Commissioned Works

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“The Red Room: Matisse”
Oil/Canvas
5’ x 10’
2005

“Landscape: Franz Marc”
Oil/Canvas
24” x 24”
2003

“The Titanic”
Oil/Canvas
6’ x 4’
2000

“Giant Salmon”
Oil/Canvas
4’ x 12’
2017

“Pittsburg Steel”
Oil/Canvas
6’ x 6’
2004

“Twin Spirits”
Oil/Canvas
24” x 36”
2011

“Collie Dog”
Oil/Canvas
48” x 32”
2018

“Farie”
Oil/Canvas
5’ x 5’
2011

“Annie Get Your Gun”
Oil/Canvas
6’ x 4’
2002

“Tombstone”
Oil/Canvas
8’ x 10’
2003

“Seated Couple”
Oil on canvas
6′ x 5′
2004

I don’t usually include commissioned work in this online portfolio.  However, this piece is very close to what I would have created without any constraints of the commission.  In fact, I would be hard pressed to say what is causing me to qualify that statement with “very close.”   I think it is that I always paint pictures of people I know or that I choose for a particular project.   These people came to me and asked me if they could pay me to paint their picture.  

Perhaps by the time you are reading this I will have created a section in this archive of commissioned works.   But at the time of this writing it has not yet been created.  I include here because it was part of how and why my work shifted to more realistic portrayals and less singularly about the figures sculptural presence.   In fact I would go further and say it was increasingly about these particular individuals than about their sculptural presence.   This is a likeness of two particular people.  And not so incidentally, the 2 people who were paying me to do the work.

“Architectural Features”
Concrete
Early 90’s

These are not really sculptures. I never thought of them as art. But I include them here because creating these was an important part of how I learned about concrete and mold making. It’s also how I fell in love with concrete as a material and began to dream about making art with it.

I was 31 or so when I made these. I was working in a shop owned by a nutty old Italian guy who had a flair for business and an even flair for being an Italian but had no artistic skill whatsoever. He did own a shop making concrete statuary and art. He hired me to make sculptural originals in clay. He then has his team of guys make molds and cast them by the hundreds.

Once in awhile someone would want a custom project. In this case I designed and built the fireplace surround and other features for this house. I even cast these pieces and was involved with the instal. I went on to do some of this work for my own clients but did not love it enough to create my own business doing just this work. Still, without these opportunities provided for me by Marco I would never have have learned so much about concrete.