TERRA HUMAN SERIES

 My "Terra Human" series explores human emotions through their connection with nature. The complexity of the human spirit at times needs the support of its natural surroundings in order to find balance and peace. These pieces bring a visual representation of the human connection with nature that we all possess.

Treacherous Path

This piece embodies the concept of our personal path. Sooner or later we are all presented with a treacherous path that is filled with risks, obstacles and rejections. But we also understand that this is the only path that lets us live as our true selves. It seems to me that truth and struggle seem to go hand in hand and it is up to us to decide how much struggling we can take in order to get to the truth of who we are. There is another path though, and if we choose it we choose to live a small part of our true identity and travel on a more comfortable road with minimal risk and minimal reward. This path allows us to hide our identity so that we are agreeable to others and we fit into other people’s expectations. But when we live as our true self we are choosing the treacherous path that is riddled with hate and love, success and failure but every step is our own and no one can that away from us.

Available for $250.00

Original Piece Size: 11"x14"

Medium: Oil on Panel

Treacherous Path

When We Fall

This piece addresses my personal fear of losing progress and falling backwards. I'm the type of person who is always trying to improve and move forward in all aspects of my life and I have trouble accepting that sometimes we regress and fall from our progress. I really want to work on being okay with setbacks and learning from them so that I can approach new challenges with wisdom and grit. And this issue is by no means solved by creating a painting about it, but it can be very therapeutic to pour a concept into a piece and contemplate it during the creation process.

To me the waterfall flowing down this figure’s back symbolizes the constant potential to fall and how our ability to fail makes us human.

Available for $300.00

Original Piece Size: 11"x14"

Medium: Oil on Panel (Framed)

 

When We Fall

Sequence

This piece explores the patterns and rhythms found in nature and how they influence us and our behaviors. From the daily change of the tides to the yearly change of seasons much of how we see our world is influenced by the sequences that govern it. The patterns in nature can be reassuring in their consistency but this makes them all the more harsh when there is an unusual change that interrupts the patter. But luckily the natural world seems to find a way to balance itself and seek it’s normal rhythm. 

Just like patterns found in nature we as humans also have sequences that shape our behavior and guide us through the chaotic world. Our habits, practices and normalities can give us solace and ground our emotions. In many ways the habits that we develop define us and shape how we view ourselves and the world around us.

Available for $250.00

Original Piece Size: 12"x12"

Medium: Oil on Panel (Framed)

Sequence

Surrender

This piece shows our surrender. We spend so much of our lives fighting the things that can bring us true happiness. We fight our our identity, we fight our passions and in a way we fight who we are. This paintings illustrates the end of this fight and the moment that we give into truth and vulnerability. This is not a moment of weakness rather it is a moment of self acceptance and a search for truth within yourself. Let go of your ego, let go of other’s opinions and let go of the fight within yourself so that you can start to see clearly and begin the journey to your true self.

Available for $300.00

Original Piece Size: 16"x20"

Medium: Oil on Panel (Framed)

Surrender

To Be Seen

This piece attempt to bring a visual to the concept of being seen for all that you are and all you can be. Every human can be seen  and understood in an infinite amount of perspectives and we only see a fraction of who we truly are and what we can become. What if we could all see each other for who we truly are? The good and the bad that makes us a complete human.

Available for $400.00

Original Piece Size: 18"x24"

Medium: Oil on Panel (Framed)

To Be Seen

Lost Island

This piece calls upon the feeling I had growing up on a small island in the middle of the ocean. The feeling of isolation while growing up on Maui wavered between maddening and comforting at times but I always had an underlying appreciation for this unique home. The unbelievable clarity of the stars at night was doubly amazing in knowing that our small towns didn’t create enough artificial light to block them out. The vast ocean that surrounded us could make us feel separated be we chose to see how it connected us to those in the distance. In my younger years I thought that everyone lived on different islands around the world I saw each enormous continent as another island surrounded by water. And in a way I was right, nothing should separate us from the simple and humble island lifestyle of appreciating your home small and it’s place in the vast world.

Available for $250.00

Original Piece Size: 11"x14"

Medium: Oil on Panel (Framed)

Lost Island

Dusk

This painting  honors the amazing natural world that surrounds us and our connection with it. The rising and setting of the sun is a small part of the large cycle of nature just as us humans are a microscopic component of a much larger organism. And yet we can always find beauty and appreciation for tiny moments that bring us fulfillment and a love for life.

Available for $250.00

Original Piece Size: 11"x14"

Medium: Oil on Panel (Framed)

Dusk

Fundamental Seclusion

This piece explores the mind of an introvert and brings beauty to the idea of aloneness. We all need need time to ourselves in different amounts and this time can allow us to find a center that will guide us when we navigate the surrounding world.

I personally think there is a certain beauty to a person who is comfortable enough in themselves to enjoy their seclusion and not feel the need to be stimulated by others.

