Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Inspirations: Max Ernst

Surreal art by Max Ernst- I love his combination of Victorian Pulp and Dreams... always familiar, erotic, and endlessly mysterious.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

HORSES, or to be more specific, their skulls...

My most treasured acquisition of late has to be a gorgeous really well preserved horse skull ( Thanks ebay!)

Some drawings below- watercolor and charcoals. Enjoy!

And if anything on this blog tickles your fancy-bones and you want to buy it or commission something similar just let me know, if it's not nailed down I will sell it to you!

Just send me a message or email.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


Got my hands on a lovely little goat skull recently and have been working on some images- mostly in watercolor and pastels.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Gallery Show-

Pawtucket Arts Collaborative PAC, non juried show

Deer (2013)  and Coyote (2013) framed by me!

On view until October 25th at The Mill Gallery in Pawtucket, RI.

WRITING, writing, writing


Just realized I had not posted once this entire summer. And now summer has wrapped up, hell its October already. So I am back! And ready for action...

What I did on my summer vacation: writing. And all that writing has paid off because my first short story was published by Dark Hall Press in their Ghost Anthology.

For sale here:


So definitely give it a read and a review! It is a nice little collection and I was proud to be part of it.

In the upcoming months two other stories of mine will appear in anthologies:

Siren in 100 Doors of Madness by Forgotten Tomb Press


Horror on Sycamore Lane for In The Blood by Mocha Memoirs Press.

I will keep you posted on release dates for all....

Thursday, June 13, 2013


Here are some fun multi-media beasties I have been working on:

And.... who is this little fella? Why it's our old pal Brown Jenkins!!!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Memento WaterColor

Sorry I have not been posting lately, started with a bang and then... fizzle. I realized part if the reason was simply that I ran out of artwork that I wanted to post about. So I have had to make some more. 

With that being said, here are some skull studies in watercolor mixed media. 


* apologies for image quality, they are all midday light with an iphone. 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Inspirations: Ghada Amer

The first time I saw Ghada Amer's work live I just went crazy for it.

A lot of it can be found in the permanent collection of the feminist wing at the Brooklyn Museum.

I love textiles and the illustrative way she stitches on canvas just feels so new and fresh.  There is something clever about the time it takes to break down what you are looking at, and the shock when you do. I enjoy when artists come right up to the line of "art" and " pornography" and straddle it, inviting the viewer to decide.

It's like a smutty magic eye. Enjoy!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Pin up Girls

Some Ladies from old Dr. Sketchy's Classes here in Providence and in NYC.
Picture quality is not great on these...

Friday, January 25, 2013

Painting on Fabric

I liked the idea of translating some of my skull still-life into a more wearable form. And in a moment of madness I started painting on an old T shirt that was doomed to be chopped up for scrap.

 I liked the effect and after trying it a few more times, I found some fabric paint that moved and acted like ink or charcoal ( which was the intention) examples below:

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

My adventures in Printmaking

Some prints I made in late college.

I really enjoyed aspects of printmaking and there is a good chance had I taken it earlier in college that I would have changed majors from painting to printmaking. I prefer the linear aspect of drawing to the more sculptural of painting. And as someone who has never been very comfortable with color... its a good fit.

But at the same time, I am not very tidy or patient, and there is a lot of that involved as well.

 Let's just say most of my plates were dirty, fingerprint-y and imprecise. As seen above.


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Inspirations : Jenny Saville

If you asked me who my favorite figure painter is I would answer Jenny Saville with no question.

I had the opportunity to see a career retrospective in Oxford this past June and it was amazing. Her scale for one thing is... amazing. It is so big, like over ten feet, and no photo can do that justice. I could have sat in front of these paintings for hours every day and still not feel like I saw everything.

Unlike a lot of other large scale artists, the detail and technique in describing and expressing the figure is not lost on such a massive canvas. There is an old adage that basically if you aren't a great painter, then paint big.

Jenny Saville is not that painter, even nose to canvas, every inch is interesting and complex and realized.

She is the kind of painter that inspires and defeats you at the same time.

More Nudes with Skulls

The first painting here was inspired by the swan neck and torsion of 20's Art Deco ladies. Overall I was really happy with this painting and it was supposed to be the start of a series. I never liked the others and painted over all of them, so she is all alone.

1. Oil
2. Watercolor/ink
3. Charcoal

Another in the women with skull water color series, this is actually just a cropped close up on the face.

 Charcoal from my pink legging phase....which may return.....

So by now you can probably see some themes- basically a central figure in a semi-provocative pose, hidden face, and next to no background. These are all older works, but the themes still hold my interest- newer work to come soon!


Thursday, January 17, 2013

Skulls and Nudes in watercolor....

I try to stay diverse- always working in different mediums.
Sometimes I feel like painting, other times drawing, and so I like to have the option.

This series ties in a lot of the elements I like: expressive nudes, masks, and a mix of pinup/fashion spread and something more dangerous. I like taking more traditional "male-gaze-y" elements and turning them on their head, adding mystery to the subject matter. The nudity is less objectifying and more threatening.

So below are some of my "nudes with skulls series", they are watercolor and mixed media.

(The picture quality on these is not ideal, better images to come!)

and more....