Liberty on the Mountain

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10"This morphed many times into the painting its become. Catching it out of the corner of my eye in the studio one day I saw two artistic icons both named Liberty in the imagery. It was a sign that this was done.

Owl

Acrylic on canvas | 10" x 8"Sometimes life takes us on unexpected journeys. I went into this painting with a concept of going down a rabbit hole and ended up with an owl.

Stronger

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10"It's easy to get overwhelmed and defeated with everything going on in life. Sometimes we need simple reminders.

Birds of a Feather

Acrylic on canvas | 10" x 8"I'm not sure if I can think of anything more accurate during this these polarized times. When empathy and compassion seem lost try to look for the similarities and not the differences.

Disarray

Acrylic on canvas | 10" x 8"Sometimes the only thing that everyone can agree upon is that all the pieces are there but nothing is in the right order.

Waves

Acrylic on canvas | 10" x 8"This painting meandered along not ever finding its purpose in life until a scraper found it and created what (to me) looks like psychotic oscillating waves.

Bat Boy

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10"In my younger years one of my favorite things was the "Weekly World News." Sadly it ended it's physical run in 2007. If you remember it you will understand the title.

Phoenix

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10"In many ways and for many reasons I hope that 2020 will be the catalyst for a rebirth.

Morning

Acrylic on canvas | 10" x 8" I am lucky enough to spend a significant amount of mornings on a beach staring at the horizon line. Hopefully this will find its way to someone who may not be as lucky.

Embrace

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10"The background for this was painted a while ago and has been sitting in a pile of paintings ever since. I didn't love it and didn't know what to do change that. Finally I decided I needed to embrace it for what it was - a vehicle to put... Continue Reading →

Reminder

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10"I recently had a significant life change and shortly thereafter I was cleaning my studio and came across a card with these words. It was a good reminder that I thought I would share.

Uncertainty

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10"The world is filled with a lot of uncertainty at the moment. There are many paths to follow and it's not always easy to know which one is the best. All you can do it take the first step.

Daffodil Morning

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10"Every morning should start off bright and full of optimism but things seems really dark lately. Hopefully it will all change soon.

Together

Acrylic on canvas | 10" x 8"I disliked the way the original painting turned out. I kept looking at the colors and wanted to paint circles around them. They started reminding me of heads so I connected them. I think we all want a little more connectivity these days.

Balloon Animal (Red)

Acrylic on canvas | 10" x 8"This is the companion piece to Balloon Animal (Green). They are the result of dropping globs of paint on one pre-painted canvas and pressing it again another pre-painted canvas. I hope someday they find each other.

Rad

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10"This made me think of the "She Like Electric" album by Smoosh (now know as Chaos Chaos) so I named it after my favorite song on that disc. Whenever I need a ridiculous jolt of positivity it is my go-to song.

Balloon Animal (Green)

Acrylic on canvas | 10" x 8"This is the result of dropping globs of paint on one canvas and pressing it again another canvas. I had pre-painted the backgrounds using extra paint from another piece I was working on because I hate to waste anything. Someday its partner will be released as well.

A Sunset

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10"There is a lot going on in the world right now and it might be a good time to stop for a moment and watch a setting sun and remind yourself that you have made it through another day.

Someones View

Acrylic on canvas | 10" x 8"In an odd case of serendipity, recently I've been painting images from a friends life before they happen. It makes me think I should only paint pictures of happiness just in case but we all know that life isn't always happy.

Dragon

Acrylic on canvas | 14" x 11" I've held on to this one (as well as others) because I really liked the way the colors came out. With everything going on I figured it was time to embrace the spirit of the project and let it go. The Dragon is released from captivity.

Tide Pools

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10" This is what happens when you use what's left of a sheet of round labels as a template after all the labels are gone. Just like what's left after the waves leave the shore.

Creep

Acrylic on canvas | 14" x 11" A variation of paint by numbers I randomly assign a number to a color and the randomly assign a number to a position on a canvas and then match them up and manipulate the paint until something inside me tells me to stop.

Swimming

Acrylic on canvas | 20" x 16" Part of the purpose of this project was to not have paintings piling up in the basement. This canvas had been one such painting that found new life as a second painting.

Linda

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10"If I could only see that familiar sunrise through sleepy eye how happy I'd be.

Australia

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10"I would love it if a painting didn't remind me of someplace in the world burning.

Desert

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10" There was a painting that continued down pathways I was no longer interested in and was left behind and this took its place.

December Garden (Day)

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10" There once was an idea that didn't come to fruition but instead was replaced by something entirely different. Neither one was better or worse than the other.