Available for $250.00

Original Piece Size: 11"x14" 

Medium: Oil on Panel (Framed)

Fundamental Seclusion

Fragmentation

This piece melds a several of my favorite styles with my “Terra Human” subject matter. My aim in creating this pieces was to utilize a linear and geometric style and a rough textured looseness to surround and immerse the figure and trees. 

This figure along with the surrounding nature is fragmented. Broken up and separated into pieces that fit in some areas but don’t make her a cohesive image.  Our external world demands this of us at times. It asks us to be a certain type of person and act a certain way to fit the circumstances of a situation even if that isn’t who we are or how we see ourselves. The situation turns a part of our personality into a puzzle piece that fits into this particular set of circumstances but doesn’t fit into our picture of our identity. 

It can be difficult to stay consistent with our personality and stay true to our complete image because this can sometimes separate your from others and make you feel different and unaccommodating. But if you commit to keeping your puzzle pieces unchanged by others you will come closer and closer to the people you are supposed to be with who see you and your complete self and love you for it.

Available for $250.00

Original Piece Size: 11"x14"

Medium: Oil on Panel (Framed)

Fragmentation

Heightened Sensitivity 

I have many people in my life who feel and experience the world with much more intensity than the average person. These people are in my life because I share this quality and I am attracted to it and the highs and lows it brings us. I never want to be numb to life rather I hope to experience the good and bad life throws me with open arms.

I feel that many artist have a heightened sensitivity in their senses and emotions. Artists seem to experience things on a raw emotional level that almost makes them obligated to create.

Available for $225.00

Original Piece Size: 14"x18"

Medium: Oil on Panel

Heightened Sensitivity

Ashes

This piece utilizes a reference of the burn scar near Los Alamos, New Mexico. Just like this landscape, we all have scars and they affect us all differently. These scars can come from people or experiences or even our own emotions and we carry them with us through life. And I personally feel that it is okay that we have scars, they contribute to who we are and how we interact with others. Our scars make us unique and sometimes bring us inspiration or motivation. But I also feel it is important that we don’t let our scars define us and dictate our lives. We cannot turn back time and remove what caused the scar but we can choose how it influences us now. We have all been hurt but we still deserve love.

Available for $200.00

Original Piece Size: 11"x14" 

Medium: Oil on Canvas (Framed)

Ashes

Sensitive

This piece directly addresses a human quality that is very dear to my heart. Male sensitivity is in my opinion an incredibly important quality that I hope we can allow and encourage. Growing up I was a very sensitive boy and for a large part of my childhood I thought this was a negative quality that made me different. Many boys around me thought it was silly to empathize with others or cry because they were taught that these things showed weakness. For me my art was a safe place were I could feel emotions and experience things on a deep level without consequences. Art allowed me to observe and feel things with intensity and passion.

As I am getting older I am realizing how crucial sensitivity in men really is. It allows us to be aware of our emotions and give them names. It allows us to have complex thoughts that don’t lead to rash decision making. I am trying to be more open with my feelings especially around other men so that they can feel free to embrace their own sensitivity and understand that emotional vulnerability is not a weakness it is a strength.

Available for $175.00

Original Piece Size: 9"x12"

Medium: Oil on Canvas

Sensitive

Unintentional

*SOLD* In this piece I am reflecting on my own relationship with masculinity. Growing up I was never overtly aware of the societal expectation to be manly, instead I lived in my own little world where anything that I did or said was not masculine or feminine but just a part of me. I feel that I possess many masculine and feminine qualities and I attribute this to a unique and accepting childhood that allowed me to be myself and grow into a true individual.
I encourage you to allow yourself to explore your personal identity and allow others to so the same because I find that once you are at peace with yourself you will be more accepting of others.

Original Piece Size: 12"x12"

Medium: Oil on Panel

Unitentional

Solace

*SOLD*  "Solace" illustrates our inherent need for comfort and reassurance when the turbulence of life is too much. The beautiful yet unforgiving landscape that surrounds this figure represents this turbulence and how important it is for us to seek help when we need it. We are not defined by our struggles rather we are defined by how we react to them.

Original Piece Size: 8"x10"

Medium: Oil on Panel

Solace

Terra

*SOLD*This piece displays comfort and intimacy with nature. I was a very tactile child growing up, I always found myself climbing trees, creating forts in bushes and wandering in tall grass in the outskirts of our yard. I built a relationship with my surroundings and really enjoyed the sensation of feeling familiar plants in my hands that brought up memories and happy thoughts. This piece brings a visual to this tactile relationship in a way that shows vulnerability, thoughtfulness and care for the nature that surrounds us.

Original Piece Size: 10"x8"

Medium: Oil on Panel

Terra

Purification

*SOLD*  This is a piece about revitalization and renewed energy. In the natural world I see rain as one of the most symbolic purifiers. It seems to bring continuity to even the most diverse environments by affecting everything in someway.  Growing up I always felt that the rain washed away complications in my life because it brought my attention to the many things that were out of my control.  In life I feel it can be beneficial to identify the things that revitalize us and bring us energy so that we can seek those things in difficult times.

