This is one of my newest paintings “Undercover” – (Camouflage Wunderpus). Work on this painting was unusual in that it spanned several years, with long periods of time not working on it at all. This painting was a bit of a struggle to figure out, but once I did, I worked on it constantly for about 6 weeks – weekends and after work in the evening. Then it was immediately shown at the Corridor Gallery in Vancouver, WA.
The subject matter of my paintings went underwater in 2004, during an artist residency in Cyprus.
The living conditions where I stayed in Cyprus were pretty terrible, but, I loved the country and I spend a month living there, painting & diving. I had to stretch my canvas on the walls – then roll it up to ship home. When I got home, I built wood stretchers/frames for them. (Those pieces of wood on the floor were covering holes – so I didn’t fall through the floor!)
This surreal painting, while not underwater, I feel like it helped transition me into a new direction with both style and subject matter. This is when my paintings began to tell a story from my heart and soul.
Experimental Red series