Commissioned Pieces


Words and Music

A music lover and opera singer with a famous ancestor, this collector wanted a piece that incorporated his favorite musical passages, imagery of his Italian heritage, and his fluency in Arabic.

DETAIL: Translation of a story of our neighborhood.


Knowing about my affinity for all things rusty, this client asked me to incorporate rusted vintage train reflectors into a painting. I also incorporated fabric, text, and metal, along with different textural elements. The color palette worked perfectly with existing collectibles.

DETAIL: Painted rust rivets match the real thing.


This piece incorporates bits of the client’s childhood ephemera including doctors’ notes, excerpts of favorite books, and handwritten lists of favorite games and toys. Rather than discard them, we memorialized them in a whimsical painting that also includes a personal roadmap of places lived.

DETAIL: Down the garden path.

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