Friday, December 21, 2007

Art Whino Show - December

Here are some photos from the Justin Lovato show at Art Whino. I had a few beers (many thanks to Tom and his friend Rick, I believe!) and my camera is jacked up at the moment so you'll have to put up with blurry photos and poor presentation. Highlight of the night: Meeting Sonny Jerguson. That's right, ol' number 9 was in the house.

Lisa Selby's work. Pretty powerful stuff. Even more so in person.

That's Shane in the shadows in front of Emily Greene Liddle's work. Shane owns the joint and is a super nice guy. As are his staff. Cheers to everyone there.

Photos really don't do these justice, but these works are really beautiful. Richard Salcido.

Elstabo was in the house.

My work.

People gathering in the Justin Lovato room. He has got some really nice work up and the installation was really well done and super fresh to boot.

Garry Booth's work. Love this stuff. Everytime I see it, I dig in my pockets looking for some scratch so I can purchase one, but no luck. I gotta get in touch with him to see if he would remotely consider a trade or something. I gotta have one.

Rick Reese's work. I get the same feelings as above when I see his stuff.

Thanks again to Shane and the Art Whino staff. See you again in January!
Happy Holidays and all that.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Say Whaaat!

Say Whaaat! show was last night. I didn't stay long at all because I'm wicked sick right now, but it seemed pretty cool and I managed to get a few photos despite my wonky ass camera.

Definitely parked on money Water St. Love it down there.

M Street. Georgetown.

Good crowd on hand. It was so crowded that homeboy at the door wouldn't let me in until I made him check the list a second time. Good music too. Props to the DJ, whoever he was.

The toys.

It was cool to see so many different approaches by the different artists. A few of them made me think about how to step to one next time...

Dig the pistola.

That snake was pretty rad.



Emily Greene Liddle's submission. She actually based her toy off one of her paintings which is of a strawberry with a massive hook through it. Good idea and she definitely killed it!

There's my boy by the middle pillar.

He's all grow'd up and out in the world.

Thanks again to Dan and Kickballers for the opportunity. Next up: Art Whino show tonight. Can't wait!

Friday, December 07, 2007

Next Show at Art Whino

Just dropped off three new pieces to Art Whino yesterday for the next show which features some bad ass work from Justin Lovato. Should be a really great show and I'm looking forward to seeing his stuff. Details:

Opening Reception
December 14th, 6pm-12am
Art Whino Gallery
717 N. Saint Asaph Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Some come out and show your boy (me) some love! I'm pretty excited about what I'm showing and even though it's only three new pieces, I was really grinding to get them finished and it's nice to have accomplished that. I also try to approach each of these shows as a mini solo show for me in a way, so I try to stay productive and bring something new each month. Keeping it fresh.

Shark Attack!

This is my submission for the Say Whaaat! show at Kickballers in Georgetown December 13, 8-11pm. Come out if you can! These vinyl toys will be put on eBay for auction December 18-25 will all proceeds going to the Capital Area Food Bank. So I've done my good deed for the year!

3285 1/2 M St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
tel 202.337.1260

This was a lot of fun to work on. I basically spraypainted the hell out of it (it was already painted by the manufacturer) with white gloss, did my little acrylic thing to it, designed and had some vinyl cut for me to apply, and then sprayed it down with a bit of varnish. Voila! This was my first toy project and I hope to get more. Thanks to Dan for the opportunity.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Please Advise

I've finished another painting. It feels good to paint every night and be as productive as I have in the past 3 weeks or so. I'd of course love to multiply my production by about 3, but I'll take what I can get and run with this for the length of its course.

Please Advise
Acrylic on canvas
11" x 14"

Also, I'm coming along on the vinyl toy front as well. Will post some progress photos in the next day or so.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Permission to Smile

Here's the latest painting.

Permission to Smile
Acrylic on canvas
11" x 14"

Very busy at the moment trying to get some new painting together for the next Art Whino opening and also working on a fun project for the Say Whaaat! show next month. More on the latter in the next few days!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Push & Shove

Just finished this last night although after looking at it today, I may make a few touch ups. I also need to varnish this joker and build out a simple strip frame. Trying to work faster but it's tough. I suppose it comes with time.

Push & Shove
Acrylic on canvas
24" x 30"

Monday, November 12, 2007

Art Whino Opening and Overall Update

The opening at Art Whino was this past Friday night and was heaps of fun. I met a lot of very cool people including Rick Reese who was awesome to talk to and has some incredible work up. Some of the opening photos are here. Thanks to everyone who came out.

