New Drawings!

I have posted some new drawings in the gallery that I am excited about.  They are mostly rough quick drawings, but they continue to inform my stylization and study of shapes.

Perception Quote

“To reproduce the three-dimensional two-dimensionally, however, is an excercise in abstraction.  As with all illusions, two-dmensional art is a critique on the limits of perception.”

GeoffreyBent- “Let there be Giotto”

This quote is taken from an essay by Bent about Giotto published in Boulevard-Vol.23.  Giotto is a 13th Century Itlaian painter who is credited with breaking many of the traditions of art in that time and forming a movement in painting that gets away from the flat, two-dimensional imagery and aspires to create the illusion of three-dmensions. I think that this quote is a reminder of how painting is still painting. we are reinterpreting and transferring what we see onto a two-dimensional plane.  Therefore, we are always at the mercy of our own perceptions, no matter our intentions.


The Kiss of Judas

Giotto (1267-1337)

Fresco, Scrovegni Chapel, Padua

Nature vs. Natural

One important concept I tackle in my work is that of nature vs. natural.  I depict nature, but not in a natural way.  I often postarize it, pulling out patterns and shapes in bright colors and high contrast.  As a result, there are multiple factors at play.  I am create something that is aesthetic and of visual interest.  I am also seeking patterns, dominant forms, and repetitions.  Finally, there is the underlying sense of nature and structure as both organic and free, but somehow designed.  I am perhaps the unnatural designer, applying artistic aesthetics to natural aesthetics.  This is what artists do, recreate the world in their own visual language.

Private Lessons

Private lessons are available.  For a flat hourly fee, I can customize lessons based on your individual needs and goals.  These lessons can be held at my studio in Bay View, or I can travel within reason.  Please contact me for details.


I do these experimental watercolors in between larger works.  I bounce back and forth between them, and it has become very important.  They are a free space, where I have no inhibitions, and just play.  Visually, I think they are very potent, and they have substance and content as well, but I do not stress about it while I make them.  I think there is often more “truth” to these, than any other work I do.  They give me a place to clear my head and loosen my approach.  They are perfect therapy.

On Journaling

I intend to post selected parts of my journal here, for the purpose of providing insight into what I do as well as what I read, who I follow, etc.  I hope I manage to keep up with it.  Journaling is a necessary thing for any art form, and I think it can be of great interest to those viewing art as well.  It is all about knowledge.

Oil Painting

I am moving back to oil painting, and I am realizing how fun it is!  I had forgotten how rich and vibrant it can be.  It is also allowing me to work larger, which is doing all kinds of new things to the image!  I can’t wait to post more!