Apophenia – An Artist Statement

“Personally, I don’t believe I have been provided with special powers, but rather with a capacity to quickly see cause and effect relationships outside of the ordinary limits of common logic.” – Remedios Varo This body of work began with a fascination with what I would call “moments of importance.”  These are times when I feel a certain rightness or beauty from a...

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The Messages Within the Manifestation

When my partner Natan Alexander and I created Star & Snake we decided to use the motto “Art is Magic” and that concept is and will always be the central theme to my life and my work.  I am currently working on a new body of work for a solo show at Ouroboros Book and Art Gallery and for this show I wanted to really drill down into this concept, to take it a step...

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New Rules for Painting – 2017

I have a painting that I did a few years back hanging in my bathroom.  I love this piece dearly and – after sending it to a show in London this past Spring and having major separation anxiety – have decided that it is the only one Ive made over the years that I am not going to sell.  I spend time looking at it daily and appreciating it, not as a painting that  ‘I...

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Harnessing a Trend: Towards the creation of an Occult Art Movement

The beginning of this month I had the pleasure of accompanying my partner, visual and tattoo artist Natan Alexander to the “Saint Bowie” show at the Stephen Romano Gallery where a piece of his work was showing. I was pleased by the quality of the work shown, especially that of the concurrent show “Midnight Paracosm” by Matthew Dutton and the excellent reception of...

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We are; just shards

Currently in the uncomfortable “between” period, nearing the end of a series of work and thinking a lot about what to create next. Always in these periods the same questions push on me with an incredible weight – what is worth creating? What is most genuine? It’s the age old problem of the blank canvas. I sometimes surmount this by not asking “why” and simply putting...

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Transformation and Light – I:MAGE 2014

Pouring rain on the gardens and greasy streets of Camden. The rain stopped so I could walk the few blocks to the Cob Gallery but the wind and humid air kept up a tense dialog – one hurriedly pushing the clouds onward and the other languidly sticking to my hair and damp fingers. The white walls of the gallery glowed through the glass facade as I entered. Step over...

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Paintings As Portals

Last weekend I had the pleasure of being part of OCCULT II, an esoteric art salon in Salem, MA. As part of the event I took part in an artist panel that was moderated by Greg Kaminsky (host of Occult of Personality) in which Greg asked the participants what Magician had most influenced our artistic practice. The questions brought me back to a very specific point in my...

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Lessons From Lilith

Sometimes painting is excruciatingly intimate. Through the process of creating I am often forced to engage with aspects of myself that I would rather look away from. More than that, the final product is at times something that feels so personally connected that sharing it publicly can feel like I am sharing some of the most fragile or unbearable parts of myself with...

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Magical Portraits

My love of portraiture began with Van Gogh in High School and then Egon Schiele in College. There was a raw openness in both of these artists works that I found captivating, something that captured the intensity of life, terrifying and beautiful all at the same time. My first paintings were of myself and the people around me. And as much as they tortured me by showing me...

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Keep The Channel Open

[Being an artist is] “permitting life to use you in a very intense way. Sometimes it is not pleasant. Sometimes it is fearful. But nevertheless it is inevitable. – Martha Graham I have to be honest, I have been feeling pretty stupid lately. I am surrounded by brilliant people – well read and studied in all things Occult. I have been feeling the need to...

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Ink, Venom and Apples

A couple of days ago I spent some time breathing through the third session of a tattoo that covers a good portion of my body. I was getting a snake added to the scene – a huge viper writhing around my right thigh and buttock. Yup, another snake! The third tattooed on me. And since it was number 3 I wasn’t thinking about it much, I had been through the...

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Erotognosis and the Google Search

The image for my latest painting came while having sex. Truthfully, this is a pretty common occurrence for me – the space inside of my head gets very clear and dark and quiet for moments during orgasm and images often emerge out of that silence or I travel out to the images, depending on the perspective you take. This is not really something you get the heads up...

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Severed Heads and the Cycle of Life – Chhinnamasta

Exploring yantras today I happened upon this: Chhinnamasta is one of the Mahavidyas, ten Tantric goddesses and a ferocious aspect of Devi, the Hindu Divine Mother. Chhinnamasta can be easily identified by her fearsome iconography. The self-decapitated goddess holds her own severed head in one hand, a scimitar in another. Three jets of blood spurt out of her bleeding neck...

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Pathways of Meaning – An Ethos of Art

“Art is not a thing, it is a way.” Elbert Hubbard There is something that is parched and tired. The day is full of emails and errands, hurried communication, lists. I have not felt the soles of my feet on cool dirt. I have not sung the song of my grandmother mending. I have not thought of the symbols in the iron fence on Broadway or inhaled the scent of...

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New Rules For Painting

A few times a year I get the inspiration to write myself a new code for painting. It inevitably comes from a burning desire to make work that really matters, has impact, is personally valuable to people. In a culture completely saturated in images, what image has value? How can I make work that is not simply contributing to the deluge, the over stimulation, the visual...

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5 Ways to Seduce Your Muse

When I am feeling a bit stuck or just bored in the studio, here are some of my go to practices for getting back on track: 1. Take a walk. Look for new streets to go down. Extra points if it is dawn, dusk or late at night or if there is inclement weather. Go farther then you expected and suddenly your muse may join you. Listen to her conversation in the patterns of your...

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