All my paintings are original concepts and painted with a mixture of Acrylic, Oil and Spray Paint. The giclee sizes below are the same size as the original painting. If you are interested in purchasing the Originals please contact me for prices.
A Breed of their Own
My “KNUCKLE TATTOO” series started with the “Michael Jackson Thriller” painting idea. I grew up listening to Michael Jackson and remember when the thriller video came out and shocked the nation. It was ground breaking and to this day still holds up. I wanted to do a zombie piece and while coming up with ideas and thinking about how a stereotypical zombie walks with his hands out into the foreground of the image it came to me. “THRILLER” fits on the knuckles and I could do that in the same lettering as the video. I hand cut this image as a woodblock print, because that was the medium I was currently working with in College.
The second “knuckle tattoo” piece was an oil painting of HARRY CARAY “CUBS WIN!” I thought about how Michael Jackson doesn’t really have any tattoos or at least not know for any and the idea of putting “knuckle tattoos” on famous people without tattoos sounded fun.
For this one first you must know I was born in Illinois and was the rebel Chicago Cubs fan in a family of all Cardinals fans. I think it was the rebel artist in me that just didn’t want to have to like what I was told or what everyone else liked. I wanted to do a cubs painting but never really knew how to make it my own and different than all the dumb sports art that you always see. I also really liked Harry Caray’s boozy persona and how Will Ferrell did him on SNL and ended the skits with saying “cubs win” “cubs win”. All of these ingredients led to my second/first Knuckle tattoo painting! The series has now evolved into many iconic pop culture and sports figures and strayed away from being about non-tattooed people but just the perfect word or words and lettering.
I also don’t have any tattoos. I really like and appreciate them, but have commitment issues and get tired of things easily.
Thrift Store Re-Paints
My “THRIFT STORE RE-PAINT” series began with a painting I created in college titled “RAINBOW TANK”. While studying art for my Bachelor’s degree I grew tired of learning about all of the “classic greats” or “masters”. Although they are beautiful and amazing in their own way they became redundant and I was looking for something new. I really started to enjoy graffiti art and the urban vandal style artists. I think Banksy had just become popular and I really enjoyed the wit and cleverness that those style of pieces convey. Following many of these graffiti artists I learned how to cut a stencil and bought some spray paint colors to play around with. I then took a Bob Ross style landscape painting and re-painted back into it a tank shooting a rainbow.
Just recently I have found my love again for the thrift store re-paint. I have always loved thrifting and find many of the vintage frames I use for my original paintings at these types of stores. Often the paintings that are in these frames are not half bad and it’s fun to paint things back into them in a clever way. I also enjoy the challenge of trying to match the painting style of the artist. It pushes me outside of my comfort zone and I think that is a good place to be as an artist.
My “NIGHTLIFE” series was created because most of the painting ideas in this category came to me while I was out on the town with fiends enjoying some drinks and what have you. If a painting idea would come to me I grab a bar napkin and a pen and scribble down the concept usually with a crappy doodle to remind myself exactly what I was thinking about. Some of these were not always winners and the next day while going through them I would think to myself “what was I drinking”. I always like to write down my thoughts and ideas this way I have them to possibly use if I ever get an art block.
Dumbo is one of my all-time favorite movies and I love the characters of the Black Crows. It was made in the 40’s and there was a lot of racism going on then and even Disney made them very “Black” with their voices and mannerisms. I painted them into a police lineup and titled it “THE USUAL SUSPECTS” in re guards to racial profiling. This is a very powerful piece that is sadly still relevant to what is happening in America now.
Day of the Dead
My “DAY OF THE DEAD” series was inspired by a documentary I watched titled “flight of the butterflies”. In this insightful documentary it shows the incredible migration of the Monarch Butterfly. Scientists are baffled how this tiny insect can travel these enormous distances. They start in the South American Mexico area and travel up into North American and Canada and back. What inspired my first day of the dead skull painting was that the Mexican people of these small villages believe that their ancestor’s souls are carried in on the wings of these Butterflies and they celebrate this as the “Dia De Los Muertos” or “day of the dead”. The catch 22 in this is that big lumber companies have come into these areas and began to cut down all of the rain forests where these Monarch butterflies live and it is killing millions of them. These small towns are lured in by big money and the deforestation is devastating. It’ not only killing these big beautiful trees but also killing off a part of their culture and in a way their legacy. This was very powerful and moving which inspired me to paint the “DAY OF THE DEAD MONARCH BUTTERFLY”. I built the skulls face using symbols of the situation. The Butterflies are the eyes which stand for the souls, the chainsaws are the eye brows which represent the cutting down of the trees and their homes. The diamond represents strength and power that the butterflies use to make their migration every year and the flowers are the symbols of birth and the growing of each generation.
As this series continues to grow I really love choosing different theme skulls and doing research about that topic so I can include some powerful elements and fun little Easter eggs within each piece. I feel like it builds extra levels and depth to the painting which can also add a beautiful story.