This End Up Series
Whereas my eye was constantly attracted to the new displays and exhibits filling store front gallery windows, I’m finding that my “This End Up” series is being inspired by the gritty urban landscapes that surround the typical art venue. Suddenly, cluttered thrift store shelves, rows of dilapidated newspaper vending machines and graffiti are drawing my attention like never before. I’m excited by the new inspiration and I hope you are too. Have a look and don't hesitate to let me know what you think about my latest compositions.
Chill Out Series
If you’re like me, you never get tired of hearing a good analogy – especially if it sums up ‘Life.’ Before a long time friend shared her analogy with me, I pretty much subscribed to Forrest Gump’s angle. She had me picture a rowboat where relentless rowing meant you were well on your way towards your goals and accomplishments. Then she had me picture what it would be like to let go of the oars and just lie back in the boat. Where would it take me? Would I know what to do? Come to think of it, a wayward rowboat is like a box of chocolates – you never really know what you’re going to get or where you’ll end up.
A Okay Series
Even though the title of this series (pronounced 'a-oh-kay') lends itself to giving pop art a virtual thumbs-up, it's more of an approving nod to the proliferation and acceptance of having art on everyday objects such as cell phones, liquor bottles, sneakers, wallets, laptops...you name it! Art that used to be reserved for third grade lunchboxes can now be found on half the stuff you'll find in briefcases, purses and gym bags. It's not okay to carry a tequila bottle in your purse but it's certainly "A Okay" to put a cool art skin on your blackberry.
A La Art Series
Although hard at times, abandoning the comfort zone is a necessity if you want to learn something new about yourself – and art is no exception. By opting to be influenced by whatever caught my eye around town, I managed to create a pretty fun and upbeat series without any preconceived ideas or calculated plan – which is sort of how I like to do – everything! From wines bottles to coffee cups to strawberries, the "A La Art" series proves that even the mundane and forgettable can be surprising sources of inspiration. Don't take my word for it – you're only one click away from seeing for yourself!
Girls Only Series
If you're new to my work, you'll notice that I have lots of compositions that feature women. I never really thought about it until a friend pointed it out. Sure, colors work great with women because I can get away with things like outlandish make-up, pink hair and rainbow colored outfits but those aren't the only reasons. Since much of my work is driven by societal and cultural observations, I tend to include emotional themes that are simply conveyed much easier with women subjects. And if that explanation put you to sleep, how about if I just said women make pop art – well – pop! At least that's what I think when I look at the images in the "Girls Only" series. It really is a fun series – I hope you'll have a look.
The "In-Focus" series includes compositions that go below the surface. With images like Break Me, Toxic Rewind and Maybe So, I try to reach for the fundamental truths that shape who we are and who we want to become. Other images like TiVo and IM attempt to do the same thing by focusing on and questioning accepted, cultural mores. And as for the 'You Got a Problem?' image in this series – that was chosen by Proximo Spirits as one of the national winners of its' 1800 Tequila Essential Artists Campaign for 2009. Sadly, not every image of mine can be found on a liquor bottle so you'll have to do the next best thing – peruse the "In-Focus" series on my website!