I try my best to create at least one piece per year, though much of my creative efforts have been focused on my homes over the years. Please enjoy this sampling below.  Click on the image to get more detail. 

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Salvator Mundi

Salvator Mundi

(Oil on Gessobord, 2020) Based on the original Salvator Mundi painting by Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci dated to c. 1500. Long thought to be a copy of a lost original veiled with overpainting, it was rediscovered and restored, though no one knows exactly where it is now.

Portrait of Helen Dalal

Portrait of Helen Dalal

(Oil on Gessobord, 2019) A portrait of my mom, Helen Dalal. I based it on a photograph taken in Rome several years ago.

Portrait of Shukri Dalal

Portrait of Shukri Dalal

(Oil on canvas, 2012) A portrait of my dad, Shukri Elias Saleh Dalal. I based it on a photograph taken before his passing in 1992.

Christ of St John of the Cross

Christ of St John of the Cross

(Oil and Acrylic on canvas, 1998) My favorite of my paintings. Based on a Salvadore Dali painting, this was finished on Good Friday, 1998. Words cannot describe the emotion seeing this painting in-person brings up. Everyone who sees this painting, stops and stares in silence.

Portrait of Garland and Lois Keel

Portrait of Garland and Lois Keel

(Oil on Gessobord, 2019) A portrait of Brian's grandparents, Lois and Garland Keel. I based it on a photograph taken taken several years ago.

Aspects of Gala's Christ

Aspects of Gala's Christ

(Oil and Acrylic on canvas, 1999) A surrealistic yet fantastic image, based on Salvadore Dali's piece, Gala's Christ. My interpretation focuses on the floating crucifix. It is both uplifting and sorrowful.

Two Women at a Window

Two Women at a Window

(Oil on canvas, 2003) I've always loved this painting. It is based on the famous piece that was originally done by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (Spanish, 1617-1682) circa 1655/1660. The original was at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, where I so often admired it. My interpretation of the women in this painting (here) is slightly more pensive. You can't help but smile when you see the ladies looking at you with a complex smile.

Gertie Riding Petunia

Gertie Riding Petunia

(Painted Polymer Clay, 2020) You've all met "Gertie the Goat" in my previous series of paintings. Now, she's up to no good again -- riding my favorite real-life donkey that I named "Petunia" -- yes, he's a boy donkey.

Gertie the Goat Portrait

Gertie the Goat Portrait

(Oil on canvas, 2014) Part of a series. This is #1 in the series. What can one say about "Gertie"? She's adorable. Gertie the Goat was inspired by the Victorian portraits of stuffy old ladies in the museums. When I look at them, I admire the artwork, but am curious about why these "ladies" have portraits painted of them. Why is a cute goat not the subject of a formal portrait? So, I went and painted a portrait of a goat and named her Gertie. Her smile is a bit Mona-Lisa-ish. No?

Queen Gertie

Queen Gertie

(Oil on Gessobord, 2019) "Queen Gertie" is part of a series. This is #2 in the series. Queen Gertie is happy and proud to be crowned by daisies. She's always a conversation starter.

Grazing Gertie

Grazing Gertie

(Oil on Gessobord, 2019) "Grazing Gertie" is part of a series. This is #3 in the series. Queen Gertie was happy and proud to be crowned by daisies. Now, Grazing Gertie is enjoying the daisies while giving us a little wink.

Torso

Torso

(Acrylic on canvas, 2010) After a workout, you look in the mirror at the results, and with the backlit room, this is the near silhouette you see. I did this in a metallic paint that gives you even more play in the light. It's simple, but sexy. No frame for the simplicity.

Desert Palms

Desert Palms

(Acrylic on canvas, 2019) While on a recent trip to Phoenix, Arizona, I stayed at a beautiful resort called The Royal Palms Resort & Spa. In their gardens, this line of perfectly formed palm trees caught my eye. The only angle from which to see them, was clearly from below, looking up. The symmetry of the trees, combined with the natural desert light against the blue sky and wispy clouds made the image almost surreal. Nature has a beauty that can sometimes look made-up.

Desert Sunset

Desert Sunset

(Acrylic on canvas, 2019) I decided to try and let my obsession with detail go and try and abstract painting. It was ok, so I painted over it. It's based on a scene I saw on a recent trip to Phoenix.

Phantom Tree

Phantom Tree

(Oil on canvas, 1988) One of my personal favorites--this scene is based on a tree that stood near my house for so long.

The Nile

The Nile

(Oil on canvas, 1987) This painting is of the Nile River Valley at sunset. This painting has a hazy and lazy feel to it. Certainly worth a trip to see the real Nile River Valley.

Terebinth Tree in the Sinai

Terebinth Tree in the Sinai

(Oil on canvas, 2000) This vivid painting is of the Terebinth Tree in the Sinai Desert, on the road to Damascus.

Banana Palm

Banana Palm

(Acrylic on canvas, 2003 -- overpaint) I couldn't find this painting anywhere to buy. It would have been the first painting I ever bought for 'decor'. So, I painted it. It is inspired by the Banana Leaf print that the Beverly Hills Hotel is known for, and I thought it would be perfect for the Cabana Guest Room in my Florida house. For a while, Blanche's bedroom on the "Golden Girls" TV serieshad these banana leaves behind her bed.