Nostalgia

Acrylic on canvas | 10" x 8" Much of the joy of the Christmas Season is remembering your reaction to it as a child.

Gift

Acrylic on canvas | 10" x 8" Such pleasure in the anticipation of opening a wrapped box.

Lights

Acrylic on canvas | 10" x 8" Still the easiest and most effective way of creating holiday cheer.

Natural Emotion

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10" I believe in art as therapy. Sometimes it's best to grab the colors and tools you're responding to and allowing the results to show you where you are.

Chicken Running Through Forest

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10" I like to take the excess paint on my brushes and wipe it off on another canvas just to see what comes out when you don't really pay attention to what you're creating. The act of creating doesn't need to be a meticulous laborious process and tend not... Continue Reading →

The Carnival Has Left Town

Acrylic on canvas | 14" x 11" I spent some time reading through J.M.W. Turner books and reverted back to various techniques I had lost contact with. Fortunately I can always revisit them.

Woven

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10" I bought some new tools to play around with recently which always spurs new ideas. This didn't come out anything like what I envisioned in my head but I really like the result. I enjoy when art is experimental regardless of the outcome.

Coral Reef

Acrylic on canvas | 10" x 8" If I don’t like how a painting is turning out I press it against another blank canvas to see the results. “Sunrise Through Fog” was the painting and this is the result.

Sunrise Through Fog

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10" It almost seems counter-intuitive to reverse engineer a project but a backward perspective can sometimes be the most valuable one.

Gold Fire

Acrylic on canvas | 14" x 11" This painting went through three iterations before landing on the final piece. Sometimes you take something good and ruin it (not always on purpose) and need to find a way to salvage it again.

The Abyss

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10" The nice thing about abstract art is it lends itself to interpretation from the viewer. I live with the paintings in my space and look at them a lot before they are released. I see things in them and usually that is where the title will come from.

Plumes: Amazon

Acrylic on canvas | 10" x 8"This is the seventh painting released in the "Plumes" series and the second painting released during wide spread wild fires in the world. We could do without the latter.

Bollocks

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10"There is a lot of skill, dedication and time required to learn certain painting techniques.

New Wave Reptilian

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10"I would imagine that the successor to Crocodile Rock would have to be New Wave Reptilian. Some may say it was Disco Lizard but I think we can all agree that it was just a passing fad.

Rojo Segundo

Acrylic on canvas | 14" x 11"When I finished I felt like I had seen this before. I realized it was reminding me of the album cover for "Segundo" by Juana Molina. Whoever finds this should listen to that album while looking at the painting to complete my symbiotic circle of art.

The Way Home

Acrylic on canvas | 16" x 20" I saw these colors in the art store and decided I wanted to try something geometric with them. Then I remembered I hate geometric art and added more organic curves. It reminds me of highway on / off ramps.

Red Light Green Light

Acrylic on canvas | 14" x 11"If you study your color wheel you’ll find that red and green make brown. What you do with that information is up to you.

Plumes: Volcano

Acrylic on canvas | 10" x 8"The sixth painting released in the “Plumes” series. It reminds me of the burning embers under a cooling crust and makes me want to take a journey with a ring.

Taber

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10"Inspired by a early morning photo of oxidizing copper before the crew had a chance to polish it aboard the Stephen Taber.

Aqua Marine Monster

Acrylic on canvas | 11" x 14"The joy of abstract art is the ability to interpret it however you would like. Once the artist tries to explain it it becomes less interesting.

Bee It Is

Acrylic on canvas | 11" x 14"This has been loitering around the studio like a bee in a garden since 2017. It’s time it made it’s way out into the world.

Sadness

Acrylic on canvas | 10" x 8" A contradictory literal abstract representation of an emotion.

You’re Never Alone

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10" The title comes from a line in the song “Saint Augustine in Hell” by Sting. If you look closely in the flames you will find a myriad of incidental characters.

Cherry Sunday

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10" Sunday evening is like when you get to the bottom of your sundae and it’s just the remains of what had come before it.

Aqua

Acrylic on canvas | 10" x 8" For some reason this reminds me of an underwater battle between aquatic creatures.

Remains: Green

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10" We don't like wasting anything including paint. This was created with the paint leftover on the brushes from another painting.

Midterm

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10"This was painted around the time of the 2018 midterm elections. I feel like it represents the animosity and divisiveness that we were feeling in America at that time. Then the painting got lost and Nicholas Cage found it in a break room in New Jersey.

Unlikely Friends

Acrylic on canvas | 10" x 8"This was created in the same manner as "The Very Hungry Rorschach Koala Dragon" paintings. Its opposite is hanging in the artists bedroom because he can't seem to part with it.

