After the Gold Rush is a continuing body of work that examines local land development, mining, and animal habitats found within the western landscape. These paintings are inspired by real sites, and incidents in the Southwestern United States, and are intended to re-examine the changing landscape, and prevailing narratives of our time by both challenging and appropriating the visual aesthetics of traditional western landscape painting. The paintings present surreal dreamlike visions that capture the feeling of mortality, and the transitory nature of life, as contemporary society witnesses, in a state of both shock and apathy, an ecological catastrophe unfolding before our eyes.
Dreams Are Dreams: Duality
Mixed Media Oil On Wood Panel 2016 14 x 16''
Dreams and Deception
Mixed Media Oil on Wood Panel 2017 18 x 24 in
Mixed Media Oil On Wood Panel 2017 12 x 12''
Mixed Media Oil on Wood Panel 2017 36 x 24''
Home On The Range
Mixed Media Oil On Wood Panel 2015 24 x 36''
I Went So Willingly
Graphite and Gauche on paper 9 x 12'' 2015
The Answer Is Blowin In The Wind
Graphite on paper 2015 9 x 12''
Happy Little Contrails
Oil on Canvas 2014 36 x 24''
Gaia: Exoteric Visions 2009-2015
Gaia: Exoteric Visions is a body of paintings that expand the possibilities of conventional surrealism by placing objects together that appear to be assembled in an illogical or idiosyncratic way, but upon closer inspection illuminate relationships that may be interpreted as social, political, or cultural in nature. The work seeks to create a confluence of traditional, indigenous, and modern world perspectives on metaphysical philosophy. Guitar bodies, pottery, sections of picture frames and enigmatic portals with stars and galaxies are all juxtaposed in a landscape with multiple layers of perceived depth that both deconstruct the illusions sought in traditional painting, and create new illusory perceptions of space. The cultural familiarity of the objects and the bucolic environments they occupy are both reassuring and, sometimes, disquieting. The work aims at a synthesis of the ancient and the modern; of the western with the eastern; of the native and the imported. Depicting landscapes that exist beyond time and culture, yet contain both. Environments that transcend the measurable and the absolute.
Formations That Follow Me Home
Oil on Canvas 2013 48 x 36''
Water Carier and Catharsis
Oil on Canvas 2015 72 x 48''
San Pedro Under Blue Sky
Oil On Wood Panel 2012 42 x24''
Oil On Wood Panel 2012 42 x 24''
A Vision of Ancestors
Oil on Wood Panel 2011 42 x 24''
Oil On Wood Panel 2010 72 x 48''
Oil on Canvas 2010 36 x 36''
Transcendence: A Vessel
Oil on Canvas 2010 60 x 60 ''
The Vast Expanse
Oil On Wood Panel 48 x 24 2009
Retrogradus is a body of work that is more directly political in nature. These works have been painted at differing moments of time throughout my career. They often focus on a specific person, cause , or place. They are usually the outcomes or byproducts of deviations in my painting practice, however some have been commissioned ideas. These deviations have often inspired ideas for other paintings. Sometimes painted as stand alone paintings and other times painted in two's. I like them.