The clamor of the holidays is finally behind us, and 2015 is officially in full swing! I trust you all had a happy and safe holiday, and hope the year is off to a great start for everyone. I thought I’d take a moment to share with you all some of the exciting things happening in my studio this year. I also wanted to review some of the highlights from the last few months of 2014, in case you missed them.
Articles and Artwork
One of my most popular pieces in 2014 was my Robin Williams commemorative portrait. Dedicated to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in memory of Robin Williams, the piece received quite a bit of attention in the days following his tragic death.
Over the past few months, some of my other work began receiving international attention, too:
- Wedding Ideas Magazine ran an article and giveaway of my wedding portraiture.
- Dogster and Catster (formerly Dog Fancy and Cat Fancy magazines) each ran articles and giveaways of my pet portraiture.
- BabySpot.ca ran an article and giveaway about my newborn and sonogram portraiture.
Coming soon to an art dealer near you…
I’m super excited to give you a preview of my new collection of work, currently in progress. The collection is called –scapes, and will consist of several series of artwork, each one a variance of a topographical theme. The series also marks my first foray into abstract art, and is something I’ve been working toward for the better part of a year. It draws on my love of minimalism, surrealism, dystopianism, macro photography, and (of course) collage. I’d like to give you a sneak-peek at some of the (unfinished) pieces I’m currently working on.
Macrostellar, the first series from –scapes, is scheduled to be released at various art distributors in Europe and America in February. The series has a cosmic theme, and will be available in limited edition art prints, fine art and canvas prints, and select merchandise. International gallery showings will be announced later this year. As always, you can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for up-to-date information about these and other projects going on in the studio.
Activism through Artistry
I’m currently working with several non-profit organizations around the globe to develop artwork and related merchandise for EMOTION. Currently, I’m conceptualizing:
- Giraffe-related pieces and merchandise for The Giraffe Conservation Foundation.
- Rhinoceros-related artwork and merchandise for Our Horn is Not Medicine, an organization dedicated to the preservation of the Black Rhino.
- Merchandise and artwork for Oriana Curls, a French pop singer whose debut-album will be releasing shortly.
- A series of portraits of women, tentatively titled Nevermind About Eve. The artwork is dedicated to women who have made significant contributions to society, but are often not thought of, such as Grace Hopper and Stephanie Kwolek. The artwork and related merchandise are currently being considered by a major organization dedicated to women.
I’m in the process of building relationships with several other organizations dedicated to wildlife conservation, education in developing nations, and human rights.
That’s all for now, folks! Wishing you all the best until next time.