The 52nd of Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities and my eighteenth overall, Marozia, the city of the rat and the swallow. You can see the entire series of illustrations so far, which includes work from my friends Leighton Connor and Joe Kuth, at our tumblr Seeing Calvino, which is updated every Wednesday.

"This was the interpretation of the oracle: today Marozia is a city where all run through leaden passages like packs of rats who tear from one another's teeth the leftovers which fall from the teeth of the most voracious ones; but a new century is about to begin in which all the inhabitants of Marozia will fly like swallows in the summer sky, calling one another as in a game, showing off, their wings still, as they swoop, clearing the air of mosquitos and gnats."

10 inches by 8 inches
ink on watercolor paper
January 25, 2015


(Here’s an earlier drawing of that Little Prince poster that I instead used for the Character Wednesday blog. I like this one a lot too, it’s just closer to the original than I wanted for the opera production.)

18 inches by 12 inches
acrylic paint and ink on watercolor paper
March 17, 2015


We are interviewed at Acheron Books

Artists and friends Joe Kuth, Leighton Connor and I were interviewed by Acheron Books about our ongoing and soon-to-be-completed Invisible Cities illustration project. You can also see photos of each of us, in case you ever wondered what we looked like. Read the interview at this link, it's a good one.


My painting of H.A. Rey's Curious George for the Character Wednesday group art tumblr that I am part of.

TITLE: Curious George

5 inches by 7 inches
acrylic paint and ink on watercolor paper
March 23, 2015



I believe this image will be used as a poster, in banners, and on promotional material for a performance of the opera The Little Prince by Rachel Portman and Nicholas Wright. I will have more information and more art as time goes by.

18 inches by 12 inches
acrylic paint and ink on watercolor paper
March 18, 2015


Process post

In the most recent commission, I experimented with new painting techniques - maybe this is called underpainting? I liked the results and plan on exploring this more. I wanted to share a few photos that show the results a bit better.


COMMISSIONS: "...Ahab must use tools..."

Title: "To accomplish his object Ahab must use tools; and of all tools used in the shadow of the moon, men are most apt to get out of order."

11 inches by 14 inches
acrylic paint and ink on watercolor paper
March 14, 2015


64 QUEEQUEGS: Queequeg #21

5 inches by 7 inches
ink and marker on watercolor paper
March 10, 2015

64 QUEEQUEGS: Queequeg #20

6 inches by 9 inches
ballpoint pen on paper
March 10, 2015