Original Piece Size: 9"x12"

Medium: Oil on Canvas

Purification

Listen

Listening is one of the most powerful tools we posses as humans. It is a key aspect of how we communicate and understand each other. When we truly listen our heats open up, our biases fall away and we connect. The art of listening can extend beyond other humans. The beautiful nature that surrounds us has a voice as well and we can learn a great deal if we listen to it. When we choose to look outside of ourselves and truly understand another life we begin to see the beauty of humanity.

Available for $250.00

Original Piece Size: 14"x11"

Medium: Oil on Panel (Framed)

Listen

Remains

*SOLD*  This piece address the mortality of humanity and brings to question what we will leave behind. Our existence is a small spec in the grand picture of time and space and we sometimes loose sight of this fact. Our time is borrowed and our connection to nature is deep and meaningful therefore it is important that we treat it with respect and love.                How do you perceive the natural world?                                                                                                       What makes you feel small?

Original Piece Size: 24"x18"

Medium: Oil on Panel

Remains

Protected

This piece examines what protects us and what makes us feel safe and loved. So many people in our modern world are so focused on taking care of themselves that they forget the value of being vulnerable with another person. Often our first feeling of protection comes from our parents or mentors when we are young. These people are superheroes in our eyes and we want to think that nothing can harm them. But as we get older we realize that sometimes we need to protect our superheroes from the difficult world that we inhabit and help them remember the hope that once inspire them.

Available for $500.00

Original Piece Size: 18"x24"

Medium: Oil on Panel (Framed)

Protected

Depth of Hope

This piece illustrates our inner hope. The light within us that keeps us going when everything arounds us darkens and creates doubt, fear and disappointment. There will be many times when people close to you such as friends and family may even be the source of this darkness but it is up to you to find your inner light of hope that is buried underneath your fears and insecurities.

Available for $400.00

Original Piece Size: 20"x16"

Medium: Oil on Panel (Framed)

Depth of Hope

Hidden

*SOLD*  This is a piece about seeking refuge. The complexities of life and existence can sometimes be too much and we feel the need to separate ourselves and look inward. We are not cowards when we hide, it always us to simplify our decisions and see clearly. When we embrace nature with sensitivity and vulnerability we feel protected and loved.

Original Piece Size: 18"x18"

Medium: Oil on Canvas

Hidden

Disappearance

*SOLD*  This piece deals with emotional trauma. Many of us feel an emptiness take over our existence for sometime after a traumatic experience. We can feel our identity fading away and it can make day to day life even more of a struggle. But when we open our eyes and our heats we can see that help is never too far away.

Original Piece Size: 20"x16"

Medium: Oil on Canvas

Disappearance

The Search

This piece deals with the act of searching. As humans it is our natural instinct to search whether it is for love, power, renown, knowledge or meaning. There is an excess of external stimuli in our modern society so it is tempting to look for these things outside ourselves. We will blindly look anywhere but inside ourselves for meaning in our lives. Many of us search for other things to help define ourselves in this way we try to piece together an identity rather than listening to our true thoughts.

Available for $250.00

Original Piece Size: 24"x36"

Medium: Oil on Panel

The Search

Shelters Built on Men

This painting has many sources of inspiration and the shared theme deals with our society's perception and expectation of masculinity. As boys grow into men there are many burdens and weights placed upon their shoulders and they are expected to rise to the occasion without hesitation. 

Available for $1000.00

Original Piece Size: 40"x30"

Medium: Oil on Canvas

Shelters Built on Men

Terra Firma

This piece celebrates the strength of women and their amazing capacity to empathize, nurture and love. Much like fertile soil, women who are compassionate and loving  grow beauty within and around them thus adding life to our world.

Available for $900.00

Original Piece Size: 36"x24"

Medium: Oil on Panel

Terra Firma

Vulnerability

This piece explores the human ability to let go and be vulnerable with nature and allow it to comfort us and give us energy. The natural world exists with it's own ebb and flow and it can be beneficial for us to observe and learn from it.

Available for $275.00

Original Piece Size:  24"x36"

Medium: Oil on Panel

Vulnerability

Cloaked

(Original unavailable) This piece illustrates humanities connection to nature and how it is engrained into our identity. Our separation from nature is only as big as we make it.

Original Piece Size:  24"x30"

Medium: Oil on Panel

Cloaked

Never Alone

*SOLD* This piece explores the comfort one can feel when surrounded by nature in times of despair and turmoil. Raw emotional reactions to nature can feed the soul and heal the heart.

Original Piece Size:  12"x12"

Medium: Oil on Panel

Never Alone

Mother Nature

(Original unavailable)This was a significant piece in my conceptual merging of humans and landscapes because of its balance of the representational and non-representational. The landscape breathes in and out of the abstract world allowing for emotion to exist at the forefront. 

Original Piece Size: 24"x24"

Medium: Oil on Panels (4)

Mother Nature