Sunday, October 11, 2009

Earthling: A Self Portrait

Sometimes I feel just a little too earthbound...

This painting is not for sale.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

I know I'll Never Do Better...But We Have to Break Up

I'M SO TORN!!!  It drives me crazy that I have to sacrifice for the environment!  I hate it.  I wish I was one of those people that just make good choices naturally.  But I'm not.  I like things now...I like things tasty...and I like 'em CLEAN!  So I painted this image to remind me that I can't have it all.  And it hurts...I'm gonna miss you my love...

This painting is has been sold.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Silent Film Star

I love this guy. Yes, he's a fish, but clearly he's a romantic. He's the guy that will bring you chocolate without being prompted. And remember some obscure anniversary, like, "This date marks two years since the first time you tied my tie."
(I think tying a man's tie is sexy)

How did I get from this fish to tying a man's tie?
Clearly, I'm a romantic...

This painting can be purchased by contacting the artist at

(I have a friend who calls this painting Silent Porn Star, 'cuz, ya know, fish can be saucy)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Good, the Bad, and the Goldfish

This painting came about because I walk my adorable dog through the park almost every day. And every day I drop goldfish flakes into my daughter's State-Fair-coin-toss-prize goldfish tank and I think,  "If only I could walk my goldfish through the park..."  And while considering that I began to wonder what I must look like to them, through that big plate of glass that they can never understand... 
...and now I wonder if they wish they could swim that enormous thing they see as me through their tiny little park-like tank.

The title came about because there is no denying the gunslinger factor, it's just difficult to say why that happened....

And I just found out that this painting was sold today...yay!!!  (Sorry Dave....)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Benevolent Madness

I've been asked by my father, who has been in the news game for more than thirty years, to describe my work in one sentence.  It's just one sentence, how hard can that be?  "Colorful" is at least accurate, I thought...  "Bold" is usually used in my presence...  and "Quirky" is probably the best description.   So, "Colorful, bold, and quirky depictions (that sounds pretty good) of some modern topics... that just won't leave me alone," was my original thought.  It's true, the topics really won't leave me alone, but I don't think you should use the word "bold" when describing your own work, and "colorful" sounds too childlike. But my work isn't exactly adultlike, so I ramain stuck.
"Fun fodder for therapy,"  was another little tidbit that came to mind.  However, using the word "fun" is just wrong, and "fodder" always makes me think of cows for some reason.  At least mentioning therapy is now in fashion.  (Too bad I've never been...I'm saving up)
But now suddenly the phrase "segue-free" comes to mind, how will I fit that in?
This isn't exactly easy, and "I got nothin'" isn't gonna get anybody out of the house...
I'm thinking I should just roll with "A good date movie," 
that'll pack 'em in.

(...and my father just called after having read this and he said, "That's great dear, but it's not one sentence.")

This painting is currently for sale by contacting the artist at

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The MunkeyMind Show

Picking a title for my show is a daunting task. I have thousands of them, literally thousands. I see them everywhere. Every time I see a movie, or listen to a song, or hear a kid scream at his ever-surprised mother in the park, they all sound like titles to me. "That's what she said..." even made the list. But I figure I should roll with MunkeyMind because it seems to encapsulate my twisted tangential thinking that is my greatest flipping burden and (often to my surprise) my most delicious blessing.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Delicate Flower

I have a particular affinity for this piece.  It sold at an auction benefitting the Mather Field Vernal Pools.  Just doing my part to help save the world.  That and the fact that I love to paint frogs.  If you ever want me to paint you a frog, I will, in a heartbeat.
Acrylic on Canvas

12" X 16"

This painting has been sold, however it can be purchased in the form of a
Light Box Print (illuminated from behind) by contacting the artist at

Please Pull up to Forward Pump

"Please Pull Up To Forward Pump" Such a progressive statement in such an ironic place. There is nothing I like better than finding profundity in a ubiquitous sign that you see every time you turn around.
Acrylic on Canvas
36" X 36"

This painting has been gifted to a Light Pirate.

It'll Only Hurt for a Second

I love the thought of the slow deliberate deadly squeeze of a giant Boa Constrictor.  I simply wanted to capture that feeling in this piece as the Green Movement slowly reduced the size of our collective carbon foot print to its ultimate and necessary death.
Acrylic on Canvas
36" X 48"

The Rough Patch

This painting came to me as the result of that feeling that you get when you've been staring down the barrel of a blank canvas for far too long.
Acrylic on Canvas

36" X 24"


They Gotta New Clown...

I can't help myself, if there is a movie quote to be had, I'll use it.
Acrylic on Canvas
16" X 24"

My Pet Goat

This may have come from the fact that I would LOVE to own goats.  More than anything.  Or, maybe not...
Acrylic on Canvas
24" X 48"

This painting can be purchased by contacting the artist at

The Outer Child

This painting came about because I was unlucky enough to witness a small child go through too much for most adults to handle.  And through it all she remained hilarious and darling and innocent.  A lesson for us all.  And happily enough,  I saw the girl yesterday and she is doing beautifully...
Acrylic on Canvas
36" X 24"

Ollie Ollie Oxen Free

Just a portrait of several of the monkeys in my mind.
Acrylic on Canvas
16" X 48"

The Quest

I feel so vulnerable when I'm getting strike that....

Madonna and Child

This painting is pretty self explanitory.  Funny thing is, I hold the person who purchased it in such high regard that on the night of my show I was pretty sure my family pooled some money together and got him to buy it to encourage me to keep painting.  I still think that.
Acrylic on wood
36" X 24"