My colorful portraits of Mozart, Clementi, Franz Berwald, Beethoven, Shostakovich, Herbert von Karajan, Liszt, William Boyce, Rossini, Bach, Sir Isaac Newton, Brahms, Amy Marcy Beach, Stravinsky, Ravel, Ferdinand Ries, Socrates, Ephraim Rubinstein, and a poster pitch for a Seattle production of Marat/Sade. (They chose photography instead…)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
I've done a lot of cartoon Mozarts, but I wanted to try something more realistic.
Clementi and Clementini
I read an essay in which the author referred to the composer "Clementini." That cute extra syllable created a whole new character in my mind.
Poster for Marat Sade
A poster proposal for a Seattle production of Marat/Sade.
Franz Berwald (Logo)
Swedish composer Franz Berwald was also a surgeon and the manager of a glass and saw mill factory.
Beethoven was drawn in celebration of Public Radio Music Month (April), and featured on NPR’s music blog.
This image was used on a poster for a run of Seattle performances of the play Shostakovich by Jason Grote.
Herbert von Karajan
The famed German conductor. This was inspired by a photo of him in which he was glaring at the paparazzi.
This drawing of Liszt was featured in the German news publication Hamburger Abendblatt, for an article about the composer on his anniversary.
I wanted to do a Victorian gentleman with exaggerated features.
My portrait of Serbian-American pianist Ivan Ilic. His wonderful recordings are available from Chandos.
Composer William Boyce. I wanted to create something with more of a 3-D effect than I usually use.
The opera composer. He wore black in the reference photo, but something about him made me see red!
Bach as a young man. He must have been angelic to know.
Big Deal Bach
My Big Deal Bach has been the basis of a few memes on the Interwebs. That's a compliment...I think?
I never get tired of drawing Bach!
Sir Isaac Newton
I love the oil portraits of Sir Isaac. I want to do a semi-realistic one of him soon.
A younger Brahms, looking dashing at around 20 years old.
Brahms at the Piano
Brahms has written some of my favorite chamber music of all time. He strikes my funny bone somehow.
Amy Marcy Beach
Amy Marcy Beach was a celebrated early twentieth-century American piano prodigy and composer.
Ravel and Stravinksky
Two friends and collaborators, composers Maurice Ravel and Igor Stravinsky.
Ferdinand Ries in Love
Ries was a composer and friend of Beethoven. When I realized the negative space in his lapels formed hearts, I had my title for this one.
An illustration I did of Socrates for a play by Marvin Richard Montney, titled Son of Sophroniscus.
After a youthful self-portrait by this American architectural painter.
My posters and other art images. American Splendor, Kingpins, 70s People, the Amis Family (Martin Amis, Kinglsey Amis, and Elizabeth Jane Howard), Seattle Seniors Then and Now, Happy Birthday Mr. Space Needle, Franz Berwald squatting on a piano, Otter Mascot, Ear Goggles, Trio Pardalote chamber music ensemble, Kierkegaard and Bettie Page.
American Splendor fantasy cover art
Martin Amis, Elizabeth Jane Howard, and Kingsley Amis
Happy Birthday Mr. Space Needle
Franz Berwald, podcast logo
Otter mascot, caroling competition
Ear Goggles podcast poster
Trio Pardalote concert poster
Kierkegaard and Bettie Page
My photos, “naked” and altered, of subjects such as: a double exposure of a harpsichord and casino art, a pool at the zoo, large fish underwater, a retro Loki figurine, flowers at the zoo, Stinky Cat under corrugated paper, the Seattle Bar Neumos, driving to the Oregon coast, sunset, snow at night, and neon paint on the sidewalk.