First Paint+1

The end of summer and beginning of fall are always a time of great reflection for me. The days start to grow colder and shorter, the leaves here in the Pacific Northwest begin their change from green to gold. The world looks back at the summer days and longs for one more night.

One more sunburned kiss one more most amazing sunset ever.
**Special thanks to Ottawa for the sunset memories**
Lately I’ve been focusing on two pieces. Both born from a previous commissioned piece.
#1 green/yellow/blue currently I’m not releasing the title.
And a close up.

So far on This piece just the back ground is done. It’ll still add some primary aquatic color and texture.
The second piece is I’m colors of passion…. Or as I see it.

And a little up close and personal pic.

This piece will be completed in this style:

I’ve also been re-touching an older oil piece. This was one of the first Abstract “mother and child” pieces I did starting back in the late 80’s early 90’s. This piece used to be 4 feet by 4 feet then one day durning a cross country move~ disaster struck…..a rip in the canvas.. :( this small 18-24 section is all that was salvageable. In my opinion it’s title and image still stand the test of time. It’s an embryonic view of mother and child.

IMG_7201.JPGclose up view again.

Well folks that’s about all I’ve got for you today. I hope the world has been kind to you all and you to it. Please remember to always.
Be Brave, Be Bold and Thrive in the life you have. You never know when it will change… And it will.

“A life in progress”


Studio Tours~ 2014

Good morning, afternoon and evening. I know… I’m bad :( it’s been to long since I’ve posted. In my defense life has been far larger than myself as of late. Between trying to get into a rhythm here at home after what feels like 8 months of travel and having the studio tours in mid swing. Things have been going fast needless to say.

Here is quick look at what’s been going on.
A nice selection o prints.

A different view.
I have to say the studio tour was pretty cool. We had about 60 people come through over a two day period. Some how going into this weekend I thought I’d have time to paint during the tour but in reality I spent most of the time talking with guests which was absolutely fantastic. I did however manage to get started on this piece:

And the customary close ups,

And one more for good measure,

Though the weekend had some trying times all in all it was a great experience and something I certainly plan to do again next year. So what’s left for the rest of this year? Well I’ll be hiding fast here at home, no more Ottawa,Saint Louis, New York or UK trips planned for this year. I’m thinking some nesting as start to Dream of Autumn

I was going to send this piece to a friend but that time has passed so me, a nice cozy warm studio some home cooked meals and a mountain for paint~ Sounds like a perfect way to hide away and create the next collection of work. As always I have to thank those if you who have stood by my side over the paste 5 months. You’ve seen me go through the hardest times in my life and from the very depths o my soul…. I give thanks. I’ve made friends I never thought I’d have and lost friends I never thought is lose. But as the dust starts to settle I’m finding myself embraced here locally in many ways, simply it’s good to be home and good to be back to wordpress.

All my love,
“A life in progress”
Some words:

Colors blend as lines / roles fade and meld into the symmetry of
Form, shaded by candle light giving the knight hope.. Keeping
The mind and souls demons at bay…. Such heart, does this ink bleed for ones taste in the mornings rain.
Lilies, soft and white give grace to day… The soft scent lifts to a place where only your name can be wrapped in words of trust…….



Phoenix Rising ~ Completed

Ive started this post a hundred times over the past few days. I’ve been home for a week and I have to say I’m more relaxed and at peace then I’ve been for a long time. Normally when I write or express myself there is a great deal of internal struggle that I’m expressing. Though if I thought about it for a minute or two in could easily come to a place of angst but honestly it not a place it want to be right now. The piece I’ll show below is something we’ve been watching evolve over the past month, it was signed and edged this morning. The lighting is a bit funky but you’ll get the gist.
This piece started as a commission piece and has morphed into a multi piece project. The Phoenix Rising , tells a visceral story of transformative change. A violent and explosive birth back into the life of the perceptual universe.


