Commission work

Right before the pandemic hit the world, I opened a show of works on paper at a local school.  Montgomery Bell Academy invited me to exhibit in their gallery and it opened with a reception.  I met a student, Lain, during the reception. He mentioned he was interested in starting an art collection and asked I would be interested in producing a drawing for him as a commission.

Of course I agreed.


Then the world stopped.  Lock downs were put in place. Schools rapidly shifted to virtual platforms. I was placed on a work from home status, and reduced working hours, and I shifted my life into one of adapting to changing scenarios as social justice, civil unrest, and increased consumption of the media dominated my waking hours. I’m not proud that a lot of studio projects (which I now had plenty of now to work on) were put on hold. I didn’t make a any art until about 5 months into the lock down.

Lain’s commission was one of those put on hold. Once I started getting my hand moving again in July 2020, I began the drawing.  It’s now nearing the end of October and I’ve definitely made progress.

It’s very close to being done.  Just needs some minor refinement.


Untitled (currently), 2020. color pencil and gouache on Stonehenge white. 15in x 11in. WIP.