Wednesday, May 20, 2015
"Bind up the Brokenhearted", 48" x 48", oil on canvas.
This painting is a reflection on various themes, mostly though, I was thinking of what we can aspire to when we are at our best as a nation. As it says on the Statue of Liberty:
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
"Angels on our Shoulders", 30"x 48", oil on canvas.
Dwell in the Midst, 24"x 24", oil on canvas.
Here are two painting I did for my show last month at the Terzian Galleries. I think every young boy grows up with the dream of flying an airplane. Few of us end up living that dream.
Monday, March 30, 2015
Lift up Your Eyes, oil on canvas, 36"x 48
Put Forth Thy Hand, oil on canvas, 36"x 48
Amid a Crowd of Stars, oil on canvas, 48"x 48"
Part Them Asunder, oil on canvas, 36"x 36"
Dreams of my Father, oil on canvas, 20"x 20"
A car race is comparable to life, there is preparation, then a start, a middle and a finish. I enjoy painting this series because I can reflect on this analogy.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
With the Sundance Film Festival coming to town again, my friend Joel Addams decided to put together a rad show of paintings that are connected to film. Here is a news piece KSL did on the event.
This is a painting I did during Grad School. I was trying to infuse film into my work so I started with an image from a movie scene that hit me. Since then I have taken bits and pieces from scenes but haven't painted any directly as this one.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
We are surrounded by systems. Some of these systems function to a degree of order and others to a degree of disorder. There seems to be a randomness as to why one operates as it should while others fail. There is a lack of predictability to it all.
As a young man, I went to an art school without any preconceived ideas and it exceeded any expectations I could have ever imagined. I was introduced to amazing artists who were confident and willing to share the knowledge they had acquired along their journey. They became life long mentors.
A few years later, I went to graduate school. With the previous experience I had expectations as to what art school was "supposed to be." I was shocked at what I was confronted with. Professors full of excuses, limited experience, apathy, and suspicion. It was a disappointment to say the least.
Why did one function so well, while the other failed? This painting was a reflection on those experiences. Entropy, 40"x 46", oil on canvas.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Rite of Passage. Life is full of many "starts and stops." We often compare our successes or failures to those who are taking a journey at the same time as we are. To not fall into that type of thinking pattern is very difficult in our culture. I thought about the competitive nature of our society and the feelings that arise when we are about to start a race at the same time as other people, as I painted this piece. The people I really admire, are the ones that are able to look past comparisons and focus on bettering themselves without having to be better than those around them.
So it Begins, Oil on Canvas, 36"x 48". Available at Terzian Galleries.
Monday, November 17, 2014
This painting references back to early adolescence. I was a small kid. As a ninth grader I was often confused with seventh graders, which never felt good. In a photography class I was getting teased for being so short, one kid named Phil Hansen said, "I bet you can't even jump and touch the fire sprinkler on the ceiling." Well I wasn't going to walk away from a dare, so I took two steps and to the surprise of the crowd I jumped and touched the sprinkler hanging down from the 9 1/2 foot ceiling. I had impressed my classmates, but unknowingly set off the fire alarm. I ended up in the Vice Principal's office and she gave me 10 hours detention, which was basically cleaning up trash for two hours after school for a week. Strangely, as I look back, I don't remember any of the punishment, but I will never forget the expression on Phil Hansen's face after proving him wrong.
Silence the Doubters, Oil on Canvas, 40"x40". Sold at Terzian Gallery.