Castle Rock Commission is Done!

My latest commission is done! I really enjoyed the tackling the challenges of this piece from it's massive scale, to the minuscule details of the houses to the fluffy clouds. Castle Rock is truly a beautiful area and I feel honored to recreate it as a painting. I hope you enjoy these photos and be sure to check out the time-lapse video at the bottom!

 
 
 
 

Daily Figure Studies

Hi friends, so recently I was inspired by another artist to aim for painting a figure study everyday in order to push my skills and experiment with new techniques. And while I haven’t been able to create a new one everyday it’s been a great way to take a break from a long project and work on my rendering skills. Here are a few pics of my recent studies along with time-lapse videos showing their process!

Works in Progress

Hello everyone, I just thought I would share two progress photos of some paintings I’m currently working on! The photo on the left is the face of a 18”x24” Terra Human painting that is almost done! The photo on the right is a shot of a smaller Terra Human study that I’ve enjoyed working on.

Both of these paintings should be done this week and I’m excited to share the final results!

Veteran Artist!

🇺🇸Hi friends, I would love to share a brief story with you. In my short flight from Chicago to Virginia two days ago I sat next to a man who was a Vietnam veteran. This kind man saw me drawing in my sketchbook and asked if I was an artist. After answering yes, he told me he was one too! He said that he used writing and drawing to cope with his PTSD over the years and it was a sort of therapy for him. By writing and drawing about his experiences in Vietnam he has been able to honor those that were lost and continue his own healing process.

We talked the whole flight about both of our relationships with art and how it can help heal people who have traumas in their lives. Towards the end of the flight he said he loved meeting artists because there is something unique about them. They document history in a way and create something that outlives them. This man chose mostly to give his drawings to his family and close friends in hopes that he would be remembered through his art. He gave me permission to share a few of his drawings on social media because I felt this story was important to share.

This man told me that war strips you of your identity and humanity but art can help restore these key aspects of yourself. So please remember these selfless people who have sacrificed so much for our safety. We are forever grateful 🙏🏻

Recent Sales!

Hi friends, December has been a busy month with many sales that I’m happy to say are making for a great donation to ACE Scholarships! Here are some recent sales of original paintings!

Black Canyon

Black Canyon

Dancer Study

Dancer Study

Breckenridge Sunset

Breckenridge Sunset

So far the donation to ACE Scholarship is over $300! Lets keep the momentum to support this great organization! The charity promotion will last until December 25th.

 
Evergreen Snow

Evergreen Snow

 

Three Paintings Sold!

I’m very happy to say that three of my lovely Terra Human paintings have been sold to a single collector at the RiNo Music and Arts Showcase! This was an excellent show featuring over 30 unique and talented artists and several local bands.

This very kind collector told me she was looking for art that would make her smile every time she looked at it and these three fit the bill!

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Here are some photos of all three paintings hanging next to each other.

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New Fall Landscape in the Works!

So I am currently putting the finishing touches on my new fall landscape of Crystal Mill so here is a fun time-lapse showing the first stages of creation! I have always admired this iconic Colorado scene and am happy to render it in my own way. The final product will be up on my website soon in my Landscape section!

Autumn Landscape Painting!

This piece initially started as a landscape study of Mt. Sneffels but quickly showed some potential to be a finished product that demanded more time and attention. This piece became an excellent exercise in managing color and portraying distance. The warm fall colors in the foreground serve as an interesting contrast to the cold textured colors in the distance. For the snow on the mountain I used my palette knife to create some rough rock-like textures.

Update: This painting has been sold!

 
 

Here is a fun picture of the painting with the actual palette of paints I used!

 
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Male Figures in Art

When I started to paint figures I rendered them in very abstract ways as to avoid difficult details and show the human form in a creative and unique way. Most of these figures were so abstract that there was no obvious gender for the viewer to recognize. But as I developed my skills and started to render humans in a more realistic style I didn’t hesitate to balance my male and female forms. This is to say, that I made an instinctual decision to paint just as many men as I did women. This made a lot of sense to me because I felt like both forms were inherently beautiful and each had many stories to tell through raw physicality. But in my experience viewing art in person in galleries and on social media the majority of other figure painting artists seem to focus solely on the female form. This is a broad generalization of course but it does beg the question of why?

