as a community activist for more than 25 years in downtown Bethesda. She is past Chair of the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, past Chair of the Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc. and Founder of The Trawick Prize. Additionally, the Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation was established in 2007 after the Trawicks sold their successful information technology company.

The deadline for The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards is less than a week away! This annual juried art exhibition awards $14,000 in prize money annually to the top four artists. A group exhibition of the finalists’ work will take place in September 2013 at Gallery B in downtown Bethesda. With a top prize of $10,000, The Trawick Prize is one of the largest and most prestigious contemporary art awards in the region.

The 2013 competition will be juried by Cynthia Connelly, Visual Arts Curator at Artisphere in Arlington, VA; Alexander Heilner, Associate Dean of Design and Media Studies at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore; and Vesela Sretenović, Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.

Artists must be 18 years of age or older and residents of Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C.  Original painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, fiber art, digital, mixed media and video are accepted.  The maximum dimension should not exceed 96 inches in any direction. No reproductions. Selected artists must deliver artwork to the exhibit site in Bethesda, MD. All works on paper must be framed to full conservation standards. Each artist must submit five images (10 for 3-D work), application and a non-refundable entry fee of $25.

Artists may apply online or download an application at http://www.bethesda.org/bethesda/trawick-application.

Online Application: Click Here!
Create a an account and user login. Upload images and pay $25 entry fee via major credit card.

The deadline for applications is April 1, 2013. Notifications will be mailed April 26, 2013.

I encourage you to submit your work for this prestigious competition. Good luck!

Applications must be submitted by Friday, April 6, 2012 to: The Trawick Prize, c/o Bethesda A & E District, 7700 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, MD 20814.

Questions? Contact Stephanie Siegel Burke at sburke@bethesda.org.

(e)merge Art Fair 2013 Accepting Applications

The third annual (e)merge art fair will take place October 3 – 6, 2013, in Washington, DC, at the Rubell Family’s Capitol Skyline Hotel.

(e)merge is the only art fair that gives free exhibition space to artists without gallery representation. If you are an artist who is currently unrepresented by a gallery and has not yet had a solo exhibition in a major museum or Kunsthalle, (e)merge is your forum for discovery.

Last year, 80 exhibitors presented rising talent from the Americas and Europe at (e)merge. More than 5,500 art supporters engaged with painting, sculpture, digital media, performance and installation works by 152 artists from 24 countries in both our gallery and our artist platforms.

The DC region is home to one of the nation’s wealthiest, youngest, most highly educated populations. (e)merge provides inside access to a rapidly expanding cultural market with immense economic power.

The application deadline is May 18 and notifications will be sent out in June.


A non-refundable application fee of $55 must be submitted with the online application by Credit Card or PayPal account. No application will be processed without the required fee.

Artists whose proposals are accepted by the selection committee will be provided with exhibition space at the Fair free of charge.

To be eligible for artist exhibition space artist applicants must:
• Be currently without gallery representation
• May have had solo gallery shows, but may not have had a solo exhibition in a major museum or Kunsthalle.
• Whereas work in all media will be carefully considered, projects involving experimental works in non-traditional formats are especially encouraged. Such work may include installation, conceptual art, performance, new media, or the inventive use of materials to express challenging concepts.

You will be asked to upload the following information, please be sure to have your materials prepared in advance to make the process easier.
·   Bio / CV including City and State/Province and Country of Residence and contact information (DOC or PDF)
·   One page written description of the proposed project for (e)merge (DOC or PDF)
·  A preparatory drawing, diagram, photographic image or mock-up of the project proposed as you would envision it realized or installed in a general exhibition setting
·   Five (5) images of artist’s work
All images must be submitted as JPG only, max 1024 x 768 pixels at 72 DPI. Images can not exceed 1MB

Additional information on the EXHIBITOR SERVICES page: CLICK HERE

For additional questions/information: info@emergeartfair.com

...and We're Back!

Sorry about the delays in between postings. I started a new job a few months back and it occupied a lot of my time. I was finally able to work out a new schedule with my boss, so that I can continue working on my artwork and making a living with the day job.

I know I missed quite a few Call for Entries, and several opportunities to showcase my art passed by as well. So now, that I'm back into the swing of things let's get this started! I'm ready to Rock-N-Roll again! Who's with me!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Lyrical Visions Book

The official Lyrical Visions book!

Accept NO Substitutes!

First 10 copies are accompanied by a commemorative CD showcasing the music that inspired the artwork.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Crucial Fulmination

Crucial Fulmination

The renowned lyrical improvisational MC Flex Matthews was gracious enough to send me his track "I Are". Flex has been blowing it up, with his rhythm and rhymes performing with Lupe Fiasco, The Roots, and Big Daddy Kane, just to name a few.

