This piece is a combination of several images; an old painting done around a decade ago, several pen and ink drawings I’ve done over the past month; and my love of comicbook art. It is called “Joker’s Ghost”.
As I paint the characters from DC Comics, I interpret them in my own way…as many other artists do. I strive to capture a suggestion of each character, while staying true to my vision as a painter. I try to remain loose, allowing the paint to drip, leaving some portions incomplete…and maybe up to the imagination. So, in no way am I a comicbook artist. I just love the movies, the books, the comics…the art. Stanley “Artgerm” Lau and Frank Cho are two illustrators that I admire.They inspire me. And I just do what I do. Someone told me that what I’m doing now is Neo Pop Art. So, that’s cool.
It’s the end of November, the holidays are approaching and the landscape is darker, painted with deep brown, rust, gray…black. I think of classic writers like Poe and my paintings are inspired by these things.
I am continuing to write shorter fiction, a bit of poetry, also inspired by this time of year and by memories of past years.
Above: Four 2 x 2 inch paintings and a 4 x 4 inch painting in the middle.
I spent the past few months painting large canvases for exhibitions. Now, with the New Hope Art Gallery show coming up, I am painting mini canvases. They will be placed on a table that I will be sharing with the painter, Bob Judge. They will be offered for sale on opening night, July 30th. In addition, I will have five large paintings on exhibit, until the Fall, in the gallery.