DaVinci studies

I’ve been reading the journal of Eugene Delacroix, and he often made tracings of other artists and masters to study how they worked. Interesting how this method of study has fallen out of favor or seen as wrong today. But it’s a great way to improve your hand! Also a nice exercise when you aren’t feeling very creative. Anyway, here’s some DaVinci shit.

Retail facade remodel

Elevation view of an un-built shopping center facade remodel in Dublin, Ohio. The building this was proposed for is a typical, late 80s, suburban retail strip. The area around it is being redeveloped into a dense, walkable district. Our goal with the project was to create a more varied and interesting pedestrian streetscape. Unfortunately the client decided to take a different direction.

I provided schematic design and renderings- 2015 Ford & Associates Architects.

Click the image for enlarged view.

dublin facade remodel

Pizzuti Collection

Went out for a walk and managed to sketch the Pizzuti Collection before the rain hit. The Pizzuti Collection is a fantastic little art gallery in a repurposed/renovated historical building in the Short North. They feature exciting contemporary artists from around the world. Beyond the galleries, they also have an outdoor sculpture garden, roof terraces, and a public art & design library. The Pizzuti Collection also happens to be right in my backyard (literally), they’re great neighbors! Check out the latest exhibit if you’re in town.

04-29-2016 Pizzuti Collection



One of my former professors from the Knowlton School of Architecture passed away recently after a long battle with cancer. The faculty, staff, and students arranged a memorial event to honor her accomplishments. It was a celebration of her life and work, and her impact on the students she taught. Some students collaborated to create a book of their memories of Lisa to be given to her husband and parents. Over one hundred of Lisa’s former students, colleagues, and friends submitted material for the book. This portrait, along with a short personal recollection, was my contribution.

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Fake Metal Bands

Recently, at the Columbus Museum of Art, there was an interactive exhibit to design your own original metal band logo using the themes and motifs common in these designs. So we did that.

Fuzzy Kitten, drawn by me

Fuzzy Kitten, drawn by me

Dark Space Walkers, drawn by Rebecca

Dark Space Walkers, drawn by Rebecca

In Progress: Wexner Center painting

Current work in progress painting of the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University in Columbus. For this piece I’m interested in representing the building as a series of solids bathed in light. I’m pushing back against the deconstructivism of the architecture and instead finding cohesion in the building as a collection of forms coming together rather than splintered apart by Eisenman’s grid. I’m looking at the building more like one would look at a street scape and finding relationships between the volumes.

Folks are too quick to dismiss Ohio as a flyover state with little culture. The Chicago Tribune was shocked recently to find a thriving arts scene in Columbus. There are more and more articles like this; I think Columbus is being ‘discovered’ by the rest of the country while it’s enjoying a bit of a growth spurt. I think people tend to forget that Ohio has a solid collection of work by major architects. I’m always eager to share this, and I want my work to be a reflection of that fact. Why not start at my alma mater?

Wexner Center painting

Wexner Center, acrylic on canvas, 24×24″


LeVeque Tower painting

This is a little composition that I’ve been playing with of the LeVeque Tower and surrounding buildings in downtown Columbus. I’ve been doing a series of expressionist images of American downtown city areas. So far, they’ve only been black and white and very loose in representation. For this piece I experimented with bright, bold colors, and a tighter, more figural representation. Also, the other paintings in this series have been landscape orientation to capture the wide streets and density of many buildings stacked along them. For this painting, I went vertical and was more interested in the spaces between the buildings. It was a fun experiment that has already influenced me to expand my downtown series.

LeVeque Tower, acrylic on canvas, 18x24"

LeVeque Tower, acrylic on canvas, 18×24″

Eames inspecting my early sketch

Bonus- Eames inspecting my early sketch

Main St Modern

A painting I’ve been working on of the Main St Modern warehouse in Canton, Ohio. They’re a real hidden gem of some crazy mid-century modern furniture finds, tucked away in an old depot in Canton. Check them out.

Their building interested me for it’s simple classic/traditional forms, and the gentle repetition of the arched bays.

The painting's current state, I may continue to work on it some more.

The painting’s current state, I may continue to work on it some more. I don’t think I’ve finished poking at the foreground composition.

Bonus- the initial paint sketch

Bonus- the initial paint sketch

In progress shot

In progress shot

Rent check doodles part 2

We live in The Short North in Columbus, Ohio. It’s the city’s main fancy-pants arts district, and we give our landlord a small piece of art every month on our rent check envelope. Here’s part one.

