Fine Art, Analog and Digital Collage, Photography
My present endeavor is to master digital collage.
Using point and shoot photography, the intent is to
combine imagery of nature inspired by the rhythms
of music. Color will attempt to interpret sound and
form will be a compliment, varying according to the
elements originally found in the environment.
The point and shoot camera continues to offer
challenges, obliging the artist to be severely critical
with the "compositional eye." The simple camera
forces one to be highly selective with shots taken
- studying form becomes evermore pivotal.
The study above, "Freedom of Religion,
Freedom to Believe", wishes to
challenge the viewer into considering
what is the contemporary role of faith
and religion in the 21st century. It is a
modern reinterpretation of American
illustrator, Norman Rockwell's Post
cover - "Freedom of Religion." Within
the aforementioned piece, Rockwell
places the statement -"Each according
to the dictates of his own conscience." I
too aim to provoke thought in the
viewer . . . I leave to his or her gaze the
quote: "Faith is the tolerance required,
compassion the key."
CAMBRIDGE ART ASSOCIATION 2022
NATIONAL PRIZE SHOW
Soon to be on view at the Cambridge Art
Association's Kathryn Schultz Gallery is the
2022 National Prize Show. Over 900 works
were submitted for the show and 77 were
selected. The noted show was open themed and
intends to showcase emerging artists. Works
range from mixed media to photography and will
be presented at the Schultz Gallery in two parts;
Show 1 will run from May 31 - June 25, 2022.
Show 2 will extend from July 5 - 30, 2022. An
Opening Reception will be held online on June
3, 2022 between 6;30 and 8:00 pm.
Included in this national exhibit are two works by
this artist, "The Revisitation of Flora" and
"Becoming" - both are photo constructs and
presented as archival pigment prints. The
former work, seen below, is a contemporary
interpretation of the myth of Flora, goddess of
THE THING WITH FEATHERS GROUP
Running from April 15 through May 21, 2022 is
the show "The Thing with Feathers." Held at the
AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H., it is
inspired by the theme of "Hope" as expressed in
Emily Dickinson's poem "Hope is the thing with
Feathers." Submitting artists were asked to
contemplate upon what lights or lifts them up;
nineteen creators are represented in the noted
exhibit, which was produced in collaboration
with West Central Behavioral Health and
intended to honor Mental Health Awareness. An
artist's reception will be held on Saturday, May
4th, 2022 between 3 and 5 pm. The work
below, "Mind Balance, Alpha Waves" (in the
aforementioned show), wishes to celebrate the
manner in which contemplating
nature heals the human mind and spirit. A digital,
photo collage, its vibrant colors and textural
variances strive to capture the viewer's
To be on show from March 2 to March 27. 2022
is the exhibit Awakening at the Robert Lincoln
Levy Gallery in Portsmouth, N.H. The theme, of
the noted display of art, centers upon the
reawakening of life after the quietude of winter;
artists were encouraged to explore the "rebirth"
of existence in both their inner world and the
natural environment. Works range in medium
from photography to traditional painting and are
sure to inspire. One of this creator's works "The
Awakening of Spirit" (see below), a digital, photo
collage, is in the aforementioned show; it speaks
of the nascent life and its inherent
exhuberance during the Spring season.
To be on display between February 2 - 27, 2022
is the regional exhibit "Ardor", held at the
Bromfield Gallery in Boston, MA. The show is
dedicated to those experiences or things which
express the participating artists' ardor or
passion, whether revealed in the vividness of a
color or in the zeal for a given object or situation.
Bromfield Gallery will hold an opening reception
on Friday, February 11th, between 6 and 8pm.
"Harmonies" is this artist's work in the noted
exhibit; a digital, photo collage, it celebrates the
artist's passion for balance, whether in the
form of a visual composition or in the sensation
of a spiritual state.
ON THE EDGE
Soon to be on view at the Museum of Art,
University of New Hampshire, Paul Creative Arts
Center, Durham, N.H., is "On the Edge." This
show, extending from January 24, 2022 - April 2,
2022, is dedicated to the theme of things on the
margin, the fringe, outsider vs. insider; it can be
formal or conceptual. The entire exhibit is
comprised of drawings in media ranging from
markers, to traditional graphite, to
digital, among other techniques. Drawings will
be hung salon style, without a frame . . . the all
should result a fascinating look into an
interesting concept. Included in the noted exhibit
is the piece, "Mutation"; a work rendered in black
marker, the drawing alludes to the dangers of
genetic splicing, the fusion of plant and animal
DNA and its moral implications.
Creating art requires a good deal of effort and
an ounce of that intangible, inspiration. It is for
this reason that the artist must consistently
refuel his or her psychological or emotional gas
tank. He or she must take time away, a break,
from the process of art production, to "imbibe"
more external imagery (visual nourishment), as
well as ideas.
The process of artistic growth is a constant one,
with the "creator" steadily weighing
information and external stimuli. Producing art
is a perennial judging of factors and meanings -
i.e. color, line, form, light, etc.- with symbolism
often shifting as the work progresses. Thus, I
would encourage one to dip one's feet into the
other cultural arts - writing, theatre, dance.
music. Excursions into the territory of these art
forms rewires the brain, invariably stimulating
other senses and abilities.
One discovers new ground in exploring other
visual and performing arts. A fresh light is often
shed on given ideas or concepts, and with a
different viewpoint comes a new,
revitalizing approach to realizing or finishing a
"Don't judge each day by the harvest you
reap but by the seeds that you plant."
Robert Louis Stevenson
"Art washes away from the soul the dust of
"It is not enough to know your craft - you
have to have feeling. Science is all very well,
but for us imagination is worth far more."
"No one is an artist unless he carries his picture
in his head before painting it, and is sure of his
method and composition."
Book Cover Design is one of the more
inspirational forms of design within the
illustrator's or designer's fields of
endeavor. The ideal, of course, would
be to have a synopsis of the book's
narrative as a launching point for the
cover's actual ideation. Book cover
design IS a visual challenge - as can be
imagined - loaded with symbolism. But all begins
with a first sketch, which filters out one's initial
ideas. Certainly, a myriad of studies ensue from
the first conceptual drawing; for the above cover,
"Kisses in the Dark", love poetry was the
launching point. One is compelled to visually
state that the theme of love itself is not always
focused on passion, happiness or predestination,
but also regret and loss.