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“Faces Of The Parabox” is a subset from “The Boy In The Box” series. Commencing upon the precipice of homelessness, “The Boy In The Box” follows the rigid geometric structuring of the “The Up-Side Of Down” and represents the perpetual quest for personal freedom and breaking outside of the box. We often create our own boxes. This painting reflects upon the only person that can change your life. It’s you!

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“Regenaissance (Polyversikube)” is a nine canvas polyptych conceptually inspired by the principle elements of fractals, the Golden Ratio, and a Rubik’s Cube. The name “Regenaissance” is an abstract composite derived from the words Renaissance (meaning “rebirth”) and Genesis (meaning “the beginning”). Presented in a 3 x 3 structural format, each of the nine components can be moved, rotated, and rearranged so that any side of any element can connect to any side of any of the other eight pieces. The result of the calculated configurations is a broad and almost limitless spectrum of orientations and variations with which to play; 95,126,814,720 to be exact.

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In August 2012, at the age of 28, I was reconnected with the biological family I never knew. At that time, I learned that my father, also named Michael, did not die in a car accident as I had always been told. Rather, I came to find out that he took his own life on my mother’s 21st Birthday, just shortly before I turned a year old. He did not leave a note. Almost 30 years later, in my most personal and emotional creation to date, I wrote that note for my father. Written through our collective heart, eyes, and hand, that piece of our soul is “Michael’s Note.”

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“Astranomelly” was the culminating piece of my artist residency in Downtown San Diego. During the months of April/May (2012) I spent 50 days painting on Broadway Avenue, generally averaging 10-12 hours per session and never taking a single day off. Basically living in the studio as I found myself on the precipice of homelessness, this climactic creation measures 6.5′ x 10′ and is representative of my collective experiences as “The Boy In The Box.” The culture shock of the residency experience made this both an artistic opportunity and a sociological experiment as I found myself imbued with the regionalism of this foreign community and was indoctrinated into their culture. The individuals that visited and shared their stories during my tenure in the box were all incorporated into the painting, their names inscribed in the underpainting that surrounds the iconic vortex (or black hole) that is simultaneously a symbol of the outward eyes looking in at me as I poured my soul into the canvas. The concept for “Astranomelly” came to me on a car ride home at 3:30am as I listened to the track “Battling the Sun” by local musician Astra Kelly. I had met Astra earlier that evening when she stopped in during a rare San Diego storm. The rest of the story I now leave with you.

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A necklace for the blue warriors. Hang art…wear art…be art!

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Rising phoenix necklace for the phoenix rising in you

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Yesterday on IG Live we talked a little bit about giving up, pushing through, and how/why to give your failures purpose so they’re no longer failures, but stepping stones to success. Social media creates a common misconception that almost everyone we know is extremely successful because we generally see snapshots of the highlights that they choose to unveil. By relation, it often contributes to people feeling a personal sense of failure. What we don’t see is the full picture. We don’t see the struggles, the obstacles, or if those snapshots that are highlighted are even real in the first place. It’s easy to pretend just about anything on social media, and many people will believe it. Don’t believe everything you see.

For me personally, there are far more failures, or obstacles, than successes. We often see only our own full picture, but I will show you mine. This morning I made my submission to New American Paintings. I have been submitting my work to this juried competition since I was a student at Loyola Marymount University. I believe this is my 14th year in a row trying to get accepted. That means for 14 years I have stuck with this dream despite year after year of rejection. The rejection has no correlation to my value, self-worth, or successes as a person or artist. This is just a small piece of a larger puzzle. I am determined to continue going after that puzzle piece though until I grasp it. The rejections don’t even discourage me because, along the way, I am taking other small steps towards my larger goals. There is always progress being made, no matter how small, despite what may outwardly look like a hopeless pursuit. I will get there, and when I do, I’ll be able to say I continued coming back year after year until I made it happen. If I was to stop trying, though, it would never happen. Today I’m sharing my submissions for 2019 with you.

Take baby steps towards your goals. Keep the big picture within sight, but focus on the little things you can do daily to get there. Today I challenge you to acknowledge a failure or obstacle, as well as a baby step you are making towards a goal you have. 

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Year ago I sacrificed one of my paintings “The Transmutation Of Miss-Tere” in an alchemical process of equivalent exchange (video footage available on YouTube). In order to obtain, a sacrifice is always necessary. I saved the remnants of the framework that survived the flames and shaped them in the form of an “A” for “Acrylic Alchemy.” It is floating between two pieces of glass and you can still spot one of the dollar bills that was part of the sacrificed painting. I have not yet had an opportunity to showcase this piece but it is available. Sacrifices of this nature have become a regular part of my work and process.

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Phoenix rising necklace available! I’ve also got more accessories, apparel, and (of course) art!

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