I just painted this cow skull for the Holy Cow Skull show at Zoe Boutique on Saturday, April 26th from 6pm to 9pm. It was a fun exercise to paint on this uncommon object. For this piece, I found myself working on a recurring symbol in my work. A lock and key reminds me of the struggle to decipher life and its mysteries. We look for the key to unlocking happiness and satisfaction on a daily basis. It is a constantly eluding destination. I hand-bent some steel and welded the horns and keys. Then I painted the key hole and stamped markings on the skull.
Hope to see you at the show.
I designed this for a friend’s Slider. I sketched it out, edited it in illustrator and laser printed it onto the Slider. Check out the BORN1985 website to see more Slider pictures.
My latest project has been an ongoing work-in-progress. Over the past year, I have been taking small steps towards one larger goal. The project is called Born1985. It builds on the essence of surprise, mischief, humor and curiosity. I’ve been analyzing my connection to objects and how those connections stem from human nature. The object I am making feel like commercial products but they are designed in an artistic way that allude to raw and simple human feelings.
A friend asked me to contribute to a group of hand painted skateboard. I hadn’t painted in a long time so I thought it would be fun to come up with something. It took me a while to find time to complete this but it was a good feeling to pick up a brush again. Having freedom to put an idea together and execute it is a good feeling. I work on big projects on a regular basis for clients at work but I don’t always have the freedom to guide the purpose and content of what I am working on. This small painting briefly gave me that opportunity and it was fun to put together.
This project originated from an idea of designing a seat that appeared unstable and chaotic. I wanted to balance coarse geometric shapes and simple forms of construction with subtle curves and refined finishes.
The stool is 30″ tall. The bottom of the seat is constructed from hot-rolled, mild steel. It was painted black and scuffed to highlight coarse grind marks and mill scale. The top of the seat is polished stainless steel. The stool is titled S01. It will be auctioned at the CRUSH Auction at the Tucson Museum of Art on March 5th.
Lately I have been asking myself why I continue to draw. I have slowed down on the amount of personal art work I do because of the time and effort my job requires. But for some reason I still like to take a few minutes a week to draw. The exercise of drawing by hand has become a bit of a habit. Although I don’t go through sketchbooks as quickly as I used to, I still enjoy the occasional sketch or still life.
I showed drawings, a painting and the Tripod Stool at the RAW Artists Event here in Tucson last week. I don’t have nearly enough free time to do many events so I took this opportunity to show a variety of pieces. These are some of the small projects I have been up to in last 6 months. The painting is a slightly abstracted depiction of a shoe lace. It is painted in acrylic on a wooden panel. I designed the panel itself to slide open to be used as storage space or as a secret compartment.