Friday, October 6, 2017

Abandoning Reason

Abandoning Reason, oil on canvas, 36"x 48"

I started these sketches the night of Brexit. I was pretty shocked at what had happened and how a nation made a decision without knowing what it meant. The news of them googling "What is Brexit" after having voted for it, shocked me. 

So I started thinking that we often make decisions without realizing the consequences. Some are small and meaningless while some are gigantic and horrific. I started thinking that three British bobbies jumping in the harbor was a funny symbol of reason being abandoned. The positive is that while a little cheeky, these men will dry off and learn from their mistakes and hopefully we as a society can do the same. It is dripping in irony of the super logical jumping fully clothed into the water. Almost as though Sherlock Holmes himself had lost his mind. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


I was recently on the news after painting a piece for my buddy's wife. It was an emotional experience painting a little angel who recently passed away. This family is stronger than any of us realize. 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Mine Eyes Have Seen, 12"x 12", oil on panel

Every spring I watch Ken Burn's series on the Civil War. It is one of the best documentary series I have ever seen. I love all the old photos they share. This little face has haunted me for a while now, so I had to paint him. I have wondered what his eyes witnessed as our nation went to war with itself.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Thank you for your support!

Submerged in the Task, 24"x 30", oil on canvas.

To Be of Us, 24"x 30", oil on canvas.

Thank you to all the people who showed up and supported us last week. We had an amazing weekend! The show will be up at Terzian Galleries in Park City until February 15th.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

One-man Show at the Terzian Galleries in Park City

This weekend I am having a one man show at the Terzian Galleries in Park City, Utah. There is an opening on Friday February 3rd, from 6-9pm and Saturday the 4th from 3-6pm. There will be 18 new paintings available for viewing. All of the paintings are blue collar workers depicted in the midst of their work. This piece is titled Moving in Common Rhythm, oil on canvas, 42"x 42".

Monday, December 19, 2016

The New Westward at the Tucson Museum of Art

Leading West, 48"x48", oil on canvas

Bound For Glory, 30"x 30", oil on canvas

I was recently invited to participate in a show at the Tucson Museum of Art. They included these two train paintings of mine. It is an incredible honor to hang in this prestigious museum and alongside the amazing artists in this show. If you are in the area enjoying the weather, swing in and enjoy some art. The show will be up until early February. 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Some Fun Paintings from the Summer

Living in the Present, 24"x 30", oil on canvas

Foolish but Faithful, 24"x 24", oil on canvas

On the Other Side of Fear, 24"x 24", oil on canvas

Here are a few fun small paintings I did this summer for the Rare Gallery in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Check out their gallery up there if you are in the area. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Always fun to sell a few paintings.

Mistakes Were Made, 14"x 11", oil on canvas.

True to the Call, 14"x 11", oil on canvas.

Fixed Transmission, 14"x 11", oil on canvas.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

The Elements Mixed in Him

We recently just dropped off 10 paintings to a great gallery in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. If you are in the area stop in to the Rare Gallery to check them out and say hello to Rick and Hollee.

The Elements Mixed Him, 36"x 36", oil on canvas.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Lincoln Commission

This is a recent commission for the Brain family. With all the political discussions going on here in the United States and even abroad in the UK, it was a breath of fresh air to spend some time with old Abraham Lincoln. It was fun to listen to some audiobooks about his life as I painted this piece. As we have faced trials recently, may we take his advice from another time when the country was on the verge of bursting apart:

"We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature."