"The Trumpet Master"
The Trumpet Master is a painting from my Curly Cue series. I did this painting while listening to the great Louis Armstrong who is perhaps the greatest musician to ever live. His life story and his contribution to the world has no parallel. When he recorded "It's a Wonderful World" things were not so great for African Americans. Many in the black community felt that he had sold them out by not acknowledging their suffering at the time. However Louis or "Pops" as he was affectionately known was a man who had traveled all over the planet. He was able to see, hear and taste different cultures. Embrace people all over the world from all different walks of life. He was lovingly embraced by people of all ethnicity's, religions and beliefs. This expanded his view and shaped his opinions about humanity. In spite of our current reality here in America like Pops I too think it's a wonderful world.
24" x 30" Oil on Canvas, Framed. $3,500
This is my newest work. I finished this painting just before the new year rang in. Originally I named it the " Renaissance Man" then after careful study of my intentions for the painting I changed the name to " Tribute". The painting is a celebration of Jazz, Art and Black history. I wanted to give the painting a cool modern feel while capturing the essence of pure jazz at the same time. While developing the Composition for the painting I continuously referenced the Harlem Renaissance period. It was a time of extraordinary achievement for Black Americans. Great advancement in all fields of endeavor emerged and made an everlasting imprint on American and Global culture. Jazz was at the forefront of this movement and the cornerstone of how we look at it today. One cannot reference the Harlem Renaissance and not mention the influence jazz had on that time in our history. Artists of all disciplines emerged and produced an astounding archive of work that we cherish today. Every type of creativity from painting, sculpture, literature, Dance and the performing arts, Business and entrepreneurship, vocal singing legend's Like Sarah Vaughan and great Jazz composer Duke Ellington. Most of all I wanted to celebrate and pay tribute to all of those who came before me. Those who paved the way for greater inclusion for Black artists. I painted the bow using the colors of the American flag for a reason. To simply illustrate the sheer volume of contributions made by African Americans, not only to America But the world as well.
"Tribute" is a 50" x50" Oil on canvas......$6,500.
So I was finishing this little sax player up and the wife comes into the studio all "hangry" and asks what's for dinner? So I said how about eating this painting, then things really got interesting. Needless to say I made a fabulous dinner for her and even went out and got her a snickers candy bar....$925 Oil on canvas with a hand made maple wood frame.
A few years ago I went to Rocky Point Mexico, my wife and I use to own a condo on the beach there. We took some good friends and had a great weekend getaway. One night after dinner we turned on the television and to our delight Elton John was doing a live show on HBO. Right away the visual of him sitting at this enormous baby grand piano just sent me into creative overdrive. Immediately this image began pounding into my head. I had just finished a commission with this style and was excited to continue with this style. I used thick layers of paint. Impasto is the technique i used on this. I love the joyfulness of this composition. It took a couple of months to complete because of it's size and at the time I was preparing for a show. This painting is in my private collection. The dimensions are 72" x 60" its oil on canvas. It would be very hard to part with this one.
I love music especially straight ahead jazz. I was listening to Wynton Marslis on night last year. He was live from Lincoln Center in New York. He and his orchestra were playing some serious straight ahead jazz that night. While listening to them I began to develop this image in my head. I started thinking of how rich the art and music culture is in New York. I wanted this painting to have that uplifting feel associated with straight ahead jazz. The improvisational style in which Wynton blew his horn really inspired the freedom of my brush strokes. I had fun painting this one for sure. This painting is a 36" x 36" oil on canvas....$3,200
Okay fellas I suppose we all have thought about it. Certainly some guys actually have them, I did this painting after knowing how much trouble it might cause in my house. That's why I told my wife that this painting represents all of the women she is all rolled into one amazing woman. I know she probably doesn't believe that BS but it got me off the hook. In many ways it's still a work in progress and I intend to finish it someday soon so be on the lookout for the re posting of it. Until then it will be in my private collection. It's 72" x 50" oil on canvas.
Not long ago my wife and I were on our way home from a friends birthday party. It was a fun night, we had good food and drinks plus plenty of laughs. It had been raining all that day so my friends plans for an outdoor event did not work out. On the way home the closer we got to the mountain range where we live I heard loud thunder and saw dazzling lightning flashes in the distance. The sound of thunder is caused by lightning. Depending on the distance and nature of the lightning, thunder can range from a sharp crack to a long low rumble. The sudden increase in pressure and temperature from lightning produces rapid expansion of the air surrounding and within a bolt of lightning. In turn, this expansion of air creates a sonic shock wave, similar to a sonic boom, which produces the sound of thunder. Storms are awesome, I love the sheer power and beauty of nature. Yes storms can be very destructive but so are we. Science is real folks and I love it, this painting is a 6" x 6" oil on canvas....$200 shipping included.
