Each painting tells a story.
We are born of a cosmic explosion and united in an origin of stardust. In our war of power, we can either be the magnificence of our creation or the malice of our destruction.
"Divided We Stand" is about being understanding. It is about observing that which divides us - in our realities, in our choices and values - and reducing these differences down to their root causes, their origins, instead of judging them at face value. It is not about picking a side, but trying to understand where the sides come from and what makes them attractive. It is about finding the truth behind all things.
The red and blue colors represent two opposing sides (us vs them). The pill and the fire are basically a mirror image, the only real difference being the superficiality of the color; other than surface differences, the two sides are the same.
A portrait of my brother, standing amongst nature, blinded by downloaded convention. ‘Obey’ portrays the effects of being plugged in to a set of standards, ideas, and perspectives that are not our own.
A portrait of my brother, in the tranquility of nature, absorbing a bombardment of synthetic desire.
A portrait of my sister. In the colors, composition, and expression, we see her evolution, growth, and development. From stars to dawn.
A portrait of my sister. It depicts her journey through life, a powerful rising light in search of love and connection.
Culture promises a brand of love that is fantastical, effortless, but unrealistic. Here I search for this promised love, alone, behind rose-colored glass.
Materialism and opulence are touted in our society as some of the highest forms of success. But these things bring only a temporary illusion of happiness. They leave us feeling empty and wanting the next, better thing. It is wise to avoid the trap of meaningless materialism, before the things you own end up owning you.
The world can be a dark and formidable place- it is easy to forget there is hope amongst the despair. But meaning can be found. There is truth out there if we open our eyes and wish to find it. There is always a light in the darkness.
Some souls are like living poems, where the infinite light of the cosmos lives within and dances about.
Many of the great questions do not have answers, but that does not prevent us from searching, because it is in the search, not the answers, where the most can be learned. In this self-portrait, I seek out answers for my own story; I am trying to find the light.
A portrait of my good friend Scott, whose path through life resembles that of the hero’s journey. The stars symbolize his two boys, who reflect each other and their father alike.
We must remember what’s important to us, what makes us strong, and what we are meant for. We must always move forward. Everyone can benefit from trying to be like The Warrior.
Part of my new homage series. I pay tribute to the great Frida Kahlo, who, feeling alone and trapped most of her life, offered to the world her soul in her symbolism-rich art.
My painting Reptilian Brain was inspired by Carl Sagan, who said in the series Cosmos, ‘Capping the brainstem is the R-Complex, R for reptile. It’s the seat of aggression, ritual, territoriality, and social hierarchies. It evolved hundreds of millions of years ago, in our reptilian ancestors.'
The ‘Guns N’ Roses’ series challenges the conventional perceptions of power. Fleeting violence is pitched against the purity and vulnerability of love.
Sometimes there is nothing we can do to prevent malevolence, sometimes it just is. But that doesn’t mean we are powerless in the face of it. We choose how to act.
We must be courageous when faced with the darkness, even when it seems no hope can be found. It is in a hopeless hour where courage is needed the most. The darkness can only be vanquished if met by the light.