Pasadena city workers

burritoStandFor our fall meeting with the Hartford MFA program we went to Pasadena. Wonderful place! The week was chock full of meetings with fantastic illustrators. We visited Dreamworks and Nickelodeon and a bunch of other stuff. This painting is of a scene across the street from the hotel where we were staying. I went for an early morning walk and these city utility workers were taking a break at the local taco stand. The combination of colors from their green and orange safety suites and wild composition appealed to me so I decided to see if I could get it onto canvas. It works pretty well and I’m happy with it. 

Back again!

measles_fullsizeWell after some trouble with my word press settings I’m now back online….

Here’s one of the latest. This is an illustration for the journal Proceedings of the royal society B. It’s for an article that talks about the relationship between seasonality in birth rates and how they affect rates of disease. It’s not certain if it will make the cover but I hope it does!

Wildlife art add

I had this add printed in the Serbin Science Art publication. Basically a montage of my wildlife work. Most of the artwork, except for the plants in the center, is traditional. The individual pieces were then scanned in and woven together using photoshop and Indesign. Fun!

Nixon illustration

Nixon-draftJust finished a piece for a Hartford MFA assignment. Nixon, it’s supposed to be in the style of Mark English and designed for a major magazine (Time). I haven’t done any portraits or montages in a long time and I’m not thrilled with it but will keep on pushing myself to see if I can “get” where I want to be.

Viral spread in water fowl


These pictures illustrate spatial and temporal viral spread among water fowl. I had to create it quickly and used a combination of Modo and photoshop to get the effect. The water and “green” effect was created with Modo. Also the shapes of the birds was roughed in with a duck shape that I fortunately had from a previous project. Painting in Modo kind of sucks so I output a high res picture and painted the ducks in photoshop. Turned out pretty realistic looking!

Charleston Oregon number 2

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Here’s my second painting of Charleston so far. I’m experimenting with a red ground but so far not convinced it’s for me. I think by the time I’m done (hopefully today) so little ground will show through that all that expensive red paint I put on the canvas will just be wasted. Might as well let it remain gesso white and then add in red (or whatever color) accents at the end. Anyway it was worth a try.