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…

Community/Police

I finished this painting a few months ago, but didn’t post it. I have three finished paintings I haven’t posted- I think I got discouraged about blogging. I realized, though, I need to blog so I can remember all the thoughts I had while making the work. I made this painting in thinking through the…

Art Show 2021: Halfway Point

I’m halfway to my art show and here’s what we have: Six abandoned houses:       Making the abandoned houses is a ton of fun and it’s pretty comfortable and easy for me. I could make a ton of these, but I would hate for it to seem that I think that abandoned houses…

Rust Belt Futurism: Braddock Starships 1 and 2

I’ve made these two Braddock spaceships as part of an idea I think of called “Rust Belt Futurism”. I am trying to find a way to articulate the way we implicitly think of the future as non-specific and non-local. The weirdness of seeing Braddock- as it is- in space is funny, but I hope that…

House #6 + odds and ends of ideas

  Here’s House #6- maybe the last of the abandoned houses. We’ll see- they’re easy to do and they turn out really good. Every once in a while I like to put on the site ideas I’ve half way thought through. We’re about a year an five months away from my gallery show at Unsmoke,…

King Fear

Meet King Fear! He’s as big as he seems! In my head, when I was sketching this painting out during a work meeting, the painting was mostly chess board. But real life has physics and solidity and how can I fit a chess board into a mouth that’s…smaller than the chess board? Maybe M. C….

Portrait Chain #2: Shannon

For my art show in May, 2021, I’ve been returning to ideas that I did years and years ago. In the next couple weeks, I’ll probably post about my London traing portraits and how they connect with what I’m doing now. This week, I want to highlight some of the elements of what’s going on…

Dragon Wagon No More

This week someone was staring at me in my car and I thought “Well, of course- I have a dragon on my car,”. Surprise twist: I was driving a big white minivan because my dragon car is gone. I’ve been processing losing the Dragon Wagon for a week now, and it’s been a weird reverse…

House #5/Sirens at Night

Sometimes when I’m changing diapers I have 90s rap lyrics resurface in my head. No connection between diapers and rap- I’ve just accumulated a lot of cultural detritus in my brain. I think that one of the reasons that art can be therapeutic is it allows something real to rise out of churning, stewing brains….

Angels over Taco Bell

(Editors Note: I wrote all this before I finished. Above I’m placing the whole, long, quixotic journey of this very particular painting) I’ve been working on Angels over Taco Bell since one week after Starbucks Astronaut. When I started I didn’t imagine that this would be such a long, involved process. I’m writing this before…