His song moved me, not so much with the lyrics, but with the delivery. He has a force about him, and it is powerful and explosive. I wanted to exemplify that energy with this piece.

Be sure to check out his music page and listen to his great flow and lyrical delivery.



I have known the guitarist Angel Gutarra for several years. We were once in a short lived band called Above the Edge. He has since gone on to become a phenomenal musician and with several others formed the band Radio Feedbak. They recently sent me a song of theirs for my "Lyrical Visions" album artwork series.

The song "Colors" was recorded live with their new vocalist, and I loved the visuals this song brought to my mind's eye.

Radio Feedbak consider themselves an indie/experimental rock band in Northern Virginia. They have been sharing the stage with countless bands since their formation and are garnering a great following. Make sure to check out their FaceBook page and keep up with their live shows.

You can listen to the song on their page, and read the lyrics below.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

F. Lennox Campello Selects, Artomatic Artists

I have three recent pieces in this show, that I am so proud to be a part of!

A curated show of artists selected by F. Lennox Campello many of whom participated in the Artomatic Inaugural Ball last month.

The show runs from February 8th to the 22nd.

Opening reception February 13th - 6 to 8 pm

Gallery address and hours:
702 8th Street, NW between G and H Streets

Open Tue Wed Thu Fri Noon - 4pm

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Lyrical Visions - Two Shows

“Lyrical Visions” is the culmination of Russ McIntosh’s determination in the past year to create album artwork for DC/MD/VA musicians and bands.

Music and art go hand in hand. Traipsing the melancholy razor blade of creativity.

Such hard work is being showcased this March with two separate shows.

Russ McIntosh’s artwork transcends genres, as he worked with a myriad of styles in music throughout the region. The DC metropolitan music scene is ripe with creative musicians, and his goal from the outset was to create something memorable for them to use in showcasing their songs.

At the recent Artomatic in Crystal City, he handed out flyers to the multitude of musicians that showcased their sound. And throughout the year, Russ has been running ads in the City Paper and on CraigsList asking musicians to submit a song to him so that he could create a piece of album artwork for them.

Russ will be featuring five of the bands on March 8th at Fast Eddie’s in Fairfax with live performances of the songs that inspired the artwork, while the images he created will be projected behind them as they perform.

Then on March 9th, Arlington Arts Gallery on Lee Hwy there will be a limited engagement showing of the artwork. Each image will have a listening station in front of it, so every patron to the gallery will be able to hear the song that inspired the work.

“Lyrical Visions” brings all the diverse styles of music throughout DC, Maryland and Virginia into a showcase of artwork that unites them all. Rap and Hip-hop stands proudly next to Rock and Heavy Metal, alongside Adult Contemporary and Indie/Alternative.

Rise Above

Rise Above

Continuing my Lyrical Visions series, the band Backyard Fence sent me their song Holes to create from. The bassist for the band, Andy Curry is a DC-area photographer, expressed an interest in me utilizing his photography for the piece, and after viewing his portfolio I had several images I thought I could use in creating my vision of the song.

This was a great collaboration, as I normally use my own photographs to create my work, but Andy's photos  have a unique mood to them that fit the song perfectly.

The last few lines of the song is what I focused on.
Pop your head out of the clouds it's a false shroud of living and identity.... 
and out of the hole you'll rise, with big wings that will 
touch the sky and fly amongst the rest in bliss.

The band describes itself as "a musical experimental gaining momentum influenced by: Rush, Nine Inch Nails, Motörhead, The Chemical Brothers, The Black Keys, Black Sabbath, Primus, The Doors, Nirvana, Weezer, etc." Be sure to check out their Facebook page to stay up to date with their shows.

Listen to the song here, and view the lyrics below that inspired this piece.

Filtered of the Earth

Filtered of the Earth

The latest in my Lyrical Visions series. The band Chute was kind enough to send me their song Filter to create this piece from.

Chute is an alternative rock band from Washington DC. Fusing together elements of classic rock, grunge, punk rock, and heavy metal, the band seamlessly blends pop sensibilities with crunchy riffs, powerful vocals, and hard driving rhythms.

I originally sketched out a different concept for this piece, but once I delved in and started working on this, a different scene began to take shape for me. I really like how this turned out and the feel I got from the song redirected the final outcome.

Be sure to check out Chute and purchase their music.

Light of Inspiration

Light of Inspiration

I was lucky enough to hear Justin Trawick's new song "Never Slow Down" which he recorded a demo of while sitting in the airport waiting on his flight.

The song was very inspiring to me, as I had a bit of a creative lull during the holidays. At this time the song is still unreleased from Justin, though he does play it live and I would recommend going out to one of his various shows and hear him.

This piece is part of my Lyrical Visions which I will be showcasing at my upcoming art show, which Justin will be performing at on March 8th.