How to Support
The best way to support what I do is to do your best to be kind to everyone as you dive deeper and deeper into your own path of self inquiry. Be intentional with your acts of kindness, and be honest with yourself.
Aside from that, you can encourage people you know, and encounter to do this by being someone who is being this.
I produce artwork centered within my own contemplations of life as they are unfolding. The consistency I have discovered from this is the power in maintaining both a positive mindset, and a simplicity of life. Because of this the artwork produced resonates with a very wide range of people. I used my work as a form of self inquiry, and self encouragement and through this the work encourages others to do the same. Primarily I create paintings on canvas using a wide range of tools/ materials/ and techniques. I am self taught and approaching a decade of being a full time artist. Writing is a fundamental tool that I also use to work out my own thoughts and generally each piece of work has a poem or mantra scribed on the back. The most prevalent mantra used currently is “You are made for amazing things.”
There have been over four thousand original works created. I am very prolific in my output of work, being that I often work on hundreds of pieces at a time. Jumping from this to that, and back to something else. So much of my creative process had been shaped by the way that I have chosen to share my work, which is to leave it places for people to find, blessing a piece of time and space with the craft that brings me so much joy and peace.
I break my studio production into phases over the year. Usually I will be in the studio for roughly three months at a time, and then take a trip somewhere to get a change of scenery.
When I am in a creative phase of producing work in the studio My state of mind can be best understood as an antenna or radio receiver, translating and expressing thoughts/ contemplations that have presented themselves throughout the day, or at the present moment. What I do is pay close attention to life through the lens/ compass of how I feel, in an honest and authentic way, then express that and share it.
I wanted to make street art that could be taken from it’s outside environment and given a home to whoever resonated with the work. This has been a fundamental spiritual practice of continuously becoming less attached to the physical work that is produced, while becoming deeply involved in the practice of making living life my art.
Art drops are exactly what they sound like, and are the origin of both the ‘FREE’ and ‘EYE’ signature within the artwork. One way that I realized would be the simplest way of sharing the artwork was to give it away for free. As moments accumulated, this turned into a type of scavenger hunt situation where I would hide paintings for people to find, and in doing so would sign them with the word ‘FREE’ and an ‘Eye, in order to catch peoples eye while communicating that the painting was free to take home. Over the years there have been hundreds of free art drops all over the world.
Not all, but most of these paintings usually carry a message in the form of a poem written on the back. I enjoy doing these tremendously because each time I leave a piece of art for someone to find, I know that I am able to pass along a joyful experience that is much more valuable than a painting, but an experience of someone stumbling across a piece of art that they were meant to find that the universe led them to. Or the thrill of seeing a piece posted on social media and chasing it down with a group of their friends. We are all connected in such a beautiful way, and I am fortunate to get to witness the interconnectedness from the art drops. This is a way that I am able to share the gift I have been given that brings me so much joy with others, passing along not just a painting, but a joyful moment that the painting represents.
I do take on commissioned projects depending on how I am feeling.
It is important to explain that making art is a form of worship and meditation for me, because of this I work best with very few parameters, and the absolute best with none at all. The process of creating the work consists of me being extremely joyful, lots of singing, lots of dancing, me getting out of the way and being a witness to the process that unfolds in each moment, while learning from what happens.
Studio visits can be scheduled upon request and availability. These consist of just hanging out and vibing about life, seeing whatever is currently in progress, and just relaxing. I request that no one take photos during their visits and to be fully present. This means not being on your phone. I am always open to discussing selling work that is in the studio so do not hesitate to inquire about that during a visit, but please keep in mind that everything that you will see is work in progress so you probably will not be able to walk out with anything being that I ask for time to make sure the work is complete. Often I get asked by parents if they can bring their children by to visit and the answer is absolutely. I really enjoy having the presence of young ones in the studio and I am open to scheduling art lessons with them as well upon request and availability. This is not something I charge for. During these sessions I ask for the parents to not be parents and to let the kids fully have freedom with what they want to do and how they choose to create during that time, without being over their shoulder giving any instructions.
Speaking & Appearances
I have few opinions on things, and the ones that I do have I contemplate within myself. I am simple with few preferences. Truth is what interests me. I actually don’t think I have much to say, but because of this it seems that speaking engagements and appearances always seem to have a lovely open quality to them, being that while I speak I focus on not desiring to be a speaker, but a receiver, a reflection, while being a perceiver, speaking simply while not projecting. I don’t come to deliver a speech, I come to have an honest conversation.
I have been blessed to have had a unique variety of life experiences that have unfolded in such a way that I am where I am, and what I am. But I also acknowledge that every being has a beautiful uniqueness to them. When I do speaking engagements, it is much less about me coming and sharing ‘My Story’, but more about being present with other beings in a way that we are all able to have an open and truthful conversation, learning from one another in a spontaneous and pure way. If you have an interest in talking more about something of this manner please email.
You can tell others about the artwork if it resonates with you, and lastly if you feel drawn to support financially, you can begin collecting the artwork. However please be mindful that the physical paintings are not the artwork, you are.
I am happy to donate to causes that resonate with me. However due to the amount that I am requested to donate, I am unable to accept every request from every organization every year. This year I will be limiting the amount of organizations that I work with. All donation requests must be submitted six months in advance of when the donation will be needed, or when the event is happening. This is very helpful for me being that in the past many requests have come in within weeks of the event, and this is not the ideal way for me to keep a consistent workflow with the other things that I have happening at the moment. A good heads up allows me to really be thoughtful about what piece I would like to donate.
When sending a donation request please be thorough as to what your organization and cause is, as well as any website links. Please communicate how the artwork will be auctioned off. For example, a raffle or a live auction. Please send me the amount of attendees that are expected, as well as auction prices or raffle prices for artwork at past events. Be as thorough as possible. All of this information is very helpful for me to be very thoughtful in considering what type of artwork will be donated.
Upon accepting to donate a piece I will provide the material and verbiage that I would like to represent myself and the work. There is no room for alteration in this. What is sent, is what I ask to be used. Nothing added nor subtracted. I just want to say thank you to all of you doing awesome work for all of your respective organizations, it is always a pleasure to help out, and I am thankful for you all.