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Is Your Mother Well? 36 x 36.



Homage to the abstract expressionist artist Robert Motherwell. My painting is a take on his painting German Line No. 6 which he painted in 1972. He used a cigarette pack in the center of the painting; I used a ticket stub from a concert i attended while on acid in the 1970s. Motherwell hung out with Pollock, Rothko, Tanguy, and other wild painters from the 50s and 60s. He also had a stormy marriage to the great Helen Frankenthaler.


When I saw that hazmat suits were being sold to the public I thought, holy crap. Then when I saw what the actual hazmat suits looked like, I just had to make a painting about them some how.

I feel the bold colors are meant to exaggerate the absurd world we humans have created and live with now, what with droughts, floods, fires, chemical spills, and smoke, as well as the Covid viruses. I've drawn four in this series to this point, and I have another one soon which will depict people in hazmat suits at a dance party.

Art collectors from Ramsey, Minnesota purchased a commissioned painting based on the band Mumford and Sons.


To get an idea of how and what to paint, I printed out the lyrics to five songs that meant something to the art collectors -- I also listened to a bunch of Mumford songs, as I was mostly unfamiliar with the band.


I was taken with the lyrics from the song Hopeless Wanderer. The last line of the song is "I will learn to love the skies I'm under."


I used acrylic paint, pumice, thin art paper, and Thompson's Whiskey.

Using tissue and typing paper, I transferred the lyrics from the song Hopeless Wanderer. I soaked the paper in acrylic medium and whiskey, then I added it to the canvas. I also used regular printer paper with the lyrics, as well.

The band would like to start a whiskey brewery, as they are big whiskey afficionados. Hence, the whiskey in the art.


The title is The Skies I'm Under. The painting is 24 x 48 inches on a gallery canvas.


I returned to a painting, Woman with a Blue Shawl. I had thought I had finished her a couple years ago. Even then, i wasn't too sure the painting was complete, but I felt it was time to set the painting aside and move on.


For this painting, unfinished in my mind, I decided to just have fun with it, let loose, and enjoy the physical act of painting. I applied dark lines and wet whiskeyed-down acrylics, to allow the texture to give this woman some character. She's a tough gal, someone with an interesting life and story.


I like the painting much better now. On instagram, I renamed it Scritchy Woman, but she really is The Woman with the Blue Shawl. 36 X 12 gallery canvas.

Acrylics, acrylics mixed with whiskey and marijuana, which were some of the items we all indulged in when I was a Marine. Heavily textured. 36 x 24 gallery canvas.

Heavily textured with acrylics and whiskey mixed with acrylics. Paint pens. 20 x 20 gallery canvas.

Family History and Heritage: Art by Barry Scanlan

A painting of three friends sitting at a barThree friends at the bar, acrylic and Twin Spirits Distillery whiskey

Barry Scanlan is an American artist of Irish descent. In his artistic practice Barry is primarily a painter, using a variety of media including paint, pencil, and presently, whiskey, to compose images that reference family history and heritage, as well as a history of the 20th century working class. 

A painting recreating an old family photoLooking at the space where dad was standing, acrylic, charcoal, and whiskey


I really enjoy Barry’s whiskey paintings. In some pieces the artist draws with pencil, using whisky to create a single tone accent colour, embracing the warm, neutral sepia tone of the liquor. In other works, Barry’s paintings are thematic -- portraits of people, perhaps friends, perhaps strangers, at bars with glasses of whiskey. In these pieces, the liquor itself seems to be more blended into the overall palette, perhaps adding a warmth to the pigments 


Much of Barry’s portfolio centres around human figures, and I appreciate the slightly abstracted, gestural, almost naive sensibility about these portraits. They are childlike at times, but emphasize colour and the texture and materiality of paint, making these works as much about the artist’s love for the medium as for his family.

A portrait of a steel worker in the 1970sSecond Shift Steelworker, Young's Bar, Southside Pittsburgh, 1970s, acrylic with gel and pumice

Trouble on the Magma Planet. 48 x 30 gallery canvas. Heavily textured painting with aliens, lava, and a space base.