April 9, 2015


I was recently contacted by the San Francisco Public Arts Commission to license the use of these two watercolor paintings that I made while traveling through Crete a few years back.  They'll be printing them onto large metal panels and set on permanent display in the brand new Acute Care wing of SF General Hospital in the Mission District.


More work from this particular trip can be seen here.

March 4, 2015

Every now and again I'm commissioned to do an illustration in the mode of my travel journals.  I love working this way, and am always thankful to be trusted by a client to do so.

In this case, I was asked by Ronn Campisi to illustrate an essay about old age.  The author writes about his time as a young man when he was a WW2 war correspondent in Italy, and his time even younger growing up there.  As usual, Ronn did a gorgeous layout.

Thanks Ronn!!!


Client: Amherst

Art Director: Ronn Campisi

February 22, 2015

These were created for a recent article about a new petition being circulated asking the news media to abandon the term "Global Warming Skeptic" and instead use the term "Climate Denier".  The issue is that in fact the scientific process holds skepticism as the very foundation of the scientific method.  Skepticism has in fact shown us that global warming is fact.

Client: The New York Times

Art Director: Catherine Gilmore-Barnes

January 30, 2015

Spread and one of the interiors for a recent feature about examining the phenomenon and perils of "group think".

Client: Scientific American Mind

Art Director: Patti Nemoto

January 19, 2015

Originally created for Brown Alumni Magazine, Lisa Sergi art director.

December 29, 2014
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Earlier this year, my buddy Scott Worsham, along with his wife Sari, opened a new restaurant in Chicago named after the famous food critic, M.F.K. Fischer.  Since then, MFK has received rave reviews, international press, Michelin acclaim and top-ten ratings. It has become a bustling, popular place to enjoy delicious seafood and rosé, among many other fine items. It was an honor when last month, Scott asked me to make this identity for MFK.  Here it is in T-shirt form, front and back.

December 29, 2014

The San Francisco Chronicle gave "Mr. Dog" a lovely Datebook section front page article for Christmas.  You can read the entire article here.

December 9, 2014
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In the 1920s, my great grandfather ran a men's clothing store in downtown Oakland, California. In the late 30s it was taken over by my grandfather and the store thrived for many years, until it was sold around 1950.

We recently found these images in old family documents of a few of the billboards that McCauley's put up in the Bay Area back then, created by the Bay Area advertising agency Foster and Kleiser.  Apparently at the time, every billboard around had the Foster and Kleiser logo below it.

McCauley's Menshop's mascot was a Scotty dog, nodding to our Scottish heritage.  I found out that back then, "Hollywood Clothes" were all the rage.  I love how these billboards use illustration, copywriting and design - without a whiff of men's fashion - to sell clothing.

November 30, 2014
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I'll be signing a new children's book, "Mr. Dog's Christmas at the Hollow Tree Inn," by Albert Bigelow Paine, this coming Saturday, December 6 at Rare Device in Noe Valley.  Come on down and pick up your own copy of the first edition, which has been meticulously reproduced using 5-color process, gold foil inlay and cloth-bound. Published independently by Betsy Cordes at That's So and designed by Cynthia Wigginton, the book is a modern interpretation of a classic Victorian-era tale penned by Mark Twain's biographer.

I had a lot of fun doing these illustrations, deciding to create them using crowquill pen and ink, drawing inspiration from Sir John Tenniel and Maurice Sendak.  Included above are a few selections from within the book.

You can find out more about this project, which was born by one family's tradition of always reading this tale at their Christmas get togethers, by going to Mr. Dog's official website.

November 18, 2014
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I feel very fortunate to have this series included in Society of Illustrators 57 annual.  These were commissioned for the Sunday Business section of the NY Times, for a review of the book "Quick and Nimble," by Adam Bryant.  I chose gymnastics as a metaphor for the themes of the book, which is a culmination of ideas from leading CEOs on how to foster innovation.

From top to bottom: Adult Conversations, Hazards of Email, It's About the Team, A Simple Plan, Management Be Nimble

Art Director: Mihn Uong