The Red Bridge

Acrylic on stretched canvas, 10″x10″

So maybe it doesn’t look like a bridge to you.

It didn’t to me either, but that was the first thing my wife saw, and I liked that.

I just finished rereading The Legend of Bagger Vance by Stephen Pressfield (stay with me here) and there’s a lot in that book that isn’t about golf. In fact, the book isn’t really about golf at all, golf is just the vehicle for the meaningful stuff. I also found out that the book was based on the Bhagavad Gita.

There’s a lot of talk in the story about finding your authentic swing. And of course, your authentic swing is what you have to find in life, whether it’s your golf game, your painting game, your relationships, or your own spiritual journey.

I feel like I’ve been honing in on my authentic painting swing for the past year. I’ve come close in my career, but never as much as recently. And like Rannulph Junah, the protagonist in the story, I found it, then got in my head and lost it, and have come back to it now with greater understanding. I don’t find my painting path, my painting path finds me. And then I get out of the way and allow it to paint through me.

Kind of like getting on a ride at a theme park.

Oh, and the field of flowers or the bridge? It makes absolutely no difference. That’s head stuff that happens after the fact. I present the painting with a name that serves as an identifier, with some reference however tenuous, to the imagery so the title can be a useful tag.

The Hills Are Alive With the Sounds of Pharaoh

Acrylic on stretched canvas, 10″x10″


This is the last (for a while at least) of the pharaoh/pyramid/children of immigrants paintings. It’s another one with the more random dot colors in several areas of the painting where appropriate. I think I’ll stay with this approach.

Some aspects of nature (crystals, for example) are very structured and ordered. Others appear almost random. I’m not going to get into chaos theory here, and of course I’m not attempting to describe these things literally. It’s more like I’m riffing on them.

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Pyramids and green rolling hills and being the child of an immigrant

I’ve been thinking about these pyramid paintings I’ve been turning out lately. Although I grew up in Latin America, and saw my fair share of the pyramids there, these are clearly Egyptian pyramids. So why have I been placing them in landscapes that look more like the southeast USA?

Maybe it’s my subconscious trying to integrate the two sides of my heritage. I think children of immigrants, that is those born in the US of immigrant parents, have a lot of work trying to integrate both cultures, traditions and family styles. My mother was born in Cairo, and immigrated to the US as a teen nearly a hundred years ago, together with one of her sisters. She was a Catholic and a francophone, so that added to my cultural confusion. I learned a bit of French growing up, but not a word of Arabic. My father was born in Virginia of parents from the hills of east Tennessee, with roots going back to protestant Scots-Irish settlers in the mid 18th century.

I never really felt connected with either side, much to my puzzlement. Understandably I guess, I always felt much more connected to Latin American culture, and I feel a bit more Latino than anything else. I guess there’s a little of the Central American Jungle in some of these pictures also.

The pyramids popping up in these landscapes also remind me of the view from the back porch of the house where my parents retired in Charlottesville, Virginia with a beautiful view of the Blue Ridge mountains and Buck mountain in particular, front and center, vaguely pyramidical in shape.

I’ve only recently started to feel some connection to the Egyptian/Middle Eastern heritage when I said out loud something about “my Middle Eastern heritage.” For some reason, that struck me in a way it never had before.

Funny how we sometimes have to work things out symbolically instead of addressing them head on.

Pharaoh In The Sky With Diamonds

9″x12″ Acrylic on canvas board. $168

The second in the Pharaoh series and the second with a song inspired title. It doesn’t mean anything profound, it’s just a whimsical title.

Of course if you have a profound interpretation, I would really love to read it!

In the meantime, we’re just having fun with paints.

The Sacred Heart Of Mother Earth

Acrylic on canvas, 11″x14″

This is my largest dot painting to date. I like how Mother’s heart is sparkling with energy and life! If you find it resonates with you more, substitute “God” for “Mother Earth.” However you say it, all that life is borne of love and sustained by love.

This artwork is available for just $200.00. The sides are attractively painted black so you can hang it immediately until you get it framed.

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Moonshine

Acrylic on panel, 6″x6″

Moonshine is more subtle than sunshine, gentler, romantic and whisper quiet. And just look how it caresses the trees. Lucky trees.

I’ve actually been painting, but haven’t posted in a while because three of the last paintings taught me that they didn’t work with this pointillist technique.

As I experiment more with the dotting style, I’m learning more not just about the technique itself, but also what kind of drawing and imagery works best with it.

Most of my career as an artist has been as a cartoonist or humorous illustrator, so I am very comfortable with a cartoony style. But I don’t want a childish look for these, which the last three were. For instance, Keith Haring’s work was definitely on the cartoony side, but not childish.

I think what I’m really trying to achieve is a blend of a cartoony happy vibe with a bit of a mysterious (and ultimately unknowable) metaphysical undercurrent, or subtext.


This small artwork is available for just $96.00, ready to hang with attached paracord and sides attractively painted black. Or you can frame it if you prefer. Perfect for small or intimate spaces!

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The Pink Road

Acrylic on canvas, 10″x10″

Sometimes it’s just because the colors work together. But if you have some interpretation of this painting that means something to you, I’d really be interested in hearing it!

This small artwork is available for just $160.00. The sides are painted black so you can display it right away, but I recommend framing it. Perfect for small or intimate spaces!

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The Light That Shines Both Ways

Acrylic on canvas panel, 9″x12″

Both ways: into the future but also into the past. The light of love and forgiveness. Or at least of letting go and moving on. Most importantly, the light of love and forgiveness for one’s self.

Or maybe I’m making too much of it and it’s just a picturesque view by sea?

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Gilded Leaf In A Green Cage

Acrylic on canvas, 8″x10″

Sometimes I wonder if our well meaning Green movement has become a mental box that we put nature in so that we can think we’re actually doing something good. But in fact we’re just worshipping the idea of nature as long as it’s not too much of a hassle to actually do anything to make things better?

Do you ever wonder the same thing? Especially for us artists with our choices of supplies & mediums…

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In The Heat Of The Suns

Acrylic on canvas, 8″x10″

Like anything else that’s good, too much of a good thing is not. Twice as much sun sounds good in the depths of winter, but don’t be fooled. Just ask the lush tropical forests that we now call the Sahara desert.

By the way, this painting is based on the same basic drawing as my earlier painting, “Pool Party.”  

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