Depending on whether or not you follow my art, you may know that I use reclaimed materials in almost every body of artwork I make. If you’re new to my work you can see many examples of this here. Several of my recent artworks have been painted on planks of 100+ yr old reclaimed barn shelving. During its former life, one side of the shelving was protected from the elements with a thick grayish-white paint. The other side was left a rich wood grain that darkened over time from the barn atmosphere. To clean away some of the residue that may have collected over the years, I had to sand down both sides of the wood. Each time I cleaned off the surface residue on the backside, I wondered how I’d use this aged surface in the final piece. Absolute: Earnest is the result.
Thanks to the continued support of my clients and their positive things to say about my work, the ToeHeads went from being just an idea in a sketchbook to a globally sold set of illustrations.
At the time of this post, the ToeHeads have more than 600 illustrations in their family and have since branched into a second division called the SnackHacks. There are over 300 illustrations that are drawn out and have yet to be made! Until this year, all of this has been done from the simple use of auxiliary spaces, galleries, and strangely enough… Facebook. Read on for more.
Last weekend I had the pleasure of being a guest juror and speaker at a conference for the Ohio Association for Gifted Children. One of the returning (and very gifted) children had seen my original drawing of the worm and suggested that there be a bunch of fish looking upwards at it. So… here it is. With a little design help from a very talented artist in-the-works:
This Friday marks the opening of “The National Juried Show of Contemporary Trompe l’oeil” at the John F. Peto Studio Museum, Island Heights, NJ. It is a great pleasure to announce that I will have two “Absolute” paintings on display at the museum until the end of the year.