Cat portraits galore

Pet portraits: Cat edition

I put out a call for pet portraits early in the year and have done quite a few since then. Most of them I held off on posting because they were gifts and I didn’t want to spoil the surprise. This batch is cats!

100 Block mural opening on March 1, 2019 • 300 South First St, San José

100 Block mural in downtown San José

Organized by The Exhibition District, this is a mural created by 100 different artists each painting a 3′ x 3′ square.

Pale • 8" x 8"

Pale

This was a quick piece done for an exhibit at Works/San José show, Unity In Diversity. This theme relates to a graphic design project by San Jose State BFA student Javier Yep in 2017 that included a “unity in diversity” flag.

Chicken portrait trio • 8" x 10" each

A trio of chicken portraits

I enjoy painting portraits of pets, and my latest commission was especially fun: pet chickens!

Shimmer • 12" x 12"

Shimmer

Continuing my tradition of creating new works to donate to the annual Works/San José benefit auction, here’s one that echoes some of the artful cropping of the Statement paintings but with a new subject matter.

Outgrowth I • 12" x 24"

Outgrowth I

I haven’t done many abstract works so this is a bit of an exploration for me.

Opening night of 10th Annual 50-50 Show

10th Annual 50|50 Show at Sanchez Art Center

For 50 days I painted a series of gesture paintings. I enlisted 24 models (plus me) for variety and also to involve friends, family, and co-workers along the way.

Never Gonna Give You Up triptych • 8" x 8" each (x3)

Never Gonna Give You Up

Here’s a triptych of paintings I created based on the theme of the 2018 Works/San José member show: Infinite Memes.

Self Portrait with Untapped • 8" x 8"

Self-Portrait with Untapped

I created this sketch for a self-portrait show at the Art NXT Level / 33 Contemporary Gallery space in Chicago.

Bronze Warriors I & II • 7 7/8” x 9 7/8” framed

Bronze Warriors I & II

These two are random sketches based on a couple of interesting frames I found. I started with the owlish mask of what became the first weary warrior woman.

Stack of 50 boards

50|50 Sneak Peek

Since May I’ve dived headlong into a few projects.

Boondocks Triptych • 23" x 13" framed

Boondocks Triptych

I figured if the comic were going today, Huey and Riley would be Black Panther fans so they’re doing the Wakanda salute here…or trying to.

Flaming Carrot • 5.75" x 5.75" framed

Flaming Carrot

It’s been a little while since I’ve drawn in a comic style, so I decided to go for one of my standbys: Flaming Carrot.

Total paint rejection. On the other hand, acrylic binds pretty well to itself.

Reject pile for Natural Conclusions

About 15-20% of what I came across ended up working for this particular project. Here are the various reasons why pieces were either non-starters or failed along the way.

Natural Conclusions reception (photo by Jillian Cocklin)

“Natural Conclusions” show at Kaleid Gallery

This show is the culmination of two years of collecting amateur landscapes in need of a little love.

Natural Conclusions • Kaleid Gallery, March 2-30, 2018

“Natural Conclusions” – a new solo show at Kaleid Gallery

This March is my second solo show at Kaleid Gallery in downtown San José!

Force of Habit

Force of Habit

I started this one in college as an figure painting exploration with a particular focus on hands and feet.

Loki I & II (framed)

Loki I & II

Inspired by the flame effect of these frames, I created a couple of illustrations in ink and colored pencil based on a painting I did in college.

Breakfast Triptych • 4" x 12" each

Breakfast Triptych

When I get stuck, I’ll paint or draw food. It’s an easy way to get past my indecision and get right to the craft of it, and often gives me an opportunity to try out new techniques, patterns, or textures.

Harvest: Papayas

Harvest: Papayas

Last one in the Harvest series skews tropical with papayas. This ended up being both the biggest fruits (only four on here) with the smallest details (little black seeds).