Sunday, April 26, 2015

Bullies No More

"Bullies No More"
acrylic on birch panel
20 x 20 inches
$1,100.00 to purchase

Here's my painting for "Storybook", curated by Michael Cuffe of Warholian for Modern Eden gallery in San Francisco.
For this show, each artist chose a childhood book to reinterpret in their style.  I picked my favorite children's story, "The Littlest Rabbit" by Robert Kraus.  I've loved this simple, illustrated tale since childhood, and not only have used it as inspiration for another painting in the past as well as this one.

In "The Littlest Rabbit", a tiny bunny's life is made miserable by the bigger bunnies just because he's smaller.  When he finally grows, he seeks revenge against his bullies and stands up to protect the new littlest rabbits against their foes.  The title in this piece comes from the line in the book,
"All bullies are cowards!"

In my painting, I wanted to focus on the dark, ominous tone of the book, despite it being a children's story.  My Littlest Rabbit sits between altar candles lit upon the bullies' skulls.  Black magic may have been used to off the foes, who stand guard over him now, in death.

In the book, the Littlest Rabbit was described as being no bigger than a flower, so I wanted to use a lot of Floriographic (the Victorian language of flowers) imagery to compliment elements of the story; sunflowers (the bullies' haughtiness), morning glories (the evanescent loveliness of life), plum blossoms (courage, happiness, perseverance), and iris (promise).

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Panda Magic

"Panda Magic"
acrylic on birch panel
16 x 20 inches framed to
22 x 26 inches
$1,000.00 for purchase inquiries

Here's my painting, "Panda Magic" for Xiong Mao, opening April 11th at Flower Pepper Gallery in Pasadena, California.  The exhibit is panda themed and boasts an incredible lineup of artists that I've very proud to be showing alongside of.

I chose to depict red pandas with giant panda cubs cuddled upon them, all together gazing into a crystal ball while incense burns.   The bamboo represents strength through pliancy and steadfastness while the magnolias stand for perseverance and beauty in Floriography, the Victorian era language of flowers.  I felt this symbolism was appropriate for the panda as they are strong, wise, beautiful creatures with a rare, special magic.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

New Works In Progress

Here's some sneak peeks of a few of the pieces I've been working on...

You can continue to follow my progress on My Instagram, My Facebook page, and personal account.

I've been posting a lot less on here, but I'm quietly progressing my most favorite paintings that I've made in a long time.

For this new year I've really wanted to slow down and make each painting the absolute best I can, so I'm refining both my technique and the narrative that the pieces share.  These paintings share the common environment of a post apocalyptic, human-less world populated by ghost animals and their own figment creatures.  Human skulls and bones are the only reminder of the "Up-rights" as the creatures utilize occult methods of divination and floral symbolism.

The scenes I'm creating in this series are also very personal metaphors; they have to do with overcoming loss, doubt and personal demons and surviving to become even stronger than ever previously thought possible.  Stylistically they combine elements that have been the crux of my visual passions since childhood; sweet simplicity and occult themes.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Holiday Sale 2014 and Prints

The 2014 Holiday Sale in my shop is now live!
Now's your chance to get my original paintings at a discounted price.

I've had many people ask about when I will have prints available, and now I do!  
They are available at a discount now HERE along with free shipping.
Besides prints, there are framed prints, canvas prints, phone covers and cases and cards.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Fly With You

"Fly With You"
graphite on postcard
4 x 6 inches, framed

Here's my postcard for Modern Eden's second Wanderlust show, opening this Saturday, December 12th.
It's the first time I've worked with just graphite on paper in a very long time, and it was really fun.  I love how soft the image came out, and I'm very happy with it.  I plan on doing more pencil pieces in the future.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Fox and The Cat

"The Fox and The Cat"
acrylic on birch panel 
11 x 14 inches plus frame
$800.00 for purchase inquiries

Here's my painting for Arch Enemy's upcoming "Wait for the Moon" show opening this Friday, 12/12/14.
Each artist chose a Grimm's fairy tale to interpret, and I chose "The Fox and The Cat".  The tale was simple: a fox boasts that he has many tricks and a cat confesses that he has only one.  The fox is caught by hunters and the cat climbs a tree and escapes them.  The tale is supposed to teach that in times of danger, one option is more effective than having many at one's disposal.

I'm not sure how helpful or true that tale is, but I wanted to paint the fox and cat in my own interpretation, so here, the ghostly fox protects the cat; the foxes' skull is seen at the bottom of the painting.  Also, the fox is shown with several tails, like the Japanese kitsune, with each tail representing more luck.

Just A Worm

"Just A Worm"
acrylic on birch panel
3.75 inches diameter framed to 7.5 inches diameter
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Here's my contribution to this year's "Crazy 4 Cult" show that opens 12/12/14 at Gallery 1988 West in Los Angeles.

I chose The Worm from Labyrinth (one of my favorite childhood movies) who so frustratingly miscommunicates to Sarah the direction to the castle.  Personally, this little guy always drove me nuts despite his cuteness, so I decided to focus on making him more adorable.