You’d Think You’d Get It By Now, 2011 56.5cm x 76cm acrylic and charcoal on 65lb paper
When I Was 5 I Put My Finger In A Pencil Sharpener Now I Think I’m A Lot Smarter (Sharper), 2000 40.5 cm x 50.5 cm acrylic on canvas
This is my second
successful earliest painting on canvas still in existence. In college, I had more use for a pencil sharpener than I ever had previously or hence forth. For two years I carried this little pink pencil sharper around securely in a tackle box. It was rarely out of my sight and never out of my thoughts. I’m extremely heavy-handed and “lead”, mailable or brittle/thick or thin, cannot long withstand my brutality so I usually need to twist up a pencil every five to seven minutes. In those years, nothing brought me greater neurotic exaltation than methodically grinding down hundreds of dollars worth of Prismacolor™ pencils. During one of these sharpening induced bliss trances I was transported back to when I was five. I clearly remembered, as a five year old, thinking that it would be a good idea to put my pinkie finger into a Mickey Mouse™ pencil sharpener (note: this was the era of jumbo pencils) and sharpen my finger. Obviously, it ended in tears…and blood…a fair amount of both.
This is Nick. He’s a mellow fellow and a good egg. He’s one of the very few people I know that can be genuinely comfortable in most situations and engage in unaffected conversation with damn near anyone. Young or old, black or white, country or city, rich or poor, Hispanic or Asian, crazy or sane, intelligent or less so, jazz or metal, male or female, gay or straight and/or trans, famous or unknown, Jewish or Muslim, Christian or Wiccan, etc It doesn’t matter. All who he encounters become his fan. Nick is also a prodigious musician/producer, playing in both Dirty Ghosts and City Light. Earlier this year Nick helped me out with the engineering on een dutchslavetrade : niets nieuws, deel een (west bay). I gave him this piece from my Diving Pelicans series as a manifestation of my gratitude.
The Psychopomp, 2009 48cm x 31.5cm acrylic and charcoal on 65lb paper
Rabbit is an Earth symbol, by virtue of the fact that he is so close to the ground, and lives partially in the ground itself. He could convey, symbolically, a need to center oneself more, for instance. He could also imply stodginess, for that matter, a sort of “stuck in the rut” kind of energy that happens to us all at times.
Rabbit is also a symbol of the archetypal “Trickster” in world mythologies.
This is Erin. She’s a black hair beauty and a fairly significant nerd. Erin embodies nerddom in the classic sense. Years of involvement with graphic novels, Star Trek, George R. R. Martin, J. R. R. Tolkien, J. K. Rowling et al, as well as an active interest in photography and collecting my work, have secured her status as a 2nd gen rogue/bard dual class:magic-user sub class: illusionist leader nerd of the highest order. Continuing on, she also wields a perspicacious wit and possess a caring nature…giving her +10 charisma, +10 rad. Here she is pictured with WATFIFOU? No. 1, 2011.