I donated my Andrew McCutchen painting for the Art Rooney Awards Dinner & Auction which benefited the Catholic Youth Association of Pittsburgh. The CYA was founded by the Rooney Family and honored Pittsburgh Pirates MLB star center fielder, Andrew McCutchen at their annual charity event. The painting was on display at the Westin Hotel where it was auctioned off to benefit the Catholic Youth Association of Pittsburgh which offer services to children and seniors throughout Pittsburgh. The painting was professionally framed and matted by Carol Whitehead who is the owner of Carol Whitehead Custom Framing located in Aspinwall, Pennsylvania.
Thanks to Beth Schellhaas, who is the owner of the West View Floral Shoppe in West View, PA for the purchase of my West View trolley painting. The original which is shown on the left was done with an autumn scene and has become a favorite of Pittsburghers. The trolleys which weaved their way through the neighborhoods of Pittsburgh were nostalgic and unique and people have many fond memories of riding on them. She commissioned me to create a new one with more of a summer background. This painting was exhibited in various businesses of West View leading up to the town’s annual community days where it was then auctioned off.
I partnered with another Pittsburgh artist named Dave DiCello of Dave DiCello Photography. He is establishing himself as one of the greatest photographers of the 21st century in Pittsburgh. We decided to come together in order to donate our fine art prints for Pittsburgh based charitable organizations throughout the Pittsburgh region.
For our first month, a percentage of the sale of our prints were donated to the Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center in Pittsburgh. The following month, we donated towards the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s western Pennsylvania chapter. During those two months, we managed to sell nearly $1,000 in prints with a percentage of sold prints benefiting the charitable causes of these two great Pittsburgh organizations.
To close out the Christmas season, we decided to partner with the Salvation Army & WTAE for Project Bundle-Up. Project Bundle-Up serves needy children and seniors by helping them to purchase new winter outerwear to stay warm during the cold western Pennsylvania winters. Click the links to the websites mentioned below if you would be interested in making a personal donation to their wonderful organizations.
Special thanks to Christina Parise and the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum who will now be featuring prints of my West View Park painting in their museum gift shop. The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum is located south of Pittsburgh in Chartiers Twp. in Washington County. Featured below is a link to the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum’s website and the painting of West View Park.
I exhibited my illustrations and paintings for sale at the Sweetwater Center for the Arts Holiday Mart in Sewickley. As a nonprofit organization, Holiday Mart proceeds support Sweetwater Center for the Arts numerous art programs for children and adults held throughout the year in addition to providing support to participating artists.
I teamed up with the Steelers Brett Keisel for a winning championship drive. I auctioned off #100 signed & numbered limited edition prints of my digital painting “Steelers Country”. A portion of the sales from this print were donated towards the Homeless Children’s Education Fund of Pittsburgh, which Brett and his wife Sarah serve as advisory board members. Click below for a direct link to Brett Keisel’s official website!
My pen & ink illustration of the Cinderella Castle was selected for The Art List’s Viewers Choice Award from artists around the world.
I donated a selection of my fine art prints for two local Pittsburgh charity events. The first was for the 2012 Autism Awareness Charity Event at the Cranberry Highlands Golf Course in Cranberry Twp., PA. The second event was for the 8th annual Dan Roarty Memorial Golf Outing at the Butler Golf Course in Elizabeth, PA.
I received word from the White House staff that my pen & ink illustration of the White House will be permanently displayed in the executive mansion. Shortly after President Barack Obama was elected President of the United States, I sent the President & First Lady my illustration of the White House as a gift. I sent one to President Clinton & First Lady Hillary Clinton back in 1995 as well, although it was nowhere quite as detailed as the one shown. Both President Clinton and President Obama were kind enough to write a personal letter which they both signed, along with the First Ladies. I intend on sending one to each sitting president throughout my lifetime. The illustration can be seen in greater detail by visiting my fine art website and my section featuring many of our nation’s national landmarks at the link provided below.
The White House
I was invited to by WTAE-TV anchorwoman and friend, Michelle Wright to feature my artwork on a new website called Pittsburgh Things. The website is dedicated towards highlighting and sharing the talents of the people of Pittsburgh and promoting their business website. Featured below is a link to my personal feature!
I was contacted by Mr. Serpe where I was featured in an artist spotlight on the Art Instruction blog. My exclusive interview with Mr. Serpe can be found at the link provided below.
I was the featured artist on the very popular blog called Artsy Shark which was created by Carolyn Edlund. It is a well respected blog amongst both emerging and established professional artists. The blog features a wealth of beneficial resources and links for artists worldwide. Click the link below to view my feature!
There are times when I am approached to license my artwork as was the case with two events. First, I was contacted by the president and chair of the theology department at the University of Notre Dame. The department was interested in using my illustration of the Notre Dame “Golden Dome” as cover art for their graduation booklets for their Master of Arts graduates. The second request of licensing was my image of Heinz Memorial Chapel for wedding invitations for the owner of Twelve 14 Studios.
University of Notre Dame “Golden Dome”
I donated my illustration of the “Cinderella Castle” for an art auction fundraiser for the company, Thank You Walt Disney, Inc. in Kansas City. The non-profit group is working to restore Walt Disney’s original Laugh-O-Gram animation studio. The studio will be transformed into an educational center and museum. A story on the animation studio which I wrote can be found on my blog at the link provided below titled “The Magic of Disney”.
