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…

Self Portrait (N. Braddock Portrait 6)

These portraits are coming much easier Deciding where the glass goes is getting to be pretty difficult. I would like to do more extravagant portraits. Those are coming. I think up until now I’ve been trying to stick the landing on just…better, more accurate portraits. I’ve been consciously updating the portraits I did ten years…

Space Station 15104

The third entry into my rust belt futurism series, this is probably the most carefully constructed. I did number of sketches beforehand, trying to get the angle right and my use of forced perspective was a journey of trial and error. I was surprised at all the math and angles I was happy to think…

Mon Valley Portrait 4/ Space Station Sketches

So, five portraits so far, four glass paint hybrids, one more of a regular wood based portrait. I’ve been experimenting with backgrounds. The first portrait (of Jonathan) I made sort of a vague version of what was actually there. In the last portrait, I took out some of the complications of what was there to…

North Braddock Portraits: New portrait, plus all four together at once

I made this painting in my series of acrylic/caulking/glass portraits. I’m still experimenting with how to combine those elements in an engaging way. I’d like for them to eventually be more than the sum of their parts. I like this portrait, but I think I still want to push this style forward somehow I’m pretty…

Mon Valley Apocalypse

After every huge painting (see “Trains/Dragons”) I promise myself I’ll never sink so much time into a painting again. Usually, my huge paintings end up being weirder and more experimental than my little ones. This painting is both weirder and more ambitious, in at least content, than most of the rest of my work. It’s…