January 13, 2014
It really is hard to believe
that it's been over two years since I've updated the work on
this little website of mine.
These past two years have been busy ones.
I've had the opportunity to show, pubish, and sell my work through
various venues an puclications, and I've met a lot of very kind
& gracious people. There's been a lot going on, and the time
has literally flown by.
And yet, when I look back, I still feel like I'm still just getting
started. There is so much more to learn... so much more to do.
As I move into 2014, I can't help but be curious about what the
future has in store for me.
November 19, 2011
When I was ten years old,
I was a damaged, angry kid. I was becoming prone to violence,
and I was at a crossroads.
It was at about that same point that I began using up all my
school notebooks as drawing pads.
The bit about the fortune teller is true, but my mom didn't tell
me about it until I was well into my teens.
I came to art on my own.
It's odd to me that I would stumble into making art when I did,
because, as I look back, that was exactly what I needed.
The act of sitting and focusing on creating something calmed
me down, and helped me develop patience. It helped me get past
the violence that my male childhood "role models" had
instilled in me, and allowed me to get a handle on the swirl
of emotions and thoughts that would twist around in my head.
The discipline of making art was my first step towards learning
to control myself. From there, I was able to sharpen my mind,
learn to understand and accept others, and look at myself and
my actions critically.
It helped me become more than just a lump of flesh in the service
of a brain full of bad programming.
The process of art helped me to become a human being.
I will never doubt the power
that art has to change a person's life.
March 30, 2010
I've added a new batch of
drawings, prints, and paintings to the gallery section today,
and I'm anticipating that this will be the last chance I have
to upload new images for several months. I have a show coming
up in October with my good friend Jim DuVal, and I'm planning
to immerse myself in the work as completely as life will allow.
The theme is Halloween, and the goal is to fill the place with
as much new work as we can throw together. I have a lot of plans
to stretch my limits, to try a few new things, and to revisit
materials that I haven't used in a long time. I'm really looking
forward to it, and I've already started watching all the old
horror classics to set my mind working in the right direction.
Wish me luck,
and thanks for looking
I'm off to go watch some Bride of Frankenstein :-)
January 1, 2010
The year has come to an end, and as I switch over the calendar,
I'm dwelling on 2009 a great deal.
It was a challenging year.
I'm glad it's over.
There were many good things that happened. I met some wonderful
and kind people,
but there are many events that I'd never want to live through
some events shook me to the core.
I've always been obsessive
when it comes to making time to do art. Aside from my psychological
quirks that make me twitchy and irritated if I'm not constantly
making something, I have a strong belief that a dedicated commitment
of time is, quite possibly, the most important element to being
an artist. For years, my favorite saying has been,
If you're waiting for inspiration, you're doing it wrong
Do the work. Make stuff... as often as you are able.
Inspiration will hit every so often, the Muse comes and goes,
but if you're constantly creating, it will feed your inspiration,
and it, and the Muse, will hit more often because they'll have
more to work with.
sorry about the little stump-speach
but you can kinda' see what I mean about being obsessive
all through this past year, I've been dealing with things that
have made me take a long hard look at where I am, and the life
that I'm living,
and I've been asking myself if I'm satisfied.
I've talked with a lot of people my age who are having a similar
We're dealing with similar issues...
the illness of a loved one,
friends and family laid low by disease,
watching once healthy and vibrant people wither away,
realizing that the "temporary" job that you started
10 years ago became a career somewhere along the way.
Time seems to be speeding up, slipping away, and I'm finally
understanding the old cliché that none of us really know
how much time we've got. I'm sensing it in my very marrow, and
it's fueling a whole new level of obsession.
The contemplation of my own mortality led 2009 to be, possibly,
my most productive year. It's not that I had more time to work
with, on the contrary, one of my challenges has been having less
time to work with.
What's spurred me on is a frantic need to take advantage of all
the little pockets of time that become available. I draw on scraps
of paper while I'm at work, carve printing blocks during my lunch
break, work in smaller sizes so that the work is portable...
I am an artist.
When my race is over, I want to be satisfied that I did everything
I could to live as one... that the level of my commitment, was
equal to the expectations I have of myself.
