COURAGE


 I illustrated this recent cover for a book of poetry by A. W. Richard  Sipe, psychologist, priest, and proverbial warrior poet, who spent 18 years as a Benedictine monk before becoming a famous psychotherapist, and a preeminent expert on the subject of sexual abuse and the Catholic clergy.  His studies were brought forth as key evidence in the Boston Globe’s “Limelight” expose, which was later made into in the award-winning film, “Limelight”.  Richard has devoted a good bit of his time writing and publishing his poetry over the past few years.  The cover that I was privileged to create for his most recent publication, ”Courage at Three AM,” features poetic reflections of his battles, along with themes involving self-reflection, love, struggle, myth, aging and memories of childhood.  I attempted to capture something of the wounded warrior, tired but not beaten, with spirit alive and intact.

It's All in Your Head

I created this illustration for the cover of the recently released pop-psychology book, "It's All in Your Head”, published by Wicked Cow Studios.  The challenge was to conceptualize a multitude of psychology topics in one arresting image that fits the title.  The book offers insights into the brain, illusion, dreams, love, creativity, music, addiction, technology, memory and mental disorders, among many other topics. The details coming out of the man’s head in the image were discussed and fine-tuned in collaboration with Michael Hermann of Wicked Cow studios, and Samantha Merley of Merley Design. 

cover art by Michael Morgenstern

A cover for American Scientist Magazine

The idea behind this cover was to convey how our biological clocks are often upset by artificial elements in our modern lifestyles, contributing to sleep deprivation and health problems.  I attempted to create a feeling of confusion or vertigo by contrasting the circular graphic elements with the human figure.  Barbara Aulicino provided excellent art direction.

for American Scientist Magazine

A False Sense of Security, for The Wall Street Journal

Here is something I just created for the Wall Street Journal titled, “The limits of Antivirus Software”.  Though we may think our antivirus software is protecting us, hackers can actually use the code to gain access to our critical data.  Thanks to Orlie Kraus, art director!  

for The Wall Street Journal

"A Roll of the Dice...", for the Wall Street Journal

I had fun working on this illustration for The Wall Street Journal, about the link between gambling-friendly attitudes in various areas and companies misreporting financial information.  Thanks to Orlie Kraus, art director.

"A Link Between Gambling and Financial Misreporting", Wall Street Journal

New Work for The Economist

I've been busy illustrating for The Economist lately!  Here are a few of my favorite images I created over the past few weeks for their Banyan Section on Asian Politics.

India and China vie over the Himalayan border

Taiwan embraces same-sex marriage

America pulling away from it's leadership role in Asia

Adapting to a new politic

It's always a great pleasure illustrating for the weekly Economist's Banyan section.  This is something I created for an article describing how the remaining 11 countries of the Trans Pacific Partnership are trying to survive after their economic superpower trading partner, the US, recently cut off relations following the implementation of President Trump's new trade policies.  (Article here

for The Economist Magazine

for The Economist Magazine

Now animating

I like making my illustrations move!

A question of dialect

With the many language groups and dialects spoken in China today, Mandarin rises to the front.  The challenge for this illustration was to convey the clashing of many smaller and differing dialects coming from the same place, but merging into a larger and more direct communication.

for The Economist magazine

Film and freedom

Despite censorship efforts on the part of their government, independent documentary films are coming out of China that shed light on its life and politics.  For The Economist magazine's Banyan column on Asian politics.

for The Economist

for Computerworld Magazine: Editor's Choice Awards 2016

It was great working with art director April Montgomery on a new cover and inside illustration for September's Computerworld.  The challenge was to show how data mining is being used by modern scientists in their real-world applications and discoveries.

Big data analytics and real-world results

Migrants and Poets

Migrants in Asia, lonely and struggling to provide for their families far away find solace in poetry. Some migrant poets are respected for the first time, being seen as intelligent, fellow humans by the host countries that often take advantage of migrants' willingness to labor in hard jobs that they themselves won't take,  even eyeing them with suspicion.  For The Economist magazine.

"Foreign Lives", for The Economist

"Open wounds", for The Economist

It was an interesting challenge to work with the subject of "conscience" for The Economist's Banyan current article about Indonesia coming to terms with a dark period in its past.  Public discussion had been taboo until now, but the government-condoned murders of over 500,000 people or more who sympathized with the communist party between 1965 and 1966 has now been brought out into the light.

"Open wounds"

Guns in the classroom

Here's something I recently created for The Chronicle of Higher  Education for an article about students carrying guns in Texas classrooms and on campus without anybody knowing about it.  

New art for Drawing Dreams - limited edition prints!

Derek May, director of the Drawing Dream Foundation requested prints of two of my latest images for their annual charity fundraiser on the charity buzz auction.  My prints are limited edition glicee prints on 30” x 24” watercolor paper with archival inks.  Drawing Dreams donates art supplies to children in hospitals in the US and Canada.

"No exit"

Gauguin man