Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Self Portrait

This is the newest and final piece completed for my solo show at the Rockwell Museum.  It is a self portrait split into two panels.  I'm really happy with how this piece turned out and I feel it marks a direction I am hoping to explore further.


Crate Making

This past week I constructed my first crates.  The task turned out to be more challenging than anticipated as I had to build crates big enough to safely ship around 26 paintings and drawings - including my large (5' x 7') thesis paintings.

Thanks to some extremely helpful feedback by friends and colleagues I was able to hammer out some designs.  After a week of building I am happy to reveal that the crating was a success and furthermore they are currently on their way to the Rockwell Museum of Western Art in Corning New York. 

Check out some pics of the crates below!  Nothing more exciting than wooden boxes!

Pike's Peak

Another constructed landscape that I have been chipping away at for awhile.  The composition is derived from several postcards of Pike's Peak I found.  I remember driving to Colorado as a kid with my family and thinking how Pike's Peak always held a special significance.  I no doubt the phrase "Pike's Peak or Bust!" added an element of challenge and implied danger.

The painting itself is the first landscape I have done on panel.  The smooth surface allowed for the addition of many more details.  More to come!

"Pike's Peak"
Oil on panel
24" x 48"

Monument Valley

I have been playing with some graphite drawings as of late.  This one is based on a photo I setup in my studio a while back - it is a cardboard recreation of the iconic Monument Valley.

"Monument Valley"
12" x 16"
Graphite on Paper

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Ready for Crit

Paintings lined up on easels ready for critique in the studio at the University of Oklahoma.

Monday, May 21, 2012

See the USA (revisited)

As part of preparing work for my upcoming solo show, I decided to revisit a painting that I had done a couple of years ago, "See the USA (from your Chevrolet).  This has been a challenging yet interesting process to revisit a painting from what seems like so long ago.  See the results below:

Friday, May 18, 2012

Rex Allen Drawing (in progress)

I've been working on a large drawing for my upcoming show at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art.  The subject of the drawing is the film cowboy Rex Allen rearing on his horse, Koko.  Should be finished in the next few days in time to ship!