May 17, 2015

Our high school art club designed and painted this mural on the Malden Bike Path.  It was sponsored by Yankee Pest Control Co.  We had a great time!

May 16, 2015

Student Accepted to Mass. College of Art & Design is Awarded Tsongas Scholarship

This painting, "Year of the Dragon",  is by one of my graduating senior students who was accepted to Mass. College of Art & Design.  He was awarded the prestigious Tsongas Scholarship, which provides 4 years of free tuition and fees.  The painting is an example of my cultural portrait project.  Junior year students interview an immigrant to the USA and create a work based on their cultural research.

March 22, 2015

Absence & Presence, a printmaking, book, & poetry project

etching, 8" x 10"

When Stephanie Mahan Stigliano invited me to make a print about the March 5, 2007 bombing of the bookseller’s district in Iraq, I immediately thought of my friend Dr. Fawzi Abdulrazak, who owns a private book store in Cambridge MA. He is a leading scholar who wrote, “The Kingdom of the Book: The history of Printing in Morocco” and “The Fez Lithographs, Annotated Bibliography with Historical Introduction”. I asked Fawzi if I could draw a portrait of him and if he remembered Al-Mutanabbi Street and with an enthusiastic “Yes”,  he agreed to meet me at his store. I arrived with my camera and he was mysteriously waiting with a flash light in the darkened storefront at 600 Cambridge Street.  I took many photographs as he showed me some historic and beautiful books. He talked of his memories and described the vistas of Al-Mutanabbi Steet.  As a young man he would visit and talk with many writers.  Latter in his store room he showed his journal from those early days.  The etching is a portrait of Fwazi holding the journal of poems he wrote as a young man. 

Al Mutanabbi Starts Here, a book, poetry, & printmaking project