I have been living in Maui Hawaii for 5 years now. The majority of my time has been spent tattooing, spearfishing, surfing, and enjoying my life with Athena. and our dogs.
This winter I started a new oil paining. Nothing too serious, I simply had an idea to work out. I worked on the painting when I was not tattooing; which is mostly never being that I have been almost booked solid for a few years now.
My life here on Maui is so very different then what it was in Minneapolis. I have found that the ocean is everything to me. All I want to do is play in it as often as I can. With this new painting I decided not put too much academic thought into painting it, and simply paint. I work on it as I have time and at my leasure. Everything is improvisational as I am only reacting to the work as I do it.
I have lived on Maui for a full year now.
Moving my family here was one of the best choices I have ever made. I needed to get away from the city, the ratrace, the bullshit, the traffic...
...so we sold everything and moved to one of the most remote places on the planet.
We live in a fairly remote part of the island, and I have become a Napili hermit simply because where I live is beautiful, calm, quite, and I have no need to go anywhere else.
I am still a compositionalist, but I have been expanding my vocabulary.
I have been exploring water color painting as a study for oils. I have also been tattooing on Maui. the last year has been a great year of research for my new series of paintings, exploring artistic mediums that I have seldom used, and slowing down my life in general as I enjoy my family and our life here on the island.
Now, after a full year of living on the island I feel that I am reenergized enough to start my next series of oil paintings. I will continue to post here on this blog as it relates to oil painting.
Today I am leaving my adopted home town of Minneapolis, MN. My beautiful wife Athena ( of Such Good Dogs :) ) and I have decided to try and live our dreams. Athena wanted to become a professional dog trainer, and I wanted to become a professional artist. We are now the people we have always wanted to be, and knowing that, we understand how much more we can become.
Both of us have had the pleasure of truly knowing some of the coolest people in this city. We both would not be the people we are without the true friendships we have built here in Minneapolis. We love you all, and we are very sad to leave you. Albeit, we are family, and we will never simply leave you behind. Our home is yours.
I moved to Minneapolis in the fall of 1996 to become an artist.
This is my last oil painting I will complete in Minneapolis. It is meaningful to me if only for that reason. During the last 17 years I taught myself how to oil paint anything I want, anything my mind can see. I have total control of my medium, and with that I am able to truly use my philosophy to communicate through the aesthetics of composition. Now I am going to speak my mind.
My current paint pallet.
A portion of my current subject matter.
BitTorrent #13 "Penitent Magdelene"
Thanks Minneapolis, I have been able to live the life of interesting dreams. For everything you have given me, I am continually grateful. I should be arriving in Maui, Hawaii in a few hours. Athena and I are going to build a beautiful life together...a life of happiness and productivity in our chosen fields.
Minneapolis, I am a Compositionalist - Goodby and thanks for the dreams...
...Maui, Hawaii here we come, welcoming the challenge.
I was sent these pics of two recent paintings from the new owner. It always makes me happy when a client is excited about my paintings. When I get an email with pictures of my work hanging in someone's home I feel proud, and thankful. These two paintings are two of my newer works, both completed in 2011.
Dustin parker at Proteus Mag was kind enough to feature me as on of his artists of the day. I was featured in one of his earlier publications, Issue 2 of the magazine, summer of 2007. Proteus Mag has evolved into a full on blog featuring artists from around the world daily.
There are an amazing amount of talented artists on Proteus Mag's blog. Its definitely work subscribing to his RSS feed.
After surfing through a few hundred artist of the day posts at Proteus Mag I see even more that the pure abstract artist is few and far between. There are so few artists today that work from a traditional abstraction theses days, and I welcome that. It gives me the social freedom to create whatever I desire without the fear of fitting into a groove of ism.
After all I am a Compositionalist with few contemporaries.
This last month has been very busy completing the last things for our move. It is no small task to move your entire family off the continent. Things are going well, and I will arrive in Maui, Hawaii on the 27th of this month.
One of the big tasks to complete was my new website. Thanks to Huck Tate, my web-designer who was able to fulfill all of my wishes for the site. My goal was to make a site that was easy to navigate, could be viewed on a mobile device, and still retained the design elements for my old flash site.
We just uploaded the new website and it looks great.
I have know John Grider for fifteen years now, and as long as I can remember he has been working toward being an artist. I am lucky to own a painting of Johns.
Last week we hung out at Athena and my going away party, he showed me this new video he finished. Its called 'The Bigger Picture Project' and it is amazing. I can see how the last fifteen years of working hard has paid off for John.