The Columbus Convention Center, design by Peter Eisenman, and sketched here by Rebecca

The Columbus Convention Center, designed by Peter Eisenman, and sketched here by Rebecca


The American Gothic Building, home to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Rowe, and Ladybird; drawn by me

226 Buttles Ave (a building our landlord owns)

226 Buttles Ave (an apartment building our landlord owns), drawn by me

The Columbus Museum of Art, modern wing expansion by Design Group

The Columbus Museum of Art, modern wing expansion by Design Group, drawn by me

Goodale Park gazebo, drawn by Rebecca

Goodale Park gazebo & pond, drawn by Rebecca

Patti Smith sketch

I came to Patti Smith through her book Just Kids which was recommended to me by a friend. It ended up being one of my favorite books of the year. It was just my type of story; leaving a small town for the city, the bohemian lifestyle, and New York in the 60s. Oh, I’m sure it wasn’t so glamorous. It’s definitely romanticizing what had to be some tough shit at the time. But that’s what makes it so enticing.

Her life has been so interesting and exciting; meeting all those amazing people in New York in the 60s and 70s, her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe, and her devotion to her development as an artist. I’m looking forward to reading her new book M Train and learning more about this fascinating person.

03-28-2016 Patti Smith sketch lores

Andy Warhol sketch

All throughout school I was never really a big fan of Andy Warhol’s work. Only recently have I begun to really admire it. I’ve always been more interested in Andy as a person.

03-28-2016 Andy Warhol sketch lores

Eames cat sketch

Just a sketch of my sweet baby angel dumb cat. I got a new sketchbook and am trying to commit to making a drawing per day in it. I was inspired bythe output of all the amazing artists I follow on Twitter. So I did a little experimenting with a new brush pen and some colored pencils. Digging the high saturation look at the moment.

03-22-2016 Eames sketch lowres

Rent check doodles part 1

When we moved into our current apartment in the Short North, we bought a washer-dryer machine from the previous tenants of our place. It’s a 3rd floor walk up with a maze-like set of stairs, so it was easier for them to just leave it in the flat and sell it to us. They stopped by on a hot afternoon while we were moving in, dripping in sweat, to collect the payment for the washer-dryer. We got to talking about the apartment, of course, and their nostalgia for the old walls mingled with our fresh excitement for arranging our belongings in a new light-filled space. They told us they had become good friends with the landlord by drawing little pictures on the envelope when they paid rent. I really took to this idea, and I picked up the practice where they left off. Except for (I think) one month, we’ve given our landlord a tiny piece of art each month that we’ve been here. Typically I like to draw the buildings in our neighborhood- especially the ones they own. Partially because of my predilection for architecture, and partially because our landlord is basically responsible for the resurgence/establishment of our neighborhood. I like the idea of living in the arts district and generating these little bits of art each month. It’s a good ritual. Here’s part 1 of my collection of rent check doodles.

Sanborn Building

Sanborn Building

High St & Buttles Ave

High St & Buttles Ave (I drew the building on the left, Rebecca drew the right)

Paradise Garage

Paradise Garage

Columbus skyline

Columbus skyline

Hubbard School

Hubbard School

Ohio Statehouse

Ohio Statehouse

Design proposal for a roof top garden


Ford & Associates Architects | Columbus, Ohio

The client for this project is constructing a new mixed use, luxury co-op building. They expressed interest in the possibility of creating a roof garden and asked for a design solution. The criteria were a space for a formal dining table, a cooking and prep station, an area for viewing football games on a big screen TV, a fire pit, ample storage, and space to entertain guests.

planbOne of the challenges of this project was to design a space to house all the activities within a limited footprint. The garden takes up less than 20% of the available space on the roof. Another problem was the need to screen nearby mechanical units both visually and due to noise. Finally, nothing built on the roof could extend beyond the height of the stair enclosure.



I designed a series of outdoor rooms organized by planter boxes. The shrubs, ferns, trees, and ornamental grasses would screen the mechanical units from view and help muffle sound (both from the HVAC system and the city noise below). A cedar wall also helps reflect the noise at the cooking station which is closest to the mechanical units.


Starting with the dining area, the focal point is a large rustic farm table to seat up to 10. Built in cedar-topped benches surrounding the perimeter of the dining area provide extra lounge seating for guests and storage for cushions underneath. This space is great for casual conversation and drinks with a beautiful skyline view.


Large comfortable outdoor furniture to was used to define a “living room” space; anchored by a modern-style gas powered fire pit. The big screen TV is tucked into a large built-in which provides even more storage options as well as framing in the access stair. With this configuration, no space was wasted.


Finally, a wrap around outdoor kitchen let’s you barbeque without missing a moment of action on the TV. It also features a small sink, mini fridge, cabinet space, and handy access to the trash chute.


Our client was really pleased with what we came up with. The final design is open but also has plenty of cozy nooks. We were able to pack a lot of program into an organized plan that feels bigger than it actually is.


New Painting “Downtown 2”

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“Downtown 2” commissioned work, 30″x42″ acrylic on canvas

This piece was inspired by a trip to Pittsburgh. I’m considering it the second in my series of abstract expressionist city spaces. It’s more lively and exciting that the first “Downtown”. The energy of the scene is reflected in the brushwork, and the space is more complicated and dynamic. It’s reflects less the physical nature of the area, but more about the perceived excitement of a city buzzing about with activity. Capturing that feeling is something I’m drawn to; this is a theme I want to continue to explore in future work.