Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Hitchcock in Tulsa, Oklahoma?

Opening this Saturday!

“The Birds”

Invitational Show

Lovetts Gallery

Tulsa, Oklahoma
October 24, 2015

I cordially invite you to "The Birds" show at Lovetts Gallery in Tulsa, Oklahoma on October 24, 2015! An exhibition of original works of birds, about birds and inspired by the Hitchcock classic (though not necessarily all of the above). I have created two new pieces specifically for this show and they are now avaiable excluisvely through Lovetts Gallery.

New birds!

"Ristle-tee, Rostle-tee, now,now,now (Raven)"

Graphic Pencil on 1/2 in. Maple panel
26 x 16


"The Generals (Rooster)"

Oil on 1/2 in. Maple panel
26 x 16

Lovetts Gallery

I humbly thank you for your continued support of my art and sincerely appreciate you allowing me to share this news with you! If you have any questions about either of these two pieces or the exhibit please feel free to contact me.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Birds in Art! The best of the best.

Birds in Art

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum

Wausau, Wisconsin
September 11 - November 29, 2015

"On Tap (White-crowned Sparrow)"
Oil on 1/2 Maple board
36 x 24
It is with great honor that I cordially invite you to the prestigious Birds in Art Exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin. My painting "On Tap (White-crowned Sparrow)" is one of 102 pieces from artists around the world juried into the exhibition. For me personally, I consider this exhibition to be the bar that I set for myself and my work – it is the best of the best!
I hope that you can join me in Wausau for the exhibition's opening on Saturday, September 12, 2015. You'll find me in the museum's gardens where I will be one of the "Artists in Action." I hope you can stop by and see the latest drawing that I am working on and see many other amazing artists at work, too.

"On Tap (White-crowned Sparrow)" has the double honor of being one of the pieces selected for the exhibition's official poster. A signed poster may be ordered by emailing Shari Schroeder at schroede@lywam.org by Tuesday, September 8, 2015. Posters are $12.50 and include shipping (international deliveries will be a different amount).

I have also been asked by the museum to return Wausau in November for its Artist-in-Residency program. I will be at the museum for several days giving talks about my graphite technique, teaching workshops and getting a closer look at the museum's collection.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Helping Elephants!

Weekend for Elephants

Columbine Gallery

Loveland, Colorado
August 7-9, 2015

I would like to cordially invite you to the “Weekend for Elephants” Art show and Sale at Columbine Gallery in Loveland, Colorado opening this week on Friday August 7. I have several paintings and graphite drawings in the show, all of them represent African Wildlife and are from my trips to Tanzania in 2012 & 2013. I will be at the gallery during the show working on my latest drawing of an Elephant, I hope to see you there!

This show represents a special group of nine highly acclaimed international artists, Artist Ambassadors Against Poaching, working to bring awareness to the ongoing poaching crisis in Africa since 2013. These nine artists have pledged themselves to helping African Wildlife Trust and its efforts in saving the African Elephant through their art and donations, speaking engagements, museum exhibitions and gallery sales. They work to spread the word about the harm of poaching and to raise funds for African Wildlife Trust.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the artwork will go to protecting Africa's Endangered Wildlife. Specifically, this show and sale will benefit the Tanzanian Ivory Orphans’ Sanctuary, the country’s first official refuge for elephant calves orphaned due to poaching. All of the work in this show is available NOW on the Columbine Gallery website, you may view the show online by clicking on the “Weekend for Elephants Gallery show” below.

