When Applied Biophysics approached me to create a face for their newest product line, I was looking to project something that stood out from the other pieces found in a lab, but also elegant, which also spoke to the sophistication of the product.
These are a sampling of my prints loosely based on the fashion coming from Europe in the mid-20th century.
When these were printed I added brush strokes to each individual print, in addition to signing and numbering, so each would be a one-of-a-kind piece.
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With my approach “The Nature of Print” I wanted to incorporate images of things found in nature (animals, plants, water, etc.), but I also wanted to tie in the detail that the printer, Walter Snyder Inc., were able to create in printing, so we also hid little quotes (text was only a couple of points in size) on each spread, that could only be read with a printer’s loupe. Here’s a selection of the spreads from that piece.
In the last 10 years or so, I’ve been fortunate enough to branch out to work in video. Here is a quick overview of past work that I loved shooting. You’ll come for the video, you’ll stay for the Alan Watts wisdom!
When industrial fabrics manufacturer, Albany International, needed a logo for a product that was strong, yet let water flow through, I arrived at this solution.
Still in progress, this is my first fictional narrative, and I’m having the time of my life learning what I don’t know! Here’s a frame grab until the trailer’s ready. Stay tuned…
When I worked with legendary 70’s Rock/Jazz/Fusion band, Brand X, to create a promo for their reunion shows, we wanted to highlight a quick look at their past, while also giving a brief glimpse of what they sound like today…GREAT BAND!
I had a great time filming the feature, The Last Frankenstein. As cinematographer, I worked with the extremely talented director, David Weaver. So many days, locations, hours; it seems like a blur now, but I do remember it kept me on my toes. ALSO, I think I lost a lot of weight during the shoot, but would not recommend the program to the faint of heart. Currently in post production; here’s a collection of stills to see where it’s headed.
I thought it would be fun to create a tribute to things that folks put on their dashboard for good luck. So far we have Buddha, and a Hawaiian dancer…I know…St. Christopher is next!
GE wanted to capture the transatlantic journey of one of their biggest generators. The memory of filming a few days before Christmas in the bitter cold of the Port of Albany is one that still cools me off on the hottest days of July!
Working Chi with John Kenific is a podcast that came out of my work in mentoring high school and college students on creativity, and how it applies to art in its many forms. Along the way, I became a certified coach, and the podcast branched out to a include a little more self-help and attracted clients looking to fine tune their direction. And that being said, what sets Working CHI part is that it always focuses on (creative) mindfulness.
Creating the logo for clothing that is becoming a staple in the closets of today’s woman, the Jude Connally logo was designed to be simple, traditional, and like any good logo—iconic.
The Philip Schuyler museum promo is special to me because I was asked to collaborate by renowned illustrator Dahl Taylor, a personal favorite, to mix our styles in this spot. This is currently in the post-production/animation phase, so I’ve included some screen grabs from the filming done to give you an idea of the look and feel of the finished piece.
To see more of Dahl’s wonderful work, check out Dahl Taylor Art.
For this video ID, we filmed in Sunny Boca Raton looking to capture the fun, and carefree lifestyle of the Jude Connally brand.
This is one in a series of promotional videos for a software manufacturer looking to show the wealth of information, sense of community and FUN that their yearly conference offers.
This one is funny; a community theatre club asked me to design a logo that reflected the group’s homespun, “folksy”, background in creating the dramatic. Twisting Grant Wood’s 1930 iconic work, American Gothic, seemed an obvious way to do just that. Coupled with the over the top Font, the contrast was complete.
The American Diabetes Association Tour deCure logo was designed to highlight the yearly run. A lot of fun to design, and not a lot of explanation needed here.
Cengage, then Thomson Learning, asked me to design cover graphics for various text books (remember physical books?) and CDs (remember those too?). Here’s a couple of examples from the large group of covers designed.
Every year the task is to create a “big” presence in the shows that Albany Engineered Composites participate. These high-contrast, interactive spaces have proven to be successful with attendees worldwide.
For over 20 years I’ve had the pleasure of designing industrial-material, and aerospace composite company, Albany International’s annual report.