oil paintings on vintage wallpaper

 

In 2011, I came across hundreds of rolls of vintage wallpaper in a dusty dance hall in Thomas, West Virginia.  The pattern rich wallpaper quickly became my new canvas.  Combining the intricacies of various creatures with the detailed wallpaper, I hope to incite a sense of tranquil curiosity in viewers. I enjoy the juxtaposition created when these seemingly disparate objects are paired together. This series is meant to make people slow down, notice the details of the creatures around us, and foster a much needed love for the natural world.
 

goliath beetle
screech owl
bumblebee
barred owl
oh deer
mockingbird
luna moth
sunflower
ladybug
starling
flying fox
barn owl
black-eyed susans
pygmy owl
wandering jew
ladybug
honeybee
house finch
honeybee
robin
pigeon
peacock
atlantic blue crab
buckeye butterfly
kookaburra
raven
house wren
painted bunting
chickadee
oriole
tiger beetle
mouse
cicada
bumblebee
snail
hummingbird
rhino beetle
luna moth
cicada
bluebird
monarch butterfly
madagascar sunset moth
swallow
honey mushrooms
dragonfly
cardinal
baltimore checkerspot butterfly
cicada
house finch
death's-head hawkmoth
praying mantis
lovebird
stag beetle
american kestrel
toadstool

intimate scenes

Intimate Scenes is a brief view into the sanctuaries that human beings create for themselves.  The warm oil colors, focus on detail, and use of natural light induce a sense of comfort and moodiness in contrast to the sense of loneliness and isolation that is depicted by the solitary human forms (or lack thereof). The paintings provide a glimpse into the comforts that we create in our surroundings by offering up complete environments and moments inhabited.

Africa
Vietnam
Torn
Evny
Tie Me Down
Rich
Golden West