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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.

Spacekitten Framed Print headed to ZaPow Gallery this week!

Spacekitten framed print headed to ZaPow Gallery this week! (Print 5×7″, frame 8×10″) $50. #zapow #avlart

Spacekitten framed print headed to ZaPow Gallery this week! (Print 5×7", frame 8×10") $50. #zapow #avlart

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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 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: