Some of you might wonder what do the painting names mean. Often I paint a work and then spend time naming it. One of my favorite games is to match the name of a bull from the Pro Rodeo circuit with a painting that has just been finished. You would be surprised how well those names fit. I really think this game is fun! The Bull names are exotic and link to my life. I have great attachment and affection for the West. Strangely,the complete disassociation from the painting combined with careful selection of the name provide the viewer with more fuel to travel deeper into the uncharted regions of the painting and allow for reflection and appreciation to continue over time. Believe me when I say the choice of name is not random.
And that is no Bull.
Tramp Stamp is a a commemorative painting and an homage. A gesture of friendship and admiration for my friend and Brilliant composer Steve Hackman. Steve is composing meaningful new symphonies which bridge the gap between the established and the new. He is a man of this time and someone to be watched. Use that trusty google search engine and check this dude out. If you search his website you might even discover the inspiration for this strange painting in Ballpoint pen and Gesso.
Flower Power was inspired originally by my work on the Elephant Revival Mash Up Series. The first painting was called Revival: a restoration of force. Then I started becoming a little obsessive abut elephants and depicting them in ways that displayed a sense of mastery over their destiny. Which of course I would love to see as a truth in the world by sadly is not so. An Elephant hovering weightlessly over bunches of flowers seemed just the right combination of whimsey and message. I just love these giant creatures.