Salon gallery show poster

I'm in it.
Location: Behr-Thyssen Gallery (tribeca, nyc)
Opening Reception: 6pm Saturday, October 3rd
Brought to you by: The Blood Dumpster art collective.


tumble rinse repeat

oil & graphite on wood. 10.5in x 34in
This piece can be presented in any direction, with the nose down, up and around. The color inspiration was driftwood. Apparently, according to Norse myth the first two humans were formed out of driftwood.


temporarily untitled

The pencil rendering in this one is rougher than the Madonna, for example. This was the intention, and I want to keep the oil paint to a minimum. We'll see what happens.


reverse something new

I will keep this one in the gray/graphite spectrum.


This is making me hungry..

our Lady of low tide - close up

our Lady of low tide

oil & graphite on wood. 11in x 34in
This is the finished piece. The fish used is mahi-mahi (the dolphin fish).
The title in:
Portuguese- [ nossa Senhora da maré baixa ]
Polish- [ Matka Boska odpływu ]


Mary, new piece

I have recently acquired a new appreciation for Christian art, so this next piece will be a reflection of that.



oil & graphite on wood. 10.5in x 36in
In this (much awaited) piece, I wanted to make the wood as raw as possible, barely altered, as the grain itself is intense. This was also inspired by the early Hawaiian surfboards that were made from wood.
The payara is a game fish found in the Amazon River basin. It is also known as the vampire fish or dog fish (peixe-cachorro) due to its two front fangs. Their diet partially consists of piranhas, which it impales on its pair of pearly whites.



'The Ambassador: sandstorm study' was sold at the New York Historical Society in the Jazz for Peace silent auction! yay!


barrels of pickle soup

oil & graphite on wood. 11in x 34in
Initially this piece was supposed to be more grey than green, but since it worked I left it alone.
Pickle soup is an actual soup in Poland. You make it like any other soup, but the main ingredient and taste is shredded pickles! It's delicious, its a bit tart, a bit creamy, and a bit green.


the ambassador: sandstorm stydy

oil & graphite on wood. 15in diameter
I did this piece for a silent auction gala hosted by the organization Jazz for Peace. The event will take place on Sunday, March 22 at the New York Historical Society. It will include dinner and drinks, the auction, the press and a concert!


no title yet

The drawing part is done! I need to mention though that the photo is taken at angle, therefore the actual shape of the wood is a bit distorted, as well as the composition. I will keep a lot of this undertone color in the final version, so glazing is crucial.


new fish

New piece, new fish. I'm excited about this one so far. The colors that I have used make the wood appear old and greenish. Since my last painting was very vibrant in color, I went for a subdued look in this one (at least at this point in progress).


epico, peaches

oil & graphite on wood. 10in x 36in
This piece is about frustration with the encompassing, dry, concrete environment. An environment that forces what seems to be an epic trek to reach liquid solitude.
An obstacle is just that, so get mad and motivated!



epico, peaches. this could be the title.
This is a yellowtail snapper. yummy.
The drawing part is done, now I'm off to paint it!


fishy fishy

work in progress, first steps.
I decided to do a fish board series inspired by the piece [ waiting at red tide ].
The first fish started out as a salmon colored drawing on grey wood, and this one is a reverse of that.


ambassador of desert warfare

oil & graphite on wood. 26in x 26in
The difference between the final drawing and the final painting is like night and day.My tool of choice is pencil. When I add oil paint it's to intensify the image, as color can create a whole new atmosphere, (the color vibrancy of oils being superior to other mediums). The combination of the two makes for a juicy translucency. Initially I was not going to use as much paint as I did, but in order to create a certain look it became necessary.
It has been said that the jackalope will only breed during electrical storms, which explains its rarity. They are dangerous when approached.


level 9, further progress...

I'm changing the name to [ ambassador of desert warfare ]
I would say this piece is at a half way point.


level 9, in progress...

The beginning stages of the remake. (photo is not the sharpest)
When dealing with graphite (unlike a full color painting) you can afford to work on one section at a time, such as the head.


level 9

digital print.
This is not a new image, but one that I'm redoing. This was initially a digital compilation of various drawings, but now I am working with graphite, oil, & wood. Perhaps the most similarity it will have to the original is the woman's face. I'd like to use this color scheme, but I'm opting for a golden bronze instead.
A sketchbook is most useful as a collection of ideas, doodles, collages, photos, etc. It is a visual memory of recurring themes.


aqua mannequin

oil & graphite on wood. 12in x 36in
I love working with wood, it's beautiful. Often it needs no decoration, it has a design presence of its own. So in this piece I tried to keep things basic: follow the grain, using graphite and two colors. Somehow I find this piece soothing, and can see it grow into a series in the future.


rob zombie surf rock. pencils on wood. 14in x 24in
There was an article in Guitar World magazine about Rob Zombie and his surf rock label, so that's where the inspiration came for this piece.
I mean look at that, it must be such a raw experience.
[a side note to my fellow beach goers: leave the eye makeup at home]

waiting at red tide

a new piece. oil & graphite on wood.
The hardest part was choosing the right colors for each element, as they all fall in the same analogous spectrum. Waiting and glazing were crucial in the process.
'Red tide' is an interesting water phenomenon, an algal bloom, where in some cases it gives the ocean a red-brown hue, sort of blood like. Seeing waves that color is surreal, and swimming in it is... 'fuzzy'.


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