Phoenix came about through a number of changes in design for another piece. Originally, she was slated to be the winged figure "Victory". Up until that time, I had a working maquette of "Victory" as a winged woman with a tattered gown, barely able to stand and lifting her hand up at the end of battle. The more I played with this idea, the more Phoenix emerged. The wings became unnecessary, her dress became shorter and more windswept, she no longer looked tired; rather she was revitalized and embolden. The tatters also transformed into embers, reminiscent of the fire and ash she was born out of. Phoenix emerged, herself reborn. That is precisely the meaning behind this piece as well as the original greek myth it borrows from: to rise from the ashes. Yet, in so many ways this idea is the foundation for God's redemptive power and I hope this piece has captured it - to be made "New" through God's grace.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Phoenix : Dimensions (40"H x 29"W x 16"D) : price $3400 USD
Material - Forton MG (fortified plaster) and bronze powder paint
"Have you ever had a dream in which you were floating or flying?" I'm sure most of us have, and it's probably one of the best dreams you could ever have. You are fearless, free and independent without anything to hold you down. "Hope" is an expression of this feeling and parallels to the hope we have in Christ. Through His grace we are left without the tether of sin and therefore are truly free.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Hope : Dimensions (27"H x 17"W x 24"D) : price $3000 USD
Material - resin and bronze powder paint (currently 2nd casting)
This piece has been a long journey for me. The idea started as a regular maze and slowly developed into this maze of doors. I think I got stuck on doors because they can be so distinct and personal. Every door you come to in life may contain an opportunity. "Will you be welcomed?" "Is there someone there that already knows you, and is waiting to greet you?" "Or, will you be met with hostility or perhaps no reply at all?" (and that is just thinking within the context of people behind the doors) What if they were just . . . there? One stacked on the next and it may lead to somewhere or nowhere, what then? I thought of this extensively in the context of "Ariadne", who according to the greek myth is the one tasked with taking care of the maze (or at least someone that has knowledge of the maze). My thought was that if these doors were arranged in a column, one stacked on the next, what a challenge and hazard it would be just to climb from one to the next - and then... ... more doors? a corridor? someone? This is my allegory to the uncertainty of life: we live it, but the more you think about it, we have so little of our own control over it. Life can become dizzying with uncertainty and too many choices.
In life, what do we choose?
"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, and only a few find it." - Matthew 7:13-14
Ariadne : Dimensions (18"H x 24"W x 4"D) : Price $2600 USD
Material - Forton MG (fortified plaster) acrylic and oil paint
"Persephone Awakens" The idea was to show her breaching through the earth's crust like a plant. In the Greek myth she is doomed to spend half her time in the underworld with Hades. After the long winter she is freed to live with her mother in the world (spring-summer). I thought it fitting that she smiles as she stretches from her long sleep. . . Although this is based on a greek myth, there is truth and meaning when you turn to Christ and look at God's word. I see this more as "baptism" of the spirit.
We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
Note: this rendition has the modesty of clothing, but the original is in the buff. I still haven't figured out a good clothing solution to this particular piece, but I am working on one (eventually)
For more about Persephone's story, see my gallery of "Autumn Mourning."
Persephone Awakens : Dimensions (37"H x 15"W x 14"D) : Price $2400 USD
Material - Forton MG (fortified plaster) and bronze powder paint
Cognitive Dissonance or Cogs is a departure from my current line of work. First and foremost, it is a piece that connects deeper to my own internal conflict and mindset. For years I've struggled with living in a state of two lives - one reality and one of a day dream. It is the latter that this piece represents. The Cogs are constantly spinning, until they eject and fall apart, yet they manifest somewhere else, starting the whole process again. The female figure is also the manifestation within the dream, a constant fixation of my mind. I purposely 'created' this person without any physical reference - she is in fact, a false person...
"Has my own mind deceived me?" "If one belief is true; how can we believe the mind's lie so easily?" "Who am I? or Who am I supposed to be?" These are the questions I've had to ask myself. Whether your personal fight is from alcohol, sexual, drug, or other addictions or abuse; the mind is the epicenter where you will have to discover yourself and reconnect with your emotions and thoughts. It's not something I'm proud of, but it is the ongoing journey I am on; and that is okay.
Cogs : Dimensions (29"H x 47"W x 2"D) : price $1500
Material - Forton MG (fortified plaster), acrylic and oil paint
Unfortunately, this piece is still waiting to be cast. She was one of my very first sculptures after grad school and now she sits waiting for me to finish her. The main reason I don't is that I would like to cast her in bronze . . . and it costs a lot.
