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The Puppeteer (The Evil that Men Do), 2005, Oil on canvas

The Puppeteer (The Evil that Men Do), 2005, Oil on canvas

The winged man is plucked out of the air by another man           with evil intentions. The snake, representing evil, controls the action           of the man with a well placed stick.

 

Icarus (The Dark Side of Love), 2003, Oil on canvas

Icarus (The Dark Side of Love), 2003, Oil on canvas

In the ancient Greek myth, Icarus and his father, Daedalus,         are imprisoned by the king of Crete. Daedalus builds wings of wax and         feathers so that they can escape. He warns Icarus not to fly to close         to the sun. Icarus falls in love with flying and soars too high. His wings         melt and he falls to his death. Daedalus, I can only assume, was completely         consumed by the loss of his only son.

 

The Phoenix, 2004, Oil on canvas

The Phoenix, 2004, Oil on canvas

Many different cultures have embraced the ancient Egyptian         myth of the Phoenix. To me, it symbolizes the ability to constantly evolve;         to pull onself up from the depths of despair or misfortune and soar.

Narcissus, 2005, Oil on canvas

Narcissus, 2005, Oil on canvas

In the greek myth, Narcissus becomes enamored by his own           reflection and cannot leave the edge of the pool where his image is           reflected. He eventually dies and the narcissus flower blooms at the           pool's edge.

 

Wishfish, 2005, Oil on canvas

Wishfish, 2005, Oil on canvas

In the tales of many cultures, a fish will often appear           to a fisherman and offer him wishes. Each air bubble signifies a           personal wish of mine: love, recognition, financial success, and mastery           of my own time.

 

The Devil and the Bluebird, 2004, Oil on canvas

The Devil and the Bluebird, 2004, Oil on canvas

Even the most evil creature has a little bit of good in it.

 

Mother Nature, 2003, Oil on canvas

Mother Nature, 2003, Oil on canvas

Women give birth to life. Mother nature is the origin of all.

 

Humanity, 2004, Oil on canvas

Humanity, 2004, Oil on canvas

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity."

San Diego, 2004, Oil on canvas

San Diego, 2004, Oil on canvas

I was born and raised in San Diego. To me, it is a beautiful         pearl on the coast of the U.S.

 

Bringing Light to the Dark Places #2, 2005, Oil on canvas

Bringing Light to the Dark Places #2, 2005, Oil on canvas

Bringing Light to the Dark Places (#1) reminded a friend of mine of the story about the man walking along the beach throwing starfish he found back into the water. He encounters another person who asks him why he's throwing the starfish back into the sea since there are so many of them stranded on the beach. He says there's no way it'll make a difference. The man replies, 'Well, it made a difference to the one I just threw in.' My friend commissioned me to create this image as an homage to both the original painting and that story.

Bringing Light to the Dark Places, 2003, Oil on canvas

Bringing Light to the Dark Places, 2003, Oil on canvas

It is our duty, as agents of goodness, to spread that goodness         into the darker, dangerous places so that we no longer have to fear them.

Metamorphosis #2 (Spring), 2004, Oil on canvas

Metamorphosis #2 (Spring), 2004, Oil on canvas

The egg becomes a caterpillar. The caterpillar becomes a chrysalis. The chrysalis becomes           a butterfly. The gnarled stump produces leaves. The beating heart of           life and transformation steadily pumps.

 

Day at the Beach, 2004, Oil on canvas

Day at the Beach, 2004, Oil on canvas

Friends of mine commissioned me to make a painting for their unborn (at the time) daughter. I enjoyed creating a whimsical image I thought would delight both children and adults. 

Birth/Life/Death: Evolve #3, 2005, Oil on canvas

Birth/Life/Death: Evolve #3, 2005, Oil on canvas

In           Buddhist philosophy, a person is born, lives, then dies, only to be           reborn again. Hopefully, during this process, the 'soul' will evolve           and be reborn into a better life until it breaks the cycle of life and death and reaches Nirvana.

 

Tsunami, 2005, Oil on canvas

Tsunami, 2005, Oil on canvas

This           piece was a response to the horrific devastation and loss of human life           after the tsunami in December 2004 swept through countries bordering           the Indian Ocean.

 

God's Eye, 2004, Oil on canvas

God's Eye, 2004, Oil on canvas

The belief that God is an all-knowing, all-seeing         entity is shared by people of many different religions. Some people don't believe there is a God at all. It is enough for me to believe in the possibility that something beyond the material universe exists. The beauty         of nature in all its forms is one of the many places I look for God and, sometimes, find it.

 

Master of the Universe/Emporer's New Clothes, 2003, Oil on canvas

Master of the Universe/Emporer's New Clothes, 2003, Oil on canvas

This         piece was painted in response to all the big corporate scandals like Enron         and Worldcom that were happening in 2003. In 2013, it is even more apt.

