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March: Calamity Jane was selected for display in Play: 31st Annual Strathmore Juried Exhibition. This will be on display in North Bethesda from March 18 to March 29.

November: Three of my miniature paintings were accepted in the The 89th Annual Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature at the Strathmore Mansion in North Bethesda, Maryland. The show ran from November 19 to January 7. The painting Rose #1 won the Third Place award for oils.

May: Check out some of my experiments with Watercolor paintings.

January: I've begun revisiting my Snapshots and Sharpeners series in a larger format. I'm calling the new series of work Family Album.

February: The Circus Parade, a departure from my typical subject matter, was selected to be part of the annual Regional Juried Show at the Hill Center Gallery in Washington, DC.

January: The Urbana Town Courier publishes an article about my show at the Urbana Regional Library: Nostalgic Collectibles Inspire Art Career (see page 4).

January: Six paintings from my Snapshots and Sharpeners series were selected for display in The 29th Annual Strathmore Juried Exhibition. The show's theme was Home and the painting Montgomery Street won an honorable mention. It ran from January 11 to February 23.

December: My Tacky Treasures show has moved to the Urbana Regional Library for the next three months.

September: Collection #2 was selected to be in the Second Tri-Annual Maryland Artist Registry Juried Show at the Maryland Art Place in Baltimore, MD. The show ran from September 19th to November 10.

June: A retrospective version of my Tacky Treasures show will be on display at The Delaplaine's satellite gallery in the Thurmont Regional Library in June, July and August. From there, it will move to three months at the Brunswick Branch Library and then three more months at the Urbana Regional Library.

January: upside down house: unconventional family portraiture by Robert Cantor, Maura Doern Danko and Amanda Demos Larsen was on display January 14 to March 22 at the historic Greenbelt Community Center in Greenbelt, MD. It contained 11 paintings from my Snapshots and Sharpeners series.

August: Tacky Treasures, an exhibition of my recent paintings, is on display until August 26 at the The Delaplaine Arts Center in Frederick, MD.

December: Pigs Night Out and POB Thrift Shop were accepted in the Small Wonders show at the MFA Circle Gallery in Annapolis. They were on display from Dec 1 to 23.

April: Collection #1 was awarded an honorable mention at the Delaplaine's Annual Juried Exhibit in Frederick, MD. Three Figures and Two Clowns were also accepted in the show and were on display from May 6 through June 18.

October: The Comedians was in the show Strokes of Genius at the Maryland Federation of Art in Annapolis. The show ran from October 28 to November 26.

October: Three Bottle Openers and Girl With Ball #2 were accepted in a juried show at the Howard County Center for the Arts. The show ran from October 28 through December 9.

October: I'm scheduled to be the featured artist at the Montgomery Art Association gallery in Wheaton Plaza. I'll provide more information as we get closer to the date. CANCELLED - the gallery will be closing on September 21.

February: Sharpener Images was on display at the The Delaplaine Arts Center in Frederick, Maryland, from February 6 to March 20. This show featured all the new sharpener paintings created since my last show there and several older ones not shown before.

January: American Frame publishes an interview they did with me over the phone.

November: I was the American Frame Featured Artist contest winner for the month of November. You can read all about it on their blog.

March: I joined the Montgomery Art Association and began showing works in their gallery at Westfield Wheaton (aka: Wheaton Plaza) and staffing it on 2 volunteer shifts each month. The gallery is on the second floor, about halfway down the wing with the Costco. Stop by and see me!

June: Storyland 1960 and Autumn Carnival were selected for the Regional Juried Art Show at the Hill Center Galleries on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The show was on display from June 26 to September 28. The Juror was Philip Kennicott, Art and Architecture Critic, The Washington Post.

June: Puntgaaf was selected for the MDArt@College Park show. The show ran from June 25 to August 3 at The Art Gallery of the University of Maryland.

June: The Upside Down House was one of four paintings awarded a Juror's Choice Award in the Maryland Federation of Art's MD Art@College Park juried show. A total of three paintings from my Snapshots and Sharpeners series were accepted in the show and were on display in The Art Gallery at the University of Maryland from June 14 to August 2. The juror was Dan Mills, Director of the Bates College Museum of Art.

May: I was awarded First Prize in the Annual Juried Exhibit at at The Delaplaine Arts Center in Frederick, Maryland. Three paintings were accepted in the show and were on display from May 4 to June 23. Gerald Ross, Director of Exhibitions at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), was the juror.

