Friday, March 7, 2014
I have always found inspiration in literature. As I am painting I often listen to audiobooks that I get from the local library. This is a piece inspired by Hemingway and his short novel, The Old Man and the Sea. Young Santiago, Oil on canvas, 30"x 40".
Always interesting to see the sketch that preceded a painting. It helps one realize where you may make mistakes in a larger piece.
Monday, March 3, 2014
We recently returned from an "art trip" to New York City. I found myself a little annoyed as i was trying to look at all the art in that amazing city. It seemed as though everybody had an i-phone in front of their face taking a photograph of almost everything they were looking at. I am genuinely surprised that the museums and galleries are okay with people snapping so many picture of the art on display.
This painting is a mental meditation exercise at understanding the current state of the modern art world. There is a lot of fascinating things going on and the contemporary state of things back in NY are extremely mysterious. Mysteries of Modernism, oil on canvas, 30"x 40".
Available for sale at the Terzian Gallery in Park City.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The west is full of folklore and myth. The stories of its settlement and the chaos that existed are relatively reachable looking back only a few generations. My ancestors settled in the Salt Lake Valley and Central Utah. As kids we grew up hearing stories of our pioneer ancestors, cowboys and native Americans, and the infamous outlaws. Jesse James, Billy the Kid, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were the stories discussed around the campfire on out Boy Scout camp outs.
Here is The Sundance Kid, (oil canvas, 30"x 40") and the preliminary sketch.
Available at the Terzian Gallery in Park City.
Friday, February 21, 2014
I painted this based on some experiences I had in southern Argentina. It is about three companions and our leader "Answering the Call" in a small town called Pique. It was so enjoyable to paint I am tempted to do a really large version of it. This one is an oil on canvas and 30"x 40".
Check out this video Joel Addams made about the painting.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Thursday, January 30, 2014
For years I was a San Francisco 49ers fan. When they hired Jim Harbaugh, I got really caught up in their turn around and the resurrection of Alex Smith's career. After what happened with the team last year, I have mixed feelings. There are some great players on that team. This little painting is of Frank Gore, one of the best and most consistent running backs in the game. Oil on canvas, 24"x 24".
Monday, January 20, 2014
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
I never intended on going to Graduate School. It sort of presented itself and seemed like a good idea at the time. When it started I thought I had a notion of what the experience was going to be, however my expectations and my reality were not the same. The department and the professors were filled with apathy, leaving many of the grad students to fend for themselves. It was sort of like being lost somewhere and all the people you are looking to for help and directions are just as lost as you are. I guess it could be summed up as, "the blind leading the blind."
This little oil painting symbolizes the miscommunications I felt. Oil on Canvas, 26"x 36".