 

Metamorphosis, 2004, Oil on canvas

Metamorphosis, 2004, Oil on canvas

Metamorphosis         -      

  • A transformation,           as by magic or sorcery.
  • A marked           change in appearance, character, condition, or function.
  • Biology.           A change in the form and often habits of an animal during normal development           after the embryonic stage. Metamorphosis includes, in insects, the transformation           of a maggot into an adult fly and a caterpillar into a butterfly and,           in amphibians, the changing of a tadpole into a frog.

 

Mother and Child #2, 2005, Oil on canvas

Mother and Child #2, 2005, Oil on canvas

The mother embraces her baby and the setting sun becomes           her halo of goodness.

 

Potential, 2003, Oil on canvas

Potential, 2003, Oil on canvas

In the womb of a woman, sperm meets egg and a zygote is formed.         This zygote becomes a fetus with tremendous potential, both good and evil.         All people began their existence as a mass of cells. Ghandi had a mother         and a father, but so did Hitler.

 

The Reunion, 2004, Oil on canvas

The Reunion, 2004, Oil on canvas

Love brings people together, even those that now live far         away. We are connected. My family and tribe are the most important aspects         of my life.

 

The Conflict, 2004, Oil on canvas

The Conflict, 2004, Oil on canvas

Leaders have disagreements and then the people have to pay         the consequences. Diplomacy is safer for everyone.

Rooster #2 (The Idol), 2004, Oil on canvas

Rooster #2 (The Idol), 2004, Oil on canvas

The baby chick watches in awe as the rooster, in his prime,           greets the rising sun.

 

Hard Candy Shell, 2004, Oil on canvas

Hard Candy Shell, 2004, Oil on canvas

Humans are a part of nature, yet we choose to surround ourselves           in artificial environments. These artificial environments influence           our culture. Our facades imprison us.

 

Predator and Prey (The Dance), 2005

Predator and Prey (The Dance), 2005

Predator and prey perform the dance of survival.

 

Moving Towards the Light, 2003, Oil on canvas

Moving Towards the Light, 2003, Oil on canvas

This piece represents the soul of a person escaping his broken, dead body and going towards the light of his dead friends and relatives; a common experience for those who have had near-death experiences.

 

The Puppeteer (The Evil that Men Do), 2005, Oil on canvas

The winged man is plucked out of the air by another man           with evil intentions. The snake, representing evil, controls the action           of the man with a well placed stick.

 

Icarus (The Dark Side of Love), 2003, Oil on canvas

In the ancient Greek myth, Icarus and his father, Daedalus,         are imprisoned by the king of Crete. Daedalus builds wings of wax and         feathers so that they can escape. He warns Icarus not to fly to close         to the sun. Icarus falls in love with flying and soars too high. His wings         melt and he falls to his death. Daedalus, I can only assume, was completely         consumed by the loss of his only son.

 

The Phoenix, 2004, Oil on canvas

Many different cultures have embraced the ancient Egyptian         myth of the Phoenix. To me, it symbolizes the ability to constantly evolve;         to pull onself up from the depths of despair or misfortune and soar.

Narcissus, 2005, Oil on canvas

In the greek myth, Narcissus becomes enamored by his own           reflection and cannot leave the edge of the pool where his image is           reflected. He eventually dies and the narcissus flower blooms at the           pool's edge.

 

Wishfish, 2005, Oil on canvas

In the tales of many cultures, a fish will often appear           to a fisherman and offer him wishes. Each air bubble signifies a           personal wish of mine: love, recognition, financial success, and mastery           of my own time.

 

The Devil and the Bluebird, 2004, Oil on canvas

Even the most evil creature has a little bit of good in it.

 

Mother Nature, 2003, Oil on canvas

Women give birth to life. Mother nature is the origin of all.

 

Humanity, 2004, Oil on canvas

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity."

San Diego, 2004, Oil on canvas

I was born and raised in San Diego. To me, it is a beautiful         pearl on the coast of the U.S.

 

Bringing Light to the Dark Places #2, 2005, Oil on canvas

Bringing Light to the Dark Places (#1) reminded a friend of mine of the story about the man walking along the beach throwing starfish he found back into the water. He encounters another person who asks him why he's throwing the starfish back into the sea since there are so many of them stranded on the beach. He says there's no way it'll make a difference. The man replies, 'Well, it made a difference to the one I just threw in.' My friend commissioned me to create this image as an homage to both the original painting and that story.

Bringing Light to the Dark Places, 2003, Oil on canvas

It is our duty, as agents of goodness, to spread that goodness         into the darker, dangerous places so that we no longer have to fear them.

