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Unity within Disunity

I have many friends that I value and who make my life all the better for being in it. I am proud to say that they are of every political and social stripe. Some are Democrats, some are Republicans, some are libertarians, some are socialists, some communist (yes, the ideal still exists)...

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Limited Ed CD Covers In Progress

Summer Sketch

Brazilbilly Vinyl LP (2012). Art Direction & Packaging Design. 

Blue Mountain Vinyl LP & CD (2010). Art Direction & Packaging Design. Photographer Frank Lee Drennen.

Cindy Lee Berryhill CD (2012). Art Direction & Packaging Design. Cover lllustration by Mary Fleener.

Brazilbilly alternate CD Version (2012). Art Direction & Packaging Design.Photographer Stacie Huckeba.

Steve Poltz CD + Bonus CD (2010). Art Direction & Packaging Design.'Traveling' package featured 70s tip-on gatefold sleeve, a 'passport' booklet and white inner sleeve to hold the CD. In its 2nd sleeve would sit the Bonus CD 'Unraveling' which, sold separately, featured a 2 panel sleeve holding the CD and a 'rehabilitation certificate' with secret Poltz related information. Photographer Frank Lee Drennen.

Steve Poltz CD + Bonus CD (2010). Art Direction & Packaging Design.'Traveling' package featured 70s tip-on gatefold sleeve, a 'passport' booklet and white inner sleeve to hold the CD. In its 2nd sleeve would sit the Bonus CD 'Unraveling' which, sold separately, featured a 2 panel sleeve holding the CD and a 'rehabilitation certificate' with secret Poltz related information. Photographer Frank Lee Drennen.

Steve Poltz CD + Bonus CD (2010). Art Direction & Packaging Design. Note the 'Unraveling' Bonus CD which, sold separately, was designed to slip into the 'Traveling' gatefold sleeve to complete the set. Photographer Frank Lee Drennen.

Electra Bicycles (2009). Creative & Photo Direction for 2009 International campaign.  Photographer Art Brewer. The concept we created was that your Electra Bike becomes such an important part of your life, that it knows your secrets. Like this shot of Ray Suen, musician with Louis XIV and The Killers, showering in his stage suit, his bike just out of the shot.

Electra Bicycle (2010). Creative & Photo Direction again for 2010 International campaign.  Photographer Art Brewer. The concept was space, fun, wide open sky, beauty and simplicity of time with your Electra.

Painting detail (2012). A mixed media layered four-paneled private commission featuring the inscribed words of playwright Megan Breen.

Illustration & Poster (2011). Mixed Media. Hand sketch and Digital manipulation. Drawn of musician Tim Carrol for use in the Elizabeth Cook video for 'Rock N Roll Man'.

Logo (2012). For band Folk Soul Revival.

Logo (2012). Brazilbilly.

Poster Art (2010).

Electra Bicycles (2009). Creative & Photo Direction for 2009 International campaign.  Photographer Art Brewer. The concept we created was that your Electra Bike becomes such an important part of your life, that it knows your secrets. Like this shot of Christopher Hoffee, musician with Truckee Brothers and record producer, just hanging around in his front room.

Electra Bicycle (2010). Creative & Photo Direction again for 2010 International campaign.  Photographer Art Brewer. The concept was space, fun, wide open sky, beauty and simplicity of time with your Electra. This was a close up of Brandon Lomax, Artist, Painter and born traveler.

Electra Bicycles (2009). Creative & Photo Direction for 2009 International campaign.  Photographer Art Brewer. The concept we created was that your Electra Bike becomes such an important part of your life, that it knows your secrets. Like this beautiful shot of a face through a window wondering of possibilities.

Electra Bicycles (2009). Creative & Photo Direction for 2009 International campaign.  Photographer Art Brewer. The concept we created was that your Electra Bike becomes such an important part of your life, that it knows your secrets. Like this shot of Michelle, custom clothing designer, being watched while vamping by her Electra, companion and play pal.

Electra Bicycle (2010). Creative & Photo Direction again for 2010 International campaign.  Photographer Art Brewer. The concept was space, fun, wide open sky, beauty and simplicity of time with your Electra.

Dead Rock West CD (2006). Art Direction & Packaging Design. Photographer Frank Lee Drennen. Featured a full color photo book of Frank's work, who is also in the band. I'm still amazed at how I ever finished this package on the ancient and failing Mac computer which I was working with at the time. It could barely process the extensive layout files with such high resolution scan of these film-camera shots. Somehow we did it and it came out fantastically.

Dead Rock West CD (2006). Art Direction & Packaging Design. Photographer Frank Lee Drennen. Back cover and back booklet. 

