...the look of it, the feel, is becoming a bigger influence in my work. I'm torn between thinking it's rather depressing and loving the surfaces. When the wood on the side of a barn cracks open from rain or bricks algae up or metal siding weeps with rust, isn't it just growing old gracefully, unashamed?

Acrylic on Acrylic Sheet
9 x 9 inches

I wasn't sure what to call this, but a word stuck with me today from a discussion of aquarium set-ups. When I looked it up, I thought all the definitions could apply to this piece.

sub•strate n. 1. The material or substance on which an enzyme acts. 2. A surface on which an organism grows or is attached. 3. An underlying layer; a substratum. 4. An indigenous language that contributes features to the language of an invading people who impose their language on the indigenous population.

Been a While


...with the holidays and all. Finally got back into the studio this weekend to finish something.

Burnish / Banish
Acrylic on Acrylic Sheet
18 x 24"

Burnish / Banish

Burnish / Banish

Patron Members Show @ artdc Gallery


This Saturday will be awesome day for art and music! Stephen and I have a piece in the show. Full deets below.

artdc Gallery
The Lustine Center
5710 Baltimore Avenue
Hyattsville, MD 20781
Exhibit dates: 12/6/09 to 1/3/10
Reception: Sat 12/11 from 11 - 12
Cool Yule Party: Sat 12/11 from 12 - 6

The artdc Gallery will feature a Patron Members' Exhibition from December 6, 2009, to January 3, 2010. A reception, open studio, and cash-and-carry event, titled “Cool Yule Arty Party,” will be held on Saturday, December 12, 2009, from noon to 6 p.m.

"This is a great way to give back to the patron members who support artdc's discussion forum and other projects," said gallery director and artist Jesse Cohen. "You'll see an amazing variety of work in a broad range of mediums. If you're looking to build your collection--or start one--this show brings together talented established and emerging artists in the metro DC area who offer unique, top-quality work at recession-friendly prices."

The “Cool Yule Arty Party” will also feature performances by:

Alex Culbreth – 12:00 p.m.
“Well-constructed music and a stirring voice. A definite up-and-comer.” - Joel Pomerantz, SAW Songwriters Showcase

John Mason Legal Lecture – 1 p.m.
John Mason is an active DC-area intellectual property lawyer.

Margot MacDonald – 2:30 p.m.
2009 New Artist of the Year and Modern Rock Vocalist Wammie winner

Ellen Winter – 3:30 p.m.
Reminiscent of Regina Spektor, Ben Folds and Kate Nash all combined into one.

Jessica Bennett of Parliament Hill – 4:30 p.m.
A stunning acoustic musician with an amazing voice.

For more information, contact Jesse Cohen at 703-217-2006 or

About the artdc Gallery

Located in the burgeoning Arts District in Hyattsville, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC, the artdc Gallery features painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media and more by metro DC artists. Its light-filled space in the storefront of the Lustine Center, a striking, re-imagined 1950s car dealership, anchors a lively street of shops, restaurants, independent businesses and artist studios. Visit for information about the exhibits, and for social networking, resources and discussion forums on a variety of topics. The gallery is located at The Lustine Center, 5710 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, MD 20781.

Acceptance: UMUC's Mind, Body and Spirit


A Beautiful Destruction was selected for the University of Maryland University College's juried exhibition of works on paper by regional women artists. Mind, Body and Spirit will celebrate the diverse perspectives of regional women artists as they share their unique interpretations of self-identity.

The exhibition will be co-curated by Harriet McNamee, art historian and former curator of education for the National Museum of Women in the Arts and by Bobby Donovan, painter and printmaker and assistant director of the UMUC Arts program. A small catalog will accompany the exhibition.

Mind, Body and Spirit
Exhibit Dates: January 18 to March 14, 2010
Reception: Sunday, January 31 from 3 to 5 pm
Main Art Gallery, UMUC Inn and Conference Center
3501 University Blvd. East
Adelphi, Maryland 20783
Hours: 9 a.m.–9 p.m.

I also had my first sale at Studio Gallery. It's been a great week :)

First Friday... Wow!


So the Studio Gallery All Members Show was called "Call and Response" and man did the community respond by coming out to this event! I'm guessing at least 200 dropped by, and it was great for me as a new artist to see work by all the other members.

If you came, thanks for stopping by! If you didn't, there's still plenty of time to see a wide variety of work by all members:

Studio Gallery -
Exhibit Dates: November 25 - December 19, 2009
Regular Gallery Hours: Wed/Thu 1 - 7pm, Fri 1 - 8pm, Sat 1 - 6pm
2108 R Street N.W. Washington, DC 20008

Opening Reception - All Members Show @ Studio Gallery


"Call & Response" - Studio Gallery Group Show & Reception

If you're local, please drop by!

Studio Gallery -
Exhibit Dates: November 25 - December 19, 2009
First Friday Reception: December 4, 6 - 8 pm
Regular Gallery Hours: Wed/Thu 1 - 7pm, Fri 1 - 8pm, Sat 1 - 6pm
2108 R Street N.W. Washington, DC 20008

My piece Adrift is featured.

The world calls to us, and as artists, we respond. We have ways of creating, and each chooses the "way" according to our own sensitivities. As an exercise in understanding, this group show by Studio Gallery artists has been arranged according to the way that we work and respond to the world.

The categories are: gesture, line, figure/ground relationships, the grid, organic and big forms. We invite you to view the variety and playfulness of 42 artists in this metropolitan area!