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1500 Jackson Street Northeast
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Minneapolis, MN
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Urban Extract Series:

I visually translate my urban environment by extracting structural areas and recreating them though color, shadow, and cropping. Density of buildings and their relationship to each other in connection with the atmospheric light are essential elements I use to translate reality into my art. The geometric forms of windows, letter forms and walls are carefully studied from photos I take to recreate into oil paintings. Discovery of new color and juxtaposing angles develop totally new portraits of the extracted building parts I have assembled into a single designed piece. Seeing deliberate relationships of parts to make a whole is a main element amassing the development of my work. Color is carefully scrutinized from real shades, tones and hues from photographs I take of my subjects. This interpretation of color bores brand new color characteristic of the urban areas I am depicting with oil paint. I hope that by observing my work a new recognition for our urban landscape evolves and sparks a respect for new and old building structures.

Signage Series:

Another series of paintings I paint in the same photorealism style are neon signs. My background in graphic design Instilled in me a natural attraction to signage, and my sense of nostalgia drew me to the vintage aesthetic. As an example, I painted the iconic signages of Grainbelt Beer and Gold Medal Flour because of there large present day significance both socially and financially to the region, not to mention the history behind the signs as well. This has inspired me to investigate further examples of signage and how they affect the communities they have come to represent. I try to connect with my audiences though their interest in painted realism. Exploring how my photorealism can transcend a sign painting and connect with audiences on a personal level has always been important to me.

Abstractgraffiti Series:

My new series of abstractgraffiti is influenced by my background in design and living in the urban core of a city all my life. Eventually I will integrate my abstractgraffiti into both my realistic signage series and Urbanextract series. My signage painting and graffiti have similarities; both being based on one word, and the letter forms in them. My process in painting these Graffitiabstract pieces started from a keen observation of graffiti in my neighborhood and from all the graffiti generated by protest of the George Floyd death. I also needed to develop a process of painting that was looser and expressed a design quicker than realism painting but that I could integrate the two styles together. My process starts with extracted parts of the whole graffiti piece, with just parcel letter shapes I recreate a whole 12×12 piece though color and added shapes used in graffiti.

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70’s (Abstract Graffiti)

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Blu & Pink

18×36. Oil Painting

The painting Blu & Pink was my mothers since 2012 when I painted it. Those colors were her favorites. The colors are an example of my subconsciously random use of color after care study of the actual colors of a building. I also really love the interesting patterns on the building this piece picks up in the afternoon light.

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Bonk-n-Bubbles (Abstract Graffiti)

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Building Designs

18×36   Oil Painting

This painting has one of the best examples of color and building designs with all it’s lines and pattern. The architecture is more contemporary and looking at different angles make it come alive.

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Captured in Grey

9×12   Oil Painting

This painting is part of a series I wish to paint in the near future where different variations of grey
cover the builds photorealistic painting. To me it begs a splash of color I intend to give future paintings.

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Ceresota Building

9×12   Oil Painting

The Cerresota Building is part of the growing Mill City neighborhood in Minneapolis.
Recently re-painted to capture the original typography and images on it’s side.

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Circle Around (Abstractgraffiti)

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Circle Collision (Abstract Graffiti)

My Graffiti name is “FORREAL” signed at the bottom. Expressing the idea of Realism.

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Creamette Building

6×12  Oil painting   LOOP SERIES

Historic Architecture designed by Long & Kees in 1896. Then in the 1910’s a macaroni company bought the building there own product Creamette became so popular it took over the company.
Today it is a historic residential loft.

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Design Angles

36×60  Oil Painting

This painting is an excellent example of how this series of paintings I do show off
the architectural detail of the building I’m painting and how the color highlight this
feature. Your eye flows over the interesting dips and curves and jags of each line. The presentation is formal but contemporary. Perfect for any architectural and painting lover.

