June 23, 2008

Saatchi & Saatchi and the Silver Lion

About a year ago I received an email from the Dutch postcard company, Boomerang, (you know those free postcards you can pick up in bars?) asking to use my painting “Aburrido” from the Spanish 101 series I did at the end of 2006. I agreed and didn’t think anything more about it.

At the end of last year I was contacted by the art director at the Dutch branch of the ad agency, Saatchi & Saatchi. It turns out that he had picked up my postcard in a bar, had loved the painting, and wanted me to do three small paintings for an ad campaign Saatchi & Saatchi were doing for the Dutch Cancer Society. The campaign, called the Friends of Cancer Patients, addresses the idea that children who watch their parents smoke are twice as likely to end up smoking. For some reason, it was never used in Holland, but was instead used in Dubai. Yup, Dubai! That was cool, and I didn’t think anything more about it.
The F-Word


12.4 Seconds

Advertising Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Creative Director: Magnus Olson Art Directors/Copywriters: Tim Bishop, Avinash Sampath Illustrator: Gregory Ferrand Retoucher: Jeroen Wartenbergh

Yesterday morning, I received a surprise email from Saatchi & Saatchi with “Are you ready for this big piece of news? :)” as the title… And I wasn’t! Out of over 4,000 entries worldwide, the ad won a Silver Lion at the Cannes International Advertising Festival last week! As you might imagine, I'm pretty surprised but really excited about it. I also want to thank everyone who worked on this at Saatchi & Saatchi, this definitely was a team effort!

To find out more about it and go to the official website, go here.

Highlights of My Artomatic Experience

So, Artomatic 2008 closed last week; I picked up my paintings and have taken the past week to take in what was the best Artomatic for me so far!
For those of you who were able to make it, I sincerely would like to thank you for taking the time to stop in front of my paintings to think about them. I know that Artomatic (especially this Artomatic) can be an overwhelming experience due to the huge amount of art to walk through and process, so I truly appreciate it. Feedback is invaluable to me as I try to connect with the viewer of my paintings!
Highlights of Artomatic 2008 were:
- Making it into the Weekend Section of the Washington Post here
- Being interviewed by the folks over at District Culturati here
- Being reviewed by journalist Christine Cordner here
- Being interviewed by Jolene Sugarbaker here
- Being selected for lists of Artomatic notables at:
- Lenny Campello at Daily Campello Art News, Art-Tistics, and the Old Town Crier
- Brightest Young Things
- Thinking About Art here and here
- District Culturati
- Adventures in Shaw
- The Daily Render
- About.com
- Halo in Reverse
- How Now, BrownPau?
- Pretty Little Fings
- And of course, meeting people interested in art and meeting even more local artists
For the curious, these were the paintings on display at Artomatic 2008

El Fin (sold)

Backward isn't Forward (sold)

Step Right Up! (sold)

That's Our Boy! (available)

Boy, I'll Make a Man of You Yet (sold)

Got 'im Ma (sold)

1st Solo Show

I'm excited to announce that I have been asked to do my first solo show (ever) at Hillyer Art Space (right off Dupont Circle) in March of 2009 (I'll have the exact dates posted here later). I'm looking forward to having the opportunity to put together a large comprehensive body of work!

June 16, 2008

The WP Weekend Section and Queen of Wands

For those of you who missed it, my painting "Backward isn't Forward" made it into the Weekend Section of the Washington Post last weekend. You can see it online here.

Also, the blog Queen of Wands, written by journalist Christine Cordner, had a nice review of my paintings at Artomatic here.

June 9, 2008

Interview with District Culturati

A few weeks ago I was contacted by the folks over at the new blog District Culturati after they saw my paintings at Artomatic and was asked to do an interview with them. You can read it here. (Thanks for the good questions Liz!)

June 3, 2008

New Illustration

The following illustration was done for Education Week and accompanied an article exploring the myths of standardized testing.

rough sketch

Final illustration (color added in photoshop)