America the Beautiful T-Shirts


Good morning!  Bonfire, the t-shirt printing company, has begun to deliver the America the Beautiful T-shirts.

I was delighted to get a photo of one of the first recipients donning his T-shirt. 

If you would like your own photo to be included in a future blog/newsletter, please share photos of you wearing  your America the Beautiful t-shirt! Send to:  

America the Beautiful shirt on man

Bonfire was running a bit behind schedule, so to thank you all for your patience, once all the shirts have been received, everyone who purchased t-shirts will be entered in a drawing (one entry for each shirt ordered) for an America the Beautiful Limited Edition fine art print!  

If you ordered a shirt(s) you needn’t do anything more – you will be automatically entered for the drawing. The winner will be announced in late March/early April. 

Thank you!


New Orleans Art Association National Art Show 2017

My painting Pete was juried into the New Orleans Art Association National Exhibition which is currently on view at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts through March 31, 2017. New Orleans is one of my favorite cities and, with the added incentive of an art exhibit, a visit was too tempting to pass up. This past weekend I visited New Orleans to attend the exhibit reception.

We got to the lovely old building that houses the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts to find a hugely successful event in full swing. The rooms were packed and people spilled outside onto the building steps to talk. The gallery walls were graced with some truly beautiful works. There was a vibrant energy in the galleries and I was happy that I made the trip here to see the show.

Having assumed that the award winners had been notified prior to the reception, I was more than a little surprised (and thrilled) to have my painting awarded 2nd place.


1st Place, Southern Soul – Mickey Asche / 2nd Place, Pete – Nicole Moné / 3rd Place, The Sun is New Each Day – Heraclitus – Carol Peebles

1st Place went to Mickey Asche for his beautifully painted pelican entitled, Southern Soul.

3rd Place went to Carol Peebles for her masterful pastel portrait, The Sun is New Each Day – Heraclitus.

Merit Awards went to: Georgie Dussouy, Stephen Magnum, Joan M. Garvey, Sharon Rawlins, Glinda I. Schafer, Paul Hitchen.

I regret not having more photos, but here are few additional paintings from the exhibit:


Congratulations to all the artists selected for the exhibition and to the other award winners!

The founder and director of the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, Auseklis Ozols, was the juror of both selection and awards for the exhibit  –  I was fortunate to get to speak with him a while and so enjoyed talking with him. He graciously shared some of his paintings with me, which were a treat to see.


With New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts Founder and Director, Auseklis Ozols

Huge thanks to the wonderful people of the New Orleans Art Association for putting on such a beautiful event and to Auseklis Ozols for selecting my painting for inclusion in the exhibit and for the award. It is a real honor to be a part of this show and to have met so many warm, lovely people.

If you’re lucky enough to be in New Orleans any time this month, do consider checking out the exhibit at the Academy of Fine Arts Gallery 5256 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA. March 4 – March 31, 2017.


With my painting after the awards ceremony


Written by Juror Mr.Auseklis Ozols – published in NOAA National Show 2017 exhibit catalog: To be asked to intermediate, or judge an exhibition, is to assume that it is a respectful approbation of ones career. To single out some work over another is a daunting task. But there must be some standard of judgement, hopefully based on some knowledge of precedents established by art history and aesthetic precepts that we have inherited from the great teachers of the past and present.

I adhere to the classic definition of the Fine Arts where one considers the three crucial elements, The Technical, or the knowledge of the craft, The Aesthetic, or the organization of the plastic values, Line Color Texture Pattern and Form, and the third, the Emotional, or that unconscious element that imbues the work.

This exhibition is an auspicious effort by the NOAA to feature work of a variety of disciplines from a wide geographical area and it is a valuable asset to our artistic community. The New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts is pleased to host this noteworthy event.

The New Orleans Art Association History

An art group known as the “Art Association Guild” was founded on October  13, 1952, to support the work of its parent group, the Art Association of New Orleans, which dates back to 1887. By 1907, the Art Association of New Orleans’ annual exhibition attracted artists whose works are now coveted by prominent museums and collectors. Claude Monet, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, George Luks, Robert Henri and others who are equally as important entered these competitions.

