More painty things….

In between real life and what I call real life there’s a time I paint. Sometimes it’s two minutes sometimes it’s two days without sleep, enough whiskey to make Charles proud and enough tears to make Plath smile. Life has been going by so quickly these days I feel like I’m hardly painting but then I realize that I’ve never really stopped. Someone asked me the other night if I show my work… An it made me think of all the lives I’ve been blessed to know and come in contact with. How many pieces of original artwork I’ve strewn across this world… The question made me smile and I replied “Yes, I show my work.”
Living a life with a un-curable progressive neurological disorder illness isn’t the way I planned to spend the rest of my life but at least I can say when it’s all said and done that I live, loved, painted and wrote with all that I was. I hope in your lives you too can feel what’s it’s like to live. Not without fear, worry or pain, but live through it to the amazing freedom that lives on the other side.
Please enjoy the current works in progress.
And as it so often happens during the course I me putting this post together the above piece has changed so more photos will follow but may be out of context….sorry.
Then we have the blue/green that is for the same group of people.

This piece is funny to photo, due to the layering it’s really hard to get a full body shot that actually captures the depth that’s going on within this piece, so one close up is in order so that you may better see what I see.

Then completely out of order :-/ we have the most recent photo of the red/yellow work:

More in line with how this post started, I’d like to remind everyone myself included. To always
Be Brave, Be Bold and Thrive in the life you have. It’ll change.. So hold on to the people and places that made or make your heart smile. It’s a long but fast journey that we have on this planet. Make it the best day ever….

Much love.
“A life in progress”


Random acts of kindness….

Those who know me in the real world know I practice random acts of kindness all the time. At certain times of the year they are not so random ( Christmas donation of hat/gloves/scarves ). Those who know me in the real world also know that time and dates/days have very little impact on my life. With time being relative and technically the date and days are so far off from the actual universal clock what does it matter…. But that’s an all together longer topic than I care to type out on my phone…. Anyhow those who know me know that if it didn’t happen today then my normal go to phrase is “the other day” which day?? Hell if I know lol, but it wasn’t today that much I do know.

So the other day ;) I was at my friends restaurant and lounge. Kraftworks and I ran into a group of people who were admiring one of the paintings I have up. I was introduced to the table, we chatted enjoyed a pleasant conversation then I went on my way. Later that evening while at Maven, I ran into this group of people once again… Yes Salem is a small town when you live,work,play within a 3 block radius. So here I am making small talk at the bar when I decide this very charming group of people need a bottle of wine, from me :) as I’m leaving I have the wine delivered because I really don’t want it to be a big deal. Yes it was good wine, I probably should of joined them but that wasn’t the purpose. In complimenting me on my work and being very kind in general they made me happy. I figured I’d return the “warm fuzzy” feelings via wine. I left…the wine was delivered I figured that would be the last I’d hear of it. Well this morning,very early I receive a txt saying that some art appreciators had come by and left something at the restaurant for me and it had now been slid under my door.
Not only is the card a beautiful vintage photo of a Hawaiian beachfront hotel but all three people wrote some truly kind things. Which by the way is a wonderful way to start any day.
Words I woke to:
Benjamin, I wanted to reiterate just how amazing your work is. Your piece in Kraftworks blew my family and I away. Thank you for the surprise at Maven. You’re a beautiful soul and it was such a pleasure to met you.
Take care,

So today started right. As far a the ole Parkinson’s adventure goes….it could be better but I can’t really complain. Well I could complain a lot but it wouldn’t change anything nor would it really serve any purpose. On the up side my assistant is settling in nicely to her role in my life, I have an intern starting on a regular basis very soon and I’m looking into a paid position for someone local to act in a “caregiver” status to help shuttle my ass to Dr appointments,groceries and errands that come up. I’ll know next week what piles of paperwork I need to do to make that happen.

Thanks for coming by today as always it was lovely to see you, I’ve missed you being here with me. I hope where ever you are and what ever your doing that it brings you joy. Life is to short to spend a great deal of time unhappy.

That being said,
Much love and light.
“A life in progress”

Random words:
Of all the souls I’ve kissed and missed yours is by far the brightest, said the moon to the sun.


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”