Under the Juniper Tree

"Under the Juniper Tree" and "Red's Little Black Heart" will be showing at 317 Gallery & Studio on Friday the 7th of November for First Friday and the whole month of November. Come down, have a cookie and a glass of wine, hear a gruesome fairy tail "The Juniper Tree" and buy some art!

UPDATE: You can also hear the Soundcloud version of "The Juniper Tree" by the Brothers Grimm and read by Me at the bottom of this post. 

Under the Juniper Tree

Under the Juniper Tree - detail

Red's Little Black Heart & Under the Juniper Tree


Sugar Skulls for Teenage Girls

"Betsy 9.16.85" 9"x12" Acrylic
"Rebecca 5.26.88" 9"x12" Acrylic

"Christine 9.16.90" 9"x12" Acrylic

RHHC 6th Annual Dia De Los Muertos art gallery will consist of 30 plus local artists and artists from the Chicago area. This one of a kind gallery will consist of artists creating various works that will pay homage to the Day of the Dead celebration which is celebrated in various Latin countries and some places in the States. 

Please join us
at our community Ofrenda Saturday November 1st, as we all light a candle of our own in remembrance for our loved ones whom have passed. This lighting will call to them as we celebrate the life they have lived and the memories we have shared. 
So join us...and so will they.

**For safety purposes, ONLY glass candles will be allowed to be places at the Ofrenda.


Sean Backus // Laura Becerra // Allison Blake // Bob Blosser // Kyle Brechon // Sara Briseno // Sarah Danielle Stewart // Jon Candiotta // Ritchie Hugo Cepeda // Jesus Correa // FoodStamp Davis // Kirk Dyreson // Katrina Brook Flores // Eric Fuertes // Ben Gifford // Joseph Goral // Peter Goral // Lisa Grey // Vyto Grybauskas // Javier Jimenez // Jeremy Klonicki // Pablo Korona // Greg Lang // Ryan Lape // Oscar Luna // Sara Margaret // Michelle Dorr Markunas // Mario Kayo Martinez // Rodrigo D Martinez // Jenny Mathews // Sarah McNamara // Dan Moorman // Peter Nguyen // Lisa Pauline // Dennis Quijano // Swek // Manny Tang // Emmanuel L White Eagle

This is a ONE day art gallery showing and is also the LAST one RHHC member Mario Kayo Martinez is organizing and curating.

The Gallery will be held at:
Threetwofive Studio

Saturday November 1st.

RHHC will be selling their limited Dia de los Muertos shirts for $15. All proceeds go to the RHHC. Your support is needed and appreciated.

Three new paintings for Fall Art Scene

Three new paintings for Fall Art Scene. They started with "Riding Hood's Heart" which went on the window outside of Bennie's Cleaners for Art Attack. It's just temporary and I loved it so much, having just laid my dear dog to rest after seventeen years of companionship, I repainted it only much smaller this time.

A tiny excerpt of "Riding Hood's Heart"

I wanted to do more, using the same palate I am in love with from Riding Hood's Heart, the very same paints I scavenged from the bucket of left overs at 317, when I was worried about covering all that large glass.  The paints that the late Tom Littrell left behind and that we in the 317 Artist Collective utilize when an emergency of scarce color arises.  I wanted to keep using Tom's paints. It felt sacred to me.

I wanted to paint more strength, and in my search for strong characters I remembered Valkyries. The name Valkyrie translates to choosers of the slain. They ride into war and choose who will be whisked off to Valhalla.  They are feared and revered, they are the companions of heros, it felt right.  So  - I painted the "Ride of the Valkyrie"

A tiny excerpt of "Ride of the Valkyrie"

At this point, I didn't mean to be reusing the word "Ride" but then it seemed like I needed a third.  "Rider on the Storm" was the title that came before the painting. A lone captain in her boat, she's tiny among the landscape and steadfast in her resolve in her travels and adventures.

A tiny excerpt of "Rider on the Storm"
I love each of these paintings very much.  They ended up on the canvas exactly as they were in my head and I'm thrilled to show them this Fall at Art Scene.

If you'd like to come see (or BUY!) the whole of these paintings, not just a tiny excerpt come down to, 317 Studio & Gallery at 317 Market St. Rockford, IL, tomorrow or Saturday Night and then wander around the corner to see the temporary window mural that inspired the paintings.


FRESHWATER MERMAIDS of NORTH AMERICA (22"x28" framed print) will also be at 317 Studio & Gallery for Fall Art Scene.  There are only 3 unframed signed and numbered prints left ($40.00) and there will be 11 posters ($18.00) for sale of the same.  So if you need a thing for the wall of your ice fishing shack... come get your poster this weekend.