When Delgado Museum opened in 1911, the original Art Association was  instrumental in acquiring not only fine works for the collections, but also holding exhibitions. In 1960, the Art Association of New Orleans and Delgado Museum merged, now known as the New Orleans Art Association. Delgado created the Artists’ Biennial which was continued by the Museum (now called the New Orleans Museum of Art) until 1977. The present New Orleans Art Association has held 20 national  or international art exhibitions as of January 29, 2000, and is now endeavoring to renew this commitment with a national show in 2017.*

*History text from New Orleans Art Association website


12th International Art Renewal Center Salon Competition and Live Exhibition

The Art Renewal Center (ARC) is a highly regarded organization dedicated to the renewal of traditional art education and training. In their 12th International ARC Salon Competition, there were 1,006 finalist works (representing 32% of works submitted) by 640 artists from 63 countries. I was thrilled to be among the finalists and to have my painting, Blowing Smoke (Portrait of Aaron Shikler), awarded the Collection Magazine Award and Dual Category Award.

From the award winners and the balance of the 1,006 finalist works, ARC is in the process of selecting between 75-100 works to be included in the live exhibit of the ARC Salon that will travel from the Salmagundi Club in New York, New York to the MEAM Museum in Barcelona, Spain.

I am honored and pleased to announce that my painting Blowing Smoke (Portrait of Aaron Shikler) has been selected for inclusion in what promises to be an exceptional exhibit.


Blowing Smoke (Portrait of Aaron Shikler) 36″x24″ – Oil on Linen


The 12th International ARC Salon Exhibition will be on view at the Salmagundi Club, NYC from May 12 – June 1, with the public opening reception on Saturday, May 13th from 11am to 3pm. The works will then travel to the MEAM Museum (European Museum of Modern Art) in Barcelona, Spain, where they will be on view from September 23 – November 27, 2017.

To see more of the works included in the Live Exhibition visit

May 12 – June 1, 2017 – Salmagundi Club – 47 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003  Public Opening – Saturday, May 13th, 2017 –  11am – 3pm

Sept 23 – Nov 27, 2017 – European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM), C/ Barra de Ferro 5, 08003, Barcelona, Spain

September 22nd, 2017 – ARC Award Ceremony and Figurativas Opening Ceremony Starts 7pm

September 23rd, 2017 – Artists Forum Starts 11am




America the Beautiful Drawing – Women’s March T-shirts.

Edit*: T-shirts ordered should be received approximately 7-14 business days after the February 21st sales campaign end date – shirts printed by and shipped from Bonfire. You will receive emails from Bonfire with status updates and when your order has shipped.  Thank you so much! We hope you love your shirt! 

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We are happy to report that t-shirts are available to order once again!  Click here to get your t-shirt!

The image America the Beautiful commemorates the Women’s March which took place on January 12, 2017. 50% of the proceeds will be donated to charity, divided between the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and Planned Parenthood.

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Limited Edition Prints Now Available

The America the Beautiful drawing is now available in Limited Edition Fine Art Prints created with archival quality materials. The prints are signed, titled, and numbered by the artist, and come with a Certificate of Authenticity. 

Edition of 195 + Artist & Printer Proofs – Paper size: 8 x 10 – $85 + s&h

(5 Large format prints – Paper size: 16 x 20″ – $160 + s&h) 

For more information and to purchase a print, please click here to visit the store


Printed on 100% cotton rag fine art paper and printed with acid-free archival inks.



Framing suggestion*

*Prints are sold unframed. Professional framing is recommended. 

For our studio AP (Artist Proof) print, we chose a black wooden frame with a subtle rope design in a satin finish, and an ivory mat with a black fillet to complement the ivory color of the print. Another option is having a custom mat cut to the exact size of the image. Though, the paper size is 8 x 10″ and will fit a standard pre-made frame.

(T-shirts are also available. For those of you getting both the limited edition fine art print and the t-shirt, please note: Fine art prints will match the colors of the original artwork. T-shirts will be more vibrant.)

Posters will also be available on the website store soon. 

What is the difference between a fine art print and a poster?

Fine Art Prints are created with top quality, archival materials and a small quantity will be made (a limited edition) and assigned numbers. Once the edition is sold, no more prints will be made. Fine art prints are professionally corrected to reflect the original artwork and they are inspected, signed, titled, and numbered by the artist. 

Posters will be printed on a thinner card stock paper and will include the title, and other text printed under the image, like an art poster  you would buy in a museum gift shop. It will be nicely printed and  suitable for framing, but a poster is not a piece of fine art and can be reprinted.

