Sunday, May 14, 2017

Waiting for a proof...

All of the editing and reediting is done and I am waiting for a proof before going to the next step...

I am very happy to finally be done with my first book.
I am proud of the story I wrote, the way the words fall together to create a certain level of suspense. I am a bit embarrassed to admit it took so long to finish this project - not because I was totally goofing off - but because there were so many other projects in between that I let take priority over finishing this one.

The picture to the right is the area behind my drawing table when I started The Last Monkey in 2005. I had just moved back to the bay area. I had the idea and a bunch of scribbles of how the story should end...the hardest part for me. I broke down the text into pages that would each need an illustration. 142 in total. I began to slowly work at creating the drawings I would need to complete the book. I did not know at the beginning how I would publish it. I only knew I needed to finish.

I made a lot of linoleum prints and paintings and other smaller projects. I had my day job, teaching art to 6-12 graders. I worked to get my art into galleries and show as much as I could. I dated. I moved a few times. I thought about getting a Masters Degree. All the things that get in the way of a low priority project. Time passes with multiple re-starts. A few more moves and a wonderful wedding, a few new drawings added each time. As I get older, my drawing style changes - improves - I think! I wonder if it will ever be finished. I wonder which of the older drawings will need to be redrawn to fit my newer work?

More false starts, but this year I decided to really commit to completing the work. More than half of the drawings have been made since January 2017. Several older drawings redone. Four editors to look at the text and imagery and other details I never thought of before getting to this point.

So close! Now I am just waiting for the proof to arrive. So I can say go! The book will be available in traditional book format and on Kindle. The next step is to reread the multiple ideas in my old notebooks and choose which to complete next or perhaps work on completely new stuff. The next book will not take 12 years...

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

The Last Monkey: Almost there...

In the meantime, watch a small film preview of a scene from my book...

The book cover.

Here is the description from the back of the book:

A thinking chair, hungry sharks, and angry toasters? But, who am I?
The artist looks back on a childhood of being taunted by sharks and toasters. In an attempt to explain, theories abound, but maybe the explanation is simple.

Getting a glass...

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Last Monkey is in editing...

I have finished my first illustrated book and sent it of to the editors. It has been a long process with many things taking my time away from the project. The book is complete and has been sent off for editing.

The last Monkey is a story about irrational fears that hold us back and a few other things...

Working now on the author bio, story description and a few other things ahead of releasing the book..

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Pulling a print: Cable Cars.

Here is the Video of me pulling my latest print. It has been a long time since I made and videos or used any videos editing software, so there is a bit of a learning curve and this is my first very simple video. It was fun playing around with it and trying to get it to do what I want.

I started this print in 2015, before we left Oakland. I carved most of it during the East Bay Open Studios.What a busy time! The finished product got a bit lost in the move...a few months in a Portland hotel with two cats and a dog, then relocating to a suburban rental home, while we try to figure out how to build a real house on our farm...I was finally able to get back to this image. I finished the lino a few weeks ago and printed a small edition.

 I am fairly happy with the finished piece and ready to move on to other projects...

My Drafting table with the finished lino and print and some oil paints set out and ready!

2017 Goals!

My goal for the coming year is:
· to create one finished linoleum print each week.
· finish my illustrated book “The Lasts Monkey.
· and start selling produce we grow on our farm.

Your support and encouragement will help me get there. Thank you in advance. Here is my introduction on my Patreon page:

I am an Artist, Writer, Art Teacher (middle and high school since 2002) and new farmer (since 2015).
I create drawings and linoleum prints about things that I find Interesting. My art is based on what I see around the farm and places in modern cities where nature collides with industrial objects.A gallery director once told me my work was too "disparate." I think that is a good thing. I want to make art about everything! And I am not working on just one thing. I always have several prints or drawings, illustrated stories and farm projects in the works. I document them on my website and blog.
You can help support my work by becoming a patron. I will post art here first and post how to and (eventually) behind the scenes videos. I am open to suggestions of what you might like to see.

My prints and drawings and more can be found on my website at and for sale on Etsy. Our small press is at Our farm blog is at

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

East Bay Open Studios 2015 – This weekend and Next!

I am participating in East Bay Open Studios this year. I though some of you might be interested and I would love to see you there. The show runs of June 5th to June 30th. If you can’t make it for one of the weekends there are other opportunities to see my work.
Almost Ready for the show...

Here is the information:
I am one of four featured artist along with Leslie Cobb, Woody Miller & Heather
during the East Bay Open Studios at Creative Framing Oakland. I will be carving a new print during the show and Woody will be working on two large murals. The is a lot of great art to experience!

First Friday, Opening Art Reception:
      June 5th, 2015, 6-9pm

EBOS Weekends: Saturday & Sunday, 11-5:
      June 6th - 7th, 2015
      June 13th - 14th, 2015

The show will be up for the whole month of June.
Gallery Hours: Tues, Thurs, Fri & Sat: 10:00am - 6:00pm (Wed: By Appointment)

Creative Framing Gallery  
2700 Park Blvd,
Oakland, CA 94606
510-482-1200  More details
on Facebook

In case the links do not work for you…
My website:

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Open Studio 2015

Miguel Angel Mandoza Zacarias is one of the young teachers who disappeared in September 2014.

This print is part of Printmakers for the Ayotzinapa 43 a tribute to him and the other young men lost...

This 11 x 15 print is Oil-based Ink on 11 x 15 Rice Paper.

Join me in June 2015

I am one of four featured artist along with Leslie Cobb, Woody Miller & Heather Piazza during the East Bay Open Studios at Creative Framing Oakland

First Friday, Opening Art
      Reception: June 5th, 2015, 6-9pm

EBOS Weekends: Saturday & Sunday, 11-5:
      June 6th - 7th, 2015
      June 13th - 14th, 2015

Gallery Hours: Tues, Thurs, Fri & Sat: 10:00am - 6:00pm (Wed: By Appointment)

Creative Framing Gallery, 2700 Park Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606
  510-482-1200  More details on Facebook

This print is from my National parks series from a photo taken near Moab, Utah.

This 12 x 18 print is Oil-based Ink on 18 x 27  Rice Paper.

This is the Print I will be cutting during the show...

12 x 18 Linoleum

Monday, June 18, 2012

Permanent Ephemera! A new Call for Entries from Four Oceans Press.


Permanent Ephemera! is a collection of Broadsides meant to be saved and cherished. The focus of  this show is on story telling, beyond that the subject matter is open. Send us your artwork!

This show is open to all artists working in any printmaking media. Check out the details of this exhibition below and send us your work.

This is a combination art show and exchange. Please see details carefully since this show is a bit different than our previous exchanges.

How it Works!

Permanent Ephemera! is an art show and exchange. Each artist will send three prints.

  • 1st print is for the archive - We keep one and store it for posterity.
  • 2nd print is for sale in the show -  We try to sell it and give you your share.
  • 3rd print is for the exchange - We trade one of your prints with a print by another artist and send it back to you.

At the end of the show, you will get back your print or a check and a print by another artist. Those are the basics. Sign up and send us your Broadsides.

JANUARY 31st, 2013

EXHIBITION DATES:June 1 –  30, 2013