I prefer to create art in series and/or movements. As life is fluid, so is the reflection of personal experience through expression. At times, refined lines, smooth shading, and solid color represent the message I am trying to convey. Occasionally, chaos and gestural motion capture the raw emotion and connection to primal instinct through archetypal representations of process. I feel in order to properly realize my full range of ability and voice as an artist, I must constantly evolve in conjunction with my growth as a person.
"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me." Psalm 23:4
What would the expansion of the Universe look like when God first spoke everything into existence? I envision an outward design of light and energy that is depicted by radial symmetry.
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." Genesis 1:1
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" St. John 1:1
"And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not." St. John 1:5
Grossout Art (2015)
Skateboard Graphics were one of the first styles of art that appealed to me. More specifically, the candy-colored, rock solid, renderings of snakes, dragons, skulls, daggers, eyeballs, and more by Santa Cruz Skateboards' artist, Jim Phillips made me want to skate and create that same imagery. I first replicated the Speed Wheels Goblin on my three ring binder in 1990, straight from a dog-eared and worn Thrasher magazine. I was creating art for fun, that was visually fun, made for a fun sport! I don't think art should always be serious. I was inspired to create a series that I hoped would show the fun and bold color of Phillips. I hope they are as fun to look at as they were to create!
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The Neon Icons of Professional Wrestling (2015)
I was born in 1977. It is agreed that most individuals start forming memories at around 3.5 years of age. By that logic, my first memories were of the grand American 1980's. Sensory overload was the way of the world I knew, and my young mind absorbed every possible shred. Skateboard graphics, album art, video games, and cartoons were the language of excitement and wonder to me. One pillar of my childhood that stands as strong as the men who built the memories, is that of professional wrestling. Over the top individuals giving over the top performances manifested larger than life on my giant console TV screen. As a kid, I accepted this world and mythos as it was presented, fooled by kayfabe and innocence. Devoted, I tuned in weekly to cheer the face and jeer the heel. Fast forward 30 years, and as with most childhood notions, I dismissed the world as novel and a relic of my past interests. Until the documentary, "The Sheik".... A harrowing insight into the extreme lifestyles, sacrifices, costs, glories, and downfalls of proud athletes who gave their lives to their craft, "The Sheik" presents the world behind the storylines. A realization of the devotion required to be a sports entertainer, inspired me to research the real individuals behind the characters and their stories. Too much for this brief introduction, their world is a microcosm of our own, yet greatly amplified. They live hard, and most die the same. In the spirit of the art, I wanted to pay tribute to my own heroes by creating them in the fashion that I felt best exemplified the impressions that I have. The stencil-like approach of the style is a nod to the heavy emergence of graffiti and the b-boy culture of the 80's. The neon colors are clearly a palette defined by that final decade of excess and decadence in America. The simple and clear appearance is an attempt to share the honest and easy visual understanding that my young eyes saw. The uniformity of composition and representation shows my respect for each athlete equally. Part of the beauty of the sport is having an enemy to hate, and that role is carried by men with equal, if not stronger, backs than the heroes. The heel bears the weight of the entire body. With all of the fun and love of my 1980's heart, I happily present, The Neon Icons of Professional Wrestling.
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