I don't know how, nor do I want to be able to sum myself up in a neat lil paragraph, or even a page. I've never been a fan of labels... I feel like they put limitations where they don't need to be. But since this seems to be a requirement, I'll try and at least give a glimpse of where I'm at now and how I got here.
I've spent close to 30 years communicating through art.
"A picture is worth 1000 words" has always rang true for me.
For ages, I kept my drawings to myself... mostly of imaginary creatures, animals I had read about, or seen on tv, and funny faces. I'm not sure why I kept them to myself, maybe it was the 'F' I got in art class or the fact that I'm color blind, but when I began showing others my work, family and friends would never hesitate to ask for my help, with their projects. These pieces would begin my habit of constantly pushing my range, as needed. Stretching my visual arsenal to accomplish the task at hand, while still maintaining artistic integrity.
With each new project, wall, or piece, I'm learning and growing, but it was early on that I realized how much I enjoy painting with others. The adage, "iron sharpens iron" has always stuck with me. Working with others has always been a chance to share in the creative spirit, and more often than not, walk away having learned a lil tip or technique, as well.
The Blue Dozen Collective was formed by artist Bryan Cope and myself in November, of 2010.
Via the wisdom of Cope's grandmother.. a baker's dozen, minus one, is known to be a "blue" dozen. It's been with this understanding, that we have proceeded as a collective. Not taking for granted what is presented, but using open walls and surfaces as opportunities to reflect our experiences back to the community.
I'm proud of what the Blue Dozen is today, and the quality artists that represent us. We believe there is more to life than merely what is presented, and prefer not to waste energy on shallow pursuits. Actively, we participate in our surroundings using stickers, stencils, wheatpastes and paint. We connect with others via art.
So much time has been spent without any of my work being documented... this seems like a good chance to change things...
I'm extremely grateful to the people who continue to document the ever-evolving art world. It's because of you that I've been able to gather pictures of my earlier work... And as much as i appreciate the ethereal nature of temporary art, it's been nice to revisit times i once considered lost.
It was during pre blue dozen days that I began making stickers. The story is simple and sweet enough... With no room left in my sketchbook one day, and a roll of blank mailing labels within arms reach... i began drawing, and never looked back. At a time, I created hundreds of unique characters per day. Nowadays, time available and attention to detail has taken it's toll, but it's still my preferred method of relaxation.
Everyday, when I wake up, I'm lucky enough to get to paint on things. It's what I've always wanted...