Phoenix Rising
18 x 22
Ink and Acrylic
200 usd
That being said I’ve a huge weekend coming up, I have my pa flying in and a local intern spending the weekend at the studio. The 13,14 we have the WVOST tours starting. Today will be about spending time with paint, prints and people that make my world a better place to be. Something to remember…. Wherever you are and whatever your doing know one thing.. Your loved and cherished. Life is big place hold onto the people that give your strength, motivation and inspiration to be the best person you can be.
Until we meet again, please remember to Be Brave, Be Bold and Thrive in the life you have. you never know when it will change.

Much love
“A life in progress”

Ps: Coming Soon “First Paint” Aqua



It’s been a while…

Good Morning/Afternoon and evening. I hope the the day has found you well, respected and cherished.

It feels like it’s been a while since I’ve written anything of content here and I apologize for that. Life as I know and knew it has changed so drastically over the past 5 months I’m not even sure where to begin. Though I’ll say one things for sure. If life ever was trying to teach me a lesson it’s about change and how to fully embrace it. When I first was DX with Parkinson’s disease back in 2011 I was pretty sure that things couldn’t get anymore intense. Funny how wrong one can be some times ;)
Over the course of the past months I think I’ve learned more about myself then, than in the past 5 years. I’ve learned about and dealt/embraced some of my demons. Finding that some of the things we often run from are in truth the very core elements of what makes up our human soul and perceptual universe. **not to sound to heady** there have been times over the past 5 months that I’ve walked so far outside my comfort zone I wasn’t even sure what to call these new places I’ve been,internally speaking. I’ve found that by fully embracing who I am it has brought a peace and calm that I’ve not seen in my life in years. So yes change will come sometimes hard and fast, but it doesn’t have to completely suck all the time.
Right then, let’s get on the painty things that I’ve been working. Now I’ve only been back for 4 full days so my productivity levels haven’t really kicked is they often do but never fear there be paint.
The first peek is a commissioned piece I’m just about complete, today more than likely.
**In brief the story behind this piece is about overcoming change and celebrating new accomplishment. “A Phoenix rising from the sea of change
Next we will see a very large figurative piece that I’ve been slowing adding to little by little.

**This pieces story will remain a secret until I’m further along. Though I do hope to be finished with it by December.
Then we move onto a tiny little thing I’ve been playing with. Please do keep in mind that all of the paintings shown here today ARE WORK IN PROGRESS.

Then we come to the purple figure which I actually had a rather epiphanic moment on that in which I’ll share in an entirely new post at some point.

Besides those pieces I don’t really have a ton going on right now which feels a tad odd. Hopefully today I’ll spend some time prepping some new panels and cleaning up the studio a bit since the “W.V.O.S” tour starts on the 13th.
That being said my dear friends I’ll bid you adieu for the time being. I hope that wherever you are and what ever it is that you do, that all your dreams come true. Please remember to always Be Brave, Be Bold and Thrive in the life you have, for one never when things will change. And change they will.
Last but not least I forgot to mention I hung the second piece as Kraftworks tap house last night.



“Angels and Demons” and “The long road”

“A life in progress”

Good morning 9/3/14

Home at last!!! Just a real quick update to say I’m home, very happy and as healthy as I can be expected. I hope your doing well. Here is a quick look at my first few hours back in town.

And then another view.

I’ve pretty much hit the ground running here, with the studio tours coming up and an event with the mayor September is shaping up to be a fabulous ART month.
As always, I’m honored and humbled to have you all here with me on this journey of life, Art and the long road of living with Parkinson’s disease a a young man.
Remember to always Be Brave, Be Bold and Thrive in the life you have.

“A life in progress”

The long walk home **reposted from the past

As much as I love to travel I love coming home even more. I’ll see you guys soon.!!

“I carry your heart, I carry it with mine”

Much love,
“A life in progress”


Lessons~ 30/8/2014

These words were written long ago by me. During a time great change. As I sit here once again on this sleepless night I find the words comforting strong and true. I’ve been on someone’s else’s journey to many times this year and I finally feel like I’m getting back on track with my own. Please have these words as I’ve given them to you before. With all my heart, with all my strength I give these things to you as I’ve always done.

