Faces of Incarceration: Changing the Narrative

I'm honored to announce that I will be a part of a group show that will soon be exhibited in Madison's Overture Center.  For almost the past two years I have been inviting into the studio people who have been incarcerated to model for us. Hearing their stories and getting to know each of these people while painting their portraits was a privilege, and an experience I will never forget. 

The show will run from July 13 - August 22. Opening Reception Sat, July 22, 6-9 p.m.

For more information about the Opening Reception and screening, visit the Overture Center's website here

For a link to the Capital Times article on the show click here


Birds of Prey Drawing and Painting Session

We have a very special event planned for this summer. The Atwood Atelier is teaming up with the Hoo's Woods Raptor Center to bring you this unique opportunity to draw or paint two live raptors from life. Oakley, a spectacled owl, and Catelyn, a peregrine falcon will be our models for an evening. The class will be uninstructed, but I will be offering critiques upon request. The evening will also consist of a presentation by Dianne Moller, director of the Hoo's Woods Raptor Center, who will discuss their natural history, breeding, habitat, and behaviors, and will also answer questions. The event is a fundraiser for the center, and is tax deductible.  

Friday, July 21st 2017

6:30 - 9:30pm

$50 (tax deductible)

Me and Oakley

Me and Oakley

Spring Gallery Night

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art's (MMOCA) biannual Gallery Night took place last Friday. It's an excellent opportunity to see great art, meet people, see performances, and eat some wonderful food. Thanks to all who helped out and to everyone who made it out. It was great to see so much support and so many old friends.  

Picture Social Justice and Human Rights Group Show

I'm honored to have this painting in Boston at Gallery 1581 in an exhibition titled, 'Picture Social Justice and Human Rights.' The opening reception is tomorrow, Friday, March 31st from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at 1581 Beacon St.  The show runs through June 30th.  

An artist himself, James sat for us last summer for a series titled, Faces of Incarceration: Changing the Narrative.'

James   8x10   oil on linen   2016

James   8x10   oil on linen   2016

Solo Show at the Dane Arts Gallery

I currently have a solo show up at the Dane Arts Gallery through June 1st. The gallery is located in the City County Building at 210 Martin Luther King Dr. in Madison, WI. Opening reception is Thursday, March 30th, from 4-7pm. 

Tim   16x20   oil on linen   2017   

Tim   16x20   oil on linen   2017   



Workshop at the Peninsula School or Art

I'll be teaching a workshop this fall in beautiful Door County, Wisconsin at the Peninsula School of Art. The workshop will focus on fundamentals of drawing and painting in an effort to create convincing, lifelike portraits through a coherent, analytical approach to painting. More information can be found here.    

Mickey   8x10   oil on linen   2016

Mickey   8x10   oil on linen   2016

The Alla Prima Portrait

Instructor: Philip Salamone

Sep 14, 15, 16 • 9:00 AM-4:00 PM 


The objective of this workshop is to learn to make convincing, sensitive portraits that are true to life through a coherent, analytical approach to painting. While focusing on fundamentals of portrait painting in oil, you will also learn to see and understand your subject matter through proportion, form, value, and color.


Through demonstrations and one-on-one conversations, Philip will introduce a variety of topics, including creating a strong likeness with accurate drawing, value understanding based on light phenomena, color mixing, edge manipulation, and cranial structure. Using a simple step-by-step process, you will paint one six-hour portrait each of the three days. This workshop is designed for painters with some experience in oil paint, however artists with less experience who prefer to work in grisaille are encouraged to participate.

To register, or to view a supply list please visit the Peninsula School of Art's website.  


Free Box!

I was asked to paint lettering for a 'Free Box' recently.  The concept is similar to that of the Little Free Libraries, but instead of books, the box can be used for pretty much anything.  It's a great idea, where people can drop off anything that they no longer want, and also might find something they could use themselves.  I had fun with this project, and it was fun to do this type of font with a brush instead of a spray can.

The Artist's Magazine Finalist

I'm honored to have my painting, 'Portrait of the Artist's Mother,' chosen as a finalist in The Artist's Magazine's annual art competition.  It will be published in the January/February 2017 edition.

Second Place Award Audience Choice Award at DABL

Last week I participated in the second annual Dane Arts Buy Local (DABL), an event focused on connecting artists with the community and local businesses.  It was an honor to have been juried into the show, and even more so to have won second place among so many wonderful artists.  More information about the event can be found here.  Thanks to everyone who made it out, to Dane Arts, and all of the sponsors who made the event possible.

Fall Gallery Night

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art's (MMOCA) biannual Gallery Night took place last Friday.  It's an excellent opportunity to see great art, meet people, see performances, and eat some wonderful food.  Thanks to all who made it out.

Gallery Night and DABL

I have two very exciting events coming up in the next couple weeks: MMOCA's Gallery Night and Dane Arts Buy Local (DABL).

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art hosts it's biannual Gallery Night this coming Friday October 7th.  The Atwood Atelier is located inside Winnebago Studios, in the center of the artistic Schenck's Corners district.  Come on out and enjoy an evening of artwork, refreshments, and performances throughout Madison.  More information can be found here.

Dane Arts Buy Local (DABL) is an evening dedicated to connecting local artists to local buyers.  It will consist of 30 artists from Dane County, a musical performance, a dance component, food and drink, and a panel discussion titled, 'The Business of Art and the Art of Business.'  Lucille will be catering, and attendees must RSVP.  More information can be found here.

Live Wedding Painting

I don't do a lot of 20-30 minute paintings, so when I was asked to paint a friend's wedding from life, it was a mixture of excitement and trepidation, but nonetheless I welcomed the challenge.  I was happy with the results.

Solo Show in Portage, Wisconsin

I've been working hard to get ready for my solo show at the Drury Gallery in the Portage Art Center in Portage, WI.  The show will be up through the month of September.  Thanks to everyone who made it to the reception on Friday.

Some pics from the workshop last week.  Thanks to all who attended.

Portrait Workshop

I'll be teaching a workshop in August titled, "The Portrait Sketch."  It will be intended for all levels, for even though the workshop will address some intermediate and advanced topics, we will be focusing on the fundamentals of learning to see and understand the craft of drawing and painting.  Participants who don't feel comfortable working with a full-color palette of oil paints can either draw in graphite or paint in grisaille (black and white).

Wisconsin Regional Arts Program

Super excited to be a juror and presenter for the WRAP (Wisconsin Regional Arts Program) on Saturday, May 28th.  I'll be giving a brief portrait painting demonstration.  More info is available here.

Gallery Night

Twice per year the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMOCA) hosts Gallery Night, an event where studios, galleries, and many businesses hang art, put out food, and open their doors to an enthusiastic public.  Being in the center of the arts district in Madison, Winnebago Studios and Atwood Atelier get a lot of traffic.  Here are some pics from last Friday.

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.