Commission for Bunni and Paul Copaken on the occasion of Paul’s 75th birthday. This large portrait of Paul on his bicycle hangs in their Aspen, Colorado home.
Completed June 13, 2012 – Cambodia-1 watercolor and ink (pen and ink drawing on pigment-tinted paper)
Another drawing of victim remains from late 1970′s Phnom Penh Cambodia S-21 prison
I’ll try to explain this series of drawings from S-21 prison in Phnom-Penh and the killing field not far away pretty soon, I suppose. The young men and women whose remains are the subject of my recent drawing were imprisoned by Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia during the late 1970′s. Confined in S-21 [...]
My friend, accomplished figurative ceramist Misty Gamble, teaches Foundations at the Kansas City Art Institute agreed to model for me wearing her powder-blue faux fur jacket. She was super-animated and great to work with and for. I don’t really know ‘why’, but it seemed to me that a deep green paper color would suit this [...]
My friend, Kim Weinberger told me that her friend, Carlos Hernandez, had admired my work at the America Now and Here show and wanted to model for me – she introduced us over drinks and… Well Carlos is a great looking guy and the following weekend he came to my studio to model for me. [...]
Miguel Rivera is chair of printmaking at the Kansas City Art Institute. He is a wonderful teacher – gentle and thoughtful. He has a great face and as soon as we met I asked if he’d model for a portrait. You can learn all about Miguel and see some of his work on his web [...]
Grass3 was completed in August, 2010. 30 x 58 inches it took took an inordinately long time to draw. http://mlyon.com/wp-content/gallery/grass3/2008_08_grass3_588x400.jpg
Our good friends Ed and DJ were having dinner with us at a nice Westport restaurant and Rousseau served us (she later recalled that we were a ‘good’ table). She was so pleasant and with such a mobile expression and well defined features and that wonderful tuxedo-esqu blouse… I wanted to use her for a [...]
October, 2009, Michael Rees was one of 15 artists invited to Kansas City by the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art for their 15th Anniversary Celebration.
Michael is a great guy, established artist, extroverted, outspoken, and a bit larger than life. We’d made a date for him to visit my studio and shoot sources for a portrait while he was here, and I thoroughly enjoyed him! After the shoot I went to a huge breakfast with Michael, his wife Mary Ann Strandell, and Chris Brown (another guest artist in town for the event) at YJ’s, the cozy cafe next door to Birdies (Peregrine Honig’s lingerie shop)… What a great morning — I don’t get out much — this was so VERY stimulating!!!