We think we know the world. 

But sometimes when we are sitting idly

on a swing,

there are things going on around us

we will never understand.

And we shouldn't.

It is in a deminsion and language

not meant for us.

 

A Language Not Meant For us, 36 X 24, in a floating frame, acrylic, oil paint pens on canvas, March 2016.



With this painting I am trying to refine a particular direction. As a person who has always doodled and played, I have a number of sketches in pencil or pen that are very mindless and free flowing. These paintings are generally without much strategic planning. I try to just let myself go with it. I find the experience very enjoyable, much like back in the day when I indulged more freely in hallucinagenic at-risk behaviors. 

 


Larry Rivers was a radical abstract expressionist American artist, known as one of the founders of "pop art." I recently saw one of his paintings and just loved it; I was intrigued by the color and simple lines. Back at my studio, I attempted to do my own Larry Rivers-style painting.

 

Nude (after Larry Rivers). Acrylics, gel, pumice. January 2016.





I created this book cover for Tami Spry's latest book on performative autoethnography. The book is published through Routledge Publishing. The medium I utilized for the cover art is pastels. 

 




I used a few teaspoons of salt in this painting, which gives the ocean a glittery sheen. 

One Whale, 16 X 20 inches, acrylics and salt, pumice. January 2016.





This would be a great painting for a university's science department or maybe a kid's room.  It's a large painting and would look great on a big wall.

 

Fat Cardinal, 40 X 30, acrylics, crepe paper, gel, and pumice.





Paintings of birds, whales, a worm, and cat.  Coffee helps, as does wine. 





Eggs and Cup, 16 X 18, framed, acrylics and gels, January 2016.





Three pieces of my art will be on display at the Community Keg House (http://www.communitykeghouse.com/) in Northeast, Minneapolis. The Keg House will have its grand opening Friday, January 16. Seven other artists will be also be featured. The Community Keg House is a great new tap house and it is an excellent venue for art, with high ceilings, beautiful walls and natural light, as well as 20 different locally-crafted beers. The owner is very supportive of artists, authors, and musicians.