As the sky opened up and invited out my heart for one last dance, we played in the moonlight, talked like lovers and bathed beneath the stars.
For tomorrow my love I start a new quest for I have found my armor.
Into the deepest hole I fell with demons and dragons, angels with no wings to carry me home.
Their I lay for a thousand-thousand day and night till I saw hope.
One piece at a time I found them, hope and heart, passion and love. Honor and pride and the will to fight again.
For I have polished my armor and sharpened my sword, Demons beware for the white knight has returned. With sliver tough and oceans for eyes, the blacks of souls to lead you from the night. Take my hand my love if you dare.
Our journey awaits.
Photo credit: found on tumblr.

As always my dear friends and family. Your support through this lifes journey and exploration is more than any one man could have asked for. I am forever grateful to have you by my side.
And please remember, to Be Brave, Be Bold and Thrive in the life you have. For you never know when things will change, and they will.

Much love,
“A life in progress”


There by Dragons

I find on this night in this town on this bed that is not mine. There is no sleep. No gentle lullaby that calls my name. I had an interesting day today as this last travel comes to it’s midway point.
The heat renders me useless here and the things I see break my heart. Towns of shanty, lost dreams and hopes baked under the desert sun. While just minutes away billions gets bought, sold and lost. The desert is a paradox of strength, weakness and the simple will to survive. The nights here give me strength as I spent my youth staring at their stars as the coyote howl and the horses run free. Blistered by day and frozen by night there is an eloquent hardness here that bore me here and a softness that silk could never find.
Thank you for reading and letting me share these 2am thoughts.

There be Dragons~
What devils lay in the heart of men
That can cause pause to the greatest
Passions on earth.
What poison has been brought forth
To our world that causes the endless bloodshed of our children.
Dogs eating dogs in the street while mothers and fathers weep for their losses.
Oh why have we come to this loathsome place upon such a hollow.
Empty and void of trust and love. Consumed by fear this two legged beast has become.
Such is plight of man, wrought with contempt for the needs of many as our masters get fat feeding lies to the masses.
Dark days and dragons be here.. Dark days….

Please always remember to “Be brave be bold and thrive in the life you have.”



Late night words and song

Like the lazy days of summer I trace the outline of your body with the brush I hold in my hand.
Every curve, every delicate line.
The arch of your back on the cold marble floor
The warmth of your hips like a hot winters fire
Delicates traces of loves embraces
Leaving stains on your lips.
Hearts pounding as one, look deep into the night and find passions love.
Whisper my name with shuttered breath as my heart fills your soul.
Sweet passions…..




To be thankful

Life…. The one constant I’m thankful for. Below you will see why. I was looking for a previous work that spoke to where I have been in this journey for the passed 3 years and I found this one. It’s ripe with pain, fear, agony and confusion. This poem if you will is a constant reminder of my thankfulness to life and it’s ever present change. I’ve lost a lot to Parkinson’s disease and to my own stupidity but I’m thankful. I’m thankful for the pain, challenge and struggle I’ve lived. It has made me a better person, a person who’s more aware of his needs and desires as a person. I mean let’s face it folks the reality of Parkinson’s late stage is pretty fucking awful. So for me in this life change is good, hard yet enlightening in ways I never thought possible. I’ve lost and received more support and love in the last four years than at anytime prior in my life.

The poem:
Darkness finds me grasping at your door
Let me in I cry for the night is cold
The pain seizes all that I am
Shakes and quakes fly from
My bones like bats in the night
Sleep is lost like child in the woods
God find my heart and take me from
This place
Frozen in time my hand search to find the words to free my soul
Nothing, nothing……….

The feelings and reality that induced these words makes me glad that humans when open to enlightenment and change are capable of overcoming any struggle.
Side note: I’ll be back in my studio September first and I look forward to creating for all of you and myself shortly.
As always, be brave, be bold and thrive in the life you have. Why? Because it will change.

Much love
“A life in progress”