Bigger Than This Town, 2017

Bigger Than This Town, 2017

Bigger Than This Town, 2017

Oil on Wood Panel

24 x 36 in.

Growing up in a small town, I began to hate my own fear of the larger world. As an adult, I figured that the quickest way to dislodge any of that intimidation in my own children was to uproot ourselves from Utah and move to New York City, the most intimidating place I could think of. I did that and now, with my children practically grown, I see the fruits of that scary experiment as my kids walk confidently all over the city, owning it completely. As a side note, the subject of this painting has 4 arms. This symbolizes the multitasking abilities of this generation. She also has the token NYC friends, Squirrel and Pidge. She makes the gesture of blessing, a reference to old religious paintings. This is a symbol of power, usually reserved for saints, but here, used by a tween girl.

Future Youth, 2017

Future Youth, 2017

Future Youth, 2017

Oil on Panel

48 x 36 in.

This painting shows a Cryptotween in the height of her confidence, power aflame, ready to take on anything. This painting is aspirational for the young people who move through a darkened world of cliffs, roiling clouds, and rushing waters that is nevertheless a place of wonder. My hope is that, like the subject, the flame of their own intelligence will be their lantern or guide. This young woman totes a pet computer around with her, a joke of sorts because we all tend to our devices as if they were treasured pets.

Neighbor Girl, 2017

Neighbor Girl, 2017

Neighbor Girl, 2017

Oil on panel

30 x 30 in.

In this work we see a strange girl whose sparkling power is a little mysterious and new, even to herself. When I was young, I heard more than anything that I was, “weird” in my neighborhood. Same for my own daughter. This Cryptotween does not shrink from her weirdness, but rather owns and controls it. In her suburban neighborhood, the dogs are first to sense her power and are extremely beguiled by it. In the distance we see 3 neighborhood kids timidly approaching with a bouquet. She cannot see this and may not know for many years they felt this way.

Back to Nature App, 2017

Back to Nature App, 2017

Back to Nature App, 2017

Oil on Wood Panel

24 x 24 in.

In this painting, taken directly from a street in Brooklyn near my own, I imagine an app where the the city reverts to its natural state, reflecting my own ambivalence to urban life. The subject is unaware that she has summoned some marauding bears, a nod to the oft unwitting power we hold in our little devices. Also, our family has an ongoing relationship with bears as we keep hives at our cabin upstate and we do our best to control the bears so they don’t steal our honey. We are also deeply into mycology and so you will find mushrooms popping up in my work. Here is the Meadow Mushroom, a favorite edible.

Command, 2017

Command, 2017

Command, 2017

Oil on Panel

18 x 18 in.

This piece finds inspiration in the looped-square key found on all Apple computers. In technology this "Command" key is used for shortcuts. I like the idea of a girl embodying the idea of “command”. I like the idea that she would have the shortcut to power and actions. She is placed in a traditional environment based on Neoclassical Empire Era painting where, as is typical of that era, the ancient pillars have broken, representing the triumph of progress over the past. A stoat, or weasel, is her companion for no other reason than that we have a stoat living in our cabin’s basement.

Power, 2017

Power, 2017

Power, 2017

Oil on Panel

24 x 24 in. 

This painting shows a protagonist embodying a symbol ubiquitous in technology. This Power symbol is a combination of the binary symbols for “On” (0) and “Off” (1) making it the representation of both states. I like the idea that this subject embodies power in each of its states and will wield it at her own volition. She is placed in a classical pose, borrowing from classic Empire portraiture painting, with her foot upon a broken piece of old architecture as a symbol of new dominating the old.

 

Pussboy, 2017

Pussboy, 2017

Pussboy, 2017

Oil on Panel

18 x 18 in.

This is a portrait of a hybrid of cat and boy. As is typical of most of the Cryptotweens, this boy is not ashamed or conflicted about who he is. In our society, “puss boy” is often used pejoratively for gay or sensitive boys but in this painting, the subject does not live in that world and is completely comfortable with himself which ultimately makes him very powerful.

