Every week, it seems like no matter what, Sara and I take Daisy for a walk. We either take her to  B.T. National Monument or the S.M.L. Community Park. The day before our walk, I got an idea for an illustration. It was some surreal image of a guy holding a head. So the next day on our walk, I took some reference pictures of myself and Daisy (as a stand in). But when I got home and looked at all the photos, I realized they were more interesting than my original idea. I used a few shoots and made this composite layout of the three of us at the park. It turned into a homage to our country life.

Every week, it seems like no matter what, Sara and I take Daisy for a walk. We either take her to  B.T. National Monument or the S.M.L. Community Park. The day before our walk, I got an idea for an illustration. It was some surreal image of a guy holding a head. So the next day on our walk, I took some reference pictures of myself and Daisy (as a stand in). But when I got home and looked at all the photos, I realized they were more interesting than my original idea. I used a few shoots and made this composite layout of the three of us at the park. It turned into a homage to our country life.

Illustration for the Roanoker Magazine.
What kind of business prospers in Roanoke? Apparently it’s Hooters. Out of a dozen business that occupied a building along Williamson Rd, only Hooters lasted more than a year. Kurt makes the argument that we need more T&A restaurants in this area.

The G-man articles are always a little tongue-in-check, but I didn’t think the little man riding a hot dog was going to pass the sketch phase. But Kurt is an awesome Editor, with an even more twisted sense of humor than mine. 

Illustration for the Roanoker Magazine.

What kind of business prospers in Roanoke? Apparently it’s Hooters. Out of a dozen business that occupied a building along Williamson Rd, only Hooters lasted more than a year. Kurt makes the argument that we need more T&A restaurants in this area.

The G-man articles are always a little tongue-in-check, but I didn’t think the little man riding a hot dog was going to pass the sketch phase. But Kurt is an awesome Editor, with an even more twisted sense of humor than mine. 

A friend of mine started his own you tube channel. He asked me if I could create his web banner & intro graphic. The Ferris AC is a reference to the Green Lantern comics (Ferris Air Craft is the aviation corporation that Hal Jordan works for). 

The Center In The Square will be having its first annual Arts Fair, and I will be one of the artist in attendance. Come check it out. It will take place November 15th & 16th, and the event is from 10-5 pm.

The Center In The Square will be having its first annual Arts Fair, and I will be one of the artist in attendance. Come check it out. It will take place November 15th & 16th, and the event is from 10-5 pm.

I am still experimenting with different methods for making oil paintings.  These are some paintings that I made over the past year, and each one was made in a slightly different way. Some of the paintings where made with acrylic and oils, some have handmade oil grounds, some of them have an under painting, some do not, etc. My goal has been to maintain a high archival quality, but to also find a method that expresses my personal aesthetics. I still have some tinkering to do, but I feel like I am understanding the materials better and getting closer to my own personal vision. I had a teacher in college that said “Painting is more important than art.” Which to me means, working is more important than the product.

When I began painting in oils, I used to buy all of my materials that I worked with, including the stretcher bars.  Through the years, I have found that creating my own large stretcher bars was cheaper than buying them pre-made from a manufacturer.  It is not only cheaper to make them, it also produces a better product. Although I may have started out building my own stretcher bars for the purpose of saving a buck, I found that I enjoyed the hands on approach and going back to the basics made me feel prouder of the final painting.