Blind Faith

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Blind Faith

One of the best things about being an artist is having the ability to transform raw materials with my creativity and bend the imagery to my vision ... READ ON

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Going the Distance

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Going the Distance

I have spoken to many artists, writers, gallerists, etc. over the years.  There is one thread that holds them all together and that is the desire for their particular message, idea or brand to be heard and validated in some measurable way ... READ ON

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Jonathan E

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Jonathan E

Jonathan E

 Title:  Jonathan E  Medium:  Oil & Colored Pencil on Skateboard  Size:  8" x 32"  Copyright:  2017  Catalog #:  17.017

Title:  Jonathan E

Medium:  Oil & Colored Pencil on Skateboard

Size:  8" x 32"

Copyright:  2017

Catalog #:  17.017

This skateboard painting was inspired by the original movie Rollerball.  It is in response to the idea that corporations take over governance of the people after the governments have gone bankrupt.  The basic premise of the movie was that individuals did not matter and that the spectacle of sports was a mechanism used by corporations to control the masses much like the Colosseum in Rome or the modern day football stadiums.  The character 'Jonathan E' was the antagonist to the corporate paradigm.

"All great art is activism." - Ai Weiwei

 

 

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Cigar 76

Cigar 76

This painting was inspired by Cigar Box Lid #3 by Richard Diebenkorn.  What I really liked ... READ ON

Penn Station

Penn Station

Serious art has been the work of individual artists whose art has had nothing to do with style because they were not in the least connected with the style or the needs of the masses. Their work arose rather in defiance of their times. - Franz Marc

Nitty Gritty Studio Photo

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Nitty Gritty Studio Photo

I completed this painting earlier this year.  It's comprised of a LOT of layers that create a type of urban fabric.  The overall 'technical' components ... READ ON

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Pause ...

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Pause ...

Every once and a while an editor and/or reporter from an art-centric publication takes interest in what I've been up to ... READ ON

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Engage Art Fair Booth

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Engage Art Fair Booth

The great thing about doing indoor shows is being able to present a larger body of works that is just not possible to do in the studio ... READ ON

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Berman's Turtles

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Berman's Turtles

Over the past few months I have been working on a project to create mobile shelters to address the homeless population in Sonoma County ... READ ON

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Mobile Shelter

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Mobile Shelter

Over the past month I have been working on a new series of mobile shelters that will be featured in a show at the Paul Mahder Gallery in May 2017.  The show is called A Place to Call Home and is in conjunction with North Sonoma County Services ... READ ON

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New Work

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New Work

People always ask me how I come up with my paintings.  All I can tell them is that my work is predicated on process ... READ ON

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Berman Blocks

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Berman Blocks

Last week I met with some good people at a maker space in Sebastopol called Chimera to take some photos of my Berman Blocks ... READ ON

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New Work

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New Work

DeveloPING

Title:  The 10th Ping

Medium:  Oil & Colored Pencil on Canvas

Size:  30" x 24"

Copyright:  2017

Catalog #:  17.006

This painting at it's core is about hard work and being steadfast about pursuing your goals.  It was developed over several sessions and includes at least 10 layers of paint.  The title was derived from the 10 letters making up the word DeveloPING with each layer representing a letter in the word.  The letters PING are all that are left visible.

 

"The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones." - John Maynard Keynes

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Building Blocks

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Building Blocks

Building Blocks

 Title:  Building Blocks  Medium:  Oil & Colored Pencil on Panel  Size:  24" x 16"  Copyright:  2008  Catalog #:  08.016

Title:  Building Blocks

Medium:  Oil & Colored Pencil on Panel

Size:  24" x 16"

Copyright:  2008

Catalog #:  08.016

Here's another older painting called "Building Blocks".  It reminds me of when I was a child stacking the grocery boxes when my mom came back from food shopping.  I would build them up, knock them down, and then start over.  For some reason I wasn't satisfied with what I designed so I did this a LOT.

"Music is made up out of these building blocks. Studying how these blocks go together and what they consist of and the math of how it works - it's all the same stuff; it's just different aesthetics that we're talking about." - Flea

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