Three Trees

 


Three Trees, is a series of small works celebrating three of the oldest living trees on earth. They are created on 800 year old reclaimed NY water tower redwood using hand carving, ink and pyrography techniques. 


Methuselah

6 x 3

2021

Pyrography, ink and hand carving on reclaimed redwood

Methuselah, is an ancient bristlecone pine tree approximately 5,000 years old.


Gran Abuelo

6 x 4

2021

Pyrography, ink and hand carving on reclaimed redwood

Gran Abuelo, is an ancient Patagonian cypress tree approximately 4,000 years old.


President

6 x 4

2021

Pyrography, ink and hand carving on reclaimed redwood

President, is an ancient giant sequoia tree approximately 3,200 years old.





The New York city skyline is legendary for its skyscrapers, architecture and the water towers on nearly every building over six stories tall. The water towers started to appear in New York city in the 1800's as a way to bring water to upper floors in taller buildings. 

The cedar or redwood tanks were built and installed by barrel makers during that time. Each tank was held together with only steel straps with no adhesive to keep the contents pure. Each tank has a life span of approximately 40 years. These timeless structures are a signature of New York just like central park.

Redwood is a protected wood species now, so I am using 100% reclaimed wood from these old redwood water towers. The trees used back then were more than 800 years old.

Bugs

 


Bugs, is a series of six small mixed media works that chronicle the worlds six deadliest bugs that take more human lives than others.


Here are a few close ups of the small 3 x 5 hand stretched canvases and the combination of acrylic paint, ink, charcoal, pencil, and oil crayon.




Indian Red Scorpion

Mixed media on canvas 
5  x 3 inches
2021

There are about 1,500 species of scorpions in the world, which only a few dozen of those are venomous. The Indian red scorpion is the most lethal of all. 

In some parts of the world, up to 40 percent of stung victims succumb to death. This scorpion is a major problem in India, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. 

Scorpions are usually shy, nocturnal arachnids but will sting when threatened. The Indian Red Scorpion is more of a problem because of it's common contact with human inhabitants.



Honey Bee

Mixed media on canvas 
5  x 3 inches
2021

Anaphylactic shock is the killer when it comes to the humble honey bee, and about 80 percent of those who die are human males according to several studies. 


There are over 1000 deaths a year from the typical honey bee.


While the sting of any type of bee, hornet, or wasp can induce an allergic reaction, it doesn't usually end in death.



Tsetse Fly

Mixed media on canvas 
5  x 3 inches
2021

Native to tropical Africa, these big, biting flies spread the parasitic infection that causes African sleeping sickness.

It's a disease that is 100 percent fatal without treatment, and the treatment itself is notoriously difficult. There are drugs, but they must be administered with great care, and parasite resistance to them is always a risk.



Kissing Bug

Mixed media on canvas 
5  x 3 inches
2021

There are over 120 members of a subfamily of Triatominae. They are also known as kissing bugs or vampire bugs for their tendency to bite humans around the soft tissue of the mouth. 

The insects are found in 28 states in the U.S. However, the ones here carry Chagas disease infrequently and the cases in the U.S. are thought to have originated in Central America, where it is endemic. 

Chagas kills about 12,000 people annually worldwide.



Mosquito

Mixed media on canvas 
5  x 3 inches
2021

One of the deadliest insects is, in fact, one of the deadliest critters in the entire animal kingdom. It is the mosquito, which kills more than 700,000 people every year world wide.

Mosquitos can host a range of nasty diseases, including Malaria, Dengue Fever, West Nile Virus, Yellow Fever, Zika, Chikungunya, and Lymphatic Filariasis. 

Malaria is the big one: In 2017, roughly 435,000 people died of the disease worldwide. That’s one person every 30 seconds. Get out the bug spray!



Covid

Mixed media on canvas 
5  x 3 inches
2021


Unfortunately, we have all had encounters with the coronavirus bug. Some of us more than others ( I am sorry) it is a known fact that this terrifying virus strain has claimed over 3 million lives on this planet. Can we ever stop it?


(Although, technically not a bug, it has been referred to as a bug such as the flu or common cold.)


This series will be exhibited later this year internationally.




Traductor

 



Traductor, is a series of five small works based on the idea of a universal translator for all of humanity. Each of these works depicts Five basic things every human on earth needs to survive, with a statement on how we've changed them to suit our own needs for better or worse. 

From a simple hut to keep us safe from the elements, to a Miami mega-mansion are just a few of the images that construe this idea.

Each piece is created using mixed media collage techniques, hand drawings, paint and 3d sculpture mounted on hand stretched canvas. Combined, these methods make a compelling image come alive.

These works will be on display at the Roco Exhibit in Rochester, New York Starting June 1, through July 21, 2021.


Food
6 x 6 Hand Stretched Canvas
Mixed Media Collage
2021
Private Collection


Water
6 x 6 Hand Stretched Canvas
Mixed Media Collage
2021
Private Collection


Shelter
6 x 6 Hand Stretched Canvas
Mixed Media Collage
2021
Private Collection


Energy
6 x 6 Hand Stretched Canvas
Mixed Media Collage
2021


Education
6 x 6 Hand Stretched Canvas
Mixed Media Collage
2021