I believe that there is nothing more powerful than compassion and vulnerability. Feeling supported in any relationship can motivate people to do some amazing things. This piece displays a kissing his woman on the forehead.....that a single kiss on the forehead can provide comfort and assurance for her. An example of two people feeling connected.... figuratively and literally - If you look closely, you will notice that it is one continuous line...never stopping, touching itself, literally placing a visual connection between the two.
I got a call from my old Sergeant (I was stationed in Ft. Stewart, Ga. in 2001) and he wanted to commission me for a painting. He said, "I want you to capture the red in my eyes as the first missile flew over our heads towards the Iraq border, the night Bush declared war and we went into battle" ....Instead, I decided to create the image that I saw that night... A leader who was fired up to fight for his country, the soldier that was going to lead me into battle, and the guy that would bring me back safely. When that first missile was flying over our heads, he raised his fist and screamed, " give em' hell Rock"..... And that's exactly what we did!
I entered a contest put on by the Indianapolis Star, where local artist would create an installation that would be displayed in their Press Room. I submitted my idea to the reporter who was running it and within a few days he informed me that they chose to go with my idea.
The publisher called me after I was about half way done completing it and told me they decided to scrap the idea.... However, I decided to finish it anyways. These sculptures to represent the people of Indy. Our strides to invest in our kids, our teachers, and our schools. The growing art and theater community expanding from downtown and Carmel. The desire to try and provide shelter, food, and warm clothes for the homeless people. I think we are a very under-rated city , but the people that live here know that we are kind and inspiring!
These two were for a friend that I grew up with who recently started his own cleaning business. When I first began to share my artwork on social media he was one of my first supporters. He said he wanted something that he could hang in his new office. Something that represented his business and captured elements of what they did.
The pieces bring together Happy Attitudes and Hard Work with a touch of Professional Elegance....and in an industry where customer service is most important...I believe this captures what they are about!
A friend and the gentleman who was a huge influence on me joining the Army called and commissioned me to do a piece for his wife while she was away on vacation. His stipulation was to use red, because it match the couch....but left the style, design, and idea to me.
His son was also my roommate in college, and at one point I lived with them during high school.....so, I knew her well. I decided to try and find some pictures on Facebook and found a picture of her with some of her Jazzercise friends. She was standing on the dock at Geist lake, posing like this in the sun....... This two, is one continuous line, forming the outline of the silhouette representing the continuous flow of her vibrant spirit and love for life
A church contacted me to commission a heart piece for a marriage retreat they were planning. The retreat was for couples, learning about their relationships with each other and with God
They were giving away this piece to one of the couples that attended the retreat. The heart obviously represents the relationship, but the transparent background also represents the transparency in the relationship....communication, honesty and understanding!
This was one of my first few pieces and a friend of mine asked about buying it the moment he saw it. I told him that I was attached to it and that it wasn't for sale. This piece held sentiment marking the beginning of a new journey in life for me. Over the course of the next year or so, he continued to ask me about it and I continued to tell him, sorry...but I couldn't
His wife was diagnosed with cancer shortly after and it was not long after they had their first baby boy. She went through chemo and fought through the cancer ultimately beat it! I caught wind that this was a piece that she liked and decided that it probably held more value to her than it would me. I thought it represented someone who got knocked down, feeling the draining effects of a bleeding heart. Now, that she got through the battle, her heart is refilled with love and happiness again!
This piece was for a Friend/Co-Worker who was going through a tough time with his wife. She had some serious health issues which required a number of surgeries. Towards the final surgery, the doctors told them that they were successful in restoring her health with all of the procedures and that she should make a full recovery.
He called and said that he liked some of the heart pieces and wanted something similar. I created one heart with two heartbeats. As they pass through the heart, they become one representing that love and support can carry two people through so much...ultimately becoming one as you make it through life's challenges
This was a gift for a friend from high school and college. Him and his wife were newly married and he wanted a piece to hang above their bed symbolizing their relationship and the two of them.
I decided to create a piece that represented each of them, individually, holding strands of one heart. Marriage can feel like a game of tug & war but, ultimately, when it's balanced and each side is compassionate and empathetic....it can just float, happy and free where the two just feel connected
A friend shared with me that he and his family were getting ready to face some obstacles. They were considering making a career change and with kids in high school and college....it was scary to leave something that was comfortable and venture out to something new.
I decided to create a piece that portrayed an image of their family....together. Coming together at a time where they all needed to lean on each other for support. Proverbs 3:5 says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding." I thought this was a good verse to site for this period of time
The spring of 2014 I was invited to my high school friend and roommate's wedding. They asked if I would do a piece as a wedding gift as supposed to the normal registry stuff. I knew his soon-to-be wife because they started dating when we were living together at IU. At the time they lived in Manhattan and I created this piece thinking about their personalities and how they've grown as a couple.
He is very methodical, symmetrical, black and white....and she is very eclectic, and colorful, and outgoing. Two completely different styles, coming together to create one unique masterpiece. If you tilt your head to the right you can see the Manhattan skyline on the right over the blue water with a colorful reflection