From June 2012


These two paintings are all about the negative space and the silhouettes they create. The square canvas, deep black rectangular body to the right, and the triangular shape of the bellows with its repetitive lines make it a simple yet bold composition.
The candle stick phones do the same thing, but along with the movement cords there is a subtle hint of color — a patina on the phones metallic parts that bring it just barely out of the monochromatic tones. The phones also have such a strong character. My wife says they almost seem penguin-like with their stance and beaks turned in opposing directions.
As subjects, they’re like an homage to the roots of our technology that is common place to us now. We obsess over our smartphones and seem to forget how breakthroughs in photography and telecommunications have been going on for 100+ years. Right at the very foundation of it all, nothing has changed. All this stuff is about connecting and sharing. It always has been.
Antique German Camera
24″ x 24″  |  Oil/Canvas  |  2012

Antique Candle Stick Phones
24″ x 24″  |  Oil/Canvas  |  2012

Oliver Profile

If I had to pick a favourite out of the 22 paintings I made for the June 2012 exhibition at the Elliott Fouts Gallery, I’d have to consider Oliver Profile. It’s something I did for the pure enjoyment of getting lost in all the details.

On first glance, not many people would know what it is. It stands out, being almost unrecognizable as a typewriter (I assure you, it is one) with it’s unique wing-like design.

I found this typewriter in an old-tech “graveyard” of sorts. Hidden in the back of an ancient town hall in the middle of the prairie, sits a dark room bursting with adding machines, typewriters and copy machines. And on a low shelf in a corner I found this typewriter, where it sat for decades, unnoticed with its cover firmly in place. It was completely abandoned by time and technology advances.

I marvel at the intricate mechanics. The engineering prowess it took to piece together such a complicated machine simply intrigues me.

I chose to look at the typewriter from a different angle — a dead-on side profile. The negative space the profile of the typewriter creates, the contrast of the heavy, solid, deep green body and the myriad of dials, gears, knobs, levers, bolts — it was such a pleasure to paint. And through painting, I think the object goes through an organic metamorphosis. After some time, I finally figured it out — this typewriter was basically a functioning piece of steampunk art. That’s why I love it.

Oliver Profile
20″ x 30″  |  Oil/Canvas  |  2012

It Went Well

The grand opening reception of the new location of the Elliott Fouts Gallery was something you had to see to appreciate. To say it was a full house is an understatement. The place was packed, shoulder to shoulder. I think the people of Sacramento are enjoying the new gallery, as they should.

By the end of the evening, 18 of the 22 paintings I have in the exhibition were sold. I wasn’t expecting that kind of a response to my work, and I think any artist would tell you that such an event is remarkably validating. I think I’ll keep doing what I do.

A quiet view of the exhibition

After four consecutive years of exhibitions in Sacramento, the best part is seeing familiar faces at the gallery. The Sunday following the reception, Kerrie Kelly and Vinny Catalano hosted a brunch so I could meet some more collectors. I was completely honoured by their hospitality. Every single conversation I had was enlightening and enjoyable.

Many thanks to the fine people at the gallery — Elliott Fouts, Michelle Satterlee, Cynthia Lou and Sherry Ngai. It’s a privilege to work with them!