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Cheese Portraits

Early last winter I purchased a wonderful piece of cheese at Di Bruno Brothers in Philadelphia. That chunk of Gorwydd Caerphilly was so beautiful and appetizing to me that I was compelled to paint it before eating it.

When I connect strongly with a subject like that, everything seems so natural in the process of the painting. I wanted more of it—more cheese and more experiences connecting to the world of this handcrafted food.

Without much knowledge of good cheese, I appealed to a friend I had previously met at a dinner party, Tenaya Darlington (a.k.a. Madame Fromage). She became an enthusiastic mentor, taking me on various treks to find beautiful cheeses throughout Philadelphia.

With Tenaya’s encouragement, support, and ability to get as food frenzied about all things edible as I do, I learned so much about cheese and was inspired to create many portraits in the span of little more than four months.

Each portrait is my way of translating the seduction and artistry of a cheese through sensitive means of color and thick surface texture.

They are painted directly on professionally prepared, boxlike wooden surfaces. I choose to paint on a three-dimensional surface as a means of portraying the subjects as real objects and not merely flat reproductions.

Through paint I want to re-create the desire for a singular piece of cheese, as I experienced it, as well as the reward of eating it.

Each painting evokes the memory of this pleasure for me. Perhaps it will for you, too.


Morbier, 8 x 10 inches

Sally Jackson's Renata

Sally Jackson’s Renata, 10 x 10 inches

Drumm by Bobolink Farms

Drumm by Bobolink Farm

5 Year Aged Gouda

5 Year Aged Gouda, 8 x 10 inches

Strathdon Blue

Strathdon Blue, 10 x 10 inches


Manchego, 10 x 10 inches


Ogleshield, 8 x 8 inches

Barley Buzzed

Barely Buzzed, 8 x 8 inches


Ewephoria, 10 x 10 inches


Weybridge, 8 x 8 inches

2 Winnimeres

2 Winnimeres, 8 x 10 inches


Winnimere, 6 x 6 inches

Pecorino Ginepro

Pecorino Ginepro, 8 x 8 inches

Brigid's Abbey

Bridgid’s Abbey, 6 x 6 inches

Sea Smoke Goat Cheese

Sea Smoke Goat Cheese, 6 x 12 inches

Gorwydd Caerphilly

Gorwydd Caerphilly, 8 x 8 inches


Juni, 8 x 8 inches

Cabrales D.O.

Cabrales D.O., 8 x 8 inches


Mimolette, 6 x 12 inches

Mike Geno

Mike Geno ( is a Philadelphia-based artist who most often can be found focusing on his obsessive enjoyment of subjects he consumes. He often paints food as a means of connecting to a larger community within our consumer culture.