Hands painting hands

23 01 2013

I’ve taken on a new series recently. I realized that quite a lot of my work has hands in it. They are part of the stories that are told through my art. A lot can be told through the expression of hands. With this discovery, I decided to paint hands on purpose… Instead of being a vehicle to tell the story. They ARE the story. I debuted six new paintings at the Hartford Open Studio in November. I’ve since done two more paintings to compliment that series. I will continue to explore hands in the future. Here are a few photos of the artwork framed. (I’m not a great photographer, so please bear with me!)


The ones on the bottom are the new ones. The guitar playing hands belong to fellow painter, Jason Werner. And the “I love you” sign language hand is my own hand. This one is painted in particular for a show coming up here at Artspace. You can read about it here.

Here is a close up version of the hands with a guitar:

Guitar Hands


Tie One On!

20 04 2012

Artsake Gallery is having a show at the end of the month called, Tie One One. Wooden neck ties were cut out and donated by Darcey Kitchens and Millwork, Inc of Tolland. These ties, painted by local artists, will be auctioned off for charity on April 27th, during the opening reception 7-9pm. The entrance fee is a non-perishable or healthcare item for the local food bank. All proceeds from the auction will go to Cornerstone Foundation Inc, in Rockville.

At the opening reception there will be music by Neal and Frank from the Barn, and Auctioneer Jayme Kunze from the Tolland Patch. Feel free to sport your favorite or silliest tie! Prizes will be given for ugliest, most original and most dapper ties worn.

Additional show dates: Saturday, April 28th, 10-5, and Sunday, April 29th, 10-5.

Here is a sneak peak at one of my ties. It’s not the best photo, but it’s something! I am also working on another one. Not sure when you will be able to see that one finished, but maybe soon! Or maybe not until the reception…. See you there!

Pet portrait, just for me. :)

1 04 2011

I was asked to donate a gift certificate for a pet portrait to a fundraiser called “Wet Paint” to benefit the FOCUS fund in Farmington. They had lots of artwork there from many artists around town being auctioned off. They asked to have a portrait there on display… to which I replied: I don’t have one! Of course, I have done many portraits in my career, but they are all for other people! I sell them and many times, never see them again. 😦  BUT this was a great opportunity for me to create a portrait of my own puppy, Maxwell.

We rescued him about a year ago, and he is the best dog I could have asked for! Part German Shepherd and part Basset Hound, he’s got the best of worlds. He’s smart like a shepherd, but easy going and lazy like a basset. He looks like a long, short legged, floppy eared German Shepherd! Yes, a little silly, but utterly adorable! And that’s just the reason why I had to rescue him. He fit in perfectly at our house! So I have many many many pictures of him doing cute things. Lots of options to draw, but no time. I tend to focus on work that pays and put my own projects on hold (this is something that I’m working on changing). So This was the perfect opportunity to MAKE me draw my dog to put on display as an example of a pet portrait.


Here he is! Green is my favorite color and I think he stands out nicely on it. Pastel, 8×10. I have another photo of him that I want to do on black paper and he will just POP right off the page! …hopefully it won’t take me a year to do it. again.


New Illustrations for Women’s Center

25 09 2009

Here is a project I just completed for the Women’s Center of Southeastern Connecticut.

The Women’s Center Opens doors to a better, safer life for over 6000 people each year by providing services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault throughout New London County.  www.womenscenterofsect.org

This is an illustration created for the invitation to a cocktail party fundraiser. There was tarot card readings, a magician, a belly dancer and exotic foods. This illustration needed to represent this and bring an exotic and fun feel to the party. The purple and red fabric is carried throughout all three illustrations.

WCSECT-CocktailThis next illustration was for the invitation to the carnival, coming up next weekend:


The last illustration is for a flyer. Feel free to stop on by and support the Women’s Center.

WCSECT-FlyerAll three illustrations were done with colored pencils on gessoed paper. The invitation illustration will be donated to the silent auction taking place on October 3rd.


