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The art direction asked to include a specific piece of architecture, a weathervane that hinted at the name of the winery, and a landscape of California hills and vineyards. This was my first go at it.

First attempt Okay, the designer liked it, the client liked it, but it wasn't quite right for the label. They wanted less texture, less brush strokes, less saturated colors, made to look a little old, more atmosphere in the distance...and while you're at it, loose the we ...

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Life can be serendipitous. It's good to have a plan, but often what unfolds has no resemblance to your grand scheme. Continuing from yesterday, I'm going to take this short week to feature more wine label work and the serendipitous way it came to me.

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It wasn't by design or hard work, but had it's seeds in my seeking a little rest and relaxation. We spent a weeks vacation in San Francisco and Napa Valley and I was floored by the ...

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A while back I was commissioned by Timothy Harris Design to paint this wine label for Livingston Cellars, an E&J Gallo Brand. I was honored to learn that it was selected in the Professional Illustration category of Creative Quarterly 16 as a runner up.

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I fell in love with painting landscapes as a young art student when I was fortunate enough to study abroad in the Parsons In Paris program. Read More

5" x 7" Oil on canvas

If an idle mind and hands are the devils workshop, then my grandmother Alice Burke should be canonized as a saint. This weekend marks her 95th Birthday and this oil sketch of her busy hands is my gift to her. Born Alice Kopidlowski the same year that World War I broke out. She lost her father at an early age and had to drop out of school in the third grade to work in a button factory. She met my grandfather during The Great Depression and they eloped in 1932. She made up for the lack of formal education with hard work and determination. At 95 she still reads a newspaper cover to cover every day. In her day she could sew a dress without a pattern, ma ...

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sunday_morning_songs_series.jpg Sunday Morning I was pleased to learn this week that I had a piece accepted to this years Communication Arts Illustration Competition. detail_1.jpg detail Julie Borg is a wonderful designer that I've been working with for a few years. I enjoy hearing from her because I get to paint in a loose style. This piece was done for a series of CD covers, Sunday Morning Music Series. The songs are inspirational, so I was trying to capture a Sunday morning ritual with an inspirational light. For those of you who know me, you may recognize my dining room. I set up this still life at sunrise to capture the low lig ...

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