Waiting for Equality

Waiting for Equality is a minimally altered digital composite. Even the title was only minimally changed as the original photograph by a Mrs. W.M. Gatch was called ‘Waiting for the Train.’ I do not have a lot of information about the photographer although she was included in a 1951 exhibit at MoMA of Forgotten Photographers with 3 photographs from 1893 the same year this picture was taken. The … Continue reading Waiting for Equality

Mini Biography: El Greco

Birth: 1541 Death: April 7th, 1614 Nationality: Greek Movement: Mannerism El Greco’s full name was Doménikos Theotokópoulos and by age 23 he was a Post-Byzantine master painter in his country of origin, Greece. However, while still in his 20’s he traveled to Venice and Rome and incorporated elements of Mannerism and Italian Renaissance painting into his work. By 1577 he had moved to Spain settling in Toledo … Continue reading Mini Biography: El Greco

Freedom is Always in fashion

Freedom is Always in Fashion is a very recent digital composite and it seems fitting to discuss it today. The original photograph was of a 1962 anti-nuclear weapons (Ban the Bomb) protest in Brooklyn, NY taken by photographer Dick DeMarsico. I cropped the image and changed the sign to reflect current issues. I added color to the young mother’s clothes, the baby’s pants, and the … Continue reading Freedom is Always in fashion

Mini Biography: Marie-Gabrielle Capet

Birth:September 6, 1761 Death: 1818 Nationality: French Movement: Neoclassic Born in Lyon, Capet moved to Paris to attend the Royal Academy of Art where only four female students were permitted to study at a time. She is depicted as a student in a painting by her teacher Adélaïde Labille-Guiard. The work, Self-Portrait with Two Pupils, was painted in 1785 and currently resides at the Metropolitan Museum … Continue reading Mini Biography: Marie-Gabrielle Capet

Productivity in Art

The total, lifetime, output of an artist is called an oeuvre. If you spend any time at all reading and researching artists you’ll find oeuvre size varies wildly. Occasionally an artist dies young leaving only a few significant pieces. Slightly more frequently, an artist’s particularly small oeuvre can be due to misidentification as their work is wrongly attributed to either their teacher or their student; … Continue reading Productivity in Art

King of the World

Another early digital composite the water and land mass are from photographs the boy is from a sketchbook and I used software to blend the elements together and added effects. There are no other people in the image, intentionally, to show the boy’s level of independence and his ability to master both himself and his environment without adult help or interference. In American society, boys are … Continue reading King of the World

Mini Biography: Masaccio

Birth: Dec. 21, 1401 Death: 1428 Nationality: Italian Movement: Early Renaissance Masaccio’s father died when he was quite young and little is known about his art education, although his younger brother became a painter as well. Masaccio’s full name was Tommaso di Ser Giovanni di Simone but he became known as Masaccio, which meant clumsy and/or messy to differentiated him from another painter named Tommaso, Tommaso … Continue reading Mini Biography: Masaccio

Hartigan and Ataman Dance Together

I like quotes. If you actually follow and read my blog you probably already know that little fact about me. If this is your first time reading the blog – then Greetings! I hope you enjoy what you see here and that, in due time, you’ll discover I like quotes. I have started to accumulate a little stack of interesting (to me) comments by artists … Continue reading Hartigan and Ataman Dance Together


I categorize my piece In(di)visible (2016) as a digital composite although there are no actual photographic elements. The man comes the closest as I hand drew a black Appalachian coal miner first photographed by Ben Shahn* in 1935. The black coal miners were sometimes referred to as Affalachians.**  In my image the pencil marks of the portrait disappear and even the heavy texturing of the … Continue reading In(di)visible

Mini Biography: Elizabeth Nourse

Birth: Oct. 26, 1859 Death: Oct. 8, 1938 Nationality: American Movement: Realist Born in Ohio, Nourse and her twin sister were the youngest of a large Catholic family. She attended the precursor to the Art Academy of the Cincinnati Art Museum and studied there until approximately age 22. She then attended the Arts Student League in NYC for a year and returned home to Ohio … Continue reading Mini Biography: Elizabeth Nourse

Random (Acts of) Art

I enjoy art in random places, therefore, I assume others also enjoy the sometimes surprising beauty that occurs everyday, the small creative flourishes that make mundane objects special, and the sporadic but powerful occasions of purposeful art in public places. Everyone kind of expects Ansel Adams’ sunlight dappled vistas to be stunning but the application of light can make even make otherwise grim scenes beautiful. I’ve always … Continue reading Random (Acts of) Art

Saturday Morning

Saturday Morning is one of my first digital composites and utilizes an old photograph of an interior doorway in Berks Co., PA found in the online catalog of the U.S. Library of Congress. I made multiple copies to insert and remove various features but the walls and rug are hand colored. The little boy and his angry artwork were hand drawn, the dog is a photograph I … Continue reading Saturday Morning