I followed my food gig with a lively solo exhibition at The Star Gallery in The Oakland Center for
The Arts in Youngstown, Ohio. My show featured over 32 original works of art.

It ran from February 22 through March 2.
A couple days after I took my show down at The Oakland, I was back again with my first painting of 2013.
It was part of the book launch party for Christopher Barzak's latest, "Before and Afterlives"- a collection
of short stories. Christopher selected a small group of artists and provided us with a copy of the book in
January to read, and create a work of art based on one or more of the stories. It was a challenge to do
both before the book launch on April 5th. My piece above is entitled, "As Above, So Below" and was
based on the story, "The Drowned Mermaid". (Click to enlarge)
Christopher's story, "Jamie Marks is Dead" will soon be released as a major motion picture.
Just  when I thought it was safe to leave The Oakland, they pulled me back again.  I was asked to do a
painting for their production of, "Hair". The show ran from July 26-August 10.  It was difficult to get this
painting finished in time. "Hair is one of my favorite plays, and I wanted, "Gliddy Glub Gloopy Nibby
Nabby Noopy" to represent it as best possible. It's 24"x36" and glows in black-light. The stars are metallic
silver and glow in the dark.
In November, my painting, "Still-Life?" won a significant award in Art Ascent Magazine's
"Dark-Themed" international art competition.
My first gig of the year was an epicurean art exhibition
In August my painting, "The Will of The People" was on display at the Ohio State Fair. From there it went to
The Cornelius Gallery in Youngstown Ohio.
Halloween was a blast at the well attended, "" show at The North Water Street Gallery In Kent Ohio where
my paintings, "Still-Life?" and "The Oak Tree at The Bend on Heck Road at Twilight in November" were on