The Incongruities were a series of gently absurd creature paintings, initially created one per day during the course of a month. Once the month was complete I found myself returning to the theme again and again and series grew. This is a sample of the illustrations.
This project was born from the Inktober initiative which encourages artists to improve their inking skills. Acting on a suggestion from my brother, I started drawing animals at work every day for the month of October. To increase the challenge, the work was all old-fashioned and the animals were alphabetical and started with the same letter as their occupation. The project developed beautifully and in December 2016 I released a limited edition book of the drawings. It is available at my Etsy.
While most of my whimsical work falls into the Incongruities series, I have a few paintings that are of a similar feel but not quite in the series.
These were painted for the 2016 show Food Fight at Pony Club Gallery in Portland OR, curated by Johnny Acurso.
This is a series imagining dragons hanging out in Portland. These works have been exhibited at Just for Geeks and Giggles 2014, at Fleeting States Gallery in Portland, OR; featured on io9; and were sold for a time at Powells Books in Portland. The Dragon of Union Station has been awarded both Director's Choice and Judges' Choice ribbons at WesterCon 69 Art Show in 2016.
I've recently been exploring the medium of pen and ink. It's a medium that seems well suited to graphic art that would be good printed on t-shirts or made into stickers. I've begun using this medium not just to express feelings people may relate to but also to create anti-fascist art.
2014, Digital Mixed Media
Song of the Forest
5x7 matted to 8x10, watercolor and ink
Painted for and sold during Changeling Artist Collective's charity auction, Operation Gaia, benefiting the Audubon Society.
Survival of the Fittest
Food for the Spirits
The Final Struggle
Fantasy Portraits and Figures
While my most popular work is generally my whimsical creature art, I also love figurative work and portraiture. I tend to not sell prints of this work but I love creating it. The paintings shown here are a mix of digital, oil, watercolor, and ink.