New Website

Hello everyone! I have been working hard at designing a new website and would love for you to check it out. It also has a built in blog so I doubt I will be doing much with this space anymore. 

Please follow me through my new website!! 



The "Wit Rabbit" is finished and ready for the graphic designers

Here is a design I painted for the B.O.B. of Grand Rapids for a beer called the Wit Rabbit. Excited to see it in the finished stages and in application! This was a fun little illustration to paint.


New Prints

"Eden" My first Polyester Plate: Sharpie Marker and Acryllic drawn on the plate and then etched and printed.
Turned my Mosquito Illustration into a color etching: 3 plates- yellow, red, and black


In Progress

Here is a picture of my honey bee painting. Still working on the honey comb and adding more bees.

Update on Iceberg

Here is what I have been working on people! It is almost done.

Raining Black Birds

Here is a quick shot of the black birds I have been working on. About half way there! Also in the bottom right hand corner is an illustration I am doing for a beer label.


The Last of the Icebergs

The beginning of a new painting featuring an iceberg. Recently watched a documentary on the state of the glaciers and the ice packs but have been wanting to do this painting for a while now.  My love of glaciers and their beautiful ancient blue ice make this painting a pleasure to work on for me.


Bad Wolf Mountain Biking

I created a MTB logo- mainly just for fun and for myself. It is going on my jersey!


New Work for a New Semester. Red-wing Blackbirds and Taniwha

 I am painting  a flock of Red-wing Blackbirds each on their own panels. These were inspired by the strange events that happened mainly last year and parts of this new year, when thousands of birds fell dead from the sky. 

This is my new 2'x6' oil on board painting. It is of a Taniwha Longfin Eel. A Taniwha is a guardian animal that protects natural resources in Maori culture. In freshwater it usually takes the body of an eel. To kill one brings bad luck and ultimately death. To see a Taniwha is a warning against whatever you are doing that may be endangering the eels or the environment. In this painting the eel is being killed which signifies the destruction of the environment and the death of the 'notion' or belief of the Taniwha.


Left and Right Brain

Found this gem thanks to a good friend and had to post it.

Left Brain: I am the left brain. I am a scientist. A mathematician. I love the familiar. I categorize. I am accurate. Linear. Analytical. Strategic. I am practical. Always in control. A master of words and language. Realistic. I calculate equations and play with numbers. I am order. I am logic. I know exactly who I am.

Right Brain: I am the right brain. I am creativity. A free spirit. I am passion. Yearning. Sensuality. I am the sound of roaring laughter. I am taste. The feeling of sand beneath bare feet. I am movement. Vivid colors. I am the urge to paint on an empty canvas. I am boundless imagination. Art. Poetry. I sense. I feel. I am everything I wanted to be. 


100 Grand Show at Nice Gallery!

Friday the 16th there will be a show called the 100 Grand Show were 100 Michigan artists will be featured and each piece of artwork will only be 100 dollars. 

Last minute Christmas gifts! 

My Eel copperplate print will be in the show and on sale! Come check it out.

Friday, December 16, 2011   Time: 7:00pm until midnight
North Building Warehouse at 1111 Godfrey SW


What I have been workign on lately....

 Narwhal Print- Copper Plate Intaglio with Aquatint copywrite 2011

 Me working on my oil painting- Almost done!

My very first Intaglio print- Whale with Halo copywrite 2011


Northern Pike: A fish of many teeth...

Pen and Ink drawing. Mr. Toothy is hungry...

Turned one of my Medicine Show Labels into a Holy candle

I thought my Ajolote (Axolotl) y Cocoa Te' Label would make an interesting holy candle.  It gives another dimension to my concept and also is something neat to sell.


"There are many invisible stories that need telling..."

Love this quote from Joziah Longo....

And how true it is. I am taking it to heart and incorporating this mentality into my paintings. I have been working on telling the stories of animals struggling to survive in a deteriorating world. To many, their stories are invisible, and the dire situations they have unwillingly been subjected to are also unknown or quickly forgotten. They deserve a voice and I hope to accomplish this with my new paintings.


Bliss Fest 2011 Logo Design


The wonderful people and creators of Bliss Fest have once again selected my artwork to represent their amazing music festival. Everyone get excited for OWLS!  

Come check out the festivities and pick up a a T-shirt with my artwork, July 8th 9th and 10th!


Special Offer!

"Owl"  7x10" Oil on Gesso Watercolor Paper.

Special Offer- selling for 40$ Original Painting.  What a deal! Colors are even richer in person. Limited time offer.


Medicine Show

These are a new label designs that will be part of a series depicting antiqued labels for a graduate independent study this year- 2011. The labels pay homage to animals and plants that have been exploited and killed for consumerism and traditional medicine applications. They are symbolic and critique the ridiculous actions of humans who often hunt and kill an entire species to extinction for their own benefit, consumerism, and for believed healing properties.

Animals I will be including: Axolotls, Wright Whales, Thylacine, Pandolin, Musk Deer, Giant Salamander, Rhinos, and others.


The End of Nature

'The End of Nature" - oil on board
 Beginning/inspiration for the series I am working on now dealing with the spirituality of nature.



My signature Crazy Mosquito! Part of a fun little series of crazy animals that inhabit Northern Michigan I worked on a couple years ago.

'Bou Land

Illustration of Caribou ranges in North America. This was a piece finished a couple years ago I recently decided to put up. Informational Illustration.

Finished 3'x4' Painting- Nature as Religion

Here is the finished/almost finished product of half a semester at Grad School. It is the largest I have done and is three feet by four feet in dimension.   It is a continuation of my exploration of the spirituality of nature. The skull has become a icon in my work that represents nature as a spiritual whole as "Nature," as in "God." The moon becomes a halo. This piece is reminiscent of a divine mirage one might experience after succumbing to the will of nature. The Joshua Trees are also important. They were given the name by Mormon settlers who thought that the trees looked like the Biblical Joshua praying to God with outstretched arms. In this piece they reach their branches to the sky, toward the Spirit of nature. 


:-]  Update on painting:

Joshua Trees are blocked in and details being started.