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


Connecticut Creative

17 03 2010

See my artwork on Connecticut Creative!

Go here for the complete article –> www.connecticutcreative.com

Connecticut Creative is an online magazine that promotes the arts and culture in Connecticut. There is a social networking element to it as well. Sign up today!

The original illustration is in colored pencil, 13″ x 10″ and was created for the postcard that will be distributed throughout Connecticut to promote the website.

Guitar Clock

12 05 2009

I created this guitar for Artsake’s Earthsake show. The theme was recycled art, or anything that is earth-friendly, or dealing with the environment. I acquired this guitar from a friend who is an amazing guitar player. The guitar was going to be trashed, but I convinced him I could do something with it. He wanted to smash it “Kurt Cobain style”! I would not let him do it because I really liked the look of the guitar. I thought it could be something beautiful. He didn’t see it at first, because the guitar is actually unplayable. The neck of the guitar is bowed so severely that the strings won’t sit right on the neck. After much convincing and coercing, he agreed to give me the guitar instead of destroying it! He realized that just because it isn’t useful for it’s original purpose doesn’t mean that it can’t be salvaged and given life again. And that’s just what I did.


At first I wasn’t sure exactly what to do with it, although I knew it would be perfect for the earthsake show at Artsake. It’s recycled!

I tore the back of the guitar off and carefully drilled a hole in the center of the body where I wanted the hands to go. I was a little worried that it would crack because it’s thin wood, but it didn’t. I then drew out “twelve” down the neck of the guitar and decided to make it blue to stand out. I used oil paint because I’m most familiar with the feel of it, and felt more comfortable using it, as opposed to acrylic. Then I got stuck again. How will I do the other numbers? I knew I had to do something big with “6” to make it stand out and fill up that space, but I wasn’t sure about “9” & “3”. And should I include all the numbers? Should I use musical notations to mark them? So many thoughts and ideas, but I didn’t want to go overboard. I came up with a simple and effective way to write Six, so it looked a little like the number. I then decided to go with primary colors to keep it bright and simple. I figured that drawing out every number, or even marking them would be too busy and take away from the simplicity of a guitar clock. So I just made a simple 9 and 3 in their respective places in a font that resembles the font found in musical notations.

There’s my guitar clock. I enjoyed making it and it now hangs in my kitchen ticking away above the kitchen table! If you’d like to purchase it, send me an email!

tick…    tock….      tick             tock

Time to play.

Relay for Life Raffle!

11 09 2008

Last year I did the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. It was such a great experience. Desiree and I raised over $4000 collectively over the course of the year and each walked 39 miles in two days. We camped out with the other Avon walkers, met lots of interesting people and had a great time! We had so much fun, but it was a LOT of work.

This year we have decided to walk in the Relay for Life at the University of Hartford. The walk is on October 3rd (less than a month away!) and my goal is to raise $400 by then. We decided our team name is Gotham’s Finest because of our love for the new Batman movie: The Dark Knight. 

These are four of my favorite pieces that I have created. The first two Can Music Save Your Mortal Soul and Serendipity are done in watercolor. The last two Sandman and The Frog Prince are created in colored pencils.

For every $10 you donate through my page to the American Cancer Society your name will be entered into a drawing for one of these prints. There will be one drawing on October 3rd, and the winner will be able to choose one of the prints I have listed above. There’s something for everyone! For anyone who has already donated money — your name has already been entered. Feel free to pass this info along to anyone you think might enjoy these prints! 

Click here to go to my page and donate to the American Cancer Society. If you don’t want to donate online, you can download the offline donation form and send it to the address indicated on my page.

So please click this link and help me reach my goal. Everyone knows someone who has been afflicted with this terrible disease. Please join me and many others in the fight to eradicate cancer.

Let me know if you have any questions you can email me directly or leave a comment!

Relay for Life

Poster Contest

27 08 2008

I participated in the Pandora contest last year, and used my Can Music Save Your Mortal Soul image. It got a great response and was in the top ten for a while. Well, it’s that time of year again, and this time I made an image specifically for this contest. It took me a little longer than expected, but I still have nine days left in the contest and so I figured I’d enter it anyway. Click here to vote for my poster.

The butterfly inspired the piece. I was looking through photos from the summer when I went hiking with my friend Amber. We spotted a yellow butterfly that seemed to follow us around and posed for quite a few pictures! Once I got the angle of the guitar neck right, then it just fell into place.

This poster is 11×17 and drawn entirely in colored pencil. I used turpentine early in the work to even out the color and give it a more solid look.