Saturday, December 12, 2009

HOME

As you can see by the previous post I've been doing a lot of abstract paintings lately. I like to take a representational painting (sometimes from photos) then take the photo away after I work on it for a while.

All Abstract & Stuff



I've been experimenting with abstraction for the past few months and its a nice break from the academic painting style I've been accustomed to. I drew a lot of inspiration from the ocean and Landscape for these as you can seen.

Thursday, December 3, 2009




This little 8"x10" oil piece I did will be in a show at 444 jessie st in San Francisco on December 5th. I hope to sell it but I have a bit of a dilemma. I'm not really sure how to show it? I was rotating it constantly as I was painting it and everyone it seems likes it a different way. What do you think?

Friday, October 9, 2009

Plein Air

Lafayette Resevoir on a cold dayDetail


Ano Nuevo State Park- Lets try and save this beautiful place.

Jaded Beauty

Detail
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This piece was a bit of a stretch for me in the subject matter. I've really been into the work of Michael Hussar lately and this piece definitely reflects that. It's called Jaded beauty because it repressents my home town of Santa Cruz which is in and of itself a beautiful place and it is my home but at the same time I feel like the beauty has been jaded by the lack of drive and motivation by the people that live there. The figure is the death of the place in my heart I once held for it. The owl is me.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Fashion Forward


So for the past year or so I've helped my girlfriend get her blog off the ground by shooting all of her fashion photos for her. This is one of the most recent pics I took.  Her blog has really taken off and I'm proud of her for all she's accomplished with it. To view her blog and all the photos I've taken go to www.popcultureafternoon.blogspot.com

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

MICROSCOPISM



I guess I was kind of inspired by a Brittle Star for these pieces. I used to find them in the tidepools when I was a kid. A brittle star is like a starfish but is a lot more spindly, and well brittle. Hope you like them :)

Monday, June 8, 2009

LOLLYPOPS

14"x28" oil on canvas

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Birthday Party!!!!!

Did this one in 03' actually so it's not that recent but I still like looking at it, it's just fun. It was a collaboration with my friend and amazing artist Katie Grey.

SketchBook Collages


I decided to take all of my favorite sketches and small paintings from the past few years and make a few colllages. This is an easy way for me to refer back to them from time to time, it's easier to see what I have done or ideas I have when there hanging on the wall rather than searching through sketchbook after sketchbook. The one on the bottom is from like 1999 to 03' and the one on the top is is 06' to present.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Balance Is A Thin Line


This new one is based on a couple of masks from Indonesia.  I was really taken with the culture there when I went a few years ago. Everyone there believes that art should be a part of daily life and is essential for living in balance. That is what I was trying to convey with this piece, balance.  The checkered patterns represent good and evil in their culture and you find the pattern everywhere as a reminder for them to live their lives with a purposeful balance. 

Monday, May 11, 2009

Catskull


11"x14" oil on panel


This little trompe l'oeil I did was selected to be in the annual spring show at the ACADEMY. I'm really excited because there was A LOT of really good work submitted and a lot of people will be seeing it. I'm glad my hard work is starting to pay off.

 

The One That Got Away (top) Sf Trawler (bottom)









These were both a couple of experimental pieces I did as far as landscape and composition go. I generally like to steer clear of the traditional landscape and I'm pretty happy with how both of these turned out. They are both worked from photos.

Cow Skull....


11"x14" oil on canvas

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Portraits of beautiful people














These portraits were done mostly with a carbothello 645 pencil on toned paper for the redish ones, and the darker ones were done with charcoal pencil. Enjoy!

PORTRAITS

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Spare timeI




In my spare time (which I don't have a lot of) I love taking mass amounts of photos. I rarely ever use photoshop. I like trying to create mood with light and setting. I also like crab dinners, balancing on chains, walking my bulldog, and climbing the same old oak I've been climbing for twenty years. 

Saturday, April 4, 2009

untitled

This was sort of a "filler piece" I did for my show at Whiskey Thieves, It's oil on canvas and based on a photo my friend took of the Santa Cruz harbor. I used a black and white photo of myself to make a stencil.

Hello Kitty suitcase

I painted these for one of my girlfriends friends. She is Japanese and wanted items that represented her heritage hence the Hello Kittys, cherry blossoms, Mount Fuji, and the calligraphy. This is a totally custom job and I have many more and commissions are always welcome. The case is fixed with a polyurethane glossy finish which serves an aesthetic purpose as well as protection from scratches as well as wear and tear.

When Life Gives You


This is a oil painting from my class with Adam Forfang, I wanted to do a simpe composition but have the lemons "ultra cropped" It's also a lot larger than life 22"x28" I had a lot of fun doing it, and am quite happy with the result!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Kid Cudi-music video


This song and video are amazing!!!!! I also think this dude looks exactly like Jean-michel Basquiat, what do you think?

video

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

PROCESS OF STIMULATION


I recently framed this piece and it came out pretty good, simple.  16"x20" Oil on Canvas

Thursday, February 19, 2009

New "Still Lifes"



These are a few of my newest still lifes from my class with Adam Forfang. I think the skill level of the instructor makes a huge difference in the quality of paintings I've been producing and Adam is an amazing artist! Check him out at www.adamforfang.com

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

"Lighters"

12"x 16" oil on canvas

Monday, January 26, 2009

"LIZ"

This is from a figure painting I did of my g.f. it's just the top half.
18"x30" oil on canvas.