Hope on the Monongahela

I made this as a way to counterbalance the doom and gloom. It’s a (obviously) a wooden ship with trees in place of sails. The trees are modeled after local trees in bloom. I wanted to counterbalance some of the darkness of the show and create something really fun. Also, I got a high temp…

The Nights are Too Big (A clock)

This took a long, long time. It’s the 40th painting for my show, and it’s more sculptural than almost all the projects I’ve had (except for, of course, the sculptures). Obviously, it’s a day and night clock. The night side is supposed to look precipitous, crowded, and enormous. I did General Braddock Towers twice to…

Clouds! North Braddock Sky #1 and #2

North Braddock Sky #1 (Jumbled Sky) and North Braddock Sky #2 (Cracked Sky). I’m pretty proud of how these turned out. The first one feels better after having mad the second one. I wasn’t looking at the first one when I made the second, and when I finished the second I realized that both benefit…

Anna the Prophet in the Mon Valley

This week I went to see the Maxo Vanka Murals again, and I realized how much my art has become trying to reverse engineer the experience of seeing the inside of that church. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Maxo Vanka was humanist Croatian artist who, in the 1930s, painted religious art in a…

Braddock Farms

This painting turned out really well- I did in on commission for a new friend. It was great to work on a commission about Braddock. This is one of the strongest mostly paint paintings I’ve made in the recent years. While the physical objects are used, the vegetables and green space is all paint. I…

North Braddock House #7

Techniques I finished this recently while working on another, more complex commission. I used dried paint I had collected for the last few years and cut and glued it to the house, creating the overgrown effect. I don’t know how to get more dried paint, though. The texture was created from it drying over time…

Studebaker Metals

It took three ish months ( I think) to complete this. The goal was to make a space that draws the viewer in. Both of the tables are mostly 3 dimensional, matching the perspective of the two dimensional space. The illusion creates a felt depth that gives the viewer room to feel like they could…

Deer Hunting (and a small portrait of a deer)

I took some of my own advice and did a short painting amidst the running battle of “The Nights are Too Big” (aka the clock I’m making) and the Studebaker metals painting. This painting is a confluence of a bunch of different long ideas I’ve been having. The first is environmental. I used to work…

Studebaker Metals (In Progress)

When I was in college, I had a roommate who told me that World of Warcraft starts at level 40. I think he was trying to justify that his Gryphon had to auto travel across the whole world (of warcraft) to get to obscure quests and he had to sit there and stare while the…

Moving Day 15104

I finally finished my sculpture sequel to my police car- I’m really proud of it. I wanted to make a sculpture that articulated and condensed the overwhelming problem of how to deal with all these blighted houses. I mean, it’s more than that- but that feeling of being overwhelmed turned into a joke was sort…

Commissions- New Challenges

With the show being pushed back to August 2022, I’ve had time to take on some big projects. Below is a six foot long version of the Phipps: These are taking a lot of time. Some of that is because babies are not sleeping and some of that is the cold. The garage is cold…