A Different Frame Of Mind

I recently tried something new – I started working on a piece of canvas pinned to a wood panel. What ended up happening was totally unexpected and so cool! Watch the video and let me know what you think – what happened when you brought something new to...

Three Words That Can Save Your Life.

One of the challenges I have found in making my art is to remember where it is all headed. One day I catch glimpses of the direction of my art and this informs each individual painting I am working on. It infuses them with clarity and potency. But then a few days go...

Be Bold

I just started working on a painting and already it’s looking pretty good. The problem with this is that it’s too early for this piece to be anywhere near finished. In order to move forward I’m going to have to push the composition and in effect ruin...

The Biggest Reason To Make Your Art

I have just one thought this week and it keeps coming up again and again for me. It has to do with one of the primary, worthwhile reasons to make your art. It has nothing to do with what you hope to get out of it. Not monetarily. Not even notoriety. None of that. And...

Remove to Refine

Art making is so often a process of adding, removing, and then adding again. I do this constantly with lines, which are some of my favorite marks to make. Watch the video and let me know what you think – what are some of your favorite marks? In gratitude,...

It Takes A Long Time To Become Young

Have you ever noticed that when you are making your art and it is all working out that it is almost as if you are not entirely there? You are driving the bus but it seems like you do not have to try very hard. Almost like it is driving itself. Art making sometimes can...
The Work of Clifford Wilton

The Work of Clifford Wilton

The Work of Clifford Wilton My father passed in October of 2016 and in honor of his life and his current show at the Schneider Museum of Art in Ashland, Oregon, I put together this little video. I thought it would be nice to share with you a little about the man, and...
How to Happily Make Art for Someone Else

How to Happily Make Art for Someone Else

The wonderful thing about fine art is that you get to make what you want. Making Art at its best is unbridled personal expression, free of concerns for making it a certain way or pleasing anyone beside yourself. There are very few things one can do in life that carry...
Discovering Miro

Discovering Miro

I just had the pleasure of visiting the Juan Miro Museum in Spain and I wanted to share the experience with you. I was practically the only one in the there! Such an amazing artist, and getting to see his work in person was better than I could have imagined. In...

Finding Your Way

As I’m getting ready for the next Art2Life workshop in Mallorca, I’ve had the pleasure of being able to ride my bike around a bit. I haven’t been riding with any kind of plan, and have just been going from one place to the next, enjoying things as...

Emptiness, Art and a Camel

I’m at the edge of the Western Sahara, where the desert meets the sea, learning how to kite board. The landscape is striking in its vast emptiness – for miles and miles there is next to nothing, just sand. In this severe, sparse environment, I couldn’t...

How is your Art like orange juice?

The steep path from the small Moroccan Berber village seemed like it was better designed for the local mountain goats than us. It traversed the dry rocky mountainside, zig sagging up and up all morning long till finally, it found it’s way to the very top. The pass. It...

The Secret of Inspiration

Hey everyone! I’m currently in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, and I wanted to share this little video about the importance of getting out of the studio to find inspiration (HINT: you’ll often find it in the most unexpected of places!) Watch the video and...

Out On The Edges

I’ve been painting a lot on canvas and noticed that some of the most interesting parts occur on the edges, where I’m working with less control. Taking my hand out of the process and letting the materials be themselves brings in a sense of play and is so...

Why Your Next Big Thing Will Be Successful

I have been making art my whole life. I spent one summer in Hawaii when I was 18 cooking in a restaurant. Other than that I have never held a job. I have always made art. So I have gotten used to the ups and downs of working for myself. I have had to find ways to...

Like What You Like

Just to add a little variation to my process, sometimes I’ll begin a painting by putting down a bunch of different marks, nearly filling the canvas. Then, I’ll start covering or changing what I don’t like, until only what I do remains. It’s...

5 Ways to Thrive as an Artist

Sometimes being an artist can feel hard, while other times it can feel inspiring and joyful. In trying to keep things more the latter, I try to keep the following five points in mind. All of them are available at anytime and there is no cost involved. I believe they...

Starting Strong

You can never bring differences into your work too early – they will only make your art better. Click the image and watch how I improve a piece I just started with a few simple marks. In gratitude,...

The Thing That Can Change Everything For You

Do you ever notice how even though you plan things out, even though you think you know what you are going to do, that sometimes it seems like the universe just has a different plan for you? I have come to realize that this little idea or actually this little truth is...

The Bully In The Room

When finishing a painting, I find that small, simple adjustments are all that’s needed. This was the case with a painting I’ve been working on lately – it was almost done, but something about the composition irked me. Then I made a simple change and...