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 traditionalmusic. 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 orpersonalized banjo and guitar straps.
I spend a lot of time drawing, and creating new pieces in hopes to capture a
feeling of a song or to expand peoples views of folk, traditional, and old time music, in a humorous, candid or tragic way. I have also branched out incorporating my own stories, thoughts and feelings from those that inspire me.
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
-The Magoski Arts Colony. Fullerton, California 2015
-ColorVision. Long Beach, California 2011