Tuesday, March 1, 2016

FACES OF INCARCERATION: Changing the Narrative

Over the past few months I've been working towards this show, along with a few others.  It has been an honor to invite a number of these people into the studio, to have them sit for us and to get to know them and honor them.  The show will present portraits of people who were once incarcerated, as well activists and people who work with the Wisconsin prison system.  


FACES OF INCARCERATION: Changing the Narrative
Join us April 8 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
At Winnebago Studios Gallery
This art event aims to shift the dialogue around mass incarceration and the perceptions we have about people once or currently caught up in the systemic policies that result in disproportionate incarceration of people of color. 
2046 Winnebago Street, Madison, WI 53703 
Mickey's Tavern will still host images of this show from March 25 through April 30. 
But please join us on April 8 from 5-9 for an event featuring masterfully rendered portraits and touching real stories of people once and currently incarcerated, men and women whose lives represent the thousands of people caught up in the Wisconsin prison system.

Some faces include Jerome Dillard (Dane County Reentry Services Coordinator), Caliph Muab'el (Breaking Barriers Mentoring), Rudy Bankston (Memorial High Community Liaison), Anthony B Cooper (Director of Reentry Services, Nehemiah Center), John Givens (Reentry Services Madison Urban Ministry), Frank Davis (Full-time student), Sabrina Progress Madison (Creator, The Conversation Mixtape), Robert Agnew (Human Resources, Meriter Hospital) and others.
Artists include Fikrye Oz, Philip Salamone, Vera Nikiforov, Kyle Martin, Philip Ashby, Molly Bryant, Lucas Biachi, Brigitte Boucher, Trisha Duren, Steven Wysocki.
At 7:00 p.m., Sabrina Progress Madison, Motivational Speaker Socialpreneur Poet, and sister to three incarcerated brothers, will perform spoken word poetry; and Oscar Mireles, Madison's first Latino Poet Laureate will read his works on incarceration.

Music will be provided by Soulmen, talented jazz musicians from East High School.
Appetizers and Libation will be served.
A portion of DILLON Gallery profit will benefit families of the incarcerated and organizations that support criminal justice reform. 
The show will hang from March 25 until April 30 at Mickey's Tavern. Opening reception on April 8 at Winnebago Studios.
Invitation images of Jerome Dillard, Frank Davis, Rudy Bankston and Caliph Muab'el painted by Philip Salamone, Bridette Boucher and Vera Nikiforov.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Madison Essentials Magazine

 Honored to have been featured in this month's issue of Madison Essentials.  You can view the article here.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Beauty and the Beast

We have been working pretty hard for a show that opens this Friday.  "Beauty and the Beast" depicts 12 different artist's depictions of 2 different models.  If you're in Madison, come on out!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

A friend of mine, Greg Rodriguez, painted this portrait of me recently.  It measures 24" x 30."

Friday, April 3, 2015

Coffee Still Life

A value study is an invaluable tool for mapping out tonal arrangement, and also for seeing the entire composition before embarking on the final painting.  Usually about 1/4 scale, a monochrome value study can also be an opportunity to make some slight alterations to the actual values with the intent of enhancing the feel of the entire painting.

oil painting

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Monday Nights Open Studio

 Open Figure Drawing and Painting (Uninstructed)

Founded in 2010, the Open Figure Drawing and Painting Studio at Winnebago Studios exists to foster a community of artists interested in working from the figure.   Although each artist works in a very different style, with a range of different styles and mediums, we are united by a reverence for the tradition, a love of the craft, and a pursuance of a mastery of our medium.  In addition to benefiting from such a diverse set of knowledge, skills, and philosophies, a sense of belonging and community is an invaluable aid in the development and growth of any aspiring artist. 

There is a very diverse range of mediums and skill levels, and there are no expectations.  The idea is simply to be able to work, from a live model, in an environment with other people who share the same passion;  to connect with other artists, share ideas, and to practice your craft.

Open Figure Drawing and Painting Studio at Winnebago Studios is on Mondays from 5-10pm
The cost is $143 for 3 months or $15 / session

Monday, March 23, 2015

John Frank

Anyone who draws from the model in Madison knows John Frank.  Here's one I did in my Sunday class at the University.  It was a 3 hour pose.

figure drawing