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Earlier Paintings

Click here to read about my early paintings.

Red Creek Laundromat

Grotesques tormenting a young girl in a Laundromat.

Red Creek Laundromat

48″ X 36″

Click this link to read the backstory about Red Creek Laundromat.

Scorpio

A man and a woman, each half human and half scorpion, embrace and almost kiss, with their stingers hovering menacingly overhead.

Scorpio

48″ X 36″ oval

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I debated with myself about whether or not to post some of the following very early paintings. Some might be seen as morbid or offensive. It does not give me pleasure to offend people, but I ultimately decided to include all of these because each one is an honest expression of a feeling that I was trying to express at the time.

I did not search around for something to paint in order to become an artist. Rather, I started painting only because I needed to paint these particular images, because they expressed something that I was unable to express in any other way at the time.

When I was young and went through my first heartbreak, I was certain that no one had ever in the history of the world felt the loss of a love as profoundly as I had. I was sure that I would never again meet anyone as intelligent, as perspicacious, as beautiful and truly loving as, uh… what’s her name? Sadly, almost all of us have to deal with profound loss multiple times in our lives. If we are good to ourselves and those around us, and do not shut down or do something stupid, we learn to accept the loss and to treat it as an opportunity to grow in a new direction. Life offers much more complexity than we would design for ourselves in our youth.

So, please view the following paintings with the foregoing in mind.

Bare Baiting

disembodied, restrained brain with only passive senses teased by nudes who are tied to other men or ideas
Bare Baiting

48″ X 30″

Still Life, Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin in a coffin
Still Life

24″ X 18″

Childhood’s End

Man presenting a glowing ball to a woman who looks skeptical. Disney-like animals looking on. More sinister animals in the shadows. Pan out to see that the whole scene is taking place inside a snake's mouth.
Childhood’s End

36″ X 48″

American Caustic

A man and a woman are standing in front of a barn in a pose reminiscent of American Gothic by Grant Woods. They are comforting each other over emotional wounds received in prior relationships.
American Caustic

24″ X 30″

This was my first painting.

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