Dedicated to all who have a little sip to forget that new year’s kiss.
Based on a 1935 photograph of makeup artist Jack Pierce and his assistant Tony Mattaracci making up Boris Karloff for the film Bride of Frankenstein. Karloff had all his molars extracted from his upper and lower jaw for Frankenstein in 1931.
After the record setting painting claimed to be by Leonardo DaVinci that went for $450 million at auction.
Since I was a child, I’d always been pulled in by paintings depicting the Madonna and Child. Long ago, I promised myself that I’d take a stab at religious motifs when my skill could only pose a compliment to the subject. This painting is based on a french postcard from the turn of the century. It was the practice of many photographers at the time to hire prostitutes for these commercial photographs. Given that, I wondered if this was indeed the woman’s child. The closeness seems too natural to be staged. And did the child grow up knowing his father or had he been forsaken?
Dorothy Lamour was an American actress and singer. 1914-1996
In love, we don’t dare make choices to disrupt the status quo. But when we do, paralysis ensues.
Expressing the hollowness of being when waking from a dream that was once true, but is no longer true.
Lillian Gish was an American actress of the screen and stage, as well as a director and writer whose film acting career spanned 75 years, from 1912 in silent film shorts to 1987. She is the actress for whom the 1991 Smashing Pumpkins album, “Gish” was named after.
Clara Gordon Bow was an American actress who rose to stardom in silent film during the 1920s and successfully made the transition to “talkies” after 1927.
Matheson Alexander Lang was a Canadian-born stage and film actor and playwright in the early 20th century.
Gloria Swanson was an American actress and producer best known for her role as Norma Desmond, a reclusive silent film star, in the critically acclaimed 1950 film Sunset Boulevard.
Douglas Fairbanks was an American actor, screenwriter, director, and producer. He was best known for his swashbuckling roles in silent films such as The Thief of Bagdad, and Robin Hood.
Bebe Daniels was an American actress, singer, dancer, writer and producer.
The awkward choice of ignorance when interests diverge.
A self portrait created the day after landing in Los Angeles for a one month artist residency. Mentally, there was a push and pull to relax one mode of thinking in order to fully enter another.
Once upon a summer evening, I had a dream of walking around an art show. I was intimately familiar with all the work but recognized none of it. My heart was an ache and my mind was a blank. Within the course of the dream, I realized I was at a future exhibit of my own work. A retrospective perhaps? One room I entered was very dark with black walls. As I walked closer to the center of the room, I began to see figures of boys luminate. As I moved around the life size figures, their forms fell away as though they’d been painted on successive layers of glass. But there was no glass. The paint seemed to hang in the air. I proceeded to walk through the figures, between the layers, observing the artwork from all angles I could. The figures were made up of geometric patterns and a rainbow of colors up close. It was of a complexity I couldn’t imagine contriving. And it was only when I stood back at one point in the room did the various shapes and patterns form a complete image. From any other angle, it was a beautiful offset abstraction. It was like nothing I’d ever seen. Like nothing I’d ever experienced. I was twenty years old and convinced I’d been given a glimpse of my future. Or if not my future, then it was a future I’d commit myself to manifesting. Within days of the dream, I used 3D modeling software to create a crude mock-up of the effect I witnessed.