50% of the proceeds from the sales of the t-shirts and posters, and 30% of the proceeds from the sales of the limited edition fine art prints, will be donated to charity, divided equally between the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and Planned Parenthood.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Wishing you all good things…

Larissa, Looking Forward

Last night at dinner, I sat next to my niece, Larissa. All of nine years old, she is very smart, strong, talented, opinionated, and lovely. She was full of questions about art and politics. I had answers for the art questions. I had fewer definitive answers about politics – I’ve been asking many of the same ones myself.

I marveled at her thoughtful questions, her desire to brainstorm solutions, and her willingness to accept uncertain answers.

The previous night, I’d encountered very poor behavior from a 48 year old who, when I asked that he be respectful said, “get off your soapbox already.” (I’ll never know if it was my drawings of spunky animals in pink hats, or my request that he be respectful that was objectionable to him.) Recalling his childish behavior, I chuckled at the stark contrast to Larissa’s mature questions.

Contemplating this bright little girl’s future, I felt a renewed sense of obligation to do what I can to help protect the rights and freedoms she deserves. She should get to live a life of equality and respect, in which she controls the choices that will steer her destiny. I guess I’m saying that I would like to help “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity” – It seems to me someone wrote that down once.

Get off my soapbox? No. No, I think I’ll stay up here awhile.


Larissa, Looking Forward – 8″ x 10.5″ – Graphite on Moleskine Paper


Solace for a Season of Sleeplessness


Disconcerting and surreal – these are the words that keep coming to mind to describe the atmosphere in the United States today. Sleep isn’t coming as easily for so many, and for those of us who were already insomniacs, the waking hours can seem longer and contorted.

It is in these times that I try to focus on what I love. Just taking a moment to catalog things for which I am grateful can be tremendously helpful. I’m not going to burst into a chorus of “My Favorite Things” but it’s a similar idea. Always at the top of the list: my home and everyone in it (“everyone” includes our two cats who are “senior partners” in our small company of awesome), the good health of my loved ones and myself, humor, getting to be an artist, etc. And, I have found, reading about the cosmos helps me to adjust my thinking to “this is temporary” and gives me a great feeling of calm. And, of course, my work. These things help to clear my head and better allow me to look past the chaos and confusion and really think about what actions I can take right now. I ask myself how I can help to make things better – anything from trying to raise some money for a worthy cause, to calling elected representatives to voice opposition to injustice, to performing a random act of kindness.

I have found that there is more solace and peace to be derived from taking a few proactive measures than in connecting to a constant stream of panic-inducing media. Panic does no good – it feeds confusion and it incapacitates. The calm mind can be far more productive and useful – and it feels an awful lot better. I’m not saying this is easy, especially in the current political climate, but it becomes easier with practice.

What we focus on expands – in our daily lives and on a grander scale. Let us try to live in a balance of gratitude and vigilance.

When faced with an unpalatable situation, I look ahead to the end of it and think, “I can have wasted that time, or I can come out of the dark tunnel with some accomplishments.” Just picture the end game – it might help.

Those of you who are friends on social media may have seen my recent daily drawing posts. As I paint and work on other projects, these ink drawings allow me to have an outlet and stay connected daily. The drawings allow me to communicate my views without adding to the panic. I am going to resist,  I am going to keep doing what I can from where I am, I am going to keep fighting – hopefully, with focus and thoughtfulness. Creating these drawings lifts my spirits and I hope they do the same for you.

I am sharing here the first four drawings in The Pugilist Series and a new image for the ongoing The Skeleton Project. Last week’s America the Beautiful drawing is in production and I have already completed a self-portrait which I will be sharing shortly. New drawings and paintings are underway. There is comfort in the work. I hope you can find what comforts you.

Be grateful, be vigilant, and know you are not alone.


Fisticuffs – #1 in The Pugilist Series – Micron Ink Pen, Graphite, and Colored Pencil on Moleskine Paper – 7″x6″


Sting Like a B— #2 in The Pugilist Series – Micron Ink Pen, Graphite, and Colored Pencil on Moleskine Paper – 10” x 7.5”


Bring It On – #3 in The Pugilist Series – Micron Ink Pen, Graphite, and Colored Pencil on Moleskine Paper – 9.25” x 6”


Southpaw – #4 in The Pugilist Series – – Micron Ink Pen, Graphite, and Colored Pencil on Moleskine Paper – 10” x 8”


‘Til the End – Micron Ink Pen, graphite, & colored pencil on Moleskine Paper 8.75″ x 6.25″ (New for The Skeleton Project)