I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

This collaboration made with Micheal Buchino for nope.ltd was one of our favorites to date. It was a labor of love to create and Michael captured the process wonderfully here. We drew everything by hand, and I made the bird out of paper shapes.

It was featured in The Society of Illustrators: Illustrators 60 Annual in New York and in the Permanent Archive of American Illustration / American Photography 37, in New York.

Client: Book-It Repertory Theatre

Welcome to Braggsville
Welcome to Braggsville

Braggsville was the first poster Michael and I did together as our virtual studio, nope.ltd. When Book-It hired us to do a suite of posters for the season we had no idea what a treat we were in for diving into this book written by T. Geronimo Johnson. We couldn’t put it down. As we swapped poster assets back and forth we’d go over the compelling story again and again. Michael wrote up our process for this poster over at Medium.

It was featured in The Society of Illustrators: Illustrators 59 Annual and Exhibit, New York

Client: Book-It Repertory Theatre

A Moveable Feast
A Moveable Feast

Our concept for this poster was something like “A romantic night in Paris brought to you on a platter” for a special dinner theatre performance by Book-It Rep.

It was featured in The Society of Illustrators: Illustrators 59 Annual and Exhibit, New York


Client: Book-It Repertory Theatre

Ain't Misbehavin'
Ain't Misbehavin'

I’ve been a Fats Waller fan since I discovered him in the dusty record album stack at my home away from home in Holland. I quickly made a mixed tape from those records and that thing was the soundtrack churning though my walkman in the summer of 1993 as I worked painting houses and doing construction. Bliss. My mom was not super thrilled when the tape got permanently lodged in our truck’s tape deck. A Porter’s Love Song to A Chaimbermaid still haunts her nightmares. This poster was a dream to make.

Client: Portland Center Stage

A Tale for the Time Being
A Tale for the Time Being

First, this book is an amazing read. Second, this poster was hard won. I filled up 3 walls of sketches for this thing and none of it was right. At the 11th hour, I was talked off the ledge and we started completely over. This was the winner. Inspired by Contemporary Japanese printmaking, and made on my mom’s dining room table in the middle of the night.

Featured in The Society of Illustrators: Illustrators 59 Annual and Exhibit, New York


Client: Book-It Repertory Theatre

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I Love to Eat
I Love to Eat

This play opens up with James Beard stepping out of a refrigerator. Ironically it was drawn in the final weeks of pregnancy when I could barely reach my desk and all I could think about was my next meal.


Client: Portland Center Stage

Lizzie
Lizzie

When Portland Center Stage asked me to take a whack (har har) at poster for a hard rock musical about female axe murderer Lizzie Borden I was like DUH! With song titles like 40 Whacks and Why Are All These Heads Off? how could I resist.

Client: Portland Center Stage

Stupid F#*@ing Bird
Stupid F#*@ing Bird

I got to make a poster with a swear word and a dead seagull on it, for Aaron Posner's reworking of the Chekhov classic The Seagull. This image even got paraded around Portland on a bike. Winning.

Client: Portland Center Stage

Sex With Strangers
Sex With Strangers

Featured in The New York Times: Hot or Not, Selling Sex with Strangers.
This image was graciously awarded a hot and heavy 2 on their "Steamy Scale" and I'm quoted likening the final piece to Scooby Doo.

Client: Portland Center Stage

A Small Fire
A Small Fire

A super sad play centered around a woman who gradually loses all of her senses except touch. We boiled down the image to two sets of hands and somehow I got interviewed by The New York Times.

Featured in The New York Times Behind the Poster: A Small Fire
Featured in The New York Times The Fine Art of Selling Theater / Best Posters of 2014

Client: Portland Center Stage

Other Desert Cities
Other Desert Cities

This play is set in Palm Springs (where I hope to retire to someday as a recluse where I’ll live in a custom home concept named MCM BALLS with my pal Trish ) Anyhoo, there is a pivotal scene in the play involving a stack of papers being hurled into the air and a family being torn apart. I got to nerd out and finally buy Neutraface.

Client: Portland Center Stage

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

This play is humorous weaving together of some classic Chekhov themes. With a long name like this, I got to make the title the central focus of this poster and weave in little vignettes from the play of the neighborhood crane, voodoo dolls, and a guy who ends up in the lake in his skivvies.