Sugar Ray

Sugar Ray

(Oil on canvas, 2001) This is my first real attempt at a portrait. It's of no one in particular -- but it was based on the unique face of then pop star, Mark McGrath.

Madonna and Child Ikon

Madonna and Child Ikon

(Acrylic on plaster, c1955-2018) Plaster created by my grandfather, Akel Assaf in Jerusalem, and I just painted it in 2018 in the style of an ancient Orthodox ikon.

Forsaken

Forsaken

(Oil on canvas, 2002) This painting is titled "Forsaken". I attempted to capture the agony of feeling forsaken.

Christ in Majesty

Christ in Majesty

(Oil on canvas, 1991) Inspired by a mosaic titled "Christ in Majesty" at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, this painting means a great deal to me.

Palestine

Palestine

(Oil on canvas, 2000) This is an original interpretation of the struggle of the Palestinian people over the last 70+ years to regain independence from occupation and the feelings that those who are so far away must carry in their hearts.

Unpopular Truth

Unpopular Truth

(Acrylic on canvas, 2002) This painting is admittedly a very dark, and gruesome portrayal of (as the name says) an "unpopular truth". This painting tells the story of the horror and ugliness of genocide, as it still exists in our 'civilized world'. The themes within this piece draw on previous themes in my paintings -- from the cross in "Christ of Saint John of the Cross" with His backturned to the world, to the "Terebinth Tree" in two of my paintings, now in flames of destruction. The themes are not light and not for the weak. This is not a soothing piece of art.

800-MUSIC NOW

800-MUSIC NOW

(Acrylic on canvas, 1996) A memorial to the product I worked on from idea to end, this montage of 1-800 MUSIC NOW images is a reminder to me of a tremendous product, just a bit ahead of its time. This brings back great memories.

Fish: Corporate America

Fish: Corporate America

(Acrylic on paperboard, 1985) This painting symbolizes the atmosphere of corporate mergers in the 80's where the "little fish" were consuming the "big fish". A lot of people think this is a billiard table when they first see it.

City Time

City Time

(Wood, Styrofoam, Plastics, etc., 1992) One summer evening in Boca Raton, FL, I visited a neighborhood art gallery where I saw a clock that stood about 5 feet tall, with miniature people figures all over it--I fell in love with it. I decided that I could go home and make one like it myself. Two weeks later, I had finished making my own. The scene on the top is of scores of city people running around in a crazed state. Crime is depicted throughout. The irony is that a statue of Superman stands in white marble on one side, unable to help.

City Time

City Time

(Wood, Styrofoam, Plastics, etc., 1992) One summer evening in Boca Raton, FL, I visited a neighborhood art gallery where I saw a clock that stood about 5 feet tall, with miniature people figures all over it--I fell in love with it. I decided that I could go home and make one like it myself. Two weeks later, I had finished making my own. The scene on the top is of scores of city people running around in a crazed state. Crime is depicted throughout. The irony is that a statue of Superman stands in white marble on one side, unable to help.

City Time

City Time

(Wood, Styrofoam, Plastics, etc., 1992) One summer evening in Boca Raton, FL, I visited a neighborhood art gallery where I saw a clock that stood about 5 feet tall, with miniature people figures all over it--I fell in love with it. I decided that I could go home and make one like it myself. Two weeks later, I had finished making my own. The scene on the top is of scores of city people running around in a crazed state. Crime is depicted throughout. The irony is that a statue of Superman stands in white marble on one side, unable to help.

Genie Bottle

Genie Bottle

(Glass / Mixed Media, 2000) Who hasn't fantasized about having a Genie? Well, after drinking a bottle of "Irish Mist" (not all at once), I looked at the bottle and realized that it looked a lot like a genie bottle. With a little paint, and creative craft work, I had created my very own genie bottle.Now if I could only find the genie...

Telecommunications

Telecommunications

(Multimedia, 1994) A tribute to the advancements of "telecommunications".

Clouds

Clouds

(Oil on canvas, 1990) No, this was not created from my imagination! This painting was based on what I actually saw out of an airplane window, somewhere over the Carolinas. It's funny, but sometimes nature gives us such beautiful things to look at and admire, that when we try to capture the beauty, it almost looks like make-believe.

Mansion

Mansion

(Oil on canvas, 1993) What can I say...it was my dream house back then.

Comedy and Tragedy

Comedy and Tragedy

(Stoneware, 1985) My rendition of the "Comedy and Tragedy" masks. At the time I made these, I was very heavily into performing on stage, so the theatrical world was my world.

Featured Pottery and Ceramics

Featured Pottery and Ceramics

(Stoneware / Porcelain, 1985) Let's just say that I took a ceramics class in High School, and one of my assignments was to make functional, yet original ice cream bowls, and voila! Also, the "Room" scene is very symbolic...figure it out. As for "Muffy and Skip", let me remind you that I graduated High School in 1986, and being "preppy" was a very big part of my life. These are just a select few of my ceramic creations.

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Unpopular Truth

(Acrylic on canvas, 2002) This painting is admittedly a very dark, and gruesome portrayal of (as the name says) an "unpopular truth". This painting tells the story of the horror and ugliness of genocide, as it still exists in our 'civilized world'. The themes within this piece draw on previous themes in my paintings -- from the cross in "Christ of Saint John of the Cross" with His backturned to the world, to the "Terebinth Tree" in two of my paintings, now in flames of destruction. The themes are not light and not for the weak. This is not a soothing piece of art.