“Weekend for Elephants Gallery Show”

As many of you know this issue is one close to my heart, I have been on the ground in Tanzania and witnessed these majestic animals up close in their natural habitat. I cannot imagine a world without these animals. Since I first visited in 2012 I have personally worked with African Wildlife Trust and its founder Pratik Patel to help his efforts in saving the Elephants of Tanzania. With his dedication and hard work he has created the first Elephant orphanage in Tanzania. I have seen the donations raised at work personally!
With the purchase of one of these beautiful pieces of art you not only help the orphaned elephant babies but you will have a great piece of art to hang on your wall. You may also make a donation to this cause by going to the Tide for Tusks website and clicking on their “Donation” button.
Exhibiting AAAP Artists: John Agnew – USA Scratchboard and Oil Paint, Julie Askew –England Oil Paint, Robert Caldwell – USA Oil and Graphite, Paul Dixon –South Africa Oil and Pastel, James Gary Hines II –USA Fine Art Digital Photography, Jan Martin McGuire –USA Acrylic Paint, Tony Pridham –Australia Oil Paint, Sandy Scott –USA Bronze Sculpture, and Dale Weiler –USA Stone Carving.

Presenting a few of my pieces in the "Weekend for Elephants" Show!

"Disquieted Agitation (Lion)"
Oil on 1/2 in. Maple panel
15 x 30 in
$ 5,900.00

"Kikoti Askari Siku (Red-headed Agama)"
Graphite Pencil on Arches #300 w/c paper
11 x 7 in

"Thirty-Three (African Elephants)"
Graphite Pencil on Arches #300 w/c paper
10 x 17 in

I humbly thank you for your continued support of my art and sincerely appreciate you allowing me to share this news with you! If you have any questions about about any of these pieces or the "Weekend for Elephants" show please feel free to contact me.
Maisha mrefu (Long life),

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

We represent!

Opening this Saturday!

“The Lollipop Guild”

Invitational Miniatures Show

Lovetts Gallery

Tulsa, Oklahoma
JUNE 20 - JULY 20, 2015

I cordially invite you to "The Lollipop Guild" show at Lovetts Gallery in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 20, 2015! All art exhibited in this show will pull inspiration from the beloved classic “The Wizard of Oz.” I am excited to exhibit two pieces in the show that are small in size but big in inspiration.

The Scarecrow.

"Abstract Thought (Raven)"

Graphic Pencil on 1/2 in. Maple panel
8 x 16
This piece is one of two I created for the themed show “The Lollipop Guild” at Lovetts Gallery in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Inspired by the classic movie “The Wizard of Oz,” I wanted to create a piece based on the Scarecrow character and would have never guessed how difficult it would be to find a scarecrow for my reference.
I still hadn’t found my needed scarecrow as I headed out to Tulsa for my exhibit at the gallery in November 2014. On my two-day drive out, I was on the constant lookout, head turning, camera always ready and still nothing. As I drove up to the gallery on the day before the show, I was amazed to find two scarecrows greeting me at the entrance of The Farm Shopping Center where the gallery is located. How perfect: The scarecrow reference I needed for Lovetts’ “Lollipop Guild” show was found at Lovetts.
This particular piece was originally planned to be a painting but, as with the original film, I thought it better as a black and white.

The Cowardly Lion.

"The Nerve (Lion)"

Oil on 1/2 in. Maple panel
12 x 9 in
When given the challenge to create two pieces for “The Wizard of Oz”-inspired show “The Lollipop Guild,” at Lovetts Gallery in Tulsa, Oklahoma, I immediately thought of the Cowardly Lion. After spending several hours looking at the character from the film, as well looking at my reference photos, I finally found the perfect expression that I thought captured both the Cowardly Lion and the “King of the Forest” who realized he had “the nerve” all along. All that is missing is the little red bow!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A zebra “traffic jam!”

NEW Painting!

"Before and After (Zebras)"

Oil on 1/2 in. Maple panel   
16 x 12

Available through
Tulsa, Oklahoma

The idea for this painting emerged one evening while I was sketching a zebra that I had spotted near the Silale swamp road in Tanzania, Africa. It was actually one of many zebra that I had seen that morning during a zebra “traffic jam.” The road next to Silale swamp runs pretty straight along the edge of the marsh, and the zebra were using the road as their route to a watering hole. As far as you could see, the zebra were nearly stacked one on top of another like dominoes, but they were kind enough to open a path so that we could drive through the herd. We slowly made our way to the head of the column as the zebra continued their journey, hardly paying us any attention at all. I seized the moment to capture reference photos from different vantage points and lighting angles but this particular scene, with the zebra just slightly turning its head so the morning sun warmed the front of its face, spoke to me. As I look at it, I can remember the sounds of hundreds of zebra moving through the grasses. It was an amazing sight to see.

