Born in 1989 in Long Beach, California. Before ever moving in an artistic direction I had a career as a U.S. Navy Corpsman (medic for the layman) attached to the U.S. Marine Corps. I was involved in two combat tours and then transitioned to civilian life at the end of my 5 years in the military. Finally having to figure out who “I” was I took to education in search of a philosophical dock to tie my boat too. I found it by way of an old school graphic arts class at a local community college. Creatively, I try to find cultural icons from movies, TV, Literature and History and pretty much just throw an 80’s beach vibe at it. Although I only lived 6 months in the 80’s as a neonate, I have romanticized it into my own fanatic aura. It has the feel-good neon John Hughes vibe I try to radiate out in my day-to-day of silent elevator rides with strangers and insane Tourettes like yelling for the entirety of any drive through traffic. DeathByAcrylic – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
It’s custom art either made by me freestyling and selling it on my Etsy site or custom art commissioned from me to your heart’s desire. Proudest moment so far is probably being featured in the Canary Gallery in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. As far as what sets me apart I really try to add as much to the actual art piece as I add to the ancillary aspects of the painting. I try to add historical and often mythological Easter eggs to every painting.
Either in an behind the dresser format or in a cryptic to the point where its only revealed via black light. Lastly, my Grandpa always told me “want a new idea, read an old book”, So I try to impart some worldly wisdom not of my own on the back of each painting, Anywhere from old world cultural parables to Hunter S. Thompson rants, ones I find aided me in my post-traumatic growth coming out of war. The better and weirder I get at art is my measure of success. I am more concerned about those two things than financial success. To quote a wise man, “A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.”- Roald Dahl. Nonsense is where I wish to reside.