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Tearclops

This is a revisit of a photo collaboration with Michael Anthony Farley from a portrait project with LED Baltimore from a few years back. Farley was at the time an active drag performer and huge Blade Runner fan. So we decided to integrate both interests, with a portrait concept based upon the candy eating geisha that is seen on digital signage throughout the film.

Recently, I’ve been going back through my archives of past work and picking up photographs from the cutting room floor, and taking them for an unbridled and exploratory adventure in Photoshop. Really, just taking an image and modifying it organically, with no real plan beyond whatever the current state of composition.

This is a technique I learned to appreciate with wood carving. When carving wood you can force or pursue specific imagery, but with the medium being an imperfect and organic material, I find my best work comes from going with the flow, finding the grain and working along it. This is particularly true when working with manual hand tools, like chisels and knives. The work is slow going and over time, as you continue to work the wood, you begin to feel rather than see what you’re working on. All in all, the process is quite cathartic and generally inspires work that is genrally more creative than any single concept or flourish.

This editing process isn’t much different. I apply many, lightly modified layers, primarily through brush work and finer (ab)use of the liquify tool. Rather than forcing photorealism, allowing imperfections in skin cloning and layer transparency to give the new image a surreal sense of movement, depth and emotion.

geisha candy

Free dog photography in Baltimore

It looks like pet owners in Maryland have reason to celebrate. Baltimore’s own, Puptrait Studio is waiving all sitting fees for local dog owners. If you’re looking for high quality, affordable dog photography now is the time to act. We have it on good word they still have a few weekend and evening slots still available – but they are going fast! Claim your free dog photo session before they’re gone.

Currently the Featured Artist at LED Baltimore

 

If you’re in Station North or leaving Baltimore City via i83, don’t forget to look up. I just found out I’m currently the featured artist on the giant LED billboard located behind Penn Station. They’re currently showing a few favorites from my 2015 Mutts of Mobtown series. Some of you may remember the series was on display at Howl in Hampden for most of last summer. The series featured local rescued pitbulls, chihuahuas, pugs and other mutts in front of prominent Baltimore landmarks, like the Washington Monument, the Giant Golden Hand at the Visionary Art Museum, the Pagoda at Patterson Park and the rocket from Rocket to Venus, located across the street from the iconic Miracle on 34th st in Hampden. If you see anything you like, just let me know. I still have a few prints from the show for sale and would be happy to print more.

 

Perils of Glamour

They say you find inspiration in the strangest of places. But I think the truth of the matter is, most artists find strange inspiration in the most mundane of places. Here’s a recent example of it happening to me…

As some of you might know, I got engaged recently. And as tradition dictates, I had to find a ring. So, I went to one of the larger jewelers in the area. Eventually I found something I thought my fiance would like. While the clerk was off boxing the ring, I had a minute to myself. When I looked around the store I was taken aback at who else was in there with me – first at the almost obscene display of wealth and then more so by how sickly everyone looked. Now, part of that was the harsh overhead lighting used in the store – turns out, the lighting used to make gems brighter, doesn’t do much for most complexions – but what I saw went beyond that. There must have been two dozen customers wandering about the store and it was as if the more expensive and excessive their furs and jewels, the more sickly they had become.

I went home and began replaying the incident in my head, when I had what I believe alcoholics refer to as a moment of clarity

What if all these luxury items we’re taught to aspire to – diamonds, gold, furs, etc. – were actually poisoning us, literally sucking us dry, not just financially, but physically and spiritually? And, if that was the case, what would that look like?

The photos are my attempt at answering those questions.

Model credit: Charlie Will

Just Announced ERO6!

Gallery 788 5th Annual Erotic Show 4

I’m proud to announce that a few of my pieces will be on display at this year’s ERO6 at G788. ERO6 is an erotic themed art show, they’re going into their 6th year and if it’s anything like last year’s event, it should be blast. There will be artwork on display from a number of local artists, as well as live demos and dancers. The opening is November 6th. Mark your calendars, you will not want to miss this one.

Just announced! This year’s performers:

Bare It All Sideshow – Shaggy Wilcox
Fire Play and Manipulation – Echo
Pole Dancing – The Deadly Sinners
Poetry Reading – Ms. Nora Yolanda
Poetry Feeding – Kelly Cakes
Acrolesque – Grace & DrUnkle
Medical Fetish Burlesque – Draven Star
Booty Poppin Fist Pumpin Beats & Lyrics – TT the Artist
DAT ASS – Alissa Verbeke
MORE TO COME!!!

Featuring:
Live body painting: Soumya Dhulekar and KelleyCreations
Aphrodisiac Food Tasting – Lola’s Catering Company
Spanking Bar – Sarah and the Spankers
Fire Torches – Echo
Burning Angel Signing – Draven Star
Michael and his Electric Wand

Danse Macabre

We have a new collection of prints for sale in the shop called Danse Macabre. If you’re into high contrast black and white art portraits worth checking out.

 

Model & MUA credit: Sarah Bentman

Headpiece and Dress design: John Shepard

 

Photos of BARCS Rescues

These are a few portraits I recently took pro-bono of a couple very friendly mutts at the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS). There’re a ton of great dogs looking for good homes at the shelter. If you’re in the market for a new companion I highly recommend paying them a visit.

A big thanks to Rebecca S. for her help setting everything up.

Just Announced: Show Opening

Saturday March 1st, Blue Spark Barbershop will be hosting an opening to show some of my new pieces.  There will be one off larger original prints for sale, a few smaller more affordable pieces to purchase,  beer to drink and live hillbilly rock-n-roll played by Reid Donner .
Time: 7-10 pm.
Address: 4321 Harford Rd, Baltimore, MD 21214

 

Merry Christmas!

Here are a few captures from a recent venture down to the Miracle on 34th Street in Hampden