Archive for January, 2012

Local Knowledge: Quick Pic Inspiration

January 31, 2012

Hiking on the Oregon Coast you’ll find many great things both large and small. I’m always looking for a new idea to paint, and natures a great inspiration. Here are a few pictures taken during leisurely walkabouts.

Coastal succulents: hearty and stunning.

Sand, water, and wind.

This rock really likes the ocean nearby.

Rock candy.

Freshwater tubes.



Surfer Magazine Board Art Benefit Article

January 24, 2012


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Local Knowledge: Mulch Maker

January 23, 2012

Recently, my area was pelted with 8 inches of rain in 48 hours. Creeks and rivers rose to levels I hadn’t witnessed before. Flooding occurred, and some people dealt with property damage. Landslides washed out roads. However, I’m always amazed at the resilience of this area to weather heavy storms. This one was no exception.

The video posted here is footage I took when a break in the storm occurred. It would have been an opportune time to beach-comb, since most of the material I paint on is found this way. I hadn’t checked the tides, so I wasn’t expecting what I saw. Watching shore-breaks made of logs and twigs is kind of hypnotic. Not to mention that it smells incredible due to the mulching taking place. You can’t hear it on the video, but logs are making great twisting and crunching noises. There’s irony finding peace in something that would grind you to a pulp; a bit like a moth drawn to a flame. We regularly surf with debris in the water; you learn quickly how to spot and dodge it. There was no chance of dodging destruction this day.

A New Way To Think About Creativity

January 20, 2012

Part of my goal when I started this blog was to post things that can inspire. The hope and idea being that that would make the blog more interesting, rather than just telling you what I’m up to. In the spirit of that, here’s a video featuring Elizabeth Gilbert talking about a different way of thinking about creativity. I really identified with her thoughts. I’ve never read her book “Eat, Pray, Love”, but she’s great speaker.

Board Art Benefit Promo Video

January 17, 2012

Here’s a cool little video someone made for the event I’ll be a part of this Saturday night.

January 13, 2012



Board Art Benefit Viewing Event and a Personal Update

January 12, 2012

If you find yourself in Southern California on the 21st, then find yourself at this event. Fifteen very talented artists (and myself) were asked to paint a surfboards to raise money for SurfAid International. The finished boards look amazing! I highly recommend seeing them in person, and buying one while your at it.

If you follow my blog, you may realize that I haven’t been posting much art as of late. The reason is that I’m working on a new body of work, and I don’t want to unveil them one piece at a time. The art will be a bit of a different direction than my normal routine of painting waves. I’m excited about working on art with a slightly new direction. If you love my waves, I’ll still be painting them regularly. I also think you’ll like this new direction as well. Thanks for taking interest in my artwork and reading my ramblings.