Blog - On the Easel

A collection of updates, recent information and things that inspire me.

Pileup 48"x60"

I just recently sent this painting out to my gallery in San Francisco, it was big enough that it had to be crated and sent by freight which is somewhat terrifying. On big paintings like this I often will shoot several images and stitch them together in photoshop using photo  merge. The images here are all from a really large 180mb image so I can get super close and still retain a lot of detail. I have started a few more paintings along these lines and I am excited about how it is going.pileupblog detail1pileup




Common Era


Common Era, Oil on Linen, 60"x 48". This post is a bit overdue, I have been working on large paintings recently and they just gobble up all of your time. I started painting Trompe L'oeil paintings of toys in their bags and it occurred to me that the inflatable toys I had been doing in their packages would make a great still life subject if they wereblown up. The toys seem to me a perfect metaphor for the type of painting I do in that they appear to be solid and have mass but are just an illusion.

common2I like that the painting suggests a narrative with characters but is also just a still life. 

common1This was a fun painting to do but a real test to my endurance, it took about two and a half months in the studio every day, all day, and a few nights scattered in for good measure.



Produce... Re-Produced

produce2 I know, another corny title, but what am I supposed to do. In the back of my mind I make these posts with relative certainty that no one could possibly find them interesting but myself so I am jazzing things up a bit, woo hoo. Here is another painting in my ongoing series of revisiting recent works and changing them dramatically. Produce 20"x 22" oil on panel. Gone is the minimalists background and in with the maximalist.


Here is the old version of produce with the simple background. In retrospect I think I was trying to bridge the gap conceptually between all of the work I was doing by keeping these paintings as strictly still lifes. Everything in the painting was in the still life set up in my studio so of course it was linked to the other still lifes I was doing. Now I sort of don't care, I am going to follow my inspiration where it takes me.

IMG_5660Here is the still life in my studio to give an idea of how I was/am setting up paintings. Strangely, I now think the photos work really well and might someday be an avenue I explore. But for now this is where I am.



Rattler Rattler, oil on panel 10"x 8". I bought this many years ago at Wall Drugs in South Dakota, a store that specializes in just this sort of thing. If I remember correctly for a quarter you could play tic-tac-toe with a chicken in a big coin operated machine by the front door.

Visible Man

New painting "Visible Man", oil on panel, 12"x10" . This painting will be in my upcoming show at the DCCA. Come out if you can make it, the opening reception is on December 7th from 6-9.