Saturday, December 20, 2008


image source:

Will Olson

Friday, December 5, 2008

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Friday, November 14, 2008

Final Critique


Im getting ready for my final critique next week. Here's a picture of the painting I started last week in a more or less polished state. I think it is called Growing A New One.

More to come.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

I can honestly say that today it feels ok to be american!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Lost Wisdom

THIS is a picture of my current painting project. There will soon be a more developed beer bottle in the lower panel. I put my other recent painting above it, and I think I like the two working together like this.

Also, re. the name of the post and the name of this blog_____ if you haven't heard Lost Wisdom, by mount eerie, julie doiron and fred squire yet, find it. I like it!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Bell Natural History Museum

Nature Dioramas.


New Old Work

Im sorry I've been gone lately! This is work I never got around to posting, so its old for me but new for you. Also, I took a snapshot of my midsem progress critique all hung up.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

I don't want to die in the ocean.

I have some new paintings going.....

This one is quite large. around 4'x5'.

This one is quite small. Around 12"x18".

Thursday, September 25, 2008

there were these three ovals...

I am working on three paintings from the same source at the same time. None of them are done yet, but there are a lot of different things I feel about them. I wanted to post this up... any comments on a favorite, or anything, let me know!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


I have three black ovals. I am painting on them, three from the same image. It will be interesting to see how they are different.

The other is an experiment! A giant collage on this awful industrial fabric that I found.

My friend Ginny has an underwater casing for her camera-- the type that jacques cousteau uses. I cannot wait to take some photos.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Octopi Part 2

Updated photo. Love hate relationship.

Friday, September 5, 2008

New Painting

Here's the painting I am currently working on.

I like it much better than this painting. I think I killed it.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Getting feets wet

Here are the two paintings I am working on now. Just trying to get my feet wet.


It's been a while, but I am officially a Minneapolis resident! I have my studio up and running, and so far everything has been going well. My mentor is Howard Oransky... and I am really excited by the conversation we have been having. Here are some photos of my space.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

finished paintings

I have a few pieces which I haven't taken finished photos of yet.... until now. Here they are, they are the best I could do with just my point and shoot.

Katie and John


I have a show opening tomorrow at JR Kortman Center for Design in Rockford. It's with my twin sister Katie, who is also something of an artist. I thought I would post some snaps of the installation here.

Monday, August 4, 2008


This is a new painting I did last week.

Friday, August 1, 2008


Octopus, Octopus

Last night I watched a Jaques Cousteau film called Octopus, Octopus. Such a weird thing, cause it's not scientific in the least-- most of it is just cousteau spouting off a bunch of his own semi-poetic bullshit to footage of divers bothering otherwise complacent octopi. Some important things I learned-- octopi don't have nests, or dens, but they have "homes". I don't necessarily trust that, but I like it. In fact, I couldn't help but like the whole film, because Cousteau seemed genuinely exhuberant and excited about how BIZAARE the octopi were, despite the fact that he generally didn't seem to know what he was talking about. But then, neither do I! I took photos, some of which are , I think, very beautiful.

"Octopus, Octopus...... your children are dying"

Saturday, July 19, 2008

current project

This is my current painting project.

This friday, Shelby Sifers will be performing at my house in grinnell. Drop me an email if you want to go and need directions!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

new paintings


I have two paintings in the works right now. The first is about three quarters done and is a war image. I'm making it for the show I have coming up in August in Illinois, and it's mainly just a fill in the blanks picture. The idea is to make something that is both saleable and in the same language as my war paintings from the fall. Consequently Im not all that invested. The second painting is of the photo I posted last time... an octopus attacking a crab! I'm excited by the prospect of trying something new, I suppose.

Also... One of the other war painting is going to be on exhibition at the Rockford Art Museum in their midwestern biennial, and the opening is this friday, if anyone else is in the neighborhood!