Art is in trouble

4 09 2009

I know we’ve been in a recession for a while now, but I’ll admit I’ve  been lucky. I am a freelance designer and illustrator. It’s slowed down this summer, but it’s summer, it happens every year. No one wants to work, including me! I don’t mind having a little more time to go out and enjoy the weather. Now that it’s September, I think people are ready to get back to business and kick-start this economy. It’s picked up a little for me and I hope it has for everyone else too.

I submitted my artwork recently to the Farmington Valley Arts Center (FVAC) Open Juried Show. I brought in my artwork on Tuesday and stole a glance at the other artwork around. The art was good! It was nice to be in competition with other people’s artwork again, and hopefully to be in a show. I’ve been slacking on entering competitions and trying to get my artwork shown lately. I thought I had a good chance of getting in. It was high caliber artwork, but all of it was different, and not one of them was similar to what I submitted.

I got a call last night informing me about the show. I had to come pick up my artwork today. Not because I didn’t make it into the show… no one did. The show at the FVAC was cancelled due to lack of funds… I listened to the message with my mouth agape. I couldn’t believe it. I was surprised and disappointed. Not only that the show was cancelled, but the FVAC was temporarily closing. Here is an excerpt from their website:

The Farmington Valley Arts Center Board of Directors has announced that the Center’s offices are closed effective immediately, and all scheduled classes and events cancelled until a strategic restructuring is completed.

So I went in today to pick up my artwork. I offered to help. I asked if there was anything I could do. They seemed surprised that I wanted to help! but grateful. They were so nice. I don’t like to see any arts organization, let alone one as prominent as the FVAC, go up in smoke. They also have working artists studios there, and they are not closed. I encourage everyone to swing by and see what the artists are doing… and buy something!! They are having an open studio next weekend (I think the activities are tentative, but the artists will be there for sure) September 12, 10am – 4pm.


The board of FVAC is going through a restructuring process and hopefully will come out bigger and better on the other side! I encourage everyone to support the arts and your local community. For most people art is a hobby. But for a select (lucky) few it’s a career. The FVAC supports the arts in all realms, and I hope you’ll support the FVAC.

Go to the FVAC website: artsfvac.org

Help & Care Project Thailand

8 07 2009

horseonBlackThis Sunday my artwork will be on display at a benefit event in New Britain. “Help & Care Project Thailand” is taking place at The Monster Lab Recording Studio. 321 Ellis Street, New Britain, CT 5pm – 9 pm. $20, all ages.

“Help & Care Project Thailand” is going a journey to a small village of about 300 people to build a library and children’s center in the mountains along the border of Mayanmar. Volunteers will be teaching the children to read and write and playing sports with them. You can be a sponsor and buy a brick for $25 or two for $40.

“Help & Care Project Thailand” is also creating a veterinary clinic and animal shelter in Chuphon Province, where a 63 year old woman and her two daughters are caring for 200 dogs and 100 cats! For $35 you can save an animals life and they will send you a picture of the pet you have saved!


There will be photos on exhibit by Savanna Mazur and Zoraida Lopez as well as some of my original drawings and pastels of animals. DJ Occult69 will be performing along with a jazz trio The Lynn Tracey Project. Food will be provided by Naples Pizzeria in Farmington. Complimentary beverages will be served.

This is a beautiful alternative venue for shows and events, ideal for recording live performances. On the 6th floor of an old factory building with high ceilings and big windows looking out over the mountains, you can catch an amazing sunset.

Located at 321 Ellis Street in New Britain, CT, it is easy to get to. Simply take Rte 9 to exit 25 (The Ellis St / Kensington Exit) Take a right off the exit ramp, and it is the first building on your right. (You’ll see a sign on the side of the building that says ‘Incubation Center’) Park in the lot on the left- if it is filled there is a detour to go around to the right and park in the lot in the back of the building.