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9/29/09 It Must be Open Studios Time Again, because the 40 mile per hour wind has started up. Last year it blew over our display panels on the first day, but we will bravely blunder forth again to provide art for starving local residents. My studio opens Oct 3, 4, 17 18. I am artist #156. Here's my location. For more info see ccscc.org
two women talking at the same time


6/25/09
SEALS! While this show in Cava Wine Bar in Capitola was planned last fall, by chance it happens to coincide with a major marine mammal stranding event here on the central coast of California. I am taking this opportunity to show all the marine mammal subjects I have made, and donate a portion of the proceeds to the Marine Mammal Center, whose staff and volunteers tirelessly work around the clock to rescue some of the affected creatures and detect the causes of their sickness so that we might all know and prevent ocean environmental degradation. Show begins June 29 and hangs though July.

zen seal print


5/8/09 American Illustration 28 winners announced. Three of my images were voted into the "chosen" category which means they are a vote shy of making it into the book, but will appear on the web site. The current site ai-ap.com is being re-vamped to be searchable and will re-launch next November to coincide with the release of the printed book. There were a record-breaking 8,100 entries this year and 500 were chosen for the site. Here's one of them:

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WAYS OF THE WATER Opening Reception Thursday, December 4 5-8PM. Show runs through January 12. A percentage of proceeds will be donated to the Coastal Watershed Council to help protect and preserve our water ways.
Capitola Fine Arts Gallery
109 Capitola Ave
Capitola CA 95010
(831)-464-3838
Mon to Fri 11-5
Sat Sun 10:30-5

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10/27/08 Visual Politics: Art The American Experience October 25 - November 23 Reception: Saturday, November 1, 3-5pm Peter Selz, Juror Lucien Kubo, Curator This national exhibition has artists of 2-D 3D artwork that responds to important social and political issues in this election year. This is part of the national “Art of Democracy Coalition.”

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peace #4


10/08/08 I am not a number, I am a free man! But this weekend I am artist #152 in the Open Studios Art Tour 2008. My work will be on display in my backyard this weekend the 11th and 12th, and next weekend the 18th and 19th too.

Santa Cruz Cultural Council Logo


9/5/08 The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network is a non-profit association of legal professionals who advocate around the world for the rights of people infected with HIV and AIDS as well as prevention efforts. Their struggle continues against government policies which, amazingly in the modern world, still derive from bigotry and ignorance of this disease. Award-winning firm Soapbox Design of Toronto was tapped to create this years annual report, and they came through with a bold, political poster-inspired theme. The illustrations I created at Soapbox's request were affected by my recent silkscreen print works, and resulted in a stark rough edged style in two colors that tries to match the power of the written content it shares the pages with. The annual is available for download here.

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5/14/08 Everyone should have somewhere to live. Habitat for Humanity of Canada is doing their best to solve shelter problems for people around the world, and has forged many partnerships with corporate sponsors to achieve their noble goals. This series of ten posters I illustrated for a token fee is currently making the rounds to celebrate and showcase these partnerships. Some household names like Home Depot and Maxwell House have stepped up, along with some very high-end legal and financial firms, and not least, the Governor General of Canada.


Art print show at the Oakland Feria Urbana this Saturday, 12/8/07 at 11AM to 4PM. Come check out my table, and bring me a warm drink.


5/30/07 American Illustration 26 winners announced. I entered two pieces in AI26 and one is in the "chosen" category, which means it is on their website. WARNING: you will have to click through hundreds of possibly gory images to find mine. The illo below is the one that wasn't picked.



Leave Seals be is the name of the new campaign from The Marine Mammal Center. My illustration for these shirts, which are available for purchase here, is intended to narrate the tragedy of illegal harbor seal pup pickup that occurs every spring along the pacific coast. Proceeds from the sale of these shirts helps the center prevent pickups and treat the seals that need to be rescued.


10/27/06: Group show, oct 27 - nov 12, Michael Angelo Gallery, 1111 River St., Santa Cruz CA.

"Dia de Los Muertos" or "Day of the Dead" is a Mexican holiday that celebrates departed loved ones on November 1 and 2 each year.



Influences: no-one lives in a vacuum - we have all been influenced by that which came before. To see an artist who has influenced my work, point your Google Earth pointer to 33.47.43.47 N, 114.32.12.85 W, elev 387 ft.

(it's called the Blythe Intaglio)


Los Angeles Center for Digital Art announces:
"Top 40" LACDA Interna-tional Juried Competition Winners Show. March 9 – April 1. Reception Thursday, March 9, 7-9pm
"The Los Angeles Center For Digital Art is happy to present the opening recep-tion and exhibition for the winners of our "Top 40" Juried International Compe-tition for Digital Art and Photography. The show features the best 40 artists among our entrants representing a wide variety of styles, technological disciplines and cultures."

Los Angeles Center For Digital Art, 107 West Fifth Street, Los Angeles, CA
http://www.lacda.com

Food is a great motivator. This is the third in a series of illustrations for Specialty Foods Magazine, but the best part of the assignment is that the writing revealed secrets about what employees of gourmet stores are trained to say – a subject i can relate to because I spend so much time in these establishments.

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Social Networking is like the old shampoo commercial; "I told two friends, then they told two friends, and so on, and so on... Only if you're old enough to remember that commercial you probably don't use social networking sites. This was an assignment from California Real Estate magazine.


A nice concept resulted when the A.D. asked me to combine two of the roughs i had supplied Harvard Business Review. The article "Getting Offshoring Right," examined ways to optimize cost savings resulting from moving business processes offshore, with special attention to identifying which departments or processes should be moved and which shouldn't. Our management guy is giving his OK to the transplantation.


Marin Art Festival 2007 is this weekend, june 16th and 17th. You are invited to visit booth 121S where I will be showing, and hopefully selling, my recent limited-edition, silkscreened prints (serigraphs).



Local landmark makes an appearance: the Golden Gate bridge's orange-rust color makes a nice contrast with the sea. In this piece for the Information Technology Association of Canada annual, I have morphed the towers into people to reinforce the "collaboration" theme. The annual's message was further defiined in the text using the quote, "no man is an island" (John Donne).


Winning the battle against cancer: showing self exam, research.


Oversight linked to framework: the repetition of a small orange square conveys the idea that the subject in the foreground belongs to a corporate enterprise, and the link from eyebrow to horizon to computer suggests that his scrutiny is over the inner workings and structure of the enterprise (it's much less esoteric to regular readers of Internal Auditor Magazine).


The future according to Apple: we are all living in pods. Actually this cover story for MacAddict's May 2006 issue was about the future of Apple's products. The future architecture sets the scene and plays on the word "pod.".


Ten years ago today:

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