Abstract compositions are so free and non conforming. They appeal to my free spirited nature and I am consumed by the process of this style. Mixing just to right amount of pigment and applying them is the most fun. I enjoy watching a canvas come to life while contemplating my next stroke. It's hard not to be impulsive while meandering through a large canvas like this one. Oh well on my way to Mexico today which means I'll have to leave my studio for a couple of days. This is painting is a 72" x 30" oil on canvas....$4,200
I love rain forests, they are known as the "jewels of the earth", they are also the worlds largest pharmacy. Over one quarter of all natural medicines have been discovered in rain forests. Tropical and temperate rain forests may still contain millions of species of plants, insects and microorganisms still undiscovered by outsiders. Indigenous people have known for centuries how to live in these magical places. Lush, green, and full of life rain forests produce trillions of tons of oxygen. They are also considered the lungs of the planet. We need to take better care of our forests. It is estimated that rain forests produce enough fruit each year to feed the entire planet. This painting is a 38" x 36" acrylic on canvas with resin....$3,200
The majestic beauty of the Amazon river is also the life pulse of South America. It, like so many places on the planet needs to be protected. I love wild natural undeveloped places and would love to see them all. The vivid color, texture, sights, sounds and bewildering array of life of the Amazon stimulates my creativity in so many ways. I love the soothing composition and movement in this painting. 40" x 30" acrylic on canvas with resin....$3,200
Sometimes I like to do small paintings which are usually florals. I had some time and thought I would try my new technique on a small canvas just to get a feel for it. Now I'm going to experiment with different surfaces just for a change of pace. I love working on canvas but I want to see how the medium works out on something like masonite. This painting is a 6" x 6" acrylic on canvas with resin....Sold.
An equinox is an astronomical event in which the plane of Earth's equator passes the center of the sun, making night and day for approximately equal length all over the planet. It is the only time that the sub-solar point is on the equator. Equinoxes occur twice a year on September 23rd, my birthday and March 21 st. The September equinox signals the beginning of Autumn and in March the beginning of spring. My two favorite times of year are when the seasons change and new things happen. This painting is a 36" x 36" acrylic on canvas with resin.
In the divine infinite places of the universe there are nurseries that give birth to stars. The process has been named Accretion, the light from those stars travel millions of light years or more to Earth. The light shines brilliantly in our night skies. We have gazed upon them for ages and they have inspired the creation of many things. I love that we have telescopes powerful enough to view them through and satellite's that take incredible photos of them. I can only imagine looking up at the night sky above the Serengeti Plains of Africa. That would be a sight to behold, I hope to see it some day. This painting is 40" x 30" acrylic on canvas.
Water is the most precious resource on our planet. Yet we care so little about it until it becomes scarce or disappears. Climate change is bringing drought to many parts of the world. Syria has erupted because of unprecedented drought, forcing thousands to leave their homes and way of life. Corporations continue to pollute our oceans and we went from good free tap water to bottled water that we pay for. We better change our ways while we still have time. This painting is a 24" x 20" x 1.5" acrylic on canvas with resin.
I am fascinated by the power of volcanoes. Ancient Hawaiian's knew the power of volcanoes and worshiped them. I have been to a few of the Hawaiian Islands but have not visited Hawaii national park. I would love to see the lava flows of Kilauea and Mauna Loa. I imagine the beauty and horror of massive eruptions years ago. The aftermath of those eruptions resulted in these beautiful Islands. If I ever get to see them it will be a cherished moment, this painting is 52" x 36" acrylic on canvas.
Since childhood I have been drawn to Chinese culture, art and cuisine. I am in awe of what they have developed over the centuries. I had the privilege of visit China some time ago, it's an extraordinary place. The forbidden city, the great wall, Shanghai and so many other places, left a deep impression on my conscious. The people are warm and gracious. The gardens and art were a feast for the eye and the food, well that is an art form there too. I hope to go back some day. This is a 64"x 30" acrylic on canvas.
I can only imagine the magnificent beauty, abundance, peace and tranquility of the Americas before Christopher Columbus. It must have been the most incredible place in the western hemisphere. Endless forests, pristine fresh water, lakes, beaches, the Atlantic and the pacific oceans. Teaming with life, the oceans held trillions of fish and crustacean's that we pay top dollar for today. Sadly Columbus brought with him nothing but death and destruction, today America is like one giant master planed community with ugly strip malls form coast to coast. Now their are some good things about America today but we can never get back the beauty she once was. This painting is 60" x 30" acrylic on canvas.
From the Great Rift Valley in Kenya, the birth place of mankind. Humans have migrated all over the world. Our journey throughout history is truly mind boggling when we stop to examine it. We inhabit every continent and environment on the planet. We have adapted to every type of climate and learned to survive and thrive in all those places. I wanted to capture the idea of movement and a journey in this painting. 60" x 30" acrylic on canvas.