Acrylic paintings on canvas-figurative work

PAINTING THE THIRD FATE--23 3/4 x 35 inches--Acrylic on canvas--Cover art for my chapbook of the same name--2005

PAINTING THE THIRD FATE–23 3/4 x 35 inches–Acrylic on canvas–Cover art for my chapbook of the same name–2005

I’ve been a painter for over three decades. My body of work is extensive, and has been exhibited and published widely.  I will be gradually documenting some of the work on my website blog. I have also documented some of my work in books which are available at Amazon. Click on image for larger view and more detail. All paintings are for sale. Please contact me for details if interested. Thanks!



WILD THINGS–23 3/4 x 35 inches–Acrylic on canvas–1997



This is the back cover art used for my novella, LUPO MANNARO. Acrylic on canvas--16 x 20 inches--2016

This is the back cover art used for my novella, LUPO MANNARO. Acrylic on canvas–16 x 20 inches–2016


PENSIVE--Acrylic on canvas--16 x 20 inches--2016.

PENSIVE–Acrylic on canvas–16 x 20 inches–2016


GYPSY--Acrylic and gold fabric paint on canvas--16 x 20 inches--2003

GYPSY–Acrylic and gold fabric paint on canvas–16 x 20 inches–2003

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Art on Graffiti Paper

The following pieces were all created on Graffiti paper. They measure 11 x 14 inches. Click on image for a larger view.


Cover for Hunter's Moon

Cover for my short story collection, HUNTER’S MOON. Acrylic, pencil and ink.


Naughty Ladies blog

NAUGHTY LADIES was created as a possible cover piece for the book of the same name, which features the poetry of Marge Simon and my art. The publisher ultimately decided that another piece of my work would be the cover, and this one is part of the interior art. Acrylic, pencil and ink.

When she remembers--blog

WHEN SHE REMEMBERS was created in the summer of 2016. I’ve been working on an ongoing series of Childhood related paintings, and have released Volume I. As I write this, I continue to work on the series and will release Volume II in the future. Pencil and ink.

Lupo Mannaro Blog

LUPO MANNARO was created as the cover for my novella of the same name, released from NIGHT TO DAWN BOOKS in 2016. Acrylic and ink.

Ellery Blog

ELLERY is a character in my novella LUPO MANNARO. Acrylic.

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Art on Paper for Sale


$45.00, plus $8.00 shipping and handling. Pencil and markers–9 x 12 inches–Unframed, will be shipped in an acid free plastic bag. Cover art for  one of David K. Merkel’s poetry collection, Sam’s Dot Publishing. Also appeared in “The Mad Hattery”.

The River Child-small

$45.00, plus $8.00 shipping and handling. Pencil and ink–9 x 12 inches–Unframed, will be shipped in an acid free plastic bag. “The River Child”. created for my poem of the same name, appeared in Alban Lake Publications

Shopping for Voodoo Dolls-small

$45.00, plus $8.00 shipping and handling. Unframed, will be shipped in an acid free plastic bag. 9 x 12 inches–pen and ink–“Shopping for Voodoo Dolls”

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  All pieces are signed and dated.

  I will be adding more small drawings, as well as some paintings on canvas         in the future.  Thanks for looking. 

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Breaking the Silence

Lately I’ve been silent about politics in public,  just posting articles written by others and a few memes, but as a writer and activist there’s no way I can continue to do so. I’ve never heard and seen so much hate and disrespect for some who hold or seek political office, and for other members of society. Maybe it’s always been there, and maybe the Internet during this cycle amplifies the hateful voices. Perhaps the dark rhetoric of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee inspires so much vitriol.

No doubt, we all have the right of free speech, after all, it is who we are as Americans. But I’d like to believe that it’s not American to detest, discriminate and target those who are different.

I’ve read posts bashing “those immigrants”, or referring to some as “others”, and then I remembered stories my mother told me about practices her own immigrant parents feared; and yesterday, on a Sunday morning talk show, I heard someone boldly stating that it was right to detain and round up people of various nationalities decades ago—and it’s right to do it now. I yelled at the TV, calling this bigot a few choice names. Ironically, while writing this blog, I heard a Trump spokeswoman  speaking of the positive effects of profiling members of our society. She had a chilling smile on her face as she did so.


I’ve collected information that echoes practices of long ago—photos of Italians in internment camps, images and some books. My mother told me how difficult it was for my grandfather to find work…because people didn’t want to hire “his kind”.  My father’s World War II service papers described his nationality as “other”–not American. A theater professor once told me that when he attended a particular college, there were attendance quota restrictions for those with Italian heritage. I would love to write an entire book about it all…and maybe I will. However, for now I can offer a short rant and one disturbing image.