Many artist seem to capitalize on the inherent sexuality of the female form while adding a hint of mystery and aloofness that can captivate the viewer. I can also understand that the female form can have a natural vulnerability to it that can be enhanced through a painting. But this is exactly my point. I feel that the male form is (for the most part) avoided in artist renderings because people aren’t comfortable seeing the image of a man in a vulnerable state. There are thousands of artistic images of women in poses that show vulnerability, sensitivity and openness to the viewer. But these qualities are not traditionally associated with a man so they are not portrayed as frequently in art.

Not that I see myself as a rebel but I do have a strong appreciation for the male form and I think it has a lot to say to a viewer. In my paintings of men I want to show the inherent strength in the form while also showing emotional vulnerability and self contemplation. I hope to continue to illustrate both sexes as multidimensional beings who are both complex and beautiful.

 
 

My Favorites from Life Drawing

At the beginning of this summer in Los Alamos I found a flyer for weekly life drawing sessions hosted a the local art center. So throughout the summer I've been trying to go as frequently as I can to sharpen my skills and meet some fellow creatives.

These life drawing sessions have been a real treat for me for a few reasons. The other people in the class were welcoming and not afraid to hide their quirks. And I loved being able to practice rendering figures and working with a medium other than oil paint.

Here are a few of my favorite drawings that I have created so far. These drawings are results of different time limits that we were restricted by. The time limits varied from 30 seconds to 15 minutes.

New Sketch Ideas!

Hi guys, I thought I would share some new sketches that I created! Im not always great at practicing and putting ideas in my sketchbook but when I do I really enjoy it. It's nice to have the freedom to try ideas and not feel the pressure to make a finished product that people will love. And it's really exciting when I preliminary sketch can turn into an awesome finished painting.

 
 

New Commissioned Paintings!

A few months ago I was very happy to be contacted by a friend asking for two custom paintings as a surprise birthday present for his girlfriend (my very close friend). I really enjoyed working on this project for a few reasons. The first reason being that I couldn't wait to see the reaction on my friend's face when she saw the paintings. The second being this was my first official pet portrait and I was excited to render her very cute dog. And the third and very significant reason I enjoyed this project was that the client had put so much thought into this idea and trusted me to execute it well.

I love to have very emotionally driven commissions because it increases my investment in the project and makes me remember why I created art when I was a child, to make people happy.

Landscape Creation Process


 
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Framed Thoughts

When getting "Trapped in Light"  framed, I was forced to think about it’s concept more and more and I started to really understand how much it related to me. This concept of being in a societal spotlight has always been something I have been aware of. from a young age I have been a performer in someways, I always wanted to impress people with my athletic or artistic skills to that I could get their approval. This search for other people’s approval led me to develop my skills more and more so that I could constantly impress.

Now this is something that I am acutely aware of and try to understand, but I think it is crucial for me to be aware of the origin of my artistic passion. The origin being a search for other peoples approval, the origin being a performance for others. In my current work I really try to strike a balance between what I want and what others want but this is a very difficult like to walk. Because in someway you always have to have your consumer in mind if you want to sell any art at all. The art that I create cannot be just for me because I want other people to experience it and understand it as well. 

Painting Outdoors!

Painting ouside in the Valles Caldera National Preserve and the Jemez National Recreation Area brought me back to my childhood! The experience of being surrounded by nature with nothing but my thoughts and actions brought me back to a simpler way of thinking. I was able to breath and see things for what they were. 

Normally when I paint in my studio space I am surrounded by my technology which serve as portals to social media, videos, conversations and distractions from the actual act of observation. So this outdoor experience refreshed me and got me to focus up on what was important in that single moment.

I hope to have many more outdoor painting excursions this summer so that I can further my skill and learn to live in the moment and be fully present in nature.

 
 
 
 

Arrived in New Mexico!

 
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Katy and I have arrived in New Mexico! And I can already tell that the dynamic landscapes here will be a huge inspiration for my work this summer. At the moment I am finishing up two commissioned paintings so once they are done I will jump into some new projects featuring the surrounding landscapes.

A huge artistic inspiration for me is how nature makes me feel. When I am immersed in a natural setting I have this odd combination of feeling alone yet comforted. I can feel the lively presence of nature around me and its humbling power while being separated from people.

I feel as if I have an ongoing relationship with nature and when I am experienceing it I fell rejuvenated and reacquainted.