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“If I Could Steal Your Pain.” Acrylic on panel. 36in x 24in. Prints available.

This painting reflects on the desire to take away someone else’s pain. Sometimes we can’t handle or don’t know how to deal with our own pain, yet we’re still willing to shoulder someone else’s in the effort to lighten their burden. Everyone has pain, some just hide it better. Some experience more in a day than anyone should have to face in a lifetime. Learn to use that pain as fuel, for yourself and for others. If you can do that, that pain can heal your hurt.

This painting is dedicated to my best friend, muse, and the woman I loved. This is dedicated to Deanne Hastings, who tragically disappeared in 2015 and has yet to be found. It is suspected that she was murdered but there has been no closure to date.

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“Between The Gates (The Alchemist’s Key)” is available. Acrylic on canvas. 36in x 36in. This painting plays with symbolism as it references “The Gate Of Truth” in alchemy. If you look closely, you may spot a keyhole, an angel, the sign of the infinite.

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“Puzzled Hearts” now available and looking for new homes. Message me to claim yours or request a custom commission. Your support puts food on the table and paint on the palette of a starving artist.

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“As The Caged Bird Sings.” Acrylic on canvas. 72in x 45in. Original and prints available. Message me for inquiries.

This painting is dedicated to my best friend and muse, Deanne Hastings, who tragically went missing in 2015 and has yet to be found. It is suspected that she was murdered but there has been no closure to date. Deanne once asked me to do a huge painting with a giant pair of wings. This is my tribute to her.
Deanne always called me her “Wings” and is the reason I have them tattooed on my back. I just wish I could have there for her this last time when she really needed me most. I could sense the call was going to come, but it never did, and part of me knew why. I’ve always felt that I failed her by not being there that last time, though I wanted to be and would have been. I think one of the reasons I work so hard is because of Deanne. I always tried so hard to impress her and make her proud. The last time I saw her, she told me she was. I will forever do whatever I can to keep her spirit alive through my creations. She is now my “Wings” and my angel. I love you Deanne.

Deanne inspired a number of my my best and most personal paintings. I keep reminders of her in my studio, including the last postcard from a tribute exhibition I did for her in 2010 that portrays the very first painting she ever inspired, “Midnight Dancer (Take Me Away).” I also have her handprints from her last visit, which she placed on my “10 Year Floor Canvas,” framed and always within view. I will never part with those. The remainder of the paintings she inspired were sent to her family for her children to one day have…happy and beautiful memories of their mother.  

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Custom commission being finished in the studio. This collector loved my #MostlyForHer collection but wanted a specific poem with a specific color scheme. The base on this one is a deep metallic purple. I can do the same for you. Message me for inquiries.

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Big work and big dreams. On a rough week like this one, Braska reminds me why I keep going.

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I generally use very few brushes for my paintings. Most of my paintings are completed using between 2-4 brushes, and that includes my priming brush as well as my finishing brush. I find that a versatile range of techniques can be achieved with even a single brush through exploratory applications. That’s how I developed my own signature style. 

When I find the brushes I do like, I usually buy them in multiples in case they stop making them. Here’s an example of a “before” and “after” of my favorite gesso brush. It’s just about time to retire the one on the right. Once I do retire my brushes, I usually offer them as collector’s items. They tell so many stories and are such critical assets along my journey, it would be a shame to not offer them a life after their services.

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This painting that sold last week has always been one of my most interesting because of the color scheme. The colors are of equal brilliance and intensity on the color spectrum, making it play with your optical perception. I’ve spent a great deal of time staring at it and it feels like it’s playing tricks on your eyes. You can find videos of me creating this painting on YouTube.

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