“SLOTH LIFE” a massive 10 by 12 foot tribute to the North American Giant Sloth for the Joshua Tree Music Festival. This creature, which stood up to 15 feet tall, once roamed the high desert, feasting on the blossoms of the Joshua Tree (as represented by the cloud like wallpaper pattern in the background), pooping the seeds out, and therefore helping to spread the Joshua Tree all over the desert. Since their extinction the Joshua Tree population has dwindled, and continues to do so at an alarming rate. Extinction for the tree is in the foreseeable future. There are currently efforts underway to genetically bring back the giant sloth, as well as mammoths, to help reduce the tree canopy and increase grasslands, allowing the earth to breath and counterbalancing the affects of global warming.
Mural for Ocean Beach Hostel in Ocean Beach, San Diego. This mural depicts egrets and stretches around 3 walls. The title of this mural, as painted in orange charachters, is “way of life.”
Collaborative one day mural project at CULTURE Brewing in Ocean Beach, San Diego. This was painted from start to finish on April 20th during business hours for a 420 event.
Mural for Station Pizza in San Marcus. Marinara sea. Calzone island with cascading beer tap waterfalls, pizza waves, pizza topping line up, etc.. so fun to paint this one..
Roadrunner mural painted for the Joshua Tree Music Festival, October, 2018. Two piece mural, 16x14 foot (on two panels).
A mural i painted for the Joshua Tree Music Festival 2018. It deals with ideas of life and death, celebrating both simultaneously.
"If you look long enough into the abyss, the abyss will look back." Friedrich Nietzsche
Trailer mural project out in Landers, just outside Joshua Tree.
Indoor mural of Prickly Pear cactus blossoms.
Japanese mural in Encinitas, "Reiho-Fuji Sanroku-Sakura maki" which translates roughly to "majestic Mt. Fuji, from the base, with cherry blossoms painting." I wanted to paint this wall (45x25) as close to traditional Japanese style as possible, specifically ukio-e, which was done using wood blocks. Being a fairly good sized wall I was conscious to not overdo or clutter the imagery, also keeping the color scheme simple with lots of negative space. This mural depicts a sunrise, in spring, which represents a new, fresh start.
101 and D Street, Encinitas (backside of 7-11), tribute to two amazing human beings..
Adjacent to the Prince/Bowie mural, this is the owner of 7-11s dog, Ollie. Originally he wanted Ollie on the same wall as the two, but we decided a separate scene would be better.
Sapeurs in the Republic of Congo, on the wall of Culture Brewing in Solana Beach. This mural along with canvas pieces will be up the entire month of June.
the "Pisstine Chapel" in Del Mar, California...
Live painting at the Fiesta Del Sol in Solana Beach...
THE B-SIDE OF THE PISSTINE CHAPEL...
"The Loo". Somewhere deep in the bowels of San Diego....
HALLOWEEN ART SHOW 2014, Oceanside Museum of Art
I was invited to join the annual halloween "freakshow" at the Oceanside Museum of Art with my good friend Jason Wimer and a handful of other talented San Diego artists. The theme was traditional freakshow/circus style, essentially a vaudeville style show with a variety of attractions, including; live painting, contortionist, live taxidermy (that's right), dancers, as well as finished paintings on display. I contributed one finished painting, titled "The Siren of Surfeit", and one live painting which Jason and I worked on together during the event. The word "surfeit" means greed and excess. The Siren of Surfeit piece (left) portrays a typical freakshow banner with a twist. The "freak" on display is the stereotypical "normal" American consumer, while the audience members are the "traditional" freaks we all know, i.e. the bearded woman, fat man, etc. The point being that to be true to ones nature is normal, we work with what we were given, accepting imperfections and limitations as part of life. These "freaks" as we call them, are their natural selves, and therefore actually quite normal. The real freaks are those who constantly try to modify, enhance, overcompensate, overfill and overdo their lives with material items (food, clothes, cars, etc.) and medical procedures to make themselves happy. This lavish and never-ending desire for fulfillment from material items has negative affects not only on the individuals physical and emotional state, but also those around them, near and far, and ultimately the natural environment which we all share. The end result of this excessive lifestyle is an emotional, physical, and environmental deficiency, as it is not sustainable. The "Siren of Surfeit" holds many items representing this lifestyle, including the severed head of her own baby, as we are ultimately killing ourselves.
The live painting was a collaborative piece with my good friend Jason Wimer. We decided that the canvas itself would be painted like the side of a circus tent, with a "freak" of sorts ripping out of the tent and into the outside world. Essentially the freak is the inner animal in us all, our true self, the tent is our ego, and escaping this represents transcendence to our uninhibited natural self. The piece is 5x6 foot, brush and spray paint on canvas.
All in all it was a great night , full of strange art, family, friends, and even some much need rain. Jason and my mutual friend David Shull even made a guest appearance, which made things all the more enjoyable. Thank you to everyone involved, especially Kimerberly Mullen at the OMA for the invite and all her hard work.
Until next year….stay freaky ya'll!