Find My Friends (Interchangeable Diptych: Position I), 2017

Find My Friends (Interchangeable Diptych: Position I), 2017

Find My Friends (Interchangeable Diptych: Position I), 2017

Oil on panel

40 x 60 in.

This is one position of an interchangeable diptych. In the first position, the subjects are unaware of each other but are searching for a friend as evident by the eponymous app’s symbol on each of their devices. Almost inadvertently, the subjects have attracted a crowd of others who are witnessing their search and are tuned-into the devices.

Find My Friends (Interchangeable Diptych: Position II), 2017

Find My Friends (Interchangeable Diptych: Position II), 2017

Find My Friends (Interchangeable Diptych: Position II), 2017

Oil on Two Wood Panels

40 x 60

This is an interchangeable diptych in the second position where the narrative continues and the subjects have now happily discovered each other. This is my greatest hope for technology, that we can find each other in this world. Also in this position, the A-frame house in the background creates a kind of, “Eye of Providence”, a symbol often used in Christianity and Freemasonry with a pyramid topped with God’s all-seeing eye. In this version, God’s eye has been replaced with the wi-fi symbol with all that its widespread reach entails. Also, the two rabbits from the first position become one two-headed rabbit in the second position, two becoming one.

Opt Out IV, 2017

Opt Out IV, 2017

Opt Out IV, 2017

Oil on Panel

24 x 24 in.

In this painting, a young girl has escaped a reality of technology and surveillance by going “underground” with her bunny friends. I was thinking of Alice’s escape down a rabbit hole when I painted this. In this version, the subject has left her boots and phone behind.

Float On, Anyway, 2017

Float On, Anyway, 2017

Float On, Anyway, 2017

Oil on wood, 20 x 24 in

This painting takes its title from a Modest Mouse song about perseverance in the face of adversity. Last winter, I painted much of this current work in solitude in our cabin in the Catskills. It was during one of these lonely painting sessions that I listened in disbelief to the presidential election results on the radio. As the night unfolded, I felt extraordinarily alone in the woods and questioned my plans for isolation during that time. During the following weeks and then months, I found much comfort in others and immersed myself in political action big and small. I found a spark of hope in the dark woods and now cling to the idea that we can emerge from this place, not just intact, but stronger.

Cat's Cradle, 2017

Cat's Cradle, 2017

Cat's Cradle, 2017

Oil On Panel

23.75 x 17.75 in.

This is a nod to the Women’s March that took place after the election of Donald Trump. I marched in NYC and was incredibly moved by the solidarity and spirit of the participants. In this painting a young Cryptotween girl challenges the viewer to tangle with her cat’s cradle, a traditionally innocuous girls’ game with string, but here, powerful and dangerous. She has found and owned her power, and it is at her fingertips. The pencil in her hair is a symbol of the creative arts, something I believe will lead us through these dark political times.

Flame, 2017

Flame, 2017

Flame, 2017

Oil on Panel

18 x 18 in.

This painting shows a Cryptotween right at the moment he discovers his abilities. Often in my work, fire represents power. The subject is egged on and encouraged by his personal hedgehog friend, a pretty rad familiar.

Storm, 2017

Storm, 2017

Storm, 2017

Oil on wood

23.75 x 17.75 in.

This is a portrait of a young girl on the verge of letting loose with her innate powers. This painting is a reaction to the current political climate and the realization that just getting-along may not be an option. Fortunately many powerful young people are emerging for the fight.

Season of the Supermoon, 2016

Season of the Supermoon, 2016

"Season of the Supermoon", 2016

Oil on panel, resin finish

48 x 42 in.

Maximize App, 2017

Maximize App, 2017

Maximize App 2017

Oil on panel

24 x 36 in.

This piece shows a girl who has harnessed the power of her device to make her little porcupine friend into a giant force under her command. This painting represents my hope that we can wield technology to do our bidding and not the other way around

Soul Twin, 2016

Soul Twin, 2016

Oil on Panel, Resin Finish

24 x 30 in.