I'm expecting a lot from myself in 2010, and I hope I'm able
to follow through.
As always... thanks for looking
Happy New Year
Make the best of it
October 13, 2009
It's a word that other people have used to describe my artwork
for as long as I can remember.
I can understand it to a certain degree,
but not to the degree that I witness from time to time.
In relation to the work of a lot of folks out there, my pictures
are pretty harmless.
However, I've had paintings (that I really thought were tame)
pulled off the wall because of protest, and I've seen people
physically shift in their seats, uncomfortable at the sight of
It's really quite interesting, and has begun to open my eyes
to a possible deeper connection between artists and their art.
I don't own a car, so I walk in town a lot. I notice things...
all sorts of things... broken plastic in the parking lot that
looks like fairy wings, empty cigarette packs discarded on the
sidewalk with money folded up inside them, fresh graffiti on
Friday mornings, the homeless guy on his bike that makes the
same rounds every morning before the sun comes up,
the sideways glances of people that look nervous,
men in bars who puff up their chests like roosters when I walk
the seemingly never ending collection of people that look up
at me from 20 feet away coming towards them on the sidewalk,
who make a not-so-subtle change in course to cross the road so
they can walk on the other side of the street.
Compared to a lot of people out there, I'm pretty harmless, but
people will reach their own conclusions about me, and act according
to their own preconceived notions (whether they realize what
they're doing or not).
A number of months ago, the parallel finally sank in to the point
where I could wrap my brain around it. People react to my artwork
almost identically to the way that they react to me.
Some people understand me immediately, some people don't,
but, to a larger degree, I just make a lot of people uncomfortable.
It's not something that I try to do, it just ends up hapening
a lot... both as a person, and with my art.
In fact, it's odd, but I like to think that I've always tried
to be friendly and approachable,
but I still make people uncomfortable.
I'm still edgy.
I expanded this thought to encompass other artists I know.
She's friendly... her art is friendly.
He tries really hard to be spooky (but isn't)... his art looks
like it's trying really hard to be spooky (but isn't).
Everybody really likes him... everybody seems to really like
It seems so obvious... like it's not even worth mentioning...
the art we make is an extension of ourselves,
and yet, there's something else there.
For artists there's often an internal fight between the side
that wants to make art that's meaningful to ones-self, and the
side that wants to understood by others. There are various reasons
for this internal struggle that are unique to each artist, but
in many conversations I've had over the years, I've noticed that
one of the most common and fundamental questions that an artist
has to address is where to draw the line between "I"
For those of us with any amount of commercial aspirations, that
question comes up a lot.
but here's the thing... if everyone's art is extension of ones-self,
is there a point where an artist, no matter how skilled, or how
hard he or she tries, can never gel with a potential audience
because they're just too hard to understand as a person?
What if the question of "I" or "Them" is
completely irrelevant due to the fact that, no matter how approachable
you try to be in your work, the viewer is still going to sense
the artist behind it with such clarity that it's like they were
passing by you on the sidewalk?
I don't know.
It's just a question,
but in thinking about that question over the past year, I've
noticed that my art has been slipping into different territory.
I'm using mediums that I haven't touched in years, and producing
imagery that I'm almost certain will never be allowed to hang
in the public art spaces of the area in which I live.
I've given myself permission to forget about the question of
"I" and "Them," and just focus on what's
going on inside my own head,
and letting the resulting imagery just pour out.
It's a type of selfishness.
but it seems like the right thing to do for now.
I feel like I'm searching for something, and this feels like
the direction that will lead me to it.
To those who understand me, thanks for sticking with me.
To those that I make uncomfortable, stick around a little while
and hang out.
I'm pretty harmless.
July 9th, 2009
This is the first complete
update of this site that I've done in years. There's a lot of
new work here, and I'd love to hear any thoughts, criticisms,
rants, or recipes that include alcohol that you'd like to pass
along. I am a bit of a shut-in, and I am notoriously bad at getting
back to people who drop me a line, but I am trying to change
There's a lot more in the works... drawings, paintings, sculpture,
a comic project, book illustrations... my brain feels like it
might split apart from everything swirling around inside it.
I hope I can keep up.
I'll keep you posted.