Client: Portland Center Stage

Dreamgirls
Dreamgirls

This musical was cool before Bey did it, FYI. If you ever feel like giving up, or if someone expresses their doubt in you, take a long hard look in the mirror and blast Jennifer Holliday’s And I’m Telling You. It’s good, trust me.

Client: Portland Center Stage

Oklahoma!
Oklahoma!

Fun Fact: This is probably my most stolen poster to date, so if you came here to steal it…PLEASE GO AWAY. OK! I was pretty thrilled to be asked to do this poster because when it comes to musicals I Cain't Say No. I grew up loving the technicolor movie and all of the dance moves in it. I didn’t get put any dancy legs in this like I wanted to, but was directed to do a landscape which allowed me to come up with ways to hide heart shapes in flowers.

Client: Portland Center Stage

The Santaland Diaries
The Santaland Diaries

What more can I say, it was joy to draw a smoking elf for Christmas.

Client: Portland Center Stage

Snow Falling on Cedars
Snow Falling on Cedars

This book was a favorite of mine when it came out. With so much going on in the story it was a challenge to distill it down, without giving away the plot. Under the art direction of now collaborator Michael Buchino we had a total meeting of the minds over this poster that launched us into a now decade-old friendship. Thanks dude! We’re old now.

Client: Portland Center Stage

Sunset Boulevard
Sunset Boulevard

This poster had to take an artistic u-turn late in the game. I ditched a “ready for my closeup” concept and was asked to do something with a dead guy in a pool. This is one of the weirdest musicals I have ever had the pleasure of working on. I mean: there’s murder, a deranged silent film star, amazing old cars, and a dead chimpanzee.

Client: Portland Center Stage

Twist Your Dickens
Twist Your Dickens

This poster for The Second City’s version of A Christmas Carol was a riot to work on. How often do you get to put Batman, Little Orphan Annie, a barbershop quartet of ghosts, and Scrooge together in an image? “Not often” is the correct answer.

Client: Portland Center Stage

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
Welcome to Braggsville
A Moveable Feast
Ain't Misbehavin'
A Tale for the Time Being
Treasure_web.png
I Love to Eat
Lizzie
Stupid F#*@ing Bird
Sex With Strangers
A Small Fire
Other Desert Cities
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Dreamgirls
Oklahoma!
The Santaland Diaries
Snow Falling on Cedars
Sunset Boulevard
Twist Your Dickens
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

This collaboration made with Micheal Buchino for nope.ltd was one of our favorites to date. It was a labor of love to create and Michael captured the process wonderfully here. We drew everything by hand, and I made the bird out of paper shapes.

It was featured in The Society of Illustrators: Illustrators 60 Annual in New York and in the Permanent Archive of American Illustration / American Photography 37, in New York.

Client: Book-It Repertory Theatre

Welcome to Braggsville

Braggsville was the first poster Michael and I did together as our virtual studio, nope.ltd. When Book-It hired us to do a suite of posters for the season we had no idea what a treat we were in for diving into this book written by T. Geronimo Johnson. We couldn’t put it down. As we swapped poster assets back and forth we’d go over the compelling story again and again. Michael wrote up our process for this poster over at Medium.

It was featured in The Society of Illustrators: Illustrators 59 Annual and Exhibit, New York

Client: Book-It Repertory Theatre

A Moveable Feast

Our concept for this poster was something like “A romantic night in Paris brought to you on a platter” for a special dinner theatre performance by Book-It Rep.

It was featured in The Society of Illustrators: Illustrators 59 Annual and Exhibit, New York


Client: Book-It Repertory Theatre

Ain't Misbehavin'

I’ve been a Fats Waller fan since I discovered him in the dusty record album stack at my home away from home in Holland. I quickly made a mixed tape from those records and that thing was the soundtrack churning though my walkman in the summer of 1993 as I worked painting houses and doing construction. Bliss. My mom was not super thrilled when the tape got permanently lodged in our truck’s tape deck. A Porter’s Love Song to A Chaimbermaid still haunts her nightmares. This poster was a dream to make.