Dead Rock West CD (2006). Art Direction & Packaging Design. Photographer Frank Lee Drennen. Full color photo and lyric booklet.

Electra Bicycle (2010). Creative & Photo Direction again for 2010 International campaign.  Photographer Art Brewer. The concept was space, fun, wide open sky, beauty and simplicity of time with your Electra.

Electra Bicycles (2009). Creative & Photo Direction for 2009 International campaign.  Photographer Art Brewer. The concept we created was that your Electra Bike becomes such an important part of your life, that it knows your secrets. Like this shot of Brigida Martinez, nurse with Doctors Without Borders, turning the tables on her bike leaned up in the pool room.

Steve Poltz CD + Bonus CD (2010). Art Direction & Packaging Design.

Blue Mountain CD (2010). Art Direction & Packaging Design. Photographer Frank Lee Drennen.

Truckee Brothers CD (2007). Art Direction & Packaging Design. Photographer Jeff Wiant.

Personal Sketch (2012). Ink and Watercolor.

iPhone (2012). An example of my fascination with reflections. Taken after a storm in Bristol, VA while filming the recording sessions for Folk Soul Revival's album 'Welcome To The Dapperness'. Photographer Stacie Huckeba also has one from the same series as it became a competition to see who could get the best one.

Painting (2012). A mixed media layered four-paneled private commission featuring the inscribed words of playwright Megan Breen.

Electra Bicycles (2009). Creative & Photo Direction for 2009 International campaign.  Photographer Art Brewer. The concept we created was that your Electra Bike becomes such an important part of your life, that it knows your secrets. But even an Electra has secrets, like this shot of an Electra going for a late afternoon swim.

Electra Bicycles (2009). Creative & Photo Direction for 2009 International campaign.  Photographer Art Brewer. The concept we created was that your Electra Bike becomes such an important part of your life, that it knows your secrets. Like this shot of Michelle, custom clothing designer, caught in her run down Airstream caravan.

Dead Rock West Vinyl LP & CD (2011). Art Direction & Packaging Design. Photographer Jim Herrington. Hand Lettering by Exene Cervenka. Back cover of the Vinyl version.

Truckee Brothers CD (2005). Art Direction & Packaging Design. Photographer Frank Lee Drennen. Front cover. I used the type and wear from three of my favorite albums growing up for this. The wear from my father's copy of Moody Blues 'Threshold Of A Dream', the typeface and treatment from Springsteen's 'Nebraska' and the sales sticker from my copy of the Stones 'Let It Bleed' which i bought for 3 quid at a car boot sale when I was living outside Manchester, UK in the early 90s. Add in Frank's spooky shot of a looming reel to reel tape machine and we had the makings of a 1950s horror film poster, which is what we were going for after all. 'It Came From The Speakers'. The following year the very same wear I'd created from my old records was used on the Capitol Records release of Reeve Oliver's 'Touchtone Inferno!!!!' designed by band member and friend O. It became our own private joke and has been used on several projects since by both of us.

Steve Poltz 'Traveling' Booklet (2010). Art Direction & Packaging Design. Designed to contain a legend of Steve Poltz's travels and adventures.

Blue Mountain Vinyl LP & CD (2010). Art Direction & Packaging Design. Photographer Frank Lee Drennen. Back cover of the Vinyl version.

Dead Rock West CD (2006). Art Direction & Packaging Design. Photographer Frank Lee Drennen. Front cover.

Steve Poltz 'Unraveling' Rehab Certificate (2010). Art Direction & Packaging Design. Insert for the 'Unraveling' CD featuring credits and hidden Poltz trivia and humor.

 
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iPhone (2013). An example of my fascination with trees, late day sunlight and sky. Taken in East Nashville, TN one cold winter afternoon.

iPhone (2013). Another example of my fascination with trees, late day sunlight and sky. Taken on the Virginia / Tennessee border during a road trip with my friend and guitar b-bender Dave Gleason.

iPhone (2013). An example of my fascination with clouds clouds clouds! Taken in New Mexico hills while teaching my son to drive by putting him behind the wheel in Memphis, TN and only letting him back out when he arrived in San Diego, CA.

Electra Bicycles (2009). Creative & Photo Direction for 2009 International campaign.  Photographer Art Brewer. The concept we created was that your Electra Bike becomes such an important part of your life, that it knows your secrets. This was just a beautiful shot taken in Pioneertown, CA from the back of a truck of the top line Electra Touring Bike.

Electra Bicycle (2010). Creative & Photo Direction again for 2010 International campaign.  Photographer Art Brewer. The concept was space, fun, wide open sky, beauty and simplicity of time with your Electra. This was an outtake actually used in the campaign of myself and my daughter Emma Dennis, of Wax Queen Standard and The Black Site, posing for Art's camera.