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



May 2, 2014

Teller of Stories Article

                          Teller of Stories: Missoula Artist Courtney Blazon
Photo Courtesy of Leland Buck
Here's a thoughtful and insightful article about my work in the Corridor this month.

Time Machine Commission Portrait

I had the extreme pleasure to create this portrait. I was asked to create a few things, such as the
WWII PPCLI uniform, the gramophone, and the Harley Davidson, but other than that I
 was given a ton of freedom to create something both fantastical and historical.
 Pen and Marker on Paper, 20" x 20".

Apr 23, 2014

Figure50

I was asked to represent Montana in this cool, interactive map of figurative artists in the US!



                                                      www.figure50.com

Apr 1, 2014

On Deck Skateboard auction



Here's my drawing for On Deck IX, Montana Skatepark Association's annual auction.
Kept it thematically simple this time, just praying mantises and flowers.

Mar 24, 2014

Lottie Ables Pickett

Lottie Ables Pickett, Pen and Marker on Paper, 16" x 20", 2014
This is a submission for the Icons of the West show at the Dana Gallery. I became interested in the history of Soiled Doves in the West and based this drawing off of a story I read of a young prostitute, Lottie Ables Pickett, who, it is said, tried to off herself in many different fashions. She was ridiculed in the local Butte, Montana paper for her inability to get the job done. She was finally successful when she chose to shoot herself.

Mar 17, 2014

Mar 10, 2014

Critters and Varmints Show

Here are eight silly little drawings I did for the Critters and Varmints group show at Tart Gallery in Bozeman. 

Powder Hound
Ahoy Matey!
Miss Griswelda Grehound
Salty Dog
Scotty B. Tartan, Esq.
Tea Time
Un Chien à Paris
Shiver Me Timbers