Nov 15, 2014

New Seed Packet Designs for Native Ideals Seed Farm!









Three new small drawings

These three drawings are serving a double purpose. I used their black and white designs on t-shirts and sweatshirts, and once I colored them, I framed them and they are now hanging at the Holiday Art Show at Radius Gallery.

Bear in Landscape, Pen, Marker, Pastel on Paper, 12" x 12"
Bison Skull, Pen, Marker, Pastel on Paper, 12" x 12"
Kingfishers in Flight, Pen, Marker, Pastel on Paper, 12" x 12"

Oct 31, 2014

New T-Shirt Designs




All these T-shirt/Sweatshirt designs will debut locally in December, and then I will have them available in my online shop as well!

Oct 26, 2014

Commission based on "The Sower", by Thomas Hart Benton

This commission comes with a bit of a disclaimer, due to it's heavy and dark subject matter.  It's based on one of a series of paintings by Thomas Hart Benton which were created in the wake of Pearl Harbor.

Benton's objective for this series of paintings, called "The Year in Peril", was to "portray America's enemies as genocidal maniacs".

I made this commission for someone who wished to incorporate more realism into the figures, particularly in their clothing, more symbology that would speak about or against the war, and incorporation of some of the elements of the American propaganda that Benton likely looked at when creating the paintings.

These paintings were not looked upon favorably when they were created, but you can see the from the original, pictured at top, that Benton painted these with a passionate anger and in a fervor. My mission was to recreate the composition and color palette, while using hindsight to reinvent the concepts. As with all assignments, I keep my personal feelings to myself, even when creating horrifying imagery.




Oct 17, 2014

Androgyny, Hot Dogs, Isolation, and Groucho Marx.

Cafeteria Lunch, Pen and Marker on Paper, 9.75" x 9.75"
Members Only, Pen and Marker on Paper, 9.75" x 9.75"
I am working on this small series of drawings dealing with gender and isolation. With hot dogs thrown in for good measure. I hope to do at least 3 or 4 more in this same vein.

Oct 9, 2014

Piggy's Fall Through the Air (Another Lord of the Flies Drawing)

Piggy's Fall Through the Air, Pen, Marker and Pastel on Paper, 16" x 20"
Here is one more piece in my Lord of the Flies series. This one is based on the character of Piggy, who suffered a very sad fate at the hands of Jack Merridew's savages. I will be exploring Jack Merridew next, in another 16" x 20" drawing.

Sep 27, 2014

Lord of the Flies Drawings

Forgetful of the Flies, Pen, Marker, Pastel on Paper, 24" x 36"
Daydreams Came Swarming Up, Pen, Pastel, Marker, Crayon on Paper, 24" x 36"
Since I read Lord of the Flies at age eleven, I have counted it among my favorite books. It was only recently that I recognized that a lot of my art is influenced by the ideas and themes in the book. Pigs, Islands, Boys, History, and Conflict are all things that I deal with in my drawings and are related to the book. I wanted to make some pieces discussing the parts of the book that most struck me when I first read it.

The top drawing is a depiction of Simon, moments before his death at the hand of the other boys. The bottom drawing is of Ralph, when he is boar hunting with Jack Merridew and the other hunters, and he gets wrapped up in their savagery.

Sep 10, 2014

Vespertilio Vampyrus (As Named by Linnaeus)

Vespertilio Vampyrus, Pen and Marker on Paper, 18" x 36
This piece is based on the description of the Vampire Bat by the Father of Taxonomy, Carl Linnaeus, who wrote: "At night sucks in the Flesh of the Sleeping, the Combs of Cocks, and the Juice of Palm Trees".

Sep 7, 2014

Work in Progress "Vespertilio Vampyrus (as named by Linnaeus)"




Based on a description of the Vampire Bat written by the father of taxonomy, Carl Linnaeus:
"At Night Sucks on the Flesh of the Sleeping, the Combs of Cocks, and the Juice of Palm Trees."

Aug 28, 2014

Missoula Flood, 1908 Traffic Signal Box in Missoula, MT.





Here is the installation of the artwork I did for a traffic signal box in Missoula. It features a scene from the historic 1908 flood, which destroyed the Higgins Bridge.  The location of  the traffic signal box is right by the modern day Higgins Bridge.

Aug 19, 2014

Missoula Flood, 1908 Artwork Design



This is a design for a vinyl wrap that will be applied to a traffic signal box in downtown Missoula. It's based on a flood that happened in 1908, destroying the town's main bridge and many other structures. The box measured about 3 1/2 feet tall and 2 feet wide.

Aug 8, 2014

Homestead: A Brief History of Our Places

Finetta Lord's Tomato Harvest, Pen and Marker on Paper, 11" x 14"
Gilbert Lord and the Lonely Chicks, Pen and Marker on Paper, 11" x 14"
Bertie Lord's Home from the Hunt, Pen and Marker on Paper, 11" x 14"
Minnie Lord's Corn Silks, Pen and Marker on Paper, 11" x 14"
Playtime in the Valley, Pen and Marker on Paper, 18" x 24"
Territorial Fair, Pen and Marker on Paper, 18" x 24"
Great Northern, October 1904, Pen and Marker on Paper, 16" x 20"
Agnes and Dora Chaffin, Pen and Marker on Paper, 16" x 20"
Mission Valley, Pen and Marker on Paper, 8"x 10"
Paradise Valley, Pen and Marker on Paper, 8"x 10"
Bitterroot Valley, Pen and Marker on Paper, 8" x 10"
Flathead Valley, Pen and Marker on Paper, 8" x 10"


Jul 8, 2014

Pig 'N Whistle

Pig 'N Whistle, Pen, Marker, and Pastel on Paper, 30" x 44", 2014

This drawing is based loosely on the tale of The Three Little Pigs. It will be making it's debut at a new gallery in Missoula, MT that I will be represented by, Radius Gallery.

Jun 19, 2014

Jun 11, 2014

Recent Commissions

Afoot and Light-Hearted, T-Shirt Design for MS walk
Ciara and Tony Wedding Invite
Marley and Matthew Anniversary Commission
Gertrude Stein Portrait
H.D. Portrait
Mina Loy Portrait 
Virginia Woolf Portrait