Winged Figure : Price NFS at this time
I felt it necessary to start my plunge into Greek mythology by beginning with "Daphne". I find the tension within her to be very human and often see it in others. Romantic love is a funny thing and more times than not, people find themselves in a one-sided crush. Whether you are the pursued or the pursuer, it is a very uncomfortable situation and often gets worse before something causes it to finally end. Sometimes it ends for the positive, where there really are mutual feelings, other times it doesn't. With "Daphne" I tried to emphasize the peculiar balance within her; while she fully desires freedom, she also willingly accepts her prison. To me she is an icon of escape and isolation . . . but her beauty and expression hints that this isolation may be on the apex between that turbulence and serenity.
Daphne: Dimensions (60"H x 36"W x 3"D) : price $2500
Material - Forton MG (fortified plaster) acrylic paint
I can't think of a more expressive form of art that involves the whole person or even multiple people then dance. Rhythm, form, posture, balance, movement, they are all what makes dance so beautiful. I decided to do these as small pieces (each only 12 inches). This is the perfect subject to explore all the little details and nuances of the human form. There is both tension and elegance in such a variety of dynamic poses.
Dancers: Dimensions ( about 12"H) : Price NFS at this time
This piece was based on a painting by one of my favorite artists, J.W. Waterhouse (Hylas and the Nymphs). I really wanted to take Waterhouse's painting and remaster it with my own style of painting. I also thought it appropriate to use different faces for each nymph rather than all the same, as it is in his work. I have often thought this painting to be a mini series, but I have only finished these two paintings and have moved on to other endeavors.
Just a side note: Nymphs are female spiritual beings from Greek Mythology who embody different landscapes (land, water, plants, celestial etc.) Most are thought to be exceptionally beautiful, but they can be both friendly or treacherous . . . so, taking that plunge may cost you your life. I think of this as a way of showing both the depth and shallowness of external beauty. It can be so gorgeous yet is tragic when it is taken to idolization.
Lake Nymphs : Dimensions (24"H x 36"W) : Price NFS
Nymphs (small study) : Dimensions (20"H x 16"W) : Price NFS
Material - Oil on canvas
"Autumn Mourning", the title says it all. This is Persephone of Greek mythology and she's not exactly happy. . . As the myth goes, Persephone is the cause and effect relationship between the change of the seasons. Her mother, Demeter; the goddess of nature, was very close to her and fell into depression when Hades abducted her to the underworld. The gods decided to intervene only when Demeter's depression threatened to throw the world into eternal winter. There was one problem, one rule of the underworld states, "you can't leave once you have eaten of the food there". Unfortunately for Persephone, she had eaten a single seed while in the underworld. Luckily the full pantheon of gods trumps one rule, so they made an exception; Persephone could spend equal time with her mother as she did with Hades. In the myth, that is how we get the division of fall/winter and spring/summer.
In my depiction of Persephone, I have placed her just at the change of the seasons. Autumn and winter are creeping upon her and she is about to be snatched back to the underworld. Of course she is distraught as anyone in her situation would be. What she neglects to realize is that there still is hope. Everyone has troubles and trials in their life, and no matter how hard you try it will always find you. There is only one thing to be done, face it and endure it . . . Luckily, we have friends, family and God to support us through it, so we can always have hope.
Autumn Mourning : Dimensions (30"H x 40"W ?) : Price $3000 USD
Material - Oil on canvas
This is Lena Danya, a painter that I first discovered when I was looking for painting tutorials on youtube. She not only is very talented but also very silly and sweet. I've never gotten the chance to talk to her in person or anything, but I'm sure it would be a blast. So in light of her sweet-silliness and love of painting, I made this tribute painting. I 'borrowed' this picture from her tumblr page (If I remember correctly) and then painted her. I have to give her all the credit for the awesome lighting and composition . . . plus, who could ask for a better model?
Lena Danya : Dimensions (24"H x 12"W ???) : Price NFS
Material - acrylic on board
Some time before I truly got engrossed in painting, I tried color pencil. The biggest difficulty I find with this medium is that there is no white. The paper is your only white and if you make a mistake and cover it, there is no going back. This is also the reason why I don't dare pick up water color! At least with colored pencil, I'm working with something as precise as a needle.
Dimensions (8"H x 5"W) : Price NFS (part of my sketchbook)