Friday, September 25, 2015

Unnatural Histories IV

This is the piece I created for the fantastic group show "Unnatural Histories IV" at Antler Gallery in Portland. Last night I attended the opening and it was a wonderful turnout with killer work all around. If you are not familiar with the show, the theme is mythical creatures, already known or one of your own creation. Each artist also provides a description of their creature along with their work. This year I chose to illustrate the Tarasque.

"The Tarasque was a fierce mythological creature that inhabited the area of Nerluc in Provence, France. According to accounts, it wreaked havoc on the land and killed anyone unfortunate enough to get too close. Most describe the beast as being a sort of dragon-like hybrid with a lion's head, six furry legs like a bear's, a torso thicker than an ox covered with a turtle shell and a scaly tail that ended with the stinger of a scorpion. It was said to have originated from Galatia and was the offspring of the Onachus (a scaly, bison-like creature that burned everything it touched) and the Leviathan (a giant sea monster described in stories from the Bible). The Tarasque appears in a legend in which it was tamed by Saint Martha. As the story goes, the King of Nerluc had tried his best to rid the land of the monster, employing all his military tactics, but to no avail. It was Saint Martha who ultimately rendered it docile by charming it with prayers and hymns. Once tamed, she led it back to the city, but everyone was so terrified by it's appearance that they attacked and killed it. Martha preached to the citizens and converted many to Christianity. Feeling remorse for the death of the creature, the people changed the town's name to Tarascon. The coat of arms of the city of Tarascon features an image of the creature. In addition, an annual festival is held on the last Sunday in June to relate the legend of Saint Martha and the Tarasque."

To see all the pieces in the show, and to purchase them online, please follow the link below!

Gearing up for October solo

Lately I've been super busy gearing up for a solo show at Antler Gallery next month. Currently working on 10 drawings and hopefully will also get to do at least a couple small shadow boxes, as  time allows. I was having a real hard time getting started on this body of work, and at one point wasn't happy with a single piece I was working on. But now that things are moving along a bit better, my feelings are shifting from being so negative. Still have a largish drawing to tackle the ink lifework on next. Will keep posting progress pictures in the meantime…….stay tuned.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Pictures from the "Preternatural" show at Pony Club Gallery in Portland

Will be on view for the month of August! Hononred to be part of such a great lineup!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Upcoming shows!

TBA group show, Antler Gallery, Portland, OR (April 2016)
TBA group show, Screaming Sky Gallery, Portland, OR (February 2016)
BRINK, Antler Gallery, Portland, OR (January 2016)
L.A. Art Fair 2016, Los Angeles, CA (January 2016)
Don't Wake Daddy X, Feinkunst Kr├╝ger, Hamburg, Germany (December 2015)
TBA solo show, Antler Gallery, Portland, OR (October 2015)

G40 Art Summit, Art Whino, Washington D.C.  (September 2015)
Unnatural Histories IV, Antler Gallery, Portland, OR (September 2015)

Terribly neglectful…..

Since I've been terribly neglectful this year about making posts on this thing, I will instead just show some of the pieces I've done this year. It would be too much to try and catch up now with writing about all the shows, but enjoy these images in place of all my absent posts. 

"Preternatural" at Pony Club Gallery

So a while back I was lucky enough to be asked by Jennifer Parks of Pony Club Gallery, if I wanted to possibly do a small group show there for the end of summer. I was on board and we discussed some other talented folks to add to the lineup. The show will be made up of works by Jennifer, myself, Theo Ellsworth, Tom Haubrick, Katy Horan, Rebecca Artemisa, Shayna Yasuhara. There is no strict theme for the show, but rather we chose people whose work would look harmonious together. I can't wait to see what people come up with. I will be showing five new works. Here is a little sneak peek of what I've been working on….

The show will open August 6th, 6-9pm reception at Pony Club Gallery (625 NW Everett St. Apt 105, Portland, OR 97209

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Pictures from my solo show "Age of Enigmas" at Antler Gallery

Some pictures from my third solo show with Antler Gallery in Portland (August 2014). I made one of my largest pieces to date and got an enthusiastic response to the work. In addition to my own work, I did some fun collaborations with artist friends Ian Anderson, Jennifer Parks, Trudy Creen and Mark Burt. I always enjoy doing these shows. Not only because it's great working with Antler Gallery, but also because I get to see many familiar faces at the reception. Looking forward to my next solo with Antler!