I am exploring an older painting as I am working on a new commission painting. I am relearning tools with a new perspective.
I looked down at my studio floor and this is what I saw. A beautiful and random combination of colors, textures and materials. I took this picture without thinking but now that I see it, I can’t help but be inspired. Luck is part of our life but we have to be ready to accept it. Good luck to you for today and every other day of your life.
An other great shot from my brother @samimages I always feel conflicted to post pics of me as it feel self centered and vain but I also know that people want to know about the person behind the art. I just have to embrace that my art is part of me and I am part of my art.
A part of me loves making art for the benefit of collecting. Creating new art is like adding a new thing to my collection. I am lucky that even when my works sells, I still feel connected to it as if I still had it. I am a producer, I am a maker, I am a painter.
On a long journey you have to go steady, never look back and breath when you face obstacles. This Elephant represents my journey. I wish you the best for yours.
This self portrait by vincent Van Gogh is the third painting in my Homage series. Like with Mona Lisa and the Girl with the pearl earring I try to show my admiration for the masters by the simplification of shapes and form.
The two sides of my personality are here on the canvas and in the room. The adult trying to connect with the outside world and understand it but also the inner child that is ready to leave the event to go back to imagining Pirate stories with treasures and adventures. I can only speak for myself but I am trying to get the adult and the child to be best friends.
The Master and The Fatalist (48x48 in) What do you get when you peel away our superficial layer? We all have this inner chaos, the voice in our head that is the worst roommate in the world but also we feel love and passion. It’s not pretty inside but there is so much life to be channeled to create our outside world. This painting tells this story for me. What is your personal interpretation of this painting?
What Master painting homage should I do next? What is the painting from a Master you connect with. I keep thinking about evolving all the time but decided to pause for a second and create a series around this Homage idea. My goal is to make at least 10. I am looking forward to inviting you to the process.
Do you think this painting stands on it’s own? Smiley face.
his is an other of my homage paintings. The Original is delicate and beautiful. It captures her soul in many layers of composition, color and subject. My version is mine and it is all I need. I loved painting this as it showed me the possibilities of my work getting closer to the human soul in a simple and straight forward way.
I am working of a series to honor the Masters of the past. I am using my Low Poly style to reduce Mona Lisa to it’s most basic shapes and dimensionality. The style is grounded in the early 3d games of the mid 90’s. I enjoy working with a limited toolset and creating art that dances in-between Abstract and figurative.
One of the most asked question I get regarding my process is: How do you do the circles in the background of the paintings? The answer is: I use a special marker called a drip mop. The model I use the most is the K60 from @krinknyc This tool has had a great impact on my work and it was a great first step to then use paint and brush back in my early years. Picture by Charles Michael Davis.
What is more challenging to you: The blank Canvas or the blank page?
The blank canvas never scared me, I know that out of nothing something always shows up. I don’t need to know where I am going as it’s the steps I am taking that give me the most joy. I wouldn't say the same for the blank page, writing has always been a real challenge for me. I am trying to write and communicate more to let people into my world. It’s is a challenge but as with everything, it gets a little tiny bit easier everyday. Picture by @samimages
How do you start a painting? Do you plan it? How long does it take you to make a painting? what paints and tools do you use? Do you paint in silence? These are a few of the questions I always get. People are interested in the process of art making and I don’t blame them. I love hearing about other artists process. I ask the same questions everyone asks. I love making art because I love the process, I always try in include new techniques and tools in each painting. When I try something new and it brings me joy then I add it to my tool box and the more tools I have, the more precise my art becomes. Picture by the talented @samimages
Ber is the largest painting I have made so far. It is 16 feet long by 10 feet high . I wanted to see how my work would translate to a different scale. I loved making this painting as I felt like I was part of it at times. They say that making a large painting is an easy way to impress but this makes no sense to me as an artist. I don’t create to impress anyone, I paint to explore, experiment and grow. I am proud of this painting.
BIG CAT (60x40 in) will be at the upcoming 21st Edition of Art Palm Beach Fair. Please join me at the @olivercolegallery booth, January 17 -21 , 2018. “Big Cat” is part of a series inspired by the polarizing subject of trophy hunting in Africa. The Leopard is one of the big trophy hunting animals in Africa. There is always two sides to a story and rather than planting myself on one side or the others, I decided to use the subject of trophy hunting as a way to grow as a human being. I learned about both sides of the issue and I realize that with this knowledge I was about to see things in a more nuanced way. I now try to apply this learning first, judge after approch to everything in my life.
WOUNDED (60x40 in) will be at the upcoming 21st Edition of Art Palm Beach Fair. Please join me at the @olivercolegallery booth, January 17 -21 , 2018.
“Woundeed” is part of a series inspired by the polarizing subject of trophy hunting in Africa. I created two Elephant themed paintings using the same shapes with varying compositions to represent two different perspectives. This is meant to illustrate the two opposing sides of Trophy Hunting. At first, I was strongly against it. After educating myself more I realized that it is not as simple as black and white/good and bad. I would like to encourage everyone to learn more about both sides of an issue so that they can view people with opposite opinions not as monsters, but as fellow human beings.
Happy New year. 2018 is here and I wanted to wish you all Health, Love and success for this year. I hope you feel better today than yesterday and that tomorrow you will feel even better. No resolutions for me this year. I will keep my goals in mind everyday and I will try to be a more understanding human. I am so excited to share with you my future paintings. Thank you for your support and love.
I am closing this year with a new painting. “ACTARUS” (4x4 feet) is my way of looking at an idea and then focusing on a small part of this idea and realizing that it is as good to me as the full idea. I wish you Health, love and success for 2018.