November: I've created a store front at CafePress. It currently has refrigerator magnets, tile coasters and one t-shirt design available for sale.

October 11: The Frederick News-Post runs an interview with me about my show at the Delaplaine.

September-October: The show Snapshots and Sharpeners was on display in the New Gallery at The Delaplaine Arts Center in Frederick, Maryland. In this solo exhibition of 24 small oil paintings, toy pencil sharpeners from my extensive collection replaced my brothers and myself in vintage family snapshots. They were on display from September 1 through October 21. Thanks to everyone who helped make the opening reception of the show such a great success!

June: A Fast Rooster was accepted in a juried show at the Maryland Federation of Art in Annapolis. Strokes of Genius: All Painting National Exhibition ran from July 15 to August 14.

June: My pencil sharpener collection was featured at the Obsessionista web site. Look for collector #0031!


March: I've completed the first painting in my new series called Snapshots and Sharpeners. These works combine my pencil sharpener still-life paintings with snapshots from an old family photo album. Read more about it here.

March: Web Site redesign!

February: A Fast Rooster was accepted in the 13th Annual National Juried Show at Gallery West in Alexandria, VA. The show was on display from February 3 to 28.

December: Two of the small Duck in Boat paintings, number 1 and number 2, were accepted into a national juried show at the Maryland Federation of Arts in Annapolis. Small Wonders, a show for small works of art, was on display from November 27 to December 27.

November: Julie and the Monkey is a portrait of my wife which I gave her on our second wedding anniversary. Traditionally, that's the cotton anniversary and it's painted on cotton canvas. I worked from a photograph which she had previously suggested was the one she'd want me to use if I ever did paint a portrait of her. It was still a huge surprise since I managed to keep the entire thing secret from her while I was working on it.

June: While painting the The Feast of the Dogs, I took photographs of it at each step to document its creation and have combined these in The Making of The Feast of the Dogs. This video shows how the painting was created by starting with a monochrome grisaille and using multiple layers of glazing to add color.

July: The Bald Musician was awarded with an Honorable Mention at the Arts Council@GRACE 2008 annual juried exhibition. Both The Bald Musician and it's companion piece Party Animals were selected for the juried exhibition.

June: Ducks in Boats was selected to be in the VMRC's 5th Annual Juried Multimedia Art Exhibition at the Park Gables Gallery in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

February: The Bald Musician was selected for the Touchstone Gallery's 10th Annual All-Media Show and was on display from February 6 to March 8.

November: Haven't been doing much painting lately... but I did get married this month!

September: I've moved to a new studio/home in Silver Spring, Maryland. This has slowed me down a bit, but I should be up and painting again in no time!

July: I have completed The Bald Musician, my most ambitious pencil sharpener painting so far. The painting was based on the Manet masterpiece The Old Musician.

March: Chu Pa Kai and Puppydog were on display at the Art Alliance Center at Clear Lake in Houston, Texas, after being accepted in the National Society of Artists 23rd National Juried Show.

February: Ducks in Boats was recognized with an Honorable Mention at the Gallery West 10th National Juried Show in Alexandria, VA.

December: Sun Wu Kung was accepted in the 2006 National Small Works Show at the Main Street Gallery in Groton, NY. A review in the Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY) by Katherine Rushworth mentions the "Miro-like" painting as one of the notable entries among those which didn't win an award.

September: Sha Wu Tsing was awarded an Honorable Mention from the 15th Annual National Juried Open Media Competition at the Art Institute & Gallery in Salisbury, MD.

September: My web site has moved to!

September: Giclee reproductions of selected images may now be ordered on-line at the American Frame Company.

July: From July 14 to August 9, Coach and the Cowry Fisherman was on display in the the Fraser Gallery's 10th International Fine Arts Competition in Bethesda, MD.

June: From June 4 to July 4, Purple Gorilla, with Banana and Lady Bug Pencil Sharpener were both on display at the VMRC 3rd Annual Juried Multimedia Art Exhibition at the Park Gables Gallery in Harrisonburg, VA.

February: Pencil Sharpener: Banana was accepted and displayed in the 8th Annual All-Media Exhibition at the Touchstone Gallery in Washington, DC.

December: Pencil Sharpener: Eggplant Bunny was included in the Winter Group Exhibit at the Fraser Gallery in Bethesda, MD.

August: Pencil Sharpener: Sun Wu Kung wins First Place Award at the Fraser Gallery's 9th Annual Georgetown International Art Competition in Washington, DC. The juror was Jack Rasmussen, director and curator of the Katzen Arts Center at American University.

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