Of course, this blog and some of my findings merely scratch the surface. There is a long American history of discrimination for such things as race, gender, sexual orientation and on and on. But this story is personal, part of who I am–a reminder of mistakes made because of fear and intolerance—and where it once took us—a place that we do not want go again.




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Lupo Mannaro

Lupo front




Publisher: Night to Dawn Magazine & Books


In 2007, I began to acquire research books about the legend of the werewolf. I was undergoing chemotherapy treatments for cancer at the time. With tubes pumping lifesaving fluids into my body, I began to weave my story. Eventually, I put the project aside and wrote another book, called “From Ashes”, which was directly inspired by my ordeal with cancer. However, the call of the werewolf remained with me.

There was no doubt that I wanted to write a werewolf tale, but I realized works about that terrifying creature had been done before–perhaps a bit overdone. So, my goal was to create something different.

As with much of my fiction, I used my background for a bit of inspiration. I’m technically a third generation Italian immigrant. My mother was still alive when I returned to this project, and I could count on her for the translations that I needed–and for legends from the Old Country.

I learned that Lupo Mannaro is Italian for werewolf, and Mom gave me background about how Europeans traveled over the ocean to this country–just as my fictional werewolf family did.

With my mother’s influence, I penned a tale about a circle of women–cursed, strong and endowed with power. My Lupo Mannaro died too young for many generations, losing the ability to shapeshift into the wolf after childbearing years began to dwindle. But determination, faith and pure feminine energy play a role in fighting evil, and possibly overcoming darkened fate.

Cancer took my mother in 2008, before she could hold the finished project in her hands, and tell me again, “You can do anything that you set your mind to you.”

With all that said, I created Middleport Harbor, one of my fictional cities. Although, I’ve written lots of psychological horror, and a bit of classic horror, this story might be classified as dark fantasy. Because, fairies, banshees, undead, and an array of fantastical creatures reside in Middleport Harbor, and so do the Lupo Mannaro.

A wicked shadow queen, named Maraba, also lives there. She’s vicious, a ruthless killer and she is the evil that plagues my Italian werewolves.

I rewrote the novella several times over the years. And in 2016, with Barbara Custer’s, suggestions, I fleshed it out, finally satisfied that the work was complete.

I normally paint and draw images I see  in my mind when writing fiction, and this book contains several of them.  I want to thank Barbara for that opportunity.

I hope that my readers enjoy Lupo Mannaro. Thanks…as always.

Below are several illustrations that appear in black and white format within the book.





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Signed Copies of “City at the Edge of the Earth”


A limited number of signed copies of my new novella, “City at the Edge of the Earth” now available.


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A Day with Gianna

My eldest grandchild will be returning to school today, and so will her sister, Sophia. Yesterday I had a great experience. I shared the day with her. She’s working on a large piece of art on Illustration board and each time she visits she completes a bit more of her project.

In Progress

In Progress


More Progress

More Progress


A Page from Gianna's visual journal.

A Page from Gianna’s visual journal.


Another page from Gianna's visual journal.

Another page from Gianna’s visual journal.


Visual Journal

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Dolls We Made from the Trees

This piece was inspired by fallen trees on my property. After the storm a multitude of tangled branches and limbs had scattered across my property.  What hid inside the leaves and shattered tree bark? In my world it wouldn’t be squirrels or rabbits. There were memories trapped within…from childhood…dolls long ago packed away…but the spirit of youth remained…sometimes beautiful and filled with optimism…other times a child’s imagination on darkened nights loomed large.

Dolls we made from the Trees-small

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Art on Recycled Canvas

Art on Recycled Canvas


Fairy Moonscape

Fairy Moonscape

A figure and accompanying skulls painted over an abstract background. I never felt that the abstract painting worked.

A figure and accompanying skulls painted over an abstract background. I never felt that the abstract painting worked.

This piece was once a big glob of nothing, with poorly composed and rendered trees muddled together. I sanded it down, and painted the girl, wearing a Mad Hatter, hat over the previous image.

This piece was once a big glob of nothing, with poorly composed and rendered trees muddled together. I sanded it down, and painted the girl, wearing a Mad Hatter, hat over the previous image.


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Drawings-Summer, 2015

Several drawings from the Summer of 2015.






"Already a Widow"

“Already a Widow”

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