Wednesday, December 5, 2007


These slinky denizens drift through a dark world of intrigue, romance, deception, and double-cross, where disenchanted idealists knock back shots and hustlers offer anything -- for a price! Through swirling cigarette smoke, you catch a glimpse of an extremely rare, black market egg. Welcome to the occupation.

For a list of my favorite films noir, click here.

Friday, September 7, 2007


Never eat in a place called "Mom's," and never play poker with the gods, or even demigods -- regardless of their religion. This piece is an obvious riff on the old "Dogs Playing Poker" calender illustrations. I painted it for the "Gods and Monsters" show at Roq la Rue, a hipster gallery and the flagship of the pop surrealism movement in Seattle.

The best way to leave a casino with a million bucks is to start with two million.

Sunday, September 2, 2007


This Fall, David Miller and Derick Avitt commence production of an indie film, "Love in the Year 2000." According to David Miller, this is "a visionary science fiction film set in the future. The ambitious production will create a work of bold post-modernity, entirely relevant to the present in which we live."

The goal of concept drawing for film is to help visualize the script and "concretize" this world about to be created. The trick is keeping it fresh and not relying too heavily on the conventions of the genre. As you can see, the final painting never strayed far from the original concept, though more details were added from the script by screenwriter Miller, who was available to help me flesh out his written words.

This illustration, and other examples of my concept art, were used in the film as well as the trailer.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007


With the success of the film "Pirates of the Caribbean" it seems that pirates are everywhere. I did this piece for a pirate art show in Vancouver, BC, and now it belongs to the young buccaneer Skyler Abahazy. Here I was trying more for N.C. Wyeth than Walt Disney.

If you haven't heard the great album of pirate ballads and sea chanteys, "Rogue's Gallery," you're missing out on something special. The music never fails to put me in the mood to plunder the high seas.


click to enlarge comic

"A coke is a coke and no amount of money can get you a better coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the cokes are the same and all the cokes are good. Liz Taylor knows it, the President knows it, the bum knows it, and you know it." – The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

Monday, August 13, 2007


This was done with a nib pen and bottle of black ink, for a show with my fellow "Friends of the Nib," a present-day medieval art guild that believes in using traditional tools and materials to make art.


This illustration was NOT used as part of the promotion for "Chihuly Over Venice." With all due respect, I hold Mr. Dale Chihuly and his legal team in the highest regard. Some call him "the Picasso of glass," and a glassmaster, and others call him a charlatan, a pantaloon, and a hedge-born bladder. Whatever you may think, he sure makes big chandeliers.


"Fear of Art" is a hard-boiled film-noir, a meta-art about art, in which a big lug of a detective--formerly an artist sent up for art crimes--scours the seamy underworld of art galleries and museums with his sidekick, a work-study gallery attendant fresh out of art school and bursting with wall-text explanations for every occasion. Together, they run a dangerous gauntlet of art directors and curators, hammer-swinging prep crews and two-fisted painters, savvy patrons and axe-wielding budgetcutioners, big time collectors and small time crooks. Gentle as roses, tough as blackjacks, these mugs prowl the periphery in search of truth and beauty.

FEAR OF ART (detail)


Smell the peanuts and sawdust? This is the dog circus. This was commissioned by artist Jim Rittimann, who makes wonderful imaginary creatures from actual bones and leaves. A former rodeo rider, Rittimann also trains dogs for agility trials. They proved to be great models, especially the Boston Terriers. I hired a bug wrangler for the insect models. Oh, and no animals were harmed in the making of this painting.


Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was a flat-out genius, no question about it. A brilliant painter, scientist, mathematician, inventor, anatomist, architect, sculptor and musician -- he was the archetypal Renaissance Man who could do everything but cure the common cold.


This is what happens when you mix Albrecht Durer with Ernie Bushmiller. Originally inspired by Masaccio's fresco in the Brancacci Chapel, "The Expulsion from the Garden of Eden," this painting now resides in the Wendy Cox collection.

The question remains, is the Red Angel a guardian protecting Nancy and Sluggo, or a heavenly bouncer seeing them to the door?