Here is the painting in its frame...


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The man’s foot came out of the truck...

New painting!

"Disquieted Agitation (Lion)" 

Oil on Board on 1/2 in. Maple panel 
15 x 30 

Within 11 seconds everything changed.

In October 2013, I was in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania, with a group of artists taking part in an elephant conservation/awareness safari hosted by African Wildlife Trust. We did indeed have a great many opportunities to observe and witness the planet’s largest land mammal. But we also had the fortune to see myriad other species including the king himself, the lion.

Out of my two trips to Tanzania, this particular moment that I have captured here is probably one of my most remarkable. It went from a calm, serene scene, almost boring, to intense agitation in the matter of seconds. I was fortunate enough to capture the changing moment with my camera.

My fellow artist and professional photographer friend, James Gary Hines II, and I were standing up and out of the roof of the Land Cruiser photographing two lions by a baobab tree. Both of us are discussing if we should move onto something new, all the time having our cameras up and ready for the “just-in-case” shot. It was at this moment when a guide from another group, about 50 feet away from us to our left, got out of his vehicle. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw the lion slowly rise as the man’s foot came out of the truck. By the time the man’s feet hit the ground, the lion was up and not too happy. Everyone in the vehicles around us were screaming at the guy to get back in his truck which, of course, he did and then the lion lost interest.

Although this was a very intense moment, and things could have gone horribly wrong, I can remember as clear as day James and I putting our cameras down on the roof of the Land Cruiser, turning to each other and saying, “What an idiot! But what a great shot!”

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Colobus Monkey goes to Vermont!

I am very pleased and honored to announce that my drawing "Kutokua Na Hatia (Colobus Monkey)" has been selected for the Art of the Animal Kingdom XX exhibition at the Bennington Center for the Arts in Bennington Vermont.

Art of the Animal Kingdom XX

The Bennington
Bennigton, Vermont
June 6 - August 2, 2015

Graphite Pencil on Arches #300 watercolor paper
15 x 6

This years anniversary exhibition of Art of the Animal Kingdom XX will feature approximately 70 pieces by invited artists and will have over 15 pieces by past Special Guest Artists. The special guest artist are Greg Beecham, Carel P. Brest van Kempen, Michael Coleman, Luke Frazier, Nacy Howe, Laney, Terry Issac, Jan Martin McGuire, Rosetta, Sandy Scott, John Seerey-Lester, Dan Smith and Morten Solberg.

In Swahili, “kutokua na hatia” roughly translates to “innocence/free of guilt.”
I spent the last day of my African adventure in Arusha National Park, which boasts many different animals than those I observed in the earlier part of my trip in Tarangire. The park’s habitat is almost jungle-like. I entered the park knowing that it served as home to black-and-white colobus monkeys, and I will admit I was really hoping that I would have the chance to see them.
Arusha National Park lies on the side of Mount Meru, an active volcano. As we made our way up the edge of the crater wall, we could see Mount Kilimanjaro through the tree canopy. As we came around a bend on the path, we spotted a grouping of colobus monkeys. The dense trees made it tricky to capture reference material. It wasn’t until we were coming back down from the top of the road that I saw a glimpse of white. My guide, Jeremy, very excitedly turned to me and said something in Swahili and pointed up at the monkeys. Even though I had been in the country for more than a week at this point and I felt like I was getting a grasp on the language, I had no idea what he said but I looked up and saw this little innocent face looking down at us. Baby colobus monkeys, I learned, are born with pure white fur but don't stay that way for long so I was extremely fortunate to have seen this little guy.