I am an artist whose illustrative career began by drawing fliers for bands in the Los Angeles area. Between 2005-2011 I curated and all acoustic music night at The Hyperion Tavern. After being introduced to the Old Time string band Triple Chicken Foot my love for Old Time Music began and style of characters developed. I have a deep love for murder ballads and song content that explores the highs and lows of human emotion which can be seen in much of my work. I am self taught for the most part having only completed a few classes in art. I work in a variety of mediums including pen, watercolor, gouache, pencil and paint. Influences other than Old Time music range from Lorena Carrington, to Pauline Baynes, to Henry Darger to Robert Crumb and everything else inbetween. Working with leather is new to me but has become a great way to incorporate my work in a functional piece that lasts a life time.
My most recent work includes posters for square dances and other projects that promote many forms of traditional music. I have had the pleasure of being one of the resident artists for David Bragger and his Old-Time Tiki Parlour recordings. I have collaborated with many friends including painting dance boards for clogger and buck dancer extraordinaire Rebecca Stout and City of Angels own songbird Kelly Marie Martin for my first crankie. I am also honored to know many people who have the knowledge and talent of this style of music who also seem to appreciate my work. Much of my art can be seen on one of a kind leather goods I create from time to time or personalized banjo and guitar straps.
I find great difficulty in answering complete strangers truthfully when they ask what made me draw something, a question I get asked alot. I share as much as I can with my art and while I am drawn to the idea of lovers, intimate relationships and companionship like anyone else I struggle from time to time and that struggle, joy, euphoria, heartbreak, anger, love can make it’s way into my work. Most if not all my decisions are based upon how I feel any particular moment of any day. Have you ever looked at two pairs of shoes and gone through the entire day in your head with each shoe, then picked the shoe that felt right, or listened to a song that brought you back to a place and feeling you didn’t want to be. This is me. I explore this world through my senses, and emotionality which can be both rewarding and disastrous. My whole being feels deeply about everything and everyone that it can be a process to bring me back to my lucidity. Art helps me navigate and process this deep sea of feelings as I am in this world to experience it. Or, maybe it’s as simple as I like good time, a nice looking mustache, whiskey and dancing...
Baking, playing a little guitar and hanging out with my two dogs are just a few non-art related things I enjoy doing.
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List of galleries I have exhibited work
-ZaPow! Gallery. Asheville, North Carolina 2017
-The Magoski Arts Colony. Fullerton, California 2015
-ColorVision. Long Beach, California 2011