"Between Worlds" A New Terra Human Painting

Hello everyone! Here is my newest Terra Human painting titled “Between Worlds.” I’m very proud of what I’ve accomplished in this piece and I would like to share a little bit about the process with you! Overall visually with this piece I wanted to approach it like a classic portrait and then let my imagination have some fun with the surreal and abstract aspects of the painting. This process and visual composition is fairly different from my typical approach to figures because I usually show the whole person and they are typically in a dynamic pose within a large landscape scene. So I thought a change would be nice in order to try something new.

 
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In terms of concept I wanted blur the line between humans and nature. I wanted trees and grass to be seamlessly growing on this figure as if it was a completely normal thing to see and understand. I wanted this very unrealistic dreamlike image to somehow make sense in the viewers mind so that the concept can come across effortlessly. A big theme in this piece is humility and a strong respect for the nature that surrounds us and I wanted this image to be a visual representation of that . You can read the full description of this piece by clicking HERE!

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New Figure Study Available for $100!

✅This 9"x12" figure study is available for purchase for $100.
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I'm always trying to improve my observational skills as well as my rendering techniques in these studies and this study proved to be trick. The slight tilt in the head and slouched posture were my biggest challenges.

 
 

"Unspoken" A New Terra Human Painting

I’m very happy to have finished my newest Terra Human piece titled “Unspoken.” At the start of this painting I wanted it to be personal to me and to reflect a specific aspect of my childhood. This aspect being my shyness and how it evolved over time. When I was young and in school I never felt like I had much to say because I didn’t see the value of my input. But as I got older my shyness evolved into a willingness to listen and an awareness of the value of words and how just a few can have the most power when used properly.

Now lets jump into the process!

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In the above row of process photos you can see how I started with a golden yellow background color which would serve as our sunlight. After that I started with a line drawing of the figure and his surroundings to make sure everything was in its right place. After that I blocked in large ares of color and value.

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Once I had a sufficient amount of paint on the panel I could start creating more value in shadows and highlights. After these I could get into some finer details with smaller brushes as well as abstractions with the palette knife.

After many hours of persistent work here is our final product!

 
 
 

This piece is currently available to purchase for $900. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!

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"To Be Seen" Accepted to a National Show!

I’m happy to to report that my painting "To Be Seen" has been accepted to the 14th Annual Emerald Spring Painting National Exhibition in Oregon!

I'm honored to have a painting in this great show and if you are in the area I would highly encourage you to check it out!

The Judge's Critique & Artist's Awards Presentation are on Friday evening, May 3rd, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. at the Emerald Art Center, 500 Main St, Springfield, OR. 

"Majestic Rockies" Has Been Sold!

I’m happy to say that “Majestic Rockies” has been sold!
I’m very pleased with how this study turned out and I’m so thrilled that if found a new home! 

 
 

Sometimes when I start small studies for large paintings I can’t help but bring them to completion because of my excitement. This piece was a great practice painting for a great Terra human piece which you can view by clicking HERE!

 
 

"Rise and Fall" New Terra Human Painting!

I’m very happy to have finished my newest Terra Human piece called"Rise and Fall." This is a piece about facing challenges. We all have difficulties in our everyday life that can rob us of positivity and leave us with little hope for improvement. And at the end of each day our personal challenges can leave us exhausted and drained and yet we find the courage to wake up every morning to try again. 
Every person on this planet has seemingly microscopic battles that they fight every day in order to live the life they love. We are all facing hardships in our own ways and knowing this can make us more accepting and understanding of others.

In terms of process this painting had a lot leading up to it. I create a photoshop rendering early on but I wanted to create a study for each aspect of the piece so that I could really do the image justice. I never used to be much of a fan of working on studies because I felt like it was just taking away time from the final product. But I’ve realized more and more how important these studies are to the final painting and how much you learn from them. The two images below are the two studies for this Terra Human painting.

Creating these two studies helped me notice small details in each image that I could apply to the final product. Studies are where you can make mistakes and learn from them in order to improve the final piece.

Below you can see the final product! Some obvious improvements from the studies are the more accurate and warmer colors, the perspective of the figure and better more 3D shapes in the cliff.

This piece is currently available to purchase for $700. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!

Overall I’m incredibly proud of not only the final result but also the process behind this painting. I always want my paintings to portray a certain complexity that cannot be put into words .

"Protected" Throwback Thursday Sale!

This weeks Throwback Thursday Sale features "Protected"

This 18"x24" piece is framed and ready to hang with a sale price of $375.
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I have always loved the concept of this piece. I wanted the figure to be protecting this small tree but who is protecting the figure? This person is physically vulnerable and yet emotionally strong.

Throwback Thursday Sale!

Hello everyone! I’m very excited about this weekly sale I am launching. Every Thursday I will post a throwback Thursday painting on Facebook and Instagram that will have a LIMITED TIME PRICE CUT!

This weekly sale will feature plenty of unique and affordable original paintings that I’m excited to share with you all again!

So be on the lookout for your favorite paintings at reduced prices!

 
 

"Interior" A New Terra Human Painting!

