Category Archive: Cultivate

Little by little

I’m very happy to announce that three of my Cultivate pieces will be featured in the upcoming exhibition String Theories at Field Projects Gallery in Chelsea, NYC. Curated by Charlotte Mouquin, director of Rush Arts Gallery, String Theories “examines the vibrational strings that connect humanness, cultural identities, relationships with nature, industrialization, and the subconscious.” The… read more

The simple job

The new people have arrived! This group of new laser cut silhouettes includes my father, my daughter, one of my nieces, Lincoln, Syrian refugees, Hitler, and orthodox Jewish boys in NY in the 1920s, etc. Besides wood, I also got two different types of paper, vellum, and this white panel cut into silhouettes. If those… read more

I bet you can

I bet you can guess who this is. Yup, it’s Harriet Tubman. I’ve been doing a lot of taking this… And making it this. Along the way, it’s been hard not to get distracted by all the photos. Like this one of Harriet Quimby, the first licensed female pilot in the US and the first… read more


I bit the bullet and dove into my computer-based work this week, sourcing public domain images from the Library of Congress and starting to process them in Photoshop and Illustrator so I can use their silhouettes. To keep myself from falling asleep, I’m keeping Mozart in the Jungle or Hamilton’s America going in the background…. read more

No other

”An optimist isn’t necessarily a blithe, slightly sappy whistler in the dark of our time. To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in… read more

The monster

I was really excited as this week started. I picked up some smaller trays for the extra wooden silhouettes, and it felt like my “palette” of people was together. I worked on some more of the backgrounds. And started throwing people around on them. My daughter and I found this great floor mat in a… read more

Easy chairs

This past Monday I finally got the last of the furniture I was selling out of my studio. The last items were two arm chairs that had been blocking that big doorway there in my painting area for over three weeks. Once they were gone, I was surprised to find that I missed them. I… read more

The single candle

Are you in search of a sonically damaging drawing experience? I have the perfect materials for you! This week I embarked on testing surfaces for my new Cultivate pieces. They’re currently on paper, and I’d like to get them on something more like a panel in future. Besides eliminating the need for costly framing, I’m… read more

The wrench

I continued at my snail’s pace in the studio this week, experimenting a bit with the new backgrounds. If you look at this one a little closer, you can see one of the new things I’m doing: using the tape silhouettes to mask off areas. And speaking of snails, I discovered my ignorance when I… read more

Not fast

Restriction. Pressure. Those words sound so negative. But if you’re pushing against something and suddenly take that thing away…well, we all know what happens. I didn’t fall on my face, but a release of life pressures recently, combined with other transitions, left me in a bit of a free fall. Disoriented. I was questioning what… read more