Client: Portland Center Stage

A Tale for the Time Being

First, this book is an amazing read. Second, this poster was hard won. I filled up 3 walls of sketches for this thing and none of it was right. At the 11th hour, I was talked off the ledge and we started completely over. This was the winner. Inspired by Contemporary Japanese printmaking, and made on my mom’s dining room table in the middle of the night.

Featured in The Society of Illustrators: Illustrators 59 Annual and Exhibit, New York


Client: Book-It Repertory Theatre

I Love to Eat

This play opens up with James Beard stepping out of a refrigerator. Ironically it was drawn in the final weeks of pregnancy when I could barely reach my desk and all I could think about was my next meal.


Client: Portland Center Stage

Lizzie

When Portland Center Stage asked me to take a whack (har har) at poster for a hard rock musical about female axe murderer Lizzie Borden I was like DUH! With song titles like 40 Whacks and Why Are All These Heads Off? how could I resist.

Client: Portland Center Stage

Stupid F#*@ing Bird

I got to make a poster with a swear word and a dead seagull on it, for Aaron Posner's reworking of the Chekhov classic The Seagull. This image even got paraded around Portland on a bike. Winning.

Client: Portland Center Stage

Sex With Strangers

Featured in The New York Times: Hot or Not, Selling Sex with Strangers.
This image was graciously awarded a hot and heavy 2 on their "Steamy Scale" and I'm quoted likening the final piece to Scooby Doo.

Client: Portland Center Stage

A Small Fire

A super sad play centered around a woman who gradually loses all of her senses except touch. We boiled down the image to two sets of hands and somehow I got interviewed by The New York Times.

Featured in The New York Times Behind the Poster: A Small Fire
Featured in The New York Times The Fine Art of Selling Theater / Best Posters of 2014

Client: Portland Center Stage

Other Desert Cities

This play is set in Palm Springs (where I hope to retire to someday as a recluse where I’ll live in a custom home concept named MCM BALLS with my pal Trish ) Anyhoo, there is a pivotal scene in the play involving a stack of papers being hurled into the air and a family being torn apart. I got to nerd out and finally buy Neutraface.

Client: Portland Center Stage

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

This play is humorous weaving together of some classic Chekhov themes. With a long name like this, I got to make the title the central focus of this poster and weave in little vignettes from the play of the neighborhood crane, voodoo dolls, and a guy who ends up in the lake in his skivvies.

Client: Portland Center Stage

Dreamgirls

This musical was cool before Bey did it, FYI. If you ever feel like giving up, or if someone expresses their doubt in you, take a long hard look in the mirror and blast Jennifer Holliday’s And I’m Telling You. It’s good, trust me.

Client: Portland Center Stage

Oklahoma!

Fun Fact: This is probably my most stolen poster to date, so if you came here to steal it…PLEASE GO AWAY. OK! I was pretty thrilled to be asked to do this poster because when it comes to musicals I Cain't Say No. I grew up loving the technicolor movie and all of the dance moves in it. I didn’t get put any dancy legs in this like I wanted to, but was directed to do a landscape which allowed me to come up with ways to hide heart shapes in flowers.

Client: Portland Center Stage

The Santaland Diaries

What more can I say, it was joy to draw a smoking elf for Christmas.

Client: Portland Center Stage

Snow Falling on Cedars

This book was a favorite of mine when it came out. With so much going on in the story it was a challenge to distill it down, without giving away the plot. Under the art direction of now collaborator Michael Buchino we had a total meeting of the minds over this poster that launched us into a now decade-old friendship. Thanks dude! We’re old now.

Client: Portland Center Stage

Sunset Boulevard

This poster had to take an artistic u-turn late in the game. I ditched a “ready for my closeup” concept and was asked to do something with a dead guy in a pool. This is one of the weirdest musicals I have ever had the pleasure of working on. I mean: there’s murder, a deranged silent film star, amazing old cars, and a dead chimpanzee.

Client: Portland Center Stage

Twist Your Dickens

This poster for The Second City’s version of A Christmas Carol was a riot to work on. How often do you get to put Batman, Little Orphan Annie, a barbershop quartet of ghosts, and Scrooge together in an image? “Not often” is the correct answer.

Client: Portland Center Stage

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