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 Experimental Works

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Self Portrait

Self Portrait (2003).

24" x 36"

Oil on Canvas 

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Self Portrait

Self Portrait (2003).

20" x 30"

Oil on Canvas 

Legs

Legs (1997).

18" x 30" x 20"

Mixed Media 

Gender Examination

Gender (2003).

24" x 24" x15"

Plaster Plaster Cast/Mixed Media 

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Sexual Diversity

Sexual Diversity (1997).

30" x 36"

Oil Pastel on Stonehenge Paper 

There was a time when sexuality and gender were not recognized or acknowledged the way they are today. Growing up gay in the 80s and 90s left me questioning my sexual and gender identity. I knew I was gay but didn’t always feel connected to the community, which was on the verge of great change. In my youth I was inspired by gender fluid characters like The Emcee in Cabaret and Hedwig and other gay stage and film icons, who seemed to push the boundaries of gender and sexuality. My Gender/Self Portraits illustrated my frustration with my own internal demons. Blue and red were a common thread in my paintings from that time. Those colors were used to express the sense of isolation and loneliness that many gay men of my generation experienced. This series of work was displayed in conjunction with my friend Amelia in a joint exhibition at the former Chase Café in Chicago.

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Salome with the Head of John the Baptist (2024).

24" x 48"

Acrylic on Canvas 

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Great White Shark (2024).

12" x 24"

Acrylic on Canvas 

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Untitled

Untitled (2023).

14" x 18"

Oil on Canvas 

Showcased at 64 Arts, IL. 2023

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Cigarette

Cigarette (2007).

10" x 30"

Oil on Canvas 

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Untitled

Untitled (2024).

30" x 30"

Oil on Canvas 

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Untitled

Untitled (2024).

10" x 10"

Oil on Canvas 

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Untitled (2024).

5" x 7"

Oil on Canvas 

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Untitled (2024).

10" x 10"

Oil on Canvas 

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Pasta (2023).

Digital

Showcased LUMA, NY, 2023.

This piece was showcased at LUMA's Projection Festival in 2023. You can see what the finished piece looked like at the show and the process of the making the piece. below.

Luma 2023
Luma 2023
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Untitled

 Untitled (2023).

16" x 20"

Oil on Canvas 

Showcased at 37th Northern National Art Competition, Rhinelander, WI, 2024.

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Duchamp: The Later Years (2023).

Ready Made

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Hemorrhoids: A Tribute

Hemorrhoids: A Tribute (2022).

14" x 18"

Oil on Canvas 

Studies estimate that anywhere from 45 to 90% of men struggle with body image issues. This becomes even more prevalent and concerning in the gay community. This piece was designed to draw attention to these issues and the associated shame and isolation. I encourage the viewers to examine their reaction to this piece as a way of surveying their own relationship with the subject of body image in others—and, perhaps, in themselves.

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Untitled

 Untitled (2023).

6" x 12"

Oil on Canvas 

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Vulture

Birds of prey have always fascinated me. Their enormous wingspans hovering through the sky are often associated with death. I placed this massive creature on a small canvas to invite the viewer to walk up close and examine this often-misunderstood bird, not in fear, but from a curious perspective. The contrasting cream background, symbolic of renewal, plays off the dark feathers of the vulture to remind us of the vital role this bird plays in life.

Vulture (2023).

6" x 12"

Oil on Canvas 

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Fortune Cookie

Fortune Cookie (2022).

10" x 10"

Oil on Canvas 

Showcased at The National Collage Society, via Kean Galleries, NJ 2023

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Untitled

Untitled (2023).

20" x 20"

Oil on Canvas 

Showcased at Nude Night, FL. 2024

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460 Callories

460 Calories (2023).

6" x 6"

Oil on Canvas 

Showcased at ArtWise Gallery, ND. 2023

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Before

Before (2023).

10" x 10"

Oil on Canvas 

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Men Will Be Boys

A pair of male legs stands in front of a toilet with the man’s pants pulled down to his ankles. Men don’t typically urinate in this way, but oftentimes boys do. The inspiration for this painting came from my work in the mental health profession, specifically with men. What fascinated me about working with so many heterosexual men was how they appeared very detached from their feelings. It amazed me how child-like most of my male patients were. For some, it was from cultural influence or family upbringings. For others, it was from the impact of trauma. With most of my male patients I go back to the basics and teach them how to experience and express their emotions in healthy ways. With my painting Men Will Be Boys, I wanted to challenge the viewer to think about the way we raise boys in our society and the damage we create by not teaching them how to appropriately express themselves, leaving them forever lost in a state of boyhood.

Men Will Be Boys (2022).

18" x 24"

Oil on Canvas 

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365 Days

365 Days of Un-creativity (2006-07).

12" x 36" x 6"

Mixed Media

Showcased at Viridian Artists, NYC. 2023

For several years I was unable to find the inspiration to create much of anything. Not knowing what to do as an artist, I took a canvas and decided that for one year I would do just one thing per day to it, based on how I was feeling. I experimented with different techniques and used feelings as a way of directing what should be placed on the canvas. Sometimes I would paint on it; other times, I would destroy it. During that period, I was writing a play that was going nowhere and ended up stuffing this mixed media piece with discarded pages. This piece was the outcome of that year.

Chicago 1

Chicago Theatre 1 (1997).

24" x 36"

Acrylic on Canvas

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Chicago 2

Chicago Theatre 2 (2003).

14" x 18"

Oil on Canvas

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Chicago 4

Chicago Theatre 4 (2003).

36" x 24"

Acrylic on Canvas

Chicago Theatre 3 (2003).

18" x 36"

Acrylic on Canvas

The concept for this miniseries arose from my overall love of the theatre and my personal affection for the Chicago Theatre. I chose complementary colors to balance the orange of the theatre’s sign. My intent was to abstract this iconic Chicago symbol into its most basic forms to create a balanced composition and offer different views and perspectives to the viewer.

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Playbill Dresser (2012).

31" x 45" x 16"

Mixed Media

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NYC

NYC (2003).

30" x 30"

Oil on Canvas

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OM

OM (2005).

18" x 24"

Oil on Canvas

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Motel

Summit Motel (2003).

18" x 36"

Acrylic on Canvas

The Summit on Lincoln Avenue was one of several motels that have since been torn down for condos. Beginning In the 1950s and 60s, these motels served as overnight stops for truckers and families on trips by car. Jumping ahead to the 1990s and early 2000s, the Summit housed drug dealers, people struggling with addiction, prostitutes, and those escaping to have a quick affair on their lunch breaks. My original goal was to present The Motel in abstraction and use colors and texture to draw the viewer into its years of chaos and mystery. Since its original creation, however, deeper meaning of The Motel’s significance has unfolded for me. The Motel is a representation that encapsulates the fading places once available to elements of Americana (however outcast they might be), now replaced by society’s enveloping gentrification and commercialism.

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