Kerala, India is where I grew up. It's been a while since my last visit but every time I see pictures it I'm stunned by how different that place is from America. On the surface all you see are unpaved roads, dirty walls, clothes that look a century old and let's not even talk about the bathrooms. But I know better! I lived my first 8 years there. There's a beauty you can't truly appreciate unless you breathe the same air they do. Each persons's face is written with their life story told through their wrinkles, scars, aged hair, etc. The marks on their arms, the tears on their clothes are all hints on the unique life they live.
These portraits are an attempt to render that beauty.
David and Goliath Series
The Stained Glass Monster
Cover for Riverside Confession's album "Destroying the Stained Glass Monster."
The concept is a David & Goliath scenario except goliath is colossal monster made completely out of stained glass.
The Caleb Project
One of the illustrations for an upcoming book about the life of the Biblical character, Caleb. This scene depicts Moses sending out spies to investigate the foreign lands. Caleb in the middle and Joshua on the right.
Cover illustration for a young adult fiction written by Sean Adelman, M.D., author and Co-founder of Raise Expectations, LLC. Available on Amazon.
The Shadow Fencer
Illustrations created for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Vetafarm, LTD.
This is a painting commission I did featuring the showroom of Cortland Kitchen & Bath Interiors. Dave Dovi, owner of CKBI, asked me to capture his company's vision of warm, welcoming, family-oriented home design. Inspired by Norman Rockwell's "Main Street Stockbridge at Christmas."
Fine Healing Cuisine
A children's short-story/poem about a strange neighbor who comes to help a sick friend with a special stew. Self-published by Betty Davis and written by her daughter Summer Davis.