I’m so happy to have just finished painting “Interior” a piece that explores the concept of our internal self, what is inside us and how we present it to the world. Creating this painting was very much a journey of overcoming self doubt and finding confidence. Once I finished creating the landscape background for this piece I was tempted to just leave the landscape as the final product and hope it would sell faster. After all, the progress shot I put on social media got a lot of attention and great feedback. But when I was debating this in my head I realized that while I love creating all sorts of paintings, my Terra Human pieces mean the most to me. These dream like figure/landscape paintings are the best outward expression of my internal thoughts and emotions and they need to be seen.

 
 

But even when I started blocking in the figure I still had doubts about how the final product would look and if it would stand up to my other pieces. I even considered painting over the figure and pretending this piece was only intended to be a landscape from the beginning. But I decided to take small manageable steps towards my goal which was to make this an amazing Terra Human piece. And while taking these steps I was able to change my mindset from a place of doubt to a place of confidence and exploration.

I decided to approach this painting knowing that it is okay if I fail even though I can be very afraid of failure at times. Overall I’m really proud of this piece and I’m glad that every new painting brings a new journey of self-discovery.

This original painting is available for $500 CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!

Terra Human Study

I am very happy to have just finished this great little Terra Human study. Up until now my typical habit has been to create separate landscape and figure studies in order to better understand each component but I thought it would be fun to approach a Terra Human painting as a study. I wanted to do this because my Terra Human pieces have become much more involved than they used to be in accordance with my ever developing skills and drive to make each piece better than the last. And I have found myself quite intimidated when starting a large Terra Human painting because I know that I will push myself to make each new painting more visually and emotionally compelling. And while I do really enjoy creating these time-intensive projects I also need to find a space to play around with my Terra Human concepts and imagery in a low stress environment.

 
 

So I hope to create more quick studies like this one where I can lay out an image and practice my technique without diving into a larger long-term project.

This original painting is available for $100 CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!

"Sight Unobstructed" Has Been Sold!

I almost can't believe I'm saying this, "Sight Unobstructed" has been sold!
I met this very kind collector a few years ago at one if my first festivals and I'm so happy we have stayed in touch!

 
 

All of my sales are very important to me but it is especially significant when someone invests in a piece that is so personal and showcases my unique style. Every unconventional painting I create is a risk because I am choosing to open my heart up to the world and hope that is received with understanding and appreciation. It can be terrifying to follow your passion but it can be even more frightening to follow it in the exact way that you see fit without too many compromises.

I am so appreciative of the people who see the value in my work and the risk that they take in purchasing a piece of art that can add joy and understanding to their life.

"Undefined" in His New Frame!

I really love framing pieces when I can because I just seems to add another level of aesthetic and finality to the piece. Not to mention it helps possible buyers envision how the painting would look in their own home. I am specifically happy with the image of this piece and the overall look and feel of it. I really wanted this painting to show emotion and a sort of longing.

 
 

Once I framed this piece and then took photos of it for social media, I noticed how drastically the light changes the look of it. These photos were taking with warm colored lights in the room and they seemed to give the piece an golden look.

This original painting is available for $230 CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!

Rocky Mountain Winter Painting

Here is a little landscape study of a spot in Rocky Mountain National Park. I just love the contrast of the snow against the beautiful red rocks!

I especially loved working on this piece because it was a great lesson on how to capture a snowy atmosphere that shows distance.

 
 

I really loved capturing the detail on the trees in the foreground and the way the snow piles up in certain places.

This original painting is available for $120 CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!

Newest Terra Human!

In this piece I wanted to portray a sense of longing and containment. The person can see and experience his surroundings but while still contained in a window sill. When I created the photoshop renderings (seen below) I was very pleased with the dynamic landscape and how it affected the composition of the piece.

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The figure interacts with the steep mountains by almost leaning on them and looking into the distant sunlight.

 
 

I love the flying birds in this piece and how they create space and distance visually but also a theme of freedom this is just out of grasp.

This framed original painting is available for $230 CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!

New Terra Human Painting!

I have finally finished a new large Terra Human painting!
I'm so proud of what I have accomplish in this painting and I hope you all enjoy it! This piece explores the concept of an uninhibited imagination and the willingness to fulfill a vision.

Click HERE to view other Terra Human paintings!

In the beginning stages it was very crucial to block in all of the major shapes and make sure the proportions of the figure were correct. This resulted in me re-working the figure once because I initially made here too large.

I the middle stages I was focused on filling in colors as much as I could was starting to add value and textures to things like the trees, curtains and robe. I took a lot of time to focus on shadows so that the piece looked as realistic as possible within a surreal setting.

In the final stages I spent a lot of time on the woman’s skin tone so that she not only looked realistic but had a personality to her. I also worked on adding sharp contrast to the image while also cleaning up any spots that lacked detail. This stage can be quite maddening because I can always find little things to fix and it can be very difficult to decide when the piece is finished.

But never the less I got to the finish line! This very complex image was a great challenge that pushed my observational skills to a new level. To me this piece symbolizes grace, tranquility and a respect for imagination.

This piece is currently available to purchase! Click HERE to view it in the shop!