"Squirrelcraft"

"Squirrelcraft"

2016

Oil on panel, resin finish

40 x 30

"With Your Feet on the Air and Your Head on the Ground"

"With Your Feet on the Air and Your Head on the Ground"

2016

Oil on Panel, Resin Finish

24 x 30 in.

With Your Feet on the Air and Your Head on the Ground (Sideview)

With Your Feet on the Air and Your Head on the Ground (Sideview)

2016

Oil on Panel, Resin Finish

24 x 30

Life on Earth?

Life on Earth?

Oil on Lasercut Panel, Resin Finish

11.5" x 8.5"

"There, There"

"There, There"

2016

Oil on panel, Resin Finish

20 x 20 in.

Squirrely Mod, 2016

Squirrely Mod, 2016

Oil on Panel, Resin finish

24 x 24

 

Bookish, 2016

Bookish, 2016

20x24

Bookish (Sideview)

Bookish (Sideview)

2016

Oil on Panel, Resin Finish

24 x 20 in.

"Stay Positive"

"Stay Positive"

2016

Oil on Panel, Resin Finish

24 x 24 in.

Stay Positive (Sideview)

Stay Positive (Sideview)

2016

Oil on Panel, Resin Finish

24 x 24

"Craft Club"

"Craft Club"

2016

Oil on Panel

30 x 40 in.

Pow

Pow

2016

Oil on Panel, Resin Finish

24 x20 in.

Smouldereen

Smouldereen

2016

Oil on Panel, Resin Finish

16 x 20 in.

"Tuffy"

"Tuffy"

2016

Oil on Panel, Resin Finish

16 x 20

"Weather App"

"Weather App"

2016

Oil on Panel, Resin Finish

20 x 20 in.

"Contact"

"Contact"

2016

Oil on Panel, Resin Finish

30 x 24 in.

"Dearly Departed App"

"Dearly Departed App"

2016

Oil on Panel, Resin Finish

20 x 20 in.

Dearly Departed App (Sideview)

Dearly Departed App (Sideview)

2016

Oil on Panel, Resin Finish

20 x 20 in.

"The Backward Heart"

"The Backward Heart"

2016

Oil on Panel, Resin Finish

16 x 20 in.

The Backward Heart (Sideview)

The Backward Heart (Sideview)

2016

Oil on Panel, Resin Finish

16 x 20

Hell to Pay, 2015

Hell to Pay, 2015

Hell to Pay, 2015

Oil on wood, resin finish 

20 x 20 in.

Feedback Loop, 2015

Feedback Loop, 2015

30 x 40 in.

Oil on wood, resin finish

Sensitive Skin, 2015

Sensitive Skin, 2015

Sensitive Skin, 2015

Oil on Wood, resin finish

10 x 10 in.

Opt Out IV, 2015

Opt Out IV, 2015

Oil on wood, resin finish

14 x 11 in.

Starman, 2015

Starman, 2015

Starman, 2015

Oil on wood, resin finish

20 x 20 in.

Char, 2015

Char, 2015

12 x 12 in.

Oil on wood, resin finish

Credere Volo (I Want to Believe): Beatito

Credere Volo (I Want to Believe): Beatito

2014

10 x 10 in.

Oil on wood panel with resin finish

Credere Volo (I Want to Believe): Little Piety

Credere Volo (I Want to Believe): Little Piety

2014

10 x 10 in.

Oil on wood, resin finish

Vengeance App, 2015

Vengeance App, 2015

Vengeance App, 2015

Oil on wood, resin finish

11 x 14 in.

Summer Seventeen, 2015

Summer Seventeen, 2015

20 x 20 in.

Oil on wood, resin finish

Rabbithole, 2015

Rabbithole, 2015

Rabbithole, 2015

Oil on Wood, Resin Finish

8 x 8 in.