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Draw the Line (Abstract Graffiti)

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Duffy

6×12  Oil Painting   LOOP SERIES

The Duffey paper distributor has been in the loop  for 70 years and just got sold in 2016. It’s unsure what will happen to this beautiful example of signage over as skyway that I think defines part of the loop area.

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Enter in Rear

34×48  Oil Painting

This is a recent Sign painting is a good example of my photorealism style. I take a photo blow it up and trace just the outline of the image, that way most of my time is spent on color creation and details. This sign use to advertise a hobby shop. The owners knew better to keep it up and now indicating rear activities.

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Humbolt Lofts

6×9  Oil Painting

Cynthia Froid Group is one of the top selling real-estate companies in the country
selling high end homes mainly within the Minneapolis downtown area. I have been painting
properties that they sell and making prints for them. This piece turned out well and is a beautiful
building which I love to paint! This Loft is right next to the Mill City farmer market and Guthrie.

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Intersection (Abstract Graffiti)

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Middle Letter (Abstract Graffiti)

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Mill City

6×9  Oil Painting

The Mill City museum show cases fascinating history of Minneapolis.

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Mill City

30×40  Oil Painting

I was walking around the Mill City neighborhood when this image struck me and I took a picture
to paint of it. I think building. from this era with a certain light hitting them is beautiful. Each  building has a different colored wall always making your eyes move around the painting but seeing them as a whole piece.

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North Loop

6×12   Oil Painting

I painted a series of North Loop paintings for a show I had at the Mitrebox Framing Studio.
I put four pieces in this show so if you live in the Loop all three would make for a great addition
to your north loop home! The North Loop is a amazing area of Minneapolis that brings to life an assortment of Old turn of the Century buildings plus one new one that looks like it was there
all along. I love the look and feel of the area that is steeped in Minneapolis history since the area was the chief area of ware house and railroad business in the late 1800 and early 1900.

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Sportsmen

34×48  Oil Painting   State Arts Board Grant Painting 2019

The Sportsman painting was one out of five I painted for a State Arts Board Grant, where my paintings each represent a states region of vintage sign history that I recorded as well. located in Mora Minnesota this sign was created in Pine City Minnesota in 1959 where is was erected at it’s present location having almost included a drive though sign with it.  Having talked with the owner he wants to fix the neon as is not go LED with it but is having problems finding a neon artist to go up to Mora and fix it.

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Swigley (Abstract Graffiti)

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The 801

6×9  Oil Painting

The 801 is one of my favorite Loft properties mainly because every year they host art shows in
their residents hallways that are always beautiful hung and fun! Located right in the heart of the LOOP where I feel the excitement of a vibrant old warehouse area, so scenic to me.

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The Street

9×12   Oil Painting

This painting is part of my urban extract series. The images I take for this ongoing series are from all over the country. This happens to be in New Orleans. I particularly like the mid century looking street light and unusual lineage of building combined architecture.

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Though

9×12   Oil Painting

Another Urban Extract from New Orleans where there use to be 60’s building mixed with older ones creating a very interesting empty building justopsed inside to outside space with modern color siding by older brick walls.

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Vals

30×40  Oil Painting    State Arts Board Grant Painting 2019

St Cloud is blessed to have a family business that they can still get fresh hamburgers and fries
after 60 years. The sign originally was for a Gas Station that was in 1959 turned into VALS.
The unique shape of the sign has since been made into a contemporary sign for the business.

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Washington Ave

6×12  Oil Painting  LOOP SERIES

With the afternoon light on the row of Washington Ave North Loop building it makes a dramatic silotte of historic building. One of the buildings in the painting is the TractorWorks building opened in 1902 as a huge farm machinery distribution center.

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Zigzag

18×36   Oil Painting

The name Zigzag refers to the curtains creating this cool zigzaging pattern I love. This piece has been in a couple juried shows one being the 2016 State Fair. This piece holds together as each component (two windows and wall) flow perfectly together into one entity. This is an example
of taking ordinary urban scape and seeing it differently or extracted as I would say.

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