This piece was recently finished for a legendary dive bar located near the University of Minnesota. Though it recently closed this was created to memorialize and sum up the diversity of patrons and odd things that happened at this bar and on this corner. From the menu to the t-shirts that featured the line "Some people don't like dive bars those people suck anyway" Sporty's bar was a landmark and will be missed. For me it was another bar restaurant acrylic painting that was truly fun to create. The final art measured roughly 55" x 40".
Summer fun begins in downtown Robbinsdale. What is more fun than a sunny days search for a great cookie. This acrylic painting is part of a new series of art featuring small downtown, people, events and places.
Here is painting for just plain fun. If you look there are tons of images some hidden some not that mean something to someone who frequents Duffy's in Osseo Minnesota. Character's galore at this fun spot right in downtown Osseo. Duffy's is celebrating it's 30 year anniversary this summer in late June so put it on your calendar and be sure to tip one with a friend at this legendary bar and grill.
This 30x26" acrylic painting in memory of Eric Applen who played baseball for Champlin Park High School before cancer took his time away us. Through This painting I was hoping to convey that Eric is still and will forever be with us "On Deck" and ready to swing away. It was donated to auction and to raise money for the 10th annual Eric Applen golf tournament for cancer research. Great people, great cause and great golf. The auction was a lot of fun for all attendees and helped to push more research dollars for cancer research.
This piece is drenched with early morning colors. A lot of symbolism combined with a composition made in the midwest. This started out as a simple landscape painting but it it turned into a lot more visually to take in. This will be another for the "Farm Series" of works.
This image started as an idea to show how pollution is impacting our environment in different ways at different levels. There is a reason the plastic bottle has a brand name on it and a turtle is positioned in two different environments. A box turtle native to the mid-west does not live near oceans and does not live in a plastic bubble floating out on the sea.
The fondest memories most people have are not always about the “big event” but the normal everyday experiences that lead up to it. As an artist my intent is to visually capture a memory and convey it. A walk, a place, a person a workplace, a gift, a meal, all little things but they are part of every ones personal life mosaic.
Each piece I produce incorporates a unique story behind its creation and each story is connected to other stories waiting to be shared and painted. That is why a lot of my work involves a series of pieces that are connected. As they are produced they unfold to tell a bigger story.
These stories are the very essence of what I paint and they continue to drive me to want to paint art that connects emotionally.
To have an impact the piece should evoke a memory, an emotion something to be lived over every time you view the art. If my work can do this than I know it is a success and a meaningful piece.