Sunday, September 6, 2015

Appachen / Grandpa

The earliest memory I have is with my grandpa in his house in India. Him and my grandma raised me most of my early childhood. He was always telling me to straighten up, stand strong, speak with authority. I didn't get it so much then but now I do.

He's endured through a lot in his life. He kept going no matter what. Always keeping faith.

He is now with the Lord. Pain free and young again.

See you again soon appacha. We'll always remember.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Gallery Setup for Ithaca Vineyard Church

Just wanted to thank everyone for contributing and helping put together the cafe gallery in the Vineyard. 
Especially Albert Kunz & Rebecca Winkler, for helping set it up on Saturday morning for 5hrs! 

Artists: Rebecca Winkler, Teri Ricklefs, Whitney Ledesma, Bethany LeBlanc, Karen Gunning, 
Josh Swartwood, Dan Alsheimer, and myself.   

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015

Side Projects

Sometimes I like to take on side projects that challenge my creativity in a different way. The following are a few fun projects that I've done:

Business cards for Joel Lafian. A really great barber in Ithaca, NY

Map of Maple Ridge in Dryden, NY. I was thinking of Pokemon games.

Wedding logo for my brother and future sister.

Mascot for Voter Village, Ithaca, NY

Friday, February 20, 2015

Cornell Lab of Ornithology Part 4: The Passenger Pigeon Project

The passenger pigeon story is one of significance in the scientific community. This species used to be one of the most abundant birds in North America estimated
to range from 3 to 5 billion during the 1800's. A flock of these pigeons were reported to have blacken the skies for almost three days straight. By the year 1900,
this species was completely wiped out through human exploitation. They were marked as the cheapest source of meat during that time. This rapid extinction
provoked scientific research and awareness of the impact humans have on the environment. 

September 2014 was the 100 year anniversary of the last known passenger pigeon, named Martha, located in the Cincinnati Zoo. I was commissioned to paint this
11x17" digital illustration for The Cornell Lab of Ornithology in recognition of this historical event. 

The Lab luckily had a stuffed passenger pigeon for me to study and use as reference. This species used to live in thick forests similar to the ones we have
in Ithaca, NY. Tote bags are available through the Lab too! Thanks for reading, and feedback is always welcome. 

Friday, February 13, 2015

New Book Published: Fine Healing Cuisine

A new book is out! Self-published by Betty Davis and written by her daughter Summer Davis, this is a children's short-story/poem about a strange neighbor
who comes to help a sick friend with a special stew. 

Illustrating this book was a great experience in a couple of ways. First, this story is meant to be humorous. For me, that's challenging because most of my work tends
to be realist and serious. So it was fun pushing my work to have a humorous element while not getting too cartoony.

The second creative aspect of this project is that we introduced a goose character through the illustrations only. In other words, the text is telling one story
and the illustrations are telling a complimentary story. This goose has no idea what he's getting himself into. 

Copies can be ordered online at  

Friday, January 30, 2015

Waking Lion Series

Saw this lion at the Syracuse Zoo, NY. Inspired me to do a series focusing on its epic-ness.
These are graphite on Moleskin sketchbook paper.