Throughout this spring and summer, I have worked with the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council to design and paint fourteen murals on electrical boxes along the river running from downtown to Olneyville in Providence. It's part of a massive plan to beautify the area once ruined by textile factory pollution. The river greenway now has parks, bike lanes, cleaner water, and murals to improve the surrounding community.
My commission was to work within their color and logo branding while implementing plants and animals native to the river ecosystem. I'm proud to be a part of this great project!
I designed and painted an 8x16' mural for a new restaurant opening soon, Lekker BBQ. The scene is a narrative of the history of BBQ, starting with Paleolithic man hunting and eating meat, progressing to a campfire, then to cookouts, and finally the modern eco-friendly smokeless BBQ system featured at Lekker, which will be the first of its kind in New England.
This is some commercial work I'm doing for a local bar opening on the West Side of Providence. Saint Monday is a seventeenth century working class British tradition of extending the weekend by taking Monday off. My linocut designs have applied this concept to a Mid-Century blue collar American family.
My favorite thing about illustrating chickens is that no matter what they're doing or thinking, the eyes stay blank and devoid of expression, except perhaps "alert".
The Rhode Island Red book I'm writing and illustrating is steadily moving along, and now it's time to catch up on printing my linoleum block reliefs for a few pages featuring hot wieners, 'Gansett parties, and snow storms.
I'm currently working on painting the colorful, lumpy folds of flesh that comprise pig heads.