2021 Collection

I hope you enjoy this page I have put together that showcases all of the major developments in my work over the past year. There is something for everyone, is what I have been told by quite a few early previewers. I take that as a compliment since I worked on these series with others in mind.

The wonderful thing to me is that I created this much work despite the ups and downs of 2021. Not all of this year's work has my normal elegant finish. Some of it is very raw, and I chose to leave it that way because it expressed exactly how I felt. There is admittedly some healing being done with this work and I felt I needed to also share that side of my practice.

Birds

This new work uncovers a secret world in the minds and souls of my birds. My normally fictitious avian world is brought into realtime focus as clues of contemporary human events related to wins and loses, struggles and successes begin to emerge from normally benign areas of my work. Technically this series blends my current bird style with elements reminiscent of my previous fROG style. In many cases, I was unwilling to cloak thoughts and numbers in subtle expression.

A giant pacific octopus takes a bald eagle down under water.

2020


Acrylic on linen. 36 x 36 inches.
Painted in Day Creek, WA. 2021.
Original available.
A blurry human holds a starling that is colored like a bald eagle.

Bald Starling


Acrylic on canvas. 36 x 48 inches.
Painted in Day Creek, WA. 2021.
Original available.
You have a bird's eye view of the smoke covering the coast of Santa Barbara during the 2021 Alisal wildfire.

Coast


Acrylic on canvas. 36 x 48 inches.
Painted in Day Creek, WA. 2021.
Original available.
A stylized crow is flying over a moon.

Corvus Moon


Acrylic on canvas. 40 x 40 inches.
Painted in Day Creek, WA. 2021.
Original available.
A steller's jay is interwoven with graphics and symbols including four earth-colored glass globes of which two it stands on.

Stellar


Acrylic on canvas. 30 x 48 inches.
Painted in Day Creek, WA. 2021.
Original available.
A mourning dove has overdosed on Fentanyl.

Sackler's Dove


Acrylic on canvas. 30 x 48 inches.
Painted in Day Creek, WA. 2021.
Original available.
A bird transitions from street thug to army sergeant.

Creed


Acrylic on canvas. 30 x 48 inches.
Painted in Day Creek, WA. 2021.
Original available.
A disc golfing bird stands guard as discs fly by it.

Birdie Patrol


Acrylic on canvas. 30 x 48 inches.
Painted in Day Creek, WA. 2021.
Original available.

Owls 2.0

With this series I was in search of new methods for storytelling with my work. These paintings eschew the sometimes minimal or simplistic designs I usually am drawn to and instead fill any and all voids with texture or text that supports the theme of the work. This approach helped me re-introduce techniques I enjoyed from the past, while updating them for my current tastes. It was also very fun to paint this series and I plan to do more, perhaps an Owls 3.0.

A wealthy owl commissions fake plant life to hide his rocket collection from the crows.

Skyparian


Acrylic on canvas. 40 x 60 inches.
Painted in Day Creek, WA. 2021.
Original available.
A curious owl is almost submerged in current events.

Gregarian


Acrylic on canvas. 40 x 60 inches.
Painted in Day Creek, WA. 2021.
Original available.

fROG 2.0

This series is all about the heroes, villains, and jesters that dominate our attention these days.

Abstract painting of man taking a selfie

Selfie Shtick


Acrylic on canvas. 24 x 30 inches.
Painted in Day Creek, WA. 2021.
Original available.
Abstract portrait of a conspiracy theorist

Lie Lover


Acrylic on canvas. 30 x 48 inches.
Painted in Day Creek, WA. 2021.
Original available.
Abstract portrait of Donald Trump losing his mind trying to lie more than he already does

Hearing Voices


Acrylic on canvas. 24 x 30 inches.
Painted in Day Creek, WA. 2021.
Original available.
Abstract portrait of a Tik Tokker dancing in his grandma's dining room, with a Walt Kuhn clown painting on the wall.

The Tik Tokker after Walt Kuhn


Acrylic on canvas. 24 x 48 inches.
Painted in Day Creek, WA. 2021.
Original available.

Biota

This work is a new area of development for me, so there is just a start up of ideas thus far. My purpose of inquiry and expression with these pieces is more about looking for the macro views of the world via detailed investigation of specific scenarios and players. Again, since this series is starting out, it could have been held back until fully baked. However, I loved the results thus far and felt compelled to share those images with you as well.

A stylized macro view of a lanceolata flower

Buckhorn 1


Acrylic on canvas. 36 x 48 inches.
Painted in Day Creek, WA. 2021.
Original available.
A stylized macro view of a lanceolata flower

Buckhorn 2


Acrylic on canvas. 36 x 48 inches.
Painted in Day Creek, WA. 2021.
Original available.
A set of stylized yellow roses.

Yellow Blooms


Acrylic on canvas. 24 x 30 inches.
Painted in Day Creek, WA. 2021.
Original available.
A set of stylized red roses.

Red Blooms


Acrylic on canvas. 24 x 30 inches.
Painted in Day Creek, WA. 2021.
Original available.

Superkicks

This nostalgic series aims to reframe historic moments in sports and pop culture where the performer's elevated their sponsor's brand to a new level of cultural relevance. Beyond the shoes, these paintings leave the historic stage nearly devoid of detail for us to refill in with our own memories of the moments and performers.

Each of these paintings have stories related to why they impacted myself and others as athletes, artists, and fans. For instance, it was seeing Joan Benoit Samuelson win the first Women's Olympic Marathon in LA in 1984 that motivated me to learn more about the sport and in turn launch a 35 year running career myself. The story behind her performance is one of lore for you to learn about at your leisure. I'll be sharing a painting dedicated to the moment she entered the stadium on her way to making history.

A zoomed in painting of the back heel perspective of one of Run DMC as they perform on stage.

My Adidas


Acrylic on canvas. 36 x 48 inches.
Painted in Day Creek, WA. 2021.
Original available.
A cropped painting of Joan Benoit Samuelson winning the inaugural Olympic Women's Marathon in 1984 in Los Angeles. The view shows a single out-flexed leg and shoe.

Joan Benoit Samuelson LA '84


Acrylic on canvas. 30 x 48 inches.
Painted in Day Creek, WA. 2021.
Original available.
A cropped painting of Lindsey Vonn's right ski as she turns an icy corner at high speed.

Lindsey Vonn


Acrylic on canvas. 30 x 48 inches.
Painted in Day Creek, WA. 2021.
Original available.
A zoomed in painting of Michael Jordan's iconic shoe as he flies over us.

Big Air


Acrylic on canvas. 36 x 48 inches.
Painted in Day Creek, WA. 2021.
Original available.
A zoomed in painting of Marshawn Lynch's shoe as he runs the famous Beast Quake against the New Orleans Saints.

Beast Quake


Acrylic on canvas. 30 x 48 inches.
Painted in Day Creek, WA. 2021.
Original available.