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The Board Room Costa Mesa

October 1, 2013

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Join me and world-class shapers and the industry’s top brands showcasing the latest technology and design at The Boardroom. The Boardroom event is held at OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa, CA, October 5-6, 2013.

I’ll be displaying new works alongside the furniture of Pacific Wonderland Inc. Pacific Wonderland Inc. is the work of my friend Steve Nasker and his wife Charlotte Stone. Their stuff is amazing I encourage you to check out their website.

I will have originals, canvas and archival prints which will be available for purchase. Find me at booth number 509.


2369 Miles, 2369 Art Conversations, and 23,690 “Sick”

August 7, 2013

swamisThis last month I ventured down south for two art shows. The first was a solo show at Bliss 101 in Encinitas. The second was the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach. Months of preparation went into these two events. Fortunately, all that work paid off!

I seem to be developing a bit of a fan base in the Encinitas area, largely due to my art presence at Bliss 101. The night of my solo show had a great turnout, with many art buyers! Bliss had one of it’s best opening nights ever, and so did I. I honestly don’t expect that there are people out there who like my art, want to buy it, or want to meet me in person. I’m just a guy in a box, from Oregon, who likes to see what happens when I put paint on wood. There’s obviously more meaning to it than that, but that’s a simplified reason of why I do it. I had great talks about art with people interested in learning more. Yes, they were partaking in the complimentary wine, and I had some beers, but it was still good chats. To me, it feels nice when you see that what you’re doing is inspiring others. Maybe they’ll become painters, or already are, or maybe you somehow tap into something deep inside them. Whatever it was, there was good mojo that night, and people caught me in rare form…publicly talking about art and painting.

Next was the U.S. Open of Surf. This is an event that I’ve followed since I was a little kid. So when I was asked if I’d like to participate in it, I said yes. I had an art tent on the beach for the NINE day event. I really don’t recommend trying to pull this off on your own, like I did. It was a marathon, and like a marathon you need to think through your strategy and pace yourself. This meant, no late nights, eat right, learn to conserve your conversations, and most importantly, I treated my neighbors well so that they’d watch my booth when I needed a toilet break. I was always peppy after that.

I think my art presence added a bit of soul to an event that was mostly about advertising brands. I’m not trying to say I’m above what these bigger brands are doing. I also sell things, so therefore I am in a sense a brand. Spreading the word about what I make was a reason why I was there. Art has the ability to touch people in a deeper way than some of the cheap freebies that were being given away. Age, gender, and race were irrelevent. It was just people taking in art, and that’s a nice feeling. Hipsters still don’t care about what I’m creating though…oh well.

When thousands of people a day are passing by your artwork, you begin to notice common themes. For instance, if a person said the word “sick” in reference to my artwork, 99.999% of the time they weren’t any sort of buyer. Yes, mostly it was teenagers saying this, but there were definitely older people saying it as well. In regards to my need to conserve conversations, this was a red flag that I could go back to what I was doing before they entered my tent. I wasn’t rude to them, I understand it was a complement, I just felt the need to pace myself over the nine days. I repeated myself my art blurb probably on an average of once every three minutes, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. I felt like Bill Murray on Groundhog Day, except my new day started at the end of my blurb. When it was all said and done, I met a bunch of great people from around the world, but the people that made the biggest impression on me were the Huntington Beach locals. They had very encouraging things to say to me, and have a lot of grace for the throngs of people that come out of the woodwork for that event.

I also have a newfound respect for the 100’s of people behind the scenes who work tirelessly to basically build a small city on the beach for this event. It makes me sad that a few dumb people felt the need to destroy what wasn’t theirs, and that becomes what most media outlets choose to focus on.

The further I get down the road of being an artist, the more I realize I can’t do this alone. I’m so thankful for all the people that come by my side and believe and encourage what I do for a living. Sometimes it’s friends and family who’ve supported me since the beginning, and other times it’s new acquaintances who blow me away with their generosity. You all are making me strive to be a better person. Thanks!


Upcoming Shows – Summer 2013

July 2, 2013

Passage_surfartI’ll be traveling down to Southern California very soon for two art shows.

Bliss 101 Featured Artist – July 13, 7-9 p.m.

687 South Coast Hwy., Encinitas, California

On Saturday evening from 7-9 p.m. I’ll be displaying artwork at Bliss 101, a beautifully eclectic boutique in Encinitas, CA. This shop is amazing, you should stop by even if you can’t make it on Saturday.

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Vans U.S. Open of Surfing – July 20th-28th

Main Street and Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach

If you’re into big events, this one is for you. There will be surfing, skating, bmx-ing, music-ing, and last but not least, visual art-ing. I’ll have my humble little art booth set up at this massive event.

