Somethin's brewin'

When I think of new work, I usually think in terms of a series – how the pieces will all interact with each other. I like to dream on a large scale so the following "first sketches" are ideas I am developing for two separate shows. This process allows me to create within the framework of a bigger picture - a reason behind the individual pieces. 

I usually wouldn't publish this online, but I think it's an important to understand how I go about developing new work. The vision, concept and big picture thinking comes first, then it's all about execution. It's fun to see what shifts throughout the process but also how the original vision comes to life. 

Next series: The Poeima Chronicles 
The next series I want to develop is called "The Poeima Chronicles". This series' purpose is all about creating art rapid fire. I am going to focus on 7 greek words, their meanings, the visions and feelings they invoke in me. My plan is to search for aerial views that speak to me through the word meaning, then go to the cactus garden near my house and pick out plants that also seem like that word to me. I want to create about 3-4 paintings per word. The goal is to explore my mediums,  expression and word meditation.

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Bigger vision show: Hold it in Your Hands
The next series is all based on my Kauai trip. I am calling the working title "Hold it in your hands". I view this as painting and installation. Large overgrown trees with the aerial views I captured from the helicopter ride I took over Kauai. The goal is lush, wildness, paintings taller and wider than any human being. Also....no phones or cameras allowed. I've been struck by the new "instagram art" trend where museums, restaurants and public spaces are specifically creating work for our social media obsessed culture. There is something fundamentally wrong about that....Still working that out but this show would be entirely technology free. You will have to sit with the work, you, yourself - a forced presence. Of course there are layers of irony in all of it but, I'm excited to see what it's all about and how people respond.

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Kauai 2018 - Sketches

 Overgrown plants on top of plants on top of more plants. LUSH!

Overgrown plants on top of plants on top of more plants. LUSH!

 Hideaways Beach

Hideaways Beach

 Hideaways Beach

Hideaways Beach

 The view from the Kiahuna Plantation beach

The view from the Kiahuna Plantation beach

 The view from our condo

The view from our condo

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 That's me! On a rock! Sketching at a favorite beach, Hideaways. 

That's me! On a rock! Sketching at a favorite beach, Hideaways. 

Kauai 2018 - By air

Kauai is one of the most beautiful, lush and dynamic places on the planet, yet you can drive around the entire island in two hours. It houses one of the wettest place on earth, Mt. Waialeale, and it's got plant life you can't see anywhere else! Over the last three years, Mark and I have been lucky enough to kayak the Nepali coastline, hike the Kalalau trail, explore the nooks and crannies of the inner jungle and discover its secret beaches. With all this traversing across the island, one of my ultimate bucket list items was to fly in a helicopter over Kauai - to see this stunning landscape from above. This past trip to Kauai, I got the opportunity to do so with my dad, grandpa and my sister's father in law, Joe! This helicopter trip has provided me endless amounts of material for my art and not some priceless memories with dad, grandpa and Joe. I'm beyond grateful to have been able to capture such a captivating beauty. Mahalo, Kauai! 

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