In the summer of 2019, my father-in-law, Paul Kramer, who is the executive secretary for the Kid Glove organization, asked me to create a mosaic piece of art for then retiring Red's announcer, Marty Brennaman. I was (and still am), honored to be asked and began my task of learning about Marty's life and career. It's always fun to learn about individuals when I am asked to create such pieces. My wife and I were living in an apartment during this time while our new home was being built and the working space was very compromised to say the least. Regardless, I still found it exciting and a wonderful challenge. I was surprised to learn upon completion, that I would be on the field during the artworks presentation! All in all, a wonderful experience for a wonderful man and later on, to learn that the artwork found a special place in his home amongst all his memorabilia. Thanks to Paul and to Marty!
Designing in a public space
In 2017, I was asked by DVAC, now known at The Contemporary, to design a mural in the downtown area on a wall outside of the Dayton Transportation garage facing the soon to be at that time, Levitt Pavilion. Integrating some of my mosaic style and leaning into the Dayton music scene, the below was the concept and final outcome. Alot of fun and many thanks to friend Eva Buttavocoli.
Sometimes my wife actually likes some of my art...
This time, which was a nice surprise, she liked a part of a floral series I was doing and she thought it would look nice over our bed, however, our bed was much wider so that required adding to the piece. A three piece set was need, one done, two to go.
The time I have been able to spend in my new studio space has been a freeing experience. Time without the confines of knowing when to stop. Not overthinking. Not making sure I can help solve other people's communication needs, only my own. This has been an introduction to a new sense of freedom. So, with the start of this time, let me prepare a studio visit for you in the coming days. Thanks. Peace out.