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I will be exhibiting framed prints of 19 of 51 portraits, that I created in for a traveling exhibit,  sponsored by Anheuser-Busch, of inductees into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame at the John William “Blind” Boone & Eugenia Lange Boone Home, at 10 North 4th Street in Columbia Missouri.
I created these portraits in 2007,  for a traveling exhibit,  sponsored by Anheuser-Busch. Reproductions of the portraits were placed on informational pedestals. On top of the pedestals were placed shoes worn by the inductees. I don’t think the exhibit ever traveled once AB was purchased by In-Bev.
I have since shown these portraits in other galleries.
The show will open on Friday February 1 from 5:30 -7:00.
Below are several portraits that will be in the show.

ralph abernathy

Ralph David Abernathy Sr. (March 11, 1926 – April 17, 1990) was an American civil rights activist and Christian minister. As a leader of the nonviolent Civil Rights Movement, he was a close friend and mentor of Martin Luther King. He collaborated with King to create the Montgomery Improvement Association which led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott. He also co-founded and was an executive board member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). He became president of the SCLC following the assassination of King in 1968, where he led the Poor People’s Campaign in Washington, D.C. among other marches and demonstrations for disenfranchised Americans. He also served as an advisory committee member of the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE).
medgar evers

Medgar Wiley Evers (July 2, 1925 – June 12, 1963) was an African American civil rights activist in Mississippi, the state’s field secretary of the NAACP, and World War II veteran, having served in the United States Army. He worked to overturn segregation at the University of Mississippi, to end segregation of public facilities, and to expand opportunities for African Americans, including enforcement of voting rights. He was assassinated by a white supremacist and Klansman.

broken ornament

broken – having been fractured or damaged and no longer in one piece or in working order: a broken arm. • (of a relationship) ended, such as through infidelity: a broken marriage. • denoting a family in which the parents are divorced or separated: he grew up poor in a broken family | unable to survive in this broken household. • (of an agreement or promise) not observed by one of the parties involved. 2 (of a person) having given up all hope; despairing: he went to his grave a broken man.

cosmic textures 3

My digital image “Cosmic Textures”  is part of a body of my art that I call “Inner Space”. It is a universe that exist within me that has elements of the universe that the world is part of. I see chaos in this image that may become an orderly universe.

Big Bang theory
Around 13.8 billion years ago, all the matter in the Universe emerged from a single, minute point, or singularity, in a violent burst. This expanded at an astonishingly high rate and temperature, doubling in size every 10-34 seconds, creating space as it rapidly inflated. Within a tiny fraction of a second gravity and all the other forces were formed. Energy changed into particles of matter and antimatter, which largely destroyed each other. But luckily for us some matter survived. Protons and neutrons started to form within the first second; within minutes these protons and neutrons could fuse and form hydrogen and helium nuclei. After 300,000 years, nuclei could finally capture electrons to form atoms, filling the Universe with clouds of hydrogen and helium gas. After around 380,000 years it left behind a bath of photons – the Cosmic Microwave Background that Penzias and Wilson accidentally detected. Within this were tiny ripples of matter that were stretched to enormous sizes during inflation, and in turn these became the seeds for the galaxies and galactic clusters we see today. –

in the beginning

Scientists think that in the earliest moments of the universe, there was no structure to it to speak of, with matter and energy distributed nearly uniformly throughout. According to NASA, the gravitational pull of small fluctuations in the density of matter back then gave rise to the vast web-like structure of stars and emptiness seen today. Dense regions pulled in more and more matter through gravity, and the more massive they became, the more matter they could pull in through gravity, forming stars, galaxies and larger structures known as clusters, superclusters, filaments and walls, with “great walls” of thousands of galaxies reaching more than a billion light years in length. Less dense regions did not grow, evolving into area of seemingly empty space called voids.



In creation from chaos myth, initially there is nothing but a formless, shapeless expanse. In these stories the word “chaos” means “disorder”, and this formless expanse, which is also sometimes called a void or an abyss, contains the material with which the created world will be made. Chaos may be described as having the consistency of vapor or water, dimensionless, and sometimes salty or muddy. These myths associate chaos with evil and oblivion, in contrast to “order” (cosmos) which is the good. The act of creation is the bringing of order from disorder, and in many of these cultures it is believed that at some point the forces preserving order and form will weaken and the world will once again be engulfed into the abyss.  One example is the Genesis creation myth from the first chapter of the Book of Genesis.
My painting shown above is 36″ wide by 29″ high and is oil on canvas print . I created a digital image in Photoshop and then had it printed on canvas. I applied oil paint over the digital canvas print. I originally named it Inner Space 18 , but am now calling it Creation from Chaos.

formation 2

When God began creating the heaven and the earth was at first a shapeless, chaotic mass,      Genesis 1,2

This image is from a body of my art that I call Inner Space, that I have been creating, first as a digital image and sometimes from the digital image I have  made a canvas print. I then paint over the print with oil paint.
This oil paint on canvas print is 29.5 ” wide by 30″ high.

Do not write on Brick

I took a photograph of this graffiti inside of a restaurant yesterday. Writing on the walls of the waiting area of this restaurant is encouraged. I have enhanced the photograph in Photoshop by painting over the photo with the paintbrush tool and increased the saturation of the color. This image is similar to other photos I have taken of graffiti and than enhanced in Photoshop.

*”Kilroy was here !”
*Kilroy – The little cartoon bald head, peering over a fence that hid everything except his eyes and his long U-shaped nose … and sometimes his fingers, gripping the top of the fence. And his proclamation, “Kilroy was here.” Kilroy was here, or Kilroy for short, is a popular military graffiti depicting a man with a long nose peeking over the top of a wall.
Graffiti itself goes back to ancient times.

I want to thank  followers of my blog and all those that are looking at my blog
posts. Most of my posts relate to visual art, including a lot of my visual art.
Happy New Year !




inner space 122618

I’ve been working on this digital image this week, which will be added to my “Inner Space” series of paintings. I’ve been working on this series for several years and have posted many of digital and traditional paintings from this series. 

detail of inner space 12-18

detail of Inner Space painting 12-18

Reproductions of several of my Inner Space paintings can be purchased on  Several family members have had my Inner Space paintings reproduced on their cell  phone cases.

DCF 1.0

During the 1990’s I purchased a used clothing store mannequin to use as photo reference for an illustration assignment. I have also used that mannequin for personal photographs.

DCF 1.0

mannequin and it’s shadow

Buy your Joy

A better Tomorrow

After all our shopping, and wrapping, and giving, let’s take time to think
about those  who are hungry and homeless.


“What’s the cost of living?”

This image contains a Polaroid photo from the 1960’s ,which I took as
reference for a commercial illustration assignment, a bar code from a
food can, newspaper advertisement and black enamel paint applied with a
For me the empty grocery cart, in this image I created, represents hunger and homelessness.