Learning to Cope with Life Through Art…

We are all survivors! It is a very difficult process to be born into this world and up until recently in human history, you were a joyful gem to have been born alive, let alone to survive past infancy. So we know, unconsciously, from birth that we were brought into this world to fight our way through it.

I know that trials come and trials go. We must learn from each one, become stronger and more agile in dealing with it in the future. Sometimes, though, they can be too hard for us to overcome on our own- or depression comes around the corner and holds us down against our will,. When these times come I have learned to process the pain through my art. I will sit down and decide to draw something that directly relates to how I am feeling. I will mask the pain through symbols and scenarios that force me to sit and deal with for how ever many hours it takes me to finish the piece.

I usually come out feeling much better and the times that I don’t I start another piece and see where it takes me. In this gallery I have some examples of art pieces I have done during some of my own personal battles. If you click on the image there is a description as to where I was in my head when I made it. I hope after reading some of them you may understand my process and maybe it can help you as well.

Here is a video of a Pecha Kucha talk I did in 2013 about how I use art to handle tough situations.

The Embrace of Sages

These two have lived multiple lifetimes and have sought out each other in all of them. Some love is so strong that the souls will do anything to join.

 

Spacial Wanderings Art Show Feb. 2014

 

I had a solo set show in Dayton Ohio in February  2014. The show was based around my obsession with outer space. All the pieces were made specifically with this gallery show in mind.

If you would like to see the illustrations for this show please check out my space art gallery.

The Evolution of a Saturian

Here is a triptych I did of the evolutionary changes of intelligent life on Saturn.  Here are the color and original black and white line work. This piece is available upon request if you like it. Look closely and you will see how that some Saturians went somewhere else too.

This was a lot of fun to draw and I hope to make some more like these one day. If you like this, let me know what else you would like to see evolve on paper.

A Bouquet of Color Illustrations

Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed.- Kahlil Gibran

 

Thrift Store Recreations

Thrift Store shopping is one of my hobbies. There is nothing like walking in the doors of a thrift store you haven’t been to before and taking in the whole picture of what dusty wonders are awaiting you. I always feel like an adventurer who just stumbled upon a dragon’s secret horde of treasure- even if that treasure is moldy magazines and Bill Cosby sweaters.

These places are full of art of all types. I like buying the ones that speak to me and taking them to add my own personal touches to them. Here is a gallery of some of the paintings I have redone. Enjoy.

 

             

 

Zeusophobia, the Fear of God

 

Zeusophobia, the Fear of GodMatthew 4:19- and Jesus said, “Follow me and I will make you Fishers of men.

To see how it was displayed for a public art show click here!

I grew up in the apostolic pentecostal sect of Christianity. I was bullied from birth by people holding a book and smiling at me. I was told that God was a wrathful being whose judgement was so intense that it couldn’t be understood by human terms.

As I got older, the artist in me started to observe the smaller things around me, I started to question why we had to be so separated from all the other non-believers? Why would God make such an easy example for how to live through observing nature at its basics but then require us to fight and die for our own respective skin toned prophet who each say the same things? Why must we find ways to show how we are different and not begin to celebrate how we are the same?

After a very long walk in Christianity- from birth through Bible College- I started to unravel the binds the held me. I was tired of listening to the same hate speeches being masked with breaks of ancient scripture on love. I couldn’t handle the institution of religion anymore.

I do not want to interfere with what makes other people happy and be able to survive on this chaotic journey of life. I only know for me, the day I took off the veil of lies and saw that “God” is much greater and simpler than what organized religions offer, I wanted nothing more to do with it ever again. History proves how people have been using it for power, wealth, and control for a very long time, yet they still want to buy into it.

Faith should be personal- it should NEVER involve anything that requires money from you.

“God” gave us this Earth to respect it and show honor by protecting it, but religion has gotten in the way and now we destroy his gift to us.

Here is how I displayed my piece of the 2014 Phobia Art Show in Dayton, Ohio.