Here's me looking like a wide-eyed moron. Whatever. It was a great night and I was thrilled to be a part of it!

In addition, I am going to try to update this blog more often. I'll be honest, this show at Art Whino was a pretty big deal for me and I'm realizing the importance and power of self promotion. So, I'm going to be much more active and will try to post updates as they occur.

Speaking of which, while at this show, I landed another show in Georgetown in December. It's a vinyl toy show and they'll all be auctioned off on eBay for some charitable cause. I got my figure Friday and will take photos of the process along the way. I should also have more info on this show very soon so stay tuned.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Wall Mountables Show

The show opening came and went and fun was had by all. Thanks to everyone who came out. My camera is acting a little wonky, but here are a few pictures from the event....

My numbers. I "acquired" these Lucite wonders from a gas station one day when I was vacuuming out the ol' jam jar. Thanks to Gary for teaching me Cockney slang for car. Anyway, I figure they rape me with their gas prices everyday and that a little getback was in order. I like how they turned out and they were received with enthusiasm. It was a pleasure talking to a lot of different people about them.

These are my eggs that were a lot of fun to do. I'll admit that I'll miss them hanging to dry in my studio though. I won't miss walking into them though when it was dark and I forgot they were there. That's what I get for hanging them head high. At any rate, this show has a $100 prize for "best use of space" and I thought my eggs were a shoe-in....

...And this is the guy who runs the joint announcing that I did not win the prize. Instead, they selected an artist who installed a bathroom medicine cabinet with some photos inside. I didn't check them out because I was a little bitter. It shouldn't be a competitive thing and I should be happy for that artist, but I'm a petty person and I wanted the Benjamin, baby.

My wife Chelsea in the foreground and her sister, Erin, behind her. We all had a good time and I was glad that they came. Right after I took this picture, Erin asked me to see how it came out and just as I was turning it around to show her the screen, I dropped the camera. I managed to catch right before it hit the ground but the beer in my hand went everywhere and soaked this one dude and others sadly caught shrapnel as well. I felt like an ass and if that guy is reading this, I apologize. Again.

Erin telling us something outside of the gallery. That's my brother-in-law, Matt, in the foreground. He's got rad Montreal stories to share and good movies on his iPhone.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Getting Bigger...

30" x 40" x 2"
Acrylic/Mixed media on canvas

I scooped this canvas up on the cheap and I'm glad I did: I really like working a little larger than what I'm used to. It allows me to feel a little more free and develop "regions" within the composition. I don't know, it felt cool. I guess I actually a little more pressure at first too though. You can't really tell, but this has so many layers of paint on it as I started over about six times. But, I'm happy with it now and here it is.

Going to do the 1460 Wall Mountables show again this summer at DCAC so I've got to get busy. For those of you not familiar with the show, it's an open show where they grid the walls off at 2' squares and your work has to fit within it. It's really fun, but I'm realizing it's a contradiction to what I wrote above about working larger. Oh well. I've got some sweet gas station numbers (the ones that slide into the marquee to tell you how much gas has gone up) that I'm working with and will exhibit at this show. Don't ask how I acquired them. Photos to follow...

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

New Joint

Leaving the Ridge
11" x 14" x 1.5"
Acrylic/mixed media on canvas

Monday, April 16, 2007


9" x 12"
Acrylic/Mixed media on canvas board

Wednesday, April 04, 2007


11.5 x 17.5
Acrylic/Mixed media on wood board

Working on two more at the moment and I think I should be able to wrap up one of them by the weekend.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007


Hell yeah. I was chosen for reader art on

Wednesday, March 07, 2007


22" x 28"
Acrylic/Mixed Media on canvas

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Office Design

Going to paint on my office wall. I'm lucky to have an "art-friendly" boss. Here are the early stages.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Squirrels are no joke....

I was out on my deck this morning and witnessed the coolest chase scene I have ever scene. There were about 10-12 squirrels and they were all going after this one who was doing his best to elude the pack. It was crazy though because most of the chase took place in the trees where these crumbsnatchers were not only going up down them but leaping like 6 feet between some of them. it was so graceful and chaotic at the same time. Crazy. Then I got to thinking like "What did the one squirrel do to piss the others off so bad?" Seriously, in the squirrel world, what could one do to enrage such a large number of his peers. I have my theories but I'm keeping them to myself.

In the midst of all of squirrel watching, I am also taking a break from painting for a couple of weeks. We are moving and things are hectic right now. Besides, all of my things are at the new house. I am going to draw a bunch though and will maybe post some of those.