Mural at The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Complex

The mural at The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Complex in Atlantic City, NJ is the largest I’ve ever painted. It is approximately sixty feet long and ten feet high. Due to its dimensions, photographing the piece was particularly difficult.

This is my second mural in conjunction with Stockton’s Center for Community Schools. The mural was made possible by the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, the Noyes Museum of Art, Lowe’s, and the Atlantic County Board of Education. Special thanks to the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey for aiding in the research process. The mural depicts Black history of Atlantic City. Sarah Spencer Washington, Jacob Lawrence, Art Dorrington, Johanna Leseign, John Henry “Pop” Lloyd, and James Usry are some of the figures included in the work.



Detail of Sarah Spencer Washington and Pop Lloyd:

Two eighth graders assisting with painting of Ms. America and the Convention Center:

Me, working during the early stages of the mural:


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Pretty Picture and Personal Achievements

Below is my painting from week 12 of the Noyes Drawing Room sessions. I’m sure that mannequin has grown quite familiar to you by now.

Museum Mannequin. Watercolor and ink on paper. 5″ x 8.5″.

Unframed: $150.00

I am very proud to announce I won the 2010 Cumberland County Cultural Heritage Plein Air Painting Contest. The awards ceremony will be at Gallery 50 in Bridgeton from 6-8 this Friday. The paintings I did for the competition have not yet been posted to this blog as they were dropped off immediately after painted. I will get them back in late September for your viewing pleasure.

Also, my painting “Product Placement” won Best in Show at The Hammonton Art Center‘s yearly Works on Paper exhibit. The reception for the exhibit will be tomorrow evening, 5-8 pm at the HAC.

I am very grateful for and proud of these honors.

Back to the Drawing Room

The Noyes Museum’s art creation club, The Drawing Room, now meets on Tuesday nights instead of Wednesdays. I am still focusing on combining pen and watercolor in an elegantly balanced fashion. Each week I get closer to my goal.

Week 10:

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Rooms of The Drawing Room

The Drawing Room (the drawing club I’m a part of) spent a few weeks focusing on perspective drawing.   The following two drawings weren’t so fun for me to make, but perspective is important to brush up on every once and a while. I’m told musicians, no matter how skilled, should practice basic scales when possible. Consider these spacial drawings my scales.

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Time Flies

It seems like only yesterday that I told you about the Noyes Museum‘s weekly drawing club. Well, the Drawing Room is now over a month old. Starting in June we will be experimenting with persepctive and interior space. Feel free to join us on Wednesday nights. Below are select drawings from my most recent three sessions.

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On a side note, a lot of people have been asking about my Facebook project. I have not given up! Spring and summer are my busy seasons. I promise to pick back up right where I left off come fall.

The Drawing Room

The Drawing Room is a drawing club that meets at the Noyes Museum on Wednesday nights. There have only been two sessions to date, both focusing on still life and basic drawing refresher exercises. I love where our little group of artists is going and am looking forward to posting more drawings from our meetings.

Week 1:

Week 2:

Warehouse Blues

This past Saturday, I participated in the second annual Hammonton Plein Air Competition. The contest is sponsored by the Hammonton Art Center. My entry was one of the few selected for display at the Noyes Museum of Art’s Hammonton Facility. Stop by and see it between now and May first.

My piece is the side of the Atlantic Liquidation Warhouse in oil paint.

Blue Warehouse. Oil on canvas.

Framed and ready to hang: $550.00