most of my work that involves color is done by applying colored pencils to a (preferably found) wood surface. taking inspiration from old photographs and occasionally paintings, i free hand draw portraits, typically of humans, that have either visually struck, or perhaps through their actions effected me. what is best is when the wood itself comes into play with its own personality. grooves, nail holes, chipped away fragments, buck shot... really anything that has wrestled with the board before i get my hands on it, adds more to the course of the artwork than i do, perhaps.
favorite miscellaneous works
below are a few examples of my work. first, a series of pieces that pre-date theming my shows, or were completed outside of a themed show. done out of a whim, a fancy, or having been specifically requisitioned by someone. it should also be noted that this is just a selection of pieces and not an all inclusive body of my work. also, pieces that were completed prior to my use of digital photography as a form of documentation are not at this time included.
under the deep - completed march 2010
this set of pieces were done for a one night only show i took part in. they are all deep sea creatures. eventually, i'd love to do another batch of these fun, mysterious and fascinating animals. all colored pencil on wood - in fact, i think at least three of these pieces were done on parts of the same deconstructed wine box.
old west - dodge on wood- completed february 2006
while living on the west coast, i drew this series of pieces for a show at a popular restaurant in bellingham, washington. i have always harbored a deep affinity for the old west and by the many colorful figures that made it such a legendary time period. i took this opportunity to bring some of them back to life for my own amusement. all pieces are colored pencil on wood.
explorer series - completed mid 2010
if i had to narrow it down to two groups of people that i am more fascinated with than any other, it would be explorers and inventors. here is a series i did of the first, hopefully to be followed at some time in the near future by a set of the latter. these people have gone to amazing new places, often putting their lives in great peril in the process. both things i'm a big fan of.
argot of the midway - completed october 2010
one single, majestic thing connects several interests of mine- early 20th century americana, the occult, subversive cultures, absurd performances by strange and exceptional people- the carnival. nobody in the carnival culture created more of a curiosity for me than the sideshow entertainers. considered freaks by outsiders, these individuals were the royalty of the midway. this show was exhibited at two places in portland maine- the gallery at the running with scissors studio and the restaurant duckfat. both were wonderful places to have a show and very kind to me throughout.
necessity is the mother - in progress
almost nothing is more fascinating to me than someone who is able to create a new thought; something yet to be seen or thought of by others. this show is an homage to those individuals. it is to be the largest set of connected pieces i've ever drawn. numbering near fifty when complete, this is a series of inventors and innovators.