Making a painting requires a level of solitude that scares many people away. A painter spends massive amounts of time alone in a studio space confronting the blank canvas. The resistance and self doubt that one must overcome on a daily basis can be daunting. This painting Going Within is about that daily grind.
A few months back I stepped out of the solitude and teamed up with the folks at Ramble Content to do a little collaboration. They brought in their equipment and filmed me starting a big painting and asked me questions about what I was doing and why I was doing it. We then put together a Show at their Headquarters in Downtown SLC, that featured some of the paintings I was working on and a Documentary they made about my paintings.
Here is a link to the videos they made and some photographs of the show. If you need Video Work done for your business, I'd highly recommend this crew, the quality of their work speaks for itself, http://www.roamingshutter.com
Paintings are often mirrors that reflect us back to ourselves without us realizing it. When I was in Terzian Galleries dropping some paintings off, I loved hearing comments about this piece. The people coming in, either loved it or hated it, there was no in between. They didn't know I was listening, or that I had painted it. Their feedback was fascinating to me. The title explains my views. And Yet They Had Hope, 42"x 42", oil on canvas.
Crisis Adverted... For Now, 30"x 40", oil on canvas.
Sometimes paintings come together at the right moment to put scattered puzzle pieces together and make something you were confused about, a bit more clear. Sometimes paintings appear on the surface to seem like a fun lighthearted scene, when in reality they come directly from the soul of the person who made it.
I teamed up with my friends at Ramble Content to do a show about Film, Photography and Painting. We had an amazing night. I wanted to thank all those that helped and those that attended. Check out Ramble's website https://www.ramblecontent.com
Painting above is: The Obvious and the Absurd, 36"x 48", oil on canvas
Courage Abound, 36"x 36", oil on canvas, Available at Gallery Mar in Carmel, CA
The Mists of the Deep, 36"x 36", oil on canvas, (Sold)
Something about these Divers is so fascinating. They were very daring to head underwater not knowing if their gear was going to help or hurt them. It took them hours to get into these suits, I doubt they could get out quickly.
This painting is about all of us. We all at some point have to take a risk. And while not as drastic as balancing on the edge of a building, we sometimes feel that it may be. Greatness is usually on the other side of the fear we feel. Add to that the voices of doubt that constantly challenge our hopes, dreams and beliefs. The "voices of reason" often seem to add to the resistance and holds us back.
I say risk, dream, grow, evolve, challenge the mountain and yourself.
I recently participated in a show at the Finch Lane Gallery. The show centers around Paul Davis, Dave Dornan, John Erickson, and Tony Smith and what they did at the U of U and in Helper, Utah. The show is filled with amazing paintings and will be hanging until the end of February. If you are into art I'd highly recommend stopping in.
This is the piece I hung, The Moment After Impact, 40"x 40", oil on canvas.