Metamorphosis #2 (Spring), 2004, Oil on canvas

The egg becomes a caterpillar. The caterpillar becomes a chrysalis. The chrysalis becomes           a butterfly. The gnarled stump produces leaves. The beating heart of           life and transformation steadily pumps.

 

Day at the Beach, 2004, Oil on canvas

Friends of mine commissioned me to make a painting for their unborn (at the time) daughter. I enjoyed creating a whimsical image I thought would delight both children and adults. 

Birth/Life/Death: Evolve #3, 2005, Oil on canvas

In           Buddhist philosophy, a person is born, lives, then dies, only to be           reborn again. Hopefully, during this process, the 'soul' will evolve           and be reborn into a better life until it breaks the cycle of life and death and reaches Nirvana.

 

Tsunami, 2005, Oil on canvas

This           piece was a response to the horrific devastation and loss of human life           after the tsunami in December 2004 swept through countries bordering           the Indian Ocean.

 

God's Eye, 2004, Oil on canvas

The belief that God is an all-knowing, all-seeing         entity is shared by people of many different religions. Some people don't believe there is a God at all. It is enough for me to believe in the possibility that something beyond the material universe exists. The beauty         of nature in all its forms is one of the many places I look for God and, sometimes, find it.

 

Master of the Universe/Emporer's New Clothes, 2003, Oil on canvas

This         piece was painted in response to all the big corporate scandals like Enron         and Worldcom that were happening in 2003. In 2013, it is even more apt.

 

Metamorphosis, 2004, Oil on canvas

Metamorphosis         -      

  • A transformation,           as by magic or sorcery.
  • A marked           change in appearance, character, condition, or function.
  • Biology.           A change in the form and often habits of an animal during normal development           after the embryonic stage. Metamorphosis includes, in insects, the transformation           of a maggot into an adult fly and a caterpillar into a butterfly and,           in amphibians, the changing of a tadpole into a frog.

 

Mother and Child #2, 2005, Oil on canvas

The mother embraces her baby and the setting sun becomes           her halo of goodness.

 

Potential, 2003, Oil on canvas

In the womb of a woman, sperm meets egg and a zygote is formed.         This zygote becomes a fetus with tremendous potential, both good and evil.         All people began their existence as a mass of cells. Ghandi had a mother         and a father, but so did Hitler.

 

The Reunion, 2004, Oil on canvas

Love brings people together, even those that now live far         away. We are connected. My family and tribe are the most important aspects         of my life.

 

The Conflict, 2004, Oil on canvas

Leaders have disagreements and then the people have to pay         the consequences. Diplomacy is safer for everyone.

Rooster #2 (The Idol), 2004, Oil on canvas

The baby chick watches in awe as the rooster, in his prime,           greets the rising sun.

 

Hard Candy Shell, 2004, Oil on canvas

Humans are a part of nature, yet we choose to surround ourselves           in artificial environments. These artificial environments influence           our culture. Our facades imprison us.

 

Predator and Prey (The Dance), 2005

Predator and prey perform the dance of survival.

 

Moving Towards the Light, 2003, Oil on canvas

This piece represents the soul of a person escaping his broken, dead body and going towards the light of his dead friends and relatives; a common experience for those who have had near-death experiences.

 

The Puppeteer (The Evil that Men Do), 2005, Oil on canvas
Icarus (The Dark Side of Love), 2003, Oil on canvas
The Phoenix, 2004, Oil on canvas
Narcissus, 2005, Oil on canvas
Wishfish, 2005, Oil on canvas
The Devil and the Bluebird, 2004, Oil on canvas
Mother Nature, 2003, Oil on canvas
Humanity, 2004, Oil on canvas
San Diego, 2004, Oil on canvas
Bringing Light to the Dark Places #2, 2005, Oil on canvas
Bringing Light to the Dark Places, 2003, Oil on canvas
Metamorphosis #2 (Spring), 2004, Oil on canvas
Day at the Beach, 2004, Oil on canvas
Birth/Life/Death: Evolve #3, 2005, Oil on canvas
Tsunami, 2005, Oil on canvas
God's Eye, 2004, Oil on canvas
Master of the Universe/Emporer's New Clothes, 2003, Oil on canvas
Metamorphosis, 2004, Oil on canvas
Mother and Child #2, 2005, Oil on canvas
Potential, 2003, Oil on canvas
The Reunion, 2004, Oil on canvas
The Conflict, 2004, Oil on canvas
Rooster #2 (The Idol), 2004, Oil on canvas
Hard Candy Shell, 2004, Oil on canvas
Predator and Prey (The Dance), 2005
Moving Towards the Light, 2003, Oil on canvas