Inspired by the Origins of Communication.
Complex systems fascinate me. Weather. Ocean currents. Traffic. Alphabets. Music.
Throughout history, the elements that make up these systems have been represented by disparate symbols and images to create the earliest forms of written and visual communication. And when those disparate elements come together, they form a complex yet cohesive, and uniquely elegant system and narrative all their own.
This is my art.
Instinctive use of disparate symbols, shapes and forgotten hieroglyphics... dynamically integrated with vibrant, joyful colors... to deliver unique, whimsical adventures that are as equally unexpected as they are good fun.
The Accidental Painter
An unexpected thing happened as I was jogging into the ocean in Mexico, May 2018: the sand gave way under my foot and I tripped, fell and broke my neck.
Thankfully, my wife Erin and a friend pulled me out, and today, I am a tretraplegic that miraculously has the ability to paint. How well, of course, is up to you :)
I owe the discovery - which is referred to as Acquired Savant Syndrome, and boasts about 50+ people worldwide - to my art therapist at Kessler Rehab who was trying to improve my muscle memory and motor skills. We had only four (4) short sessions, but as soon as I had a brush in my hand, ideas began to flood my consciousness.
Excited to be Vice Chairman of the Fairfield Commission on disAbilities. Terrific co-commissioners, lots to do...
Kessler Foundation used me as the centerpiece of their 2021 annual fundraising efforts.... beat last year's donations... Will be working with them again in 2022.
Thank you Sono 1420 for using Hatter's Island as a label for their award-winning vodka. Buy here
A little article from a terrific company that supports artists.
Thanks to Silvermine Guild of Artists for accepting me as a lifetime artist member.