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ABOUT: This painting is about how cloaks, be they literal or metaphorical, can conceal or reveal. It’s always up to the wearer.
ABOUT: This artwork was inspired by a poem I read. It described childhood memories of exploring the local sights, sounds, and smells on a bike in the summertime. I experimented with combining abstract art (designed to evoke summer warmth, motion, and landscape) with a line drawing. I thought of myself as kid on my bike as I created this. I remembered riding my bike, closing my eyes, arms outstretched, wind and sun on my face… I think that kid was all of us.
ABOUT: This painting came about from working through grieving the loss of a loved one. To me, when someone passes away it feels as though they are still around except now there is a physical barrier between you. On a hopeful note, it does express that the essence of the person who passed away is not actually gone. I debated internally whether to list it for sale. I decided to go ahead and list it in case it may somehow help someone else who has known grieving to express what they have experienced.
ABOUT: This painting was an experiment. I combined the fluidity of my animal paintings with the retro ‘70s era palette I sometimes like to use and put it into a figure drawing. In my imagination, a lovely jazz singer emerged singing beautiful notes. This painting expresses how listening to a soulful jazz singer makes me feel.
ABOUT: Most of the time I have a painting carefully planned out before I make the first brushstroke. However, once in awhile I’ll just start painting in a “doodling” sort of way and see where it goes. Such was the origin of “Moon on a Platter”. This “doodle” ended up being a dancer who lights her path with the magical moonlight she carries overhead on a platter.
ABOUT: I don’t often do portraits, but this portrait was requested by my daughter. It is of her dear, brave childhood friend who recently (2019) lost her battle with cancer. Painting this was a very emotional experience for me. At times I was painting with tears rolling down my cheeks. I decided I needed to be as brave as Stacy, though, so I sallied forth undaunted just as she would have. I tried to incorporate her favorite colors into this remembrance of her. I portrayed her with the winds of uncertainty swirling about her while she bravely looks you in the eye and smiles. That’s who she was.
The painting “Stacy” is Not For Sale
THAT DREAM WHERE I WAS RUNNING
ABOUT: Have you ever had that dream where you were flying? Or maybe running but it’s in slow motion and you don’t seem to be getting anywhere? Well, I have. So I made a painting about it.
ABOUT: This painting is about relationships. We oftentimes take turns being the one who “catches” (or is supportive of) the other person, be it our friend, relative, or significant other. I intentionally left it ambiguous as to who is catching whom. If you look closely at the cloud formation in the lower right hand corner, it is a heart.
ABOUT: This painting was one of those where I got partway through and got “stuck”. I had painted the colorful smoke and then got “painter’s block” (which I guess is kind of like “writer’s block”) as to where to take it from there. A few days later it hit me: I needed to paint in a person formed by the smoke itself, who was breaking away from it. She is born of it, just as we all are oftentimes shaped by our life circumstances. I then painted her and liked the end result.
An assortment of painted photographs I’ve mostly made just for fun. Although on occasion someone will make a special request that I paint a particular photograph. SCROLL DOWN TO VIEW THE LIMITED EDITION OFFERINGS.
ABOUT: We’ve all been there… a sweet pet lets us know it’s time to get up! Perhaps in their judgment we need to put pet food in the bowl, let them out into the yard, or it may simply be time for a good pat on their head.
ABOUT: This is an underwater photograph taken by photographer Kevin Cunningham which I painted upon at his request as a gift for his wife (and am incorporating into my gallery with his permission). His wife, Donna, shared with me that this particular turtle was unlawfully removed from a beach as a baby by misguided people thinking they’d keep her for a pet. She was kept in bathtub and soon outgrew it, since her species grows to be 4-5 feet long. She was never was able to learn to dive or hunt growing up. She would starve if released to an ocean. She has thus ended up in permanent captivity in an aquatic park. It’s a cautionary tale: People should never remove baby animals from their natural habitats merely for the “fun” of trying to turn them into pets.
ABOUT: We’re all a bit of stardust, made of the stuff of stars. In this artwork the outstretched hand, which resembles earth a bit, catches some nearby drifting stardust. This began as a photograph of my hand, but then my imagination soared…
ABOUT: The official name of this digitally painted and edited photograph is “Spring Wind” but my personal name for it is different. This is actually a photograph of me as a baby. All my adult life people have pointed out that I have a “resting b____ face”, meaning I can look mean (to those who don’t know me) if my face is expressionless. I think this photo proves that even as a baby I was already developing that look. Hence my personal name for this art piece: “Resting Baby Face”.
ABOUT: This artwork is derived from a photograph I took underwater and then later painted upon. It represents one of those metaphorical moments in life where a person lets go of something lovely (in this case it’s literally flowers) and ponders it as it drifts away.
ABOUT: This is a photograph I took of the model in water. I later painted upon it to make it appear as though she were bursting through colorful clouds. It will speak differently to different viewers, but some have mentioned that it reminds them of when a person has a “breakthrough” after putting a lot of effort into achieving a long awaited goal. I like that interpretation very much.
ABOUT: This is a photograph that I took underwater and then later painted upon. I find that light oftentimes bounces around within water in unexpected, lovely ways. The model is one of my daughters, so this art piece has a particular sentimental value for me.
ABOUT: There are always much more to living trees than meets the human eye. We tend to only perceive that part of them which we can see above ground. This art piece is an imagining of how trees communicate with one another below ground level with a connectedness. It was created by taking an underwater photograph of a model and then painting upon it.
ABOUT: This is actually an underwater “selfie” I took while learning how to take underwater photographs. I took the photograph and then later painted upon it. (See the IGTV on my Instagram Page for a 1 minute video showing how this art piece was made.) I admit having 1970’s era posters in mind as I painted. She’s pretty much a groovy, psychedelic mermaid. Interesting factoid: This art piece was named by the winner of a social media contest we had for naming it.
ABOUT: Here I painted the underwater photograph to make it appear as though the model was frozen within a block of ice. I was imagining a fairy tale where someone is placed under a magic spell which freezes them in time until the spell is lifted. I found it challenging to try to replicate ice and frost, but enjoyed trying. If we don’t try new things then we won’t know new things! I decided to see if I could do it while mostly avoiding blues, since using blues to depict frozen water is sort of cliche’.