Las Meninas 2.0

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Art History, Behind the Artwork, Essays | No Comments

My most recent painting pays homage to one of the greatest portraits in history. Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez painted Las Meninas in 1656 for King Philip IV of Spain and his second wife Maria Anna of Austria. It has been described in many ways, including History’s First Photo-Bomb and the Canonical Masterpiece of Western Painting. It is […]

Have Your Art, Gelato and Cappuccino…

Have Your Art, Gelato and Cappuccino…

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Art Shows, Behind the Artwork | No Comments

Some may argue that ice cream and coffee are not necessities. These people are not likely to think that painting is necessary either. I’m happy to report that both are not only essential, but possible to enjoy at the same time. My first show in Washington, DC will be modest: a two month run in […]

What Came First, the bed time story or the nightmare?

What Came First, the bed time story or the nightmare?

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Art History, Behind the Artwork | No Comments

We should think twice before approaching amateur or professional couches to answer this question. A childhood fed by fairy tales, enlarged by the steroidal effects of Hollywood or Disney can lead to some pretty freaky stuff. An adult redo of Margaret Wise Brown’s classic might include: “Good night obsessive compulsive disorder”, “Good night electra complex”, “Good night existential fear of death”… Psychoactive doors, […]

“Farm To Table” at the Fire Hall Gallery in Charles Town, WV

“Farm To Table” at the Fire Hall Gallery in Charles Town, WV

Posted by on Jun 22, 2016 in Behind the Artwork | No Comments

This July I will take part of a three-artist exhibit organized by Joy Bridy in Charles Town, WV’s Fire Hall Gallery. A series of 9 Paintings called An Artist on An Animal Farm will be my contribution. The title of the show is “Farm to Table” and the guiding principle is connection to the land through […]

Totem Animals, Mountains, GPS and new venues for Bunny

Totem Animals, Mountains, GPS and new venues for Bunny

Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in Art History, Behind the Artwork | No Comments

My watercolor painting entitled GPS will be on display within a group show at the Fire Hall Gallery in Charles Town, WV in May, 2016. It is part of a larger series of over 100 works centered on my totem animal, a rabbit. The show features the work of artists who participated in CraftWorks with Rebecca Jones and […]

Journey as Identity

Journey as Identity

Posted by on Mar 10, 2016 in Art History, Behind the Artwork | No Comments

“Wouldn’t it be better without Bunny? I like the trees, the animals and the atmosphere.” This was the first critical response to Climbing. Artists must learn that nothing is precious. It can all be scraped back to a blank canvas to start again. When you spend hours learning how to look and reflect on that looking, […]

“Don’t Slip!” and other advice…

“Don’t Slip!” and other advice…

Posted by on Mar 6, 2016 in Behind the Artwork | No Comments

I spend a lot of time in my imagination while working my day job. I have all manner of fantasies. It’s not that reality is dissatisfying, it’s just that I prefer to see it as a psychoactive door to a much more interesting place. And this is why I paint a rabbit doing human things as her […]

Marketing… do’s and don’ts?

Marketing… do’s and don’ts?

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in Behind the Artwork, How To's | No Comments

My most recent completed series of paintings debuted for Farm Day last year on October 25, 2015. Since then, I’ve submitted those paintings to a variety of online magazines and other venues to have them displayed. I’ve also posted them on ETSY  The result: Learning to Fly and Making Concoctions sold, and Don’t Slip has been accepted for exhibition […]

Bunny Can’t seem to Eat Canaries

Bunny Can’t seem to Eat Canaries

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Behind the Artwork | No Comments

Nothing is precious. I don’t remember a mentor saying those exact words, but the idea is obvious, if a little fatalistic. A wasted hour on social media will prove this. Many people make paintings. We spend hours pursuing this passion. We are lucky if anyone removed by more than 6 degrees will stop to notice for more than 2 […]

Bunny’s World

Bunny’s World

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in Behind the Artwork, Essays | No Comments

“Are they happy in their cages?” The county fair is an unlikely place to consider existential crises, but I had to ask. “Of course. I mean, I do take them out and love them. I sit on the the porch swing and we rock away.” Did she cuddle all 30 of her breeding rabbits? That […]