Please come out and support my art!

Summer Arts and Music Festival

May 31, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-05-31 at 6.19.47 AMI’ll have an art booth at the Summer Arts and Music Festival at Benbow Lake State Recreation Area this weekend. If you’re planning on attending this event, come by my booth and say hi.

Art Show Preview

May 24, 2013

IMG_1355aIf you find yourself in Brookings, Oregon this Saturday, please come by the Vista Pub to see my outdoor art display. This piece of Natural Bridges that the owner commissioned will be on display also.


Art Show This Coming Saturday

May 20, 2013

vista flyer2I’ll have new artwork on display for one day at the Vista Pub in Brookings, Oregon on saturday. We’ll also be unveiling a commissioned piece of Natural Bridges that they hired me to paint. If you’re in the area, please come out and support my art. 15% of profits will be donated to the Friends of the Brookings-Harbor Aquatic Center.

Road Weariness and Automated Flap-Jacks

October 12, 2012

What a wild time I had down south this past week! I made the long drive with my friend Matt Beard in his cavernous Sprinter Van. Lots of coffee and beer were drank, bad fast food consumed and sleep hard to find. The grittiness you feel from inside and out can be fixed with the occasional shower or proper sit down meal at a restaurant that doesn’t serve you by calling a number.

The weekend was a whirlwind of events, starting with setting up my space for the Boardroom, then taking the art down to be displayed at Bliss 101 friday night, after that, trying to figure out how I’d get my artwork there without a car (thanks Nathan Gibbs), next, setting up for one night, tear down, set up again at the Boardroom, tear down again for a show at Wade Koniakowsky’s gallery, and one last set up again sunday morning for one last day at the Boardroom, only to tear down again Sunday night. Phew…I’m tired again just writing about it.

Logistics aside, all the shows were a success! Collectors and fans came out to show their support and buy new pieces. I met a lot of interesting people. Some of which probably think I do lots of drugs, but no, it was just a lack of sleep making me act weirder than normal. All things considered, it was a really good time.

The icing on the cake was that Bliss 101 and Surf Indian took every original and print I brought down. So I returned with nothing. Now I need to get back at it, creating more art. I’m literally going back to the ole’ drawing board.

The more people I meet down south, the more fun I have every time I travel there. The more it feels like a home away from home. That’s something I never would have anticipated, even if I was born there. Thanks to everyone who made the weekend as great as it was, and a big success for my art.

I’m super hesitant to post this video, but what the heck. This interview didn’t go so good as far as I’m concerned. I didn’t answer the questions the way I would like to have. I couldn’t hear what they were saying to me, due to the surrounding noise, and I was super nervous. However, it was fun being interviewed by Dave Stansfield and Todd Kline. I’ve been listening to Dave commentate surf contests on T.V. since I was first started surfing back in the mid-eighties.

Organized Chaos

October 2, 2012

I have several events happening this weekend in the San Diego area. I would love to see you at one or all four!

Bliss 101 Featured Artist – October 5, 7-9 p.m.
687 South Coast Hwy., Encinitas, California

On Friday evening from 7-9 p.m. I’ll be displaying artwork at Bliss 101, a beautifully eclectic boutique in Encinitas, CA. This shop is amazing, you should stop by even if you can’t make it on Friday.

The Board Room – October 6 & 7
Del Mar Fairgrounds, San Diego, California

Celebrate surf culture. Highlight the past. Focus on the future.

I’ll be a participating artist at The Board Room International Surfboard Show in San Diego, CA. The Board Room’s purpose is to spotlight and celebrate the shapers, the laminators, the sanders, the polishers, the chemists, the fin gurus, the artists, the ding kings, the CAD experts, the futurists; ALL of the people that make up the modern day surfboard industry.

During the event, October 6th at 3 p.m. to be exact, there will be a Board Art Benefit live auction to raise money for SurfAid International. I painted one of the boards being auctioned.

Group Show – October 6, 6:30-10 p.m.
312 S. Cedros Ave., Suite 130, Solana Beach, California

 Saturday evening you’ll find me and several other surf artist at Wade Koniakowsky’s Gallery in Solana Beach. The artists exhibiting at the Surfboard Show will be gathering from 6:30 to 10 pm for an evening reception with beverages and pupus provided.


Board Art Benefit-Malibu

August 31, 2012

This is going to be a fun event. If you live in the area, please come out and support the arts and a good cause.

Board Art Benefit-Santa Barbara

July 20, 2012

ImageIf you’re around Santa Barbara on August 2nd, I recommend checking this out! There’s going to be a lot of amazing artwork on display. I’ll have the board I collaborated on with Jeff “Doc” Lausch on display and for sale.