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Pick Your Poison (Dancing Octopus)

Just finished and delivered this Octopus painting to ZaPow Gallery for the Tentacles & Intoxication Group Show opening September 2017. Some of the symbolism behind this painting is the dual nature of the feeling of intoxication, which I have often experienced as feeling drunk, but with an impending price to pay in pain the next day. This dual nature is depicted by the background imagery of the clouds of heaven and the flames of hell, as well as the octopus’ “costume” – a halo with horns, angel wings and a devil’s tail. The octopus is dancing wildly, with a different type of beer in each of it’s eight tentacles. The symbolism of the stage with deteriorating wooden slats is left open to interpretation.

I also entered a framed digital print of a previous Octopus painting called “Diver Octopus” depicting an octopus partially inside of an abandoned deep sea diving helmet on the ocean floor.

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Dripolator Coffeehouse Show

“The Scorpion and the Frog” acrylic on canvas.

Come see my painting exhibition at Dripolator Coffeehouse, 221 W State St., Black Mountain, NC 28711. The show will be up during July/August 2017. This is my first event in Black Mountain! It’s just down the road a bit from our house in Swannanoa.

I’m showing a combination of new original paintings on wood panel and canvas, framed prints, and abstract woodblock pieces.

The Scorpion and the Frog Fable goes like this: a scorpion asks a frog to carry it across a river. The frog hesitates, afraid of being stung, but the scorpion argues that if it did so, they would both drown. Considering this, the frog agrees, but midway across the river the scorpion does indeed sting the frog, dooming them both. When the frog asks the scorpion why, the scorpion replies that it was in its nature to do so.

This painting is the first of a series based on Fables, Myths, and Fairy Tales. I’ve chosen this theme because of how it interweaves subconscious/symbolic dream imagery with natural settings.

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A New Chapter Begins

A new chapter in the ongoing saga of my painting career began today.
I installed nine original paintings and a shelf featuring digital prints of lots of previous and new paintings!

Shortly after moving to Swannanoa last April (2016), I found out about ZaPow Illustration Gallery in Downtown Asheville. After contacting the gallery and sending samples of my work, they agreed to let me show art on a rented wall space beginning in August 2016. I jumped at the chance to be a part of the gallery and painted as much as possible to get ready for my chance to show.

August 2016 finally came around and I was able to show; had some sales and was filled with the hope of maybe selling art for a living from the relatively successful start. Then, in October 2016, we got the news that the landlord had drastically raised the rent on the gallery in anticipation of a new hotel being built next door (comments deleted, opinions repressed). Long story short: ZaPow Gallery was going to close down, move, and reopen into a better arrangement for all involved.

Today (4.29.17) is symbolic of a lot of things, especially new beginnings. ZaPow Gallery is actually reopening. Art is beginning to fill the walls again, and a community of people is beginning to get together. Events will be attended, ideas will be shared, classes will be held! A lot of potential is being actualized. Exciting times indeed! Official Grand Opening date forthcoming. Stay tuned!

ZaPow Pop-up Bazaar!

I was glad to be able to participate in the ZaPow Pop-up Holiday Bazaar this past Saturday! This Bazaar was put together by ZaPow! Gallery to help artists have some way to show artwork during the holidays as we await completion of construction for the new gallery space on the South Slope in Asheville, NC.

It was great meeting a bunch of ZaPow artists, many for the first time in person, and seeing their amazing artwork. Here’s a shot of my table at the Arts Council. I have so much to learn in the ways of booth presentation… plenty of room for improvement! I’m considering this the “before” pic of my booth.

I want to do a lot more booth-style shows in the future. I really like showing my art in this personal way and having conversations with people who stop by. I also look forward to growing more as an artist, both in techniques and choices of subject matter.

There are so many opportunities to build and/or find displays for prints and 3D displays for small handmade items I make. I came away with a lot of good influences and ideas of how it could go smoother for the next event.

ZaPow PopUp Bazaar! Saturday, December 17th, 12-5pm

I’ll be participating in this event in downtown Asheville with new paintings and prints, along with a big group of wonderful ZaPow artists! Come by, visit, and share locally crafted holiday gifts instead of some plastic doodad from a big box store! #Asheville #Swannanoa #ZaPow #AAAC

Painting Exhibition at ZaPow! Gallery

installation 570x800_96I’m excited to announce that I’ve set up my exhibit at ZaPow Gallery with my latest paintings on Thursday, August 4th, 2016! The exhibit is composed of 10 paintings and an offering of 8 x 10″ digital prints of most of the paintings in the show and a few from earlier paintings and drawings. I’m looking forward to making more paintings and illustrations, rotating new paintings in at least once a month, offering more print options, specialty framed prints, and perhaps some sort of publications…

ZaPow Gallery will be moving locally soon, and I’m really glad to be able to show in the old space before the move, just for the experience.  All works at ZaPow are available for viewing until around mid-September, until they are all packed up and moved across town! Contact the Gallery for specifics about the move: zapow.com. I will post more about the gallery move as it develops.

Thanks for the warm show of support I’ve received from friends during this process.


Here’s a gallery of digital prints available at the gallery: