A small sampling of my work, in various styles, mediums, and themes:


BETWEEN A WOMAN AND A MAN

Nobody ever understands all the things that go, between a woman and a man — John Prine


Marche au supplice

We make war that we may live in peace—Aristotle


Jours au Japon

Je vois la vie en rose—Édith Piaf


MUSIC STUDIES

I've had three wives and three guitars. I still play the guitars—Andres Segovia

 


The resistance of memory

Time moves in one direction, memory in another—William Gibson


Eidolas

Walking the fine line between free will and predestination—they were the Eidolas. I recognized you among them.  


MAKING A HOME

Only the pure in heart can make good soup—Ludwig van Beethoven


arbeit macht frei

A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world—Albert Camus


Slumber cycle

There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep―Homer


the face we deserve

At 50, everyone has the face he deserves―George Orwell


THUS ALWAYS TO TYRANTS

Alea iacta est―Julius Caesar


CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS

Every civilization sees itself as the center of the world ―Samuel P. Huntington


Things fall apart

Unless you intend to kill him immediately thereafter, never kick a man in the balls―Robert Heinlein


un viaggio solitario: reimagining form and function

Never was anything great achieved without danger―Niccolò Machiavelli


THE HYAKU-EN SERIES - Selections

This world is but a canvas to our imagination—Henry David Thoreau

The Hyaku En series was produced at the end of 2016 in Tokyo Japan. With no exceptions, all materials (including canvases!) were purchased at Hyaku En yen shops. (Hyaku En means 100 Yen in Japanese, which is approximately equal to one U.S Dollar—sometimes a bit more, sometimes a bit less depending on the monetary exchange rate.) The end result of each day’s work was random, in the sense that I would restrict myself to using only those items which were available at the Hyaku En shops around me, much like a chef might base his daily menu on what he/she is able to procure each morning in the town market.

Rather than feeling constrained and limited, such an approach was invigorating and conducive to innovation. With no control over the supply chain, I experienced an ironic liberation: Forced to work within parameters that were completely out of my control, I found that the cognitive dissonance that often goes hand-in-hand with unfettered freedom-of-choice was greatly decreased. So instead of feeling helpless and paralyzed by too many choices, I was able to focus on solving specific problems—to consolidate and marshal my creativity to push beyond the limits of any perceived constraints.

My recent journeys in painting have reinforced my conviction that the arts—whether visual arts, music, etc.—should, by and large, be as accessible as possible (especially in financial terms) for both the artist and consumer. The Hyaku En series has supported this conviction to an extreme degree. I knew that fancy brushes, paints, or canvases would in fact be minimally helpful in physically realizing the visions that had been flitting about in my head throughout 2016. I chose to forgo expensive art supplies and work with all sorts of bargain-sourced unconventional materials such as nail polish, wood varnish, and shodo sumi ink.



Meaning

If too much context is provided, as to the meaning of a work, it will become limited by this narrative. I prefer to leave the interpretation of my art up to the individual viewer, providing them only a title and the freedom to piece together any semiotic cues or clues they may encounter, thus compelling them to form their own conclusions. The best moments in my painting (and music) endeavors have been the results of what I call “happy accidents”—random occurrences that happen dynamically in the creative process that, while completely unplanned or unanticipated, result in something of equal or better merit than what was initially intended. In other words, the meanings of my pieces often change while the work progresses, with planning frequently trumped by whimsy