I just started this blog recently and loaded up some of my artwork. My problem is that with all the paintings I've done over a span of 40 years or so, I've had the habit of not photographing them before they were gone, sold, or in cases witha couple of my murals, they were eventually destroyed in a fire or painted over by new owners of buildings. In this way I must have let thousands of my original paintings slip through my fingers without getting their images for a portfolio. If I ever get the chance I may have to track some down and get hi-res photographs of them. If you are an artist and reading this, don't make the mistake I did. Always get good photos of all your work, and share it with the world!
This is my most popular painting. I have entered it in the Raymar 6th Annual Fine Art Competition for the month of October http://raymarartcontest.com/
I painted this in 2002 for a client. It took about 6 months to complete (on and off work).This is the first big figurative painting I've tried to do in acrylic. It has quite a different look than if it were done in oil. I have sold about 700 or more of the 1000 signed and numbered limited edition prints.
Surrealism to some people is elephants with butterfly wings flying to Venus, or dripping watches.
In other words, it's just nonsense with no real special message. You get out of it what your mind
feeds into it, that's about it. When I painted this one for a client, he had a special message he
wanted to convey... An angel showing compassion for the creatures of the sea. The angel has come
to visit and console the sea creatures as they suffer from human stupidity and carelessness, ie.
oil spills, chemical dumps, nuclear melt-down spills, plastic waste, and who knows what else!?
The UFO in the background symbolizes another visitor from above - they are here taking notes on
how absolutely criminal and insane the ruling elite of planet Earth really are. They are just observers
who also have compassion for earthlings, but they also know the destruction of this planet directly
effects the rest of the universe and their own planet. Anyway that's what my client wanted and he loved the result.
I've done a series of wildlife paintings over the years. Many of my paintings were derived from actual photos I took while traveling around the B.C. Gulf islands.
Back in the 90's I painted this from an eagle photo a friend gave me. Then I added in the background the Lion's Peaks mountains seen from Vancouver. I showed the painting to a friend the day it was finished. He showed it to his friend who showed it to a relative, who called me up and said he had to have the original, so I sold it to him. I'm still selling prints of it .
In the past I must have created hundreds of mandalas and yantras. Behind the geometry and speculations and religious connotations about yantras and mandalas lies a much deeper significance related to focusing our meditations and aligning our chakras with the Holy Spirit, the Paramatma, the Energetic Source of Life, the Goal of the Soul, Vaikuntha (where anxiety has no jurisdiction), OM Shanti (where total Peace and Wisdom prevails), and Goloka (the ultimate realm beyond birth, disease, old age and death, where you obtain an ever-youthful spiritual form made of sat-chit-ananda (eternity, bliss and knowledge). Yantras and mandalas are just a simple means to an end - which of course is eternal ...never-ending.