I did this silly little oil sketch based on a drawing I made in my sketchbook. It’s called “We Thought You Were Sending Matt Damon.”
I decided to paint it because I liked how the character turned out, and I liked the concept of martians receiving our radio, television and pop culture signals for the last 100 years and becoming vapid and celebrity-obsessed without our ever realizing it. Without realizing it, that is, until they start peppering the first human Mars explorers with questions about the Kardashians and Queen Bey…
I’ve always found animals doing people things to be super hilarious. I’ve taken it a step farther than children’s books usually do to have apes and elephants and raccoons doing pretty arbitrary stuff.
I like this idea. If you take all those Disney and Pixar movies and have them take the animals as people metaphor to its logical conclusion, you get Sammy Squirrel the structural engineer or Farrah the Phlebotomist Finch.
Sometimes the effect is just amusing – like a clever joke with raccoons and songbirds.
Other images, like “Ape Surgeon” are hilarious, but really unsettling and pose deeper questions about how much control we really have over the world and our own mortality. (My assertion is “not a ton,” in case you misread that message.)
I did this illustration a few days before Thanksgiving in 2012. I pattered it after Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom from Want” painting from his “Four Freedoms” series.
Rockwell shows a masterful command of light in the white-on-white table service and curtained window in the dining room.
I decided to see if I could mimic the master while turning the image on its head; a bunch of turkeys sitting down to a bountiful family meal of man flesh. I may yet turn this idea into an oil painting. Happy Thanksgiving!
I did this small-scale acrylic painting in honor of John Minor’s (pictured in the bow) 2013 retirement from his career as a high school history teacher. His family (also shown in the boat) commissioned the piece as a Gift.
Obviously, with this painting I spoofed Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze’s 1851 masterpiece, “Washington Crosses the Delaware.”
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