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Throughout the years of Propeller Studio -1987-2005, I had three different warehouse studios, moving from one, to the next larger one each time, finally ending up on Wheeler Avenue in Alexandria, VA. in a 3200 sq. ft. space attached to the back of

the Global Printing building.  Our clientele was a mix of advertising agencies, smaller boutique design studios, various entrepreneurs doing many types of businesses, exhibit companies, television studios, photographers and videographers. 

A majority of the work shown here came out of Propeller Studio.  It was all commercial visual artwork and it demanded

the application of an extremely diverse set of skills to get the job done.  The success of the projects at the time was very much attributed to out-of-the-box thinking and an ability to improvise solutions on the fly.  I employed a small group of people that I relied on to help accomplish the tasks, always changing and tailored to the needs of the moment.  However, I have to give a special nod to the talented Mr. Howard Connelly who was with me for 12 years and was instrumental in helping to figure out some very off the wall applications of our many skills....thank you and I couldn't have done a lot of it without you! 

Although the quality of some of the photos is not very good, I felt it was important to include most of what I had stuck in the drawers of my flat file, regardless of this.  I wish I had all of the moments recorded  (if we only had cell phones with cameras and instagram back then!) but am happy to present just a sampling of what went on over that special time period at Propeller Studio, as well as a few other projects since then.  Thanks for looking.

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FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND

2008

These were painted on plywood panels for the Workhouse Art Center in Lorton, VA.

I was a part of the first group of artists that established their studios in this 100 year old landmark site in Fairfax County. For many years it was used as an agricultural work camp for minimum security inmates who worked on the farm within the 1100 acre fenced site.

After many changes over the years, the prison was closed in 2001. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the rezoning of a 55-acre portion of the former correctional facility to become the Workhouse Arts Center in July of 2004. A year later, the site was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. After several years of planning, adaptive reuse and rehabilitation of the historic buildings, the Workhouse Arts Center opened to the public in September 2008.






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