Credere Volo (I Want to Believe): Freddie 5eyes

Credere Volo (I Want to Believe): Freddie 5eyes

Oil on wood with resin finish

10 x 10 inches

Credere Volo (I Want to Believe): Lux

Credere Volo (I Want to Believe): Lux

Oil on Wood Panel, Resin Finish

20 x 20 in.

Credere Volo (I Want to Believe): Little Fever

Credere Volo (I Want to Believe): Little Fever

Oil on wood with resin finish

10 x 10 in.

Incendiary Verse, 2015

Incendiary Verse, 2015

Incendiary Verse, 2015

Oil on wood, resin finish

10 x 10 in.

Internet Friends

Internet Friends

Acrylic on wood panel,

4 x 8 feet

Created with Cotton Candy Machine Gallery at NY Comic Con

Making "Internet Friends"

This timelapse, by Nick Fiore of Cotton Candy Machine spans the original NY ComicCon live painting project. Each artist was given an 4 x 8 foot panel to paint over 4 days. I finished mine at the gallery and then did a hard-candy resin coat.

Supermoon Summer, 2014

Supermoon Summer, 2014

Oil on wood with smaller oil-on-wood paintings affixed.

12 x 12 in.

Overbite

Overbite

Part of the ongoing Cryptotweens series

8 x 8 inches

Oil on wood, resin finish

Stupid Hair

Stupid Hair

Part of the ongoing Cryptotweens series

8 x 8 inches

Oil on wood, resin finish

Overbite

Overbite

Part of the ongoing Cryptotweens series

8 x 8 inches

Oil on wood, resin finish

Stupid Hair

Stupid Hair

Part of the ongoing Cryptotweens series

8 x 8 inches

Oil on wood, resin finish

Freckles

Freckles

Part of the ongoing Cryptotweens series

8 x 8 inches

Oil on wood, resin finish

Squirrelly App

Squirrelly App

Part of the ongoing Digital Natives series.

11 x14 inches

Oil painted on wood and progressive layers of resin for a three-dimensional effect akin to vintage layered-glass painting.

Squirrelly App

Squirrelly App

Part of the ongoing Digital Natives series

11 x14 inches

Oil on wood, resin finish

Secret Dad

Secret Dad

16 x 16 inches

Oil on wood

Early Days

Early Days

Part of the ongoing Digital Natives series

8 x 8 inches

Oil on wood

Are You Here

Are You Here

Part of the ongoing Digital Natives series

30 x 40 inches

Oil on wood panel

Hello, World (detail)

Hello, World (detail)

Part of the ongoing Digital Natives series

60 x 50 inches

Oil on wood panel

Killer App (In Beta)

Killer App (In Beta)

Part of the ongoing Digital Natives series

16 x 16 inches

Oil on wood panel

Hello, Computer

Hello, Computer

Part of the ongoing Digital Natives series

18 x 18 inches

Oil on wood

For My City

For My City

Part of the ongoing Digital Natives series

12 x 30 inches

Oil on wood

Hello

Hello

Part of the ongoing Digital Natives series

18 x 18 inches

Oil on wood

Hellogoodbye

Hellogoodbye

Part of the ongoing Digital Natives series

18 x 18 inches

Oil on wood panel

Out of Range

Out of Range

30 x 40 inches, oil on wood panel.

Technology for Our Town

Technology for Our Town

Part of the ongoing Digital Natives series

12 x 12 inches

Oil on wood

Chatter

Chatter

Part of the ongoing Digital Natives series

40 x 30 inches

Oil on wood

Hello Brooklyn

Hello Brooklyn

18 x 18 inches

Oil on wood

Fun Mom

Fun Mom

24 x 24 inches

Oil on wood

First Day on the Job

First Day on the Job

16 x 16 inches

oil on wood panel

Secret Smokers

Secret Smokers

16 x 16 inches

Oil on wood

Beauty Curse

Beauty Curse

20 x 16 inches

Oil on wood

Me Thinking of You Thinking of Me

Me Thinking of You Thinking of Me

Oil on wood

24 x 24 inches