Tuesday, February 24, 2009


I've been battling a nasty cold and unable to keep up with up with internet stuff. But something needs to be posted here, so check out an instrumental rocker I wrote and recorded some time ago and just put on Youtube. I'm playing a Parker Fly Deluxe, so this was obviously shot well before the Dean "Teaser" guitar came about. The level is a little low, so crank your speakers, the louder the better!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Artworks This Week - Maryland Public Television

In 2006 I was spotlighted twice on Maryland Public Television's Artworks This Week, hosted by public television celeb Rhea Feikin. The second time they brought a film crew to my studio, and that feature has been re-aired often. I just saw it for the first time while editing it for Youtube - I hate watching myself on these things! Each time this segment has been broadcast, I hear from people in the DC/Maryland area, and after it was aired again the other night, I received an email from a world-famous musician who has been a major influence on my creative life. More on that soon! Thank you to MPT, Rhea Feikin, and producer Katrina Threat for your interest and support!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Joseph Zbukvic

Thanks to the awesome Janine Gallizia, I was invited to exhibit with her, Joseph Zbukvic, and a number of other European watercolor stars in Limousin, France last summer. (see this post about the show, and another post about Janine) That was a great honor, and at the time I had no expectations of meeting them anytime soon. Well, Janine has organized another major exhibition to take place in Belgium in October with Joseph, myself, and a handful of the best watercolorists on the Continent. I will be going over for that, and will probably also do a workshop. More details soon.

................ Joseph Zbukvic and his 1956 Triumph TR3

All of my communication has been with Janine, until recently when I was stunned to see an email arrive from Mr. Z himself. Anybody not familiar (if that's possible) with Joseph's renowned work, needs to stop reading now and go here. And here. People who are familiar with his work know that he's regarded as one of the all-time masters of this medium. I'm proud to now call him a good friend, and humbled to be considered a colleague. When I picked up the paint brush again in 2003, I had no idea things would take this turn.

Joseph and I are planning on meeting in Seattle in April for some good times, where I'll be doing a workshop at CWB, and he'll be flying in to do a workshop for Art Escapes Montana at the fantastic Glacier Camp Lodge in Kalispell. Through the organizational genius of Jamie Kelley, Joseph and I will do back to back workshops at scenic Granville Island, in Vancouver, April 2010. More details on that soon. By the way, in 2011, Jamie has me doing a dual workshop with one of my cherished mentors, watercolor legend Barbara Nechis. To our knowledge, this has never been done the way we are planning it. I'm excited!

If you followed this convoluted post, you'll see I owe it all to Janine....again. :)

Tvoj prijatelj!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


Kanzashi 38"x38" 97 x 97 cm

A variation on the Tokyo Express painting. For this one I distorted the drawing to emphasize the hair ornaments ("kanzashi"), and I also distorted the Japanese characters to alter the perspective. All of the whites are the paper. Da Vinci/Fabriano.