Parallel Perspectives- 36″ x 36″
The title is exploring two worlds that should never meet. While the worlds can mean any two things coming together that you would like to relate them to, I have my own personal inspiration. I encourage those to tell me what two forces they saw coming together upon seeing this painting, feel free to send me a message through the inquiries tab up top or any form of communication you have with me.
Relief in the Addict (RIP Mac Miller)- 16″ x 12″
Working with addiction, repetition, routine- it all begins to bled together as things become intermixed with habits. Looking at the life of a figure like Mac Miller, he inspired me from my 7th grade bus trips with my iPod in hand. I grew up in the same realm of high school and development with him and his music. This makes this one hard on me. Hearing how much more in depth he had become over the years that I listened gave me inspiration. I flick through the drugged out projects and other worlds he explored for us. This painting is a representation of the struggle that he felt, and I felt through his music. It’s a component that is very interesting to me. These different faces show the pain and complexity that reflect his lifestyle and artwork. Rest in paradise king, you’ll always be an inspiration to me.
Patience for Greatness- 48″ x 24″ Acrylic on Canvas (SOLD)
I’ve been stuck wanting to excel faster than I can create. The frustration is encouraging a drastic change in my life. With all the has happened, I found myself receiving condolences one night in a mesmerizing scene. Looking at this piece from left to right, we see a book in the bottom left corner. This book represents the education I was receiving from a business school in Pittsburgh. The figure above the book is a side profile of me being lectured by an authority figure looking over my choices. I am covering my ears in an effort to resist what I was being told about my future. The white figure to the right of the authority represents my awakening moment. This personal experience jolted me into having a confidence I seem to have lacked my whole life. Looking to the right of that was my potential future. While the thought of a suit and tie job traveling on a transit scared me immensely (shown by the expression on the face), I found myself transferring into a saturated life expressing myself more and more. The colors and city represent the life I intend to live in the near future. While it can be tempting to risk it all for the life of an artist, drop out, travel, experience things- there is the risk of getting there. The same night I expressed this potential life is the same instance that I was given the advice of being patient, trusting the process. While this is exactly what I didn’t want to hear, I have to accept it. When it comes down to it, whether it be in a year or in 20, eventually I will have to either sink or swim in the industry, this being shown in the bottom right corner. Drifting in the water on an inter tube, basically waiting my turn on all of this.
BREAKTHROUGH- 48” x 30” Acrylic on Canvas
This is a very personal piece. The thought behind this is the rut I have dug myself in my life. When you do things a certain way for so long, it becomes routine, not allowing any chance for change. When the realization occurred, it was during a talk with a friend. We discussed our intentions for our future. When looking at the big picture, it seems as if the colorful wave that is present in most of my works is the lack of clearity in my life as of late. After this talk, I figured the best way to represent it would be to allow the viewers to see the figure as it literally breaks through the colors, exposing the white of the it. While the figure breaks through, it is entering a new field, a more stable and controlled life, displayed through precise fields of color. This piece is showing that this is just the start, as it should get much more controlled from here on out.
Is This it?- 40″ x 30″ Acrylic on Canvas
An emotional night at a tense point in my life, where conclusions were drawn and lives changed. The crowd in the background are elements to show the reactions felt in the course of life since this encounter.
All Eyes- 36″ x 36″ Acrylic on Canvas
This summer has been very special to me. It is my first time not being home from college, living in my own place year-round. It can take a toll on the mind and body without even thinking about it. I constantly found myself looking around rather confused; the feeling as if I was waiting for something catastrophic to happen. The question would dawn on me several times a day, “What’s next? Where do I go from here?” With that being the focus of my life, I would seek something that would visually suit that appropriately. While most would resort to alcohol and drugs when seeking answers, I feel like a bar scene is only appropriate. However-this bar is a bit tense. The faces show the reaction of a traumatic event, grabbing the attention of everyone present, even the people playing pool in the background. While the breaking news on the television is a representation of my life, people cannot help but keep their eyes on me. While the reactions are mixed and some harsh, this is where I see myself right now. The vibe of the scene simply asks, “After all of this, where do we go from here?”
Pilot Jones- 30″ x 24″ Acrylic on Canvas
Last year, while on Christmas break and back from college, I found myself within a very spiritual spot. I gravitated towards friends for genuine times just for the feel of it. While within that energy, I decided to start doing art- a big jump in my life. The ideas were flowing and things were on the rise. I found myself one night uneasy with the energy, feeling lost and rushed. While events ensued, spirits seemed to surround me, while also making me transition into my life now. This aspect is shown through the figure reaching out with a hand at the bottom of the painting. It is connected to a body that has my old hockey number (14) on it, being crushed by the events over it. This reveals the moment I gave up the lifestyle of an athlete to a creative. The car on the left side shows the escape route I took from the situation, a scene that was building from the start. While figures look concerned around the scared face, the face is magnified in the background to completely convey the feeling of fear. The monochromatic color scheme is different for me, making the figures easier to see, revealing the story more to the viewer, which I enjoy sharing more.
The Fashion Haus- 20″x20″ Acrylic on Canvas
A few Weeks ago, I went to a party at a three story loft in Cleveland. This was such an inspirational trip, gaining both connections and knowledge. I got these attributes since the party consisted of a bunch of local creatives who are chasing recognition as much as the next person. The knowledge is gained by seeing other creative minds let loose and talk about their work and perspectives on things. The connections allow expanding easier along with gaining some friends. This particular scene was looking up a staircase into a gigantic room that occupied five king sized beds total. While three people posed looking right at the viewer, one squatting in between two standing, a hand in the bottom left corner suggests an inviting path up into what is in store at the top room. While events up there provoked curiosity, it was also saturated with danger. The fear is expressed through warm colors at the top with figures throughout. The fear is representing the exact emotion toward going into a field that isn’t guaranteed success. It only seemed to be an appropriate representation of all the people attending the party.
High Watch- 48″x36″ Acrylic on Canvas
Last summer I went on my family’s come to be annual vacation to North Carolina. This trip was different from the past. I was growing up a good bit, getting into more and more stuff as time passed. Arts became my life and passion at this point, as I was still sorting through my life to see what brought me energy I could relate to the best. I was also not in the company of my parents, kind of throwing the whole trip off. I felt strange and disoriented the first night. Just not really feeling too comfortable with everything going on in my life, even thought it was supposed to be a time to get away from these worries. Once most went to bed, I found my way to the beach to relax by myself for a bit, even if it was in the rain. The painting is the view of me sitting on top of the lifeguard chair, showing how the elevation is the only place I find stability. As the chaos ensues at the bottom, filled with disapproving glares and the deteriorating structure of the chair, the top of the scene is quite relaxed, where things make sense.
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The Hoegarden- 48″x24″ Acrylic on Canvas
The Hoegarden is a house that hosts live music normally once a month. I was brought there a few times, until the atmosphere was welcoming enough to feel like an invite was implied. All bands perform in the basement. When it’s time for a breather, I always like to go upstairs to see if I know anyone up there. As I was on my way up the stairs, I saw this opportunity to create a visual story of this place. While it would be easy to display the performances, I like to focus on the people who make the place what it is exactly. Usually intoxicated, but rowdy and inviting people. These are the people that influence my work the most by reminding me that it’s all about being yourself.