LIFE ON HOLD
I was trying to design/create a work that captured a time period in my life where I had very little money but it never entered my thoughts as I was incredibly happy.
I called this period "LIFE ON HOLD", simply living in the moment.
The fun of the creation process is not knowing what will evolve whether it could be abstract or known.
I was at the bar having some very discounted drinks on a Monday night with a life long friend who was bartending.
I was down to my very last dollar. Looked down at it when the concept was staring back at me.
I really loved carving this work over a three month period. Especially trying to get the lettering as accurate as possible.
It encompassed all I loved about art from being Pop to traditional with even some scrolls!! I followed up LIFE ON HOLD WITH :
TELL ME THAT YOU LOVE ME
I think the message in this one is pretty clear but it was important to me to use the older version of the $100 bill.
I loved the ornate quality of it and was excited to bring the scroll work to a larger than life 3d work.
A special thanks to my dad who went to many banks trying to hunt down this version of the bill for me to scale off.
ANASTRATA SERIES MIRRORS
I began the Anastrata series as my first venture into making a stylized commercial series of mirrors.
I developed the series to be viewed in two halves. One side being the mirror and the other complimenting whether it be a beautiful natural piece of wood or whatever else I may design.
I also like every mirror I typically make like to design it so it can be hung and look beautiful in any direction.
There are many versions from abstract hand applied ink versions resembling Nebulas , fashion patterns to objects encased in glass.
I really love creating these works and just have endless ideas for where I can take this series.
To view more of these mirrors visit:
Zycie Mirror (life mirror)
Sadly in June I received a call that my dear friend Mark had unexpectedly passed away. He was truly a brother. We hung out a lot especially playing disc golf where I felt like I was 14 again with no cares in the world.
He would always buy me a ticket to see Phish... and I really wasn't into Phish but had some of the best times of my life at Phish concerts with him … sorry guys in Phish.. play on
I carved this work in his memory. A beautiful thriving Poppy as the flower is symbolic of peace and mourning.
Mark is missed everyday but also I know watching out for me (and laughing at the ridiculous twists and turns of my life )
three brothers : me, yo bri and Mark.
Tragically 5 months later the great Tim Cloonan passed away. A true legend and someone who I could gripe about our pursuits in craft as he understood all too well.
Tim was the one who delivered the news to me that Mark had passed away as we were all friends. Still unbelievable to this day.
We were both attending Temple in the the jazz performance program and Tim was already a well respected musician/guitarist. We went on to work together for a bunch of years at Ibanez guitars before he went on to make some of the best electric basses this dang world has ever seen.
I was happy to finally collaborate on a project together for Dogfish Head. I felt honored and was proud that we created killer work together.
to be viewed at
Tim's website is
I began to carve a panel for a mirror in memory of time reflective of who he was but have still not finished but I see it everyday and that's enough for now.
I made Tim's urn, something I didn't ever think I would have to do but another person I miss much everyday.
Tim's urn was reflective of his basses with the figured maple and wenge stripe mimicking the laminations on the back of his bass neck.
The final work of 2016 was
AMERICA (you broke my heart)
This work was created in the summer of 2016 featuring one of my signature works in the form of runny fried eggs. I first turn the yolk section on the lather before band sawing the outside shape before hand carving the fried egg.
At the time I was carving a piece and listening to a lot of Marvin Gaye's What's Going On album (possibly the best album ever recorded?) and thinking have we evolved.
This piece is 8' x 4' with alternating panels of rustic boards and cleaner maple. The background is denim.
I really love this work and happy I made it. It took a lot of work to hand shape all of them and seemed like a never ending task.
for a more detailed blog on this work including video of me turning an egg on the lathe please visit: