It has truly been a whirlwind year. So much so that I've barely been able to keep up the consistency of adding to the news feed of this site. That is about to change. Especially with some big projects and new gallery shows scheduled for the coming year. For now, let me do a quick recap of some of the highlights of the past 12 months.
Early in 2015 I was commissioned by a national beer company to create a label. They ended up going a different route and did not use my final design but the process was rewarding nonetheless. Legally I am unable to disclose the name of the brand (which is kind of obvious if you look at it and think about it though). Despite that I was still able to get legal confirmation to share the work. Check it out below or via the WORK section in the menu.
In the summer of 2015, a recently finished work entitled Bittersweet Sanctuary was accepted into the California State Fair Fine Art exhibition. They announced the awards soon after the show was installed and I ended up winning both Best of Show and the Juror's Award for 2D work. With some close friends and family I attended the small awards ceremony in the gallery receiving a golden bear statue and a rosette ribbon. You can read the Sacramento Bee review of the show here and see some photos of the event.
Last autumn I received a phone call from Shelly Willis (director of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission) letting me know I was one of 17 finalists to propose a public art piece for the new Golden 1 Center in downtown Sacramento. All the finalists were asked to propose for a specific site and were then given a tour of that site while still under construction. I chose the Entrance and Escalator Well Indoor Site off L street and 5th street. In further posts I'll elaborate more on the actual piece and the outcome of the proposal process. For now you can watch a small segment from Fox40 News about the finalists here and check out photos of the tour that inspired my final design.
Last but not least: DUEL/DUAL, a two man show with artist and friend Benjamin Hunt, is open now at Blue Line Arts in Roseville until April 2nd. The reception is Saturday, March 19th from 5-9pm with Artist Talks starting at 5pm. Come to reception if you can or catch the show before it closes. More on upcoming projects soon!