We hosted our inaugural charity benefit on August 8, 2010 in the Zappala College Center, La Roche College. The event was called “Faces & Places of the Black & Gold” as most of the art that we create centers upon the people, places and landmarks of Pittsburgh and its championship sports teams. Several prominent Pittsburghers and legendary athletes were in attendance including Pittsburgh Steelers, Rocky Bleier, Franco Harris, John ‘Frenchy’ Fuqua, James Farrior, Nick Eason, Ted Toles (Pittsburgh Crawfords Negro Baseball League), along with Senator Jane Clare Orie who served as our keynote speaker. Funds for this event went towards The Homeless Childrens Education Fund of Pittsburgh. This fund affords homeless children the same educational opportunities and experiences as their peers.
I received a very nice thank you letter from President Barack Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama which they both personally signed. I presented the President with my detailed pen & ink illustration of the White House to celebrate his historic presidency. I hope to present each sitting President during my lifetime with the White House print which I created.
I was invited to display my illustrations at a local community event taking place at Harmony Ridge (former Ambridge Country Club). The name of the event taking place is called Zanafest and it was the 1st annual Richard D. Zana Memorial Fund. Mr. Zana was a former music education teacher in the Ambridge Area School District. During his tenure with the Ambridge Area High School Marching Band, he contributed to their overall success on a regional and national level. Their solid and precision-like performances earned them countless awards and recognition as one of the nation’s finest. Mr. Zana founded and established the steel drum ensemble of the band, which is a very unique section of the high school band. Mr. Zana inspired the lives of countless students, not only through his musical talents, but through his simple acts of encouragement, kindness and decency. The memorial fund will provide music scholarships for talented area students, in addition to benefiting the need for further medical advancements in the cure for cancer research.
Wendell August Forge located in Grove City, Pennsylvania has now featured my pen & ink illustrations onto their company website’s which can be viewed below. Wendell August is a world-renowned company known for their hand-made metal gifts and has been in existence since 1923. The gifts which they produce are appropriate for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, graduations, baptisms, retirements or any particular occasion.
I was commissioned by the Baden Lions Club to design a license plate. The license plate was made available for sale to the residents of my hometown of Baden, Pennsylvania.
I submitted my illustration of the “Greater Pittsburgh International Airport” for the Art Exhibition Showcase G-20 Summit at the Pittsburgh International Airport. The Pittsburgh Arts Council was accepting artwork from regional artists. Presidents and dignitaries from around the world including President Barack Obama converged on Pittsburgh at the Convention Center for the global event.
My illustration of the Sewickley Bridge was featured on commemorative plaques for the annual Jaguar & Rolls Royce in Sewickley antique and collectors show. My illustration was chosen by Scott Drab who was the coordinator of the event. Mr. Drab is the Assistant Professor of Pharmacy & Therapeutics, University of Pittsburgh and the Director of the University Diabetes Care Association.
I displayed my artwork along with local artist, Gary Means at the official unveiling of the new Ambridge Boro Building. I donated a series of illustrations depicting landmarks of Ambridge to the borough which are on display in the front office. The event was sponsored by the Ambridge Area Chamber of Commerce.
State Representative, Robert F. Matzie (16th Lgislative District) whose office is located on Merchant Street in Ambridge, PA purchased several illustrations depicting scenes of Ambridge landmarks. Representative Matzie plans on displaying my illustrations at his office in the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
In February, 2009, I sent a series of my illustrations to the White House to present to President Barack Obama and the First Lady, Michelle Obama. It was a gesture of good will on behalf of myself to honor the President and commemorate him on his historic momentous occasion. I included my illustration of the “White House”, the executive mansion of the President of the United States of America. In addition, I sent an illustration of the “City of Pittsburgh”. A third illustration depicted the “Dexter Avenue Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Church” located in Birmingham, Alabama. February symbolically marks Black History Month and honors the legacy of the leaders of the American Civil Rights Movement. It was from this church that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. served as pastor from 1954-60 and organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott with Rosa Parks and other notable African-Americans. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the NAACP. Finally, the last illustration was a gift to the president’s two daughters, Malia & Sasha of the “Cinderella Castle” located at Walt Disney World.
My illustration of the “City of Pittsburgh” was chosen for use in the DVD release of the film, “My Tale of Two Cities”. The image of the city was chosen by Jim DiSpirito (former percussionist of Rusted Root/The Gathering Field) who scored the soundtrack for the film. “My Tale of Two Cities” is a new film by “St. Elmo’s Fire” screenwriter and Steeltown Entertainment Project co-founder, Carl Kurlander. The film is a cinematic homecoming for Pittsburghers everywhere and celebrates the city and its people. The film stars beloved icons such as Fred Rogers, Mayor Bob O’Connor and Franco Harris along with others and traces the city’s storied history. The film will re-energize your belief that you can go home and that Pittsburgh really is someplace special. The closing scene of the trailer is a great scene and makes you proud to call Pittsburgh home. The camera makes its way past the City of Pittsburgh along the Allegheny River with Fred Rogers of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood singing his signature song, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor”.