Go Lime Jello

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10"Sometimes art is inspired by looking at things from a different perspective. This is one of three food inspired paintings.

Stop Marinara

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10"Sometimes art is inspired by looking at things from a different perspective. This is one of three food inspired paintings.

Slow Mac N Cheese

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10"Sometimes art is inspired by looking at things from a different perspective. This is one of three food inspired paintings.

In This Paint On Canvas

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10"This was painted as a gift to Michael Walter after the release of his first book “On This Date In Music” (highly recommended). He hung it on the wall above his desk along with his first ever royalty check as “a great reminder that art is important (to me)... Continue Reading →

Aerial

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10"This makes me feel like I’m looking down on the Earth. It was left in Morris, MN which has both an Elm Street and a Crystal Lake which must be nice for fans of horror movies.

Plumes: Blue

Acrylic on canvas | 10" x 8"The fifth painting released in the “Plumes” series. Oddly this was painted by an American and left at the Allies Statue in London by a French woman. We are all allies in art.

Plumes: Green

Acrylic on canvas | 10" x 8"The fourth painting released in the “Plumes” series. It also make a great backdrop for any photo shoot.

Cold Day

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10"After this was finished I thought it looked like snow on fire which is where the title Cold Day (In Hell) came from. Then I thought I would be funny to juxtapose that against the Hope Sculpture. This painting didn’t last long which is good because acrylic paint doesn’t... Continue Reading →

Spinner and Turner

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10"Originally started as an homage to J.M.W. Turner and friend mentioned that she liked it better upside down and then it reminded me of the underside of Bespin. This never made it out into the world because a different friend liked it so much I couldn't refuse giving it... Continue Reading →

Nebula: Orange

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10"As a child I used to love staring at pictures of nebulas. Playing with tone on tone gives me the same feelings. This is part of a series of paintings.

Burning Bush

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10"I’ve always love the idea of whitespace in design so I tried leaving half the canvas essentially blank. And while California may be on fire, like the biblical burning bush it will not be consumed.

Spring

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10"Because as the cold weather comes in we all need something to look forward to.

Plumes: Orange

Acrylic on canvas | 10" x 8" While the Trump Presidency may have been the catalyst of this project, the original idea was to periodically leave a painting on this particular street corner. Not sure why it took so long to make that happen. This is part of the "Plumes" series.

Pizza Bouquet

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10" The result of an angry painting session. Apparently the thought of pizza or flowers is soothing.

Sunflower

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10" Part of the "Remains Of The Day" series. This was created by painting the excess paint off the brush onto a blank canvas while I was painting a different painting. Usually the extra paint would be wasted but I quite like to close up feel of sunflower that... Continue Reading →

Morning Over Marrakesh

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10"It's unfortunate that photos don't pick up the nuances of metallic paint. This is a very subtle painting that changes throughout the day.

The Wild Sea

Acrylic on canvas | 14" x 11" Sometimes the paintings never make it into the public. This painting resides in the private collection of friends of the artist and was given as a house warming gift.

Unintended

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10"I had a vision of a painting stuck in my head for a week. When I went to paint it this came out instead.

California

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10" This made me think of the California wildfires when I was done with it.

DEAD BAGGAGE(E)

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10"This is part of the "Musicians Dice" series of paintings. Paint colors are assigned a musical note and then the dice are rolled onto the back of the canvas. Wherever the dice land a small dab of that notes color gets added to the canvas. The paint is then... Continue Reading →

C the DAFF EGG

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10"This is part of the "Musicians Dice" series of paintings. Paint colors are assigned a musical note and then the dice are rolled onto the back of the canvas. Wherever the dice land a small dab of that notes color gets added to the canvas. The paint is then... Continue Reading →

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10"I was curious to see what would happen if you put a dab of yellow, red and blue paints on a canvas and then swirled the brush around through them.

Inferno

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10"The devil is in the details and more than occasionally I enjoy painting with no details.

Forgotten Orange

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10"A friend of mine gave me a hand carved wood block stamp so I thought I would play around and see what kind of textures it would create.

Drumpf

Acrylic on canvas | 8" x 10"You could say that the Trump Presidency is the catalyst for this entire project. Regardless of your political affiliation or ideology you cannot deny that the divisiveness has not been this severe in quite some time. The problems of the world will never be solved by art alone but... Continue Reading →

Things are beginning

After months of behind the scenes work we are close to launching this project. There is still a fair amount that needs to be done but the launch is going to be exciting and on a larger scale than originally anticipated.

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