2015 Three Rivers Arts Festival

I'm feverishly getting ready for my 8th year at the Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh!  So exciting.  I have tons of new art, including framed works on paper, abstract paintings on canvas, and mixed media works on wood.  There will definitely be something unique and interesting to see in my tent - stop by my booth and say hello!

Booth #234
June 5 - 11th

My booth is located near the Main Stage, across from the food booths.  I stay open late every night to catch the live music and mingle with the concert-goers.  See you there!


Click here for more info on the festival.

Here's a sneak peek at some of my new artwork:

SWAN Day - Supporting Women Artists Now

The Pittsburgh-based theater arts non-profit - No Name Players -  are presenting the 7th Annual SWAN Day Pittsburgh on Saturday, March 14th at the Twentieth Century Club, 4201 Bigelow Blvd, Pittsburgh 15213.  Show starts at 8pm.  Come support women in the creative and performing arts and enjoy a night of awesome entertainment and all around fun!  

Buy tickets HERE.

Read about the event and my work on NakYouOut HERE

Bill's Bar & Burger Mural Installation

I'm installing my mural this week at the Westin Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA, for Bill's Bar & Burger.  The mural is 5' x 17' and there will be an antique mirror installed across the middle of the work, dividing it into two sections.  The top section is a bright and playful surreal landscape; the bottom panel zooms in on this landscape to reveal the details of this alien world - full of swirling spacecrafts, UFOs, satellite towers, digital bits and power cords, rovers and rainbows...  There will be booth seating installed below the work - two large half-circle booths in dark brown tufted vinyl.

Dinosaur Mural

I just finished this 5ft x 10ft dinosaur mural commissioned for a playroom -- complete with T-Rex battling Stegosaurus, Brachiosaurs feasting on tall vegetation, Triceratops, Spinosaurus catching a tasty meal, a Pterodactyl family, volcanoes, a duck-billed Dino Mom feeding her young, and a mysterious Loch Ness-type water dino...  Guided by the incredibly particular vision of my five-year-old patron and art critic, Alex.  What a pleasure it was to turn his imagination into an engulfing environment, hoping to inspire him and his friends for years to come!  

Max & Erma's Chalkboard Art

I just finished the chalkboard art for Max & Erma's in Cranberry, PA.  

Bill's Bar & Burger Mural in the Westin Hotel

I'll be installing a huge mural in the Westin Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA starting on February 9th.  The painting will be installed in a booth area for Bill's Bar and Burger.  Here are my plans:

The gray strip in the middle will be a long mirror.  Underneath the mirror, I'm going to create a playful alien landscape with tons of details and things to discover.  Since that part is at eye-level with the viewer, I want it to be really engaging and fun to look at.  The top part is meant to draw the viewer in from far away.  Overall, the colors are very cheerful and inviting.  I'm so excited to get started!

Hand-painted backdrops for Mustard Pie Clothing Co.

I'm working with the amazingly talented photographer Jen Carver again, creating hand-painted backdrops for the next Jak&Peppar shoot in Las Vegas!  Here are some images of the backdrop - a textured, rich black with patches of java brown, sap green and warm grays.  I can't wait to see how they turn out with the models!  

Also, I have a few shots of the backdrop and set design I did for the last project in Charleston, SC for the Jak&Peppar Spring 2015 clothing line (Right).

Three Rivers Arts Festival - last day! Thursday 6/12

Thursday, June 12th will be my last day displaying at the Three Rivers Arts Festival down town.  I will be bringing a few new paintings in and also some works on paper.  My booth is open from noon to 8pm.  All prices are negotiable.  Come out and take in the great art and music - for free - if you haven't had a chance!  


Booth #241  to the left of the Main Stage, across from the food tents.

Personality Pouch class at the Art Place Studio

Come design and decorate your very own personality pouch!  Each crocheted pouch is pre-made, so students get to choose their pouch and decorate it however they wish.  Learn basic sewing techniques and stitches including appliqué, beadwork, patchwork, sewing on buttons, and (for more advanced students) zippers.  There will be a huge array of fun and funky things to choose from, so each pouch will be totally unique!

Each student can draw their own appliqué design - they can add their artwork to their pouch!

To register for classes contact Vanessa at The Art Studio Place 724-719-2181
Or visit their website here: http://www.theartplacestudio.com

Wild Things Exhibition - Sweetwater Center for the Arts

Wild Things Juried Art Exhibition

APR. 04 - JUN. 21, 2014

Wild creatures. Wild urges. Wild colors. Wild movement. Wild Things cannot be controlled. Each exists under its own set of rules. They are barbarous, unrestrained entities that upset their surroundings. The art barely contained in the exhibition will capture your imagination and demand voice. The exhibition includes untamable 2D, 3D and kinetic artworks with unusual musicians and performance art at the opening reception.

Wild Things is juried by Cynthia Shaffer, a mixed media artist favoring bugs, bones and sea creatures to traditional art materials. The show will include a sampling of her work which can be seen at www.cynthia-shaffer.com.

"The Female Orgasm"  Mixed media on wood.  2' x 4' framed 3' x 5'  $3000

Source: http://www.sweetwaterartcenter.org/event-c...

Family Tree Portrait

I've just completed a large family tree group portrait drawing.  It's graphite on Reeves BFK rag paper, 24" x 32".  Contact me if you'd like to commission a portrait.

RAW - natural born artists

I just recently became a Pittsburgh RAW artist!  

RAW Directors hand-pick and spotlight local artistic talent in film, fashion, music, visual art, hair & makeup artistry, and performance art. With artists from all genres in each showcase, RAW events come together to form an amazing one-night circus of creativity. These showcases occur once a month in each city location (54 showcases a month).  In Pittsburgh, the RAW events are held on the 1st Thursday of the month at Cavo in the Strip District.

Where: 1916 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA
When:  Thursday, July 3rd from 8pm-12am
Cost:  $10 buy tickets online

Cocktail bar, live music & dj, film screening and performances

Learn more about RAW here.

 Read my RAW profile

3rd Annual MS Society Art Show Fundraiser

For those of you in the Philadelphia area - several talented artists will be selling original artwork, jewelry, photographs and prints to raise money for the National MS Society.

Where:  Lucky's Last Chance, Upstairs Lounge 4421 Main Street, Manayunk, PA

When:  Thursday May 9th, 2013    5-10pm

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/5391338694...