Going for Broke is a painting made based on my experiences skateboarding. I chose to represent a skeleton skateboarding because it amplifies the vulnerability of our bodies. When I was fifteen I wrecked my left arm trying to do a noseslide and ended up having surgery where doctors installed screws into my bones to hold my elbow together. Since skateboarding is one of the earthly pleasures I would be enjoying in the afterlife this piece honors the idea of the Day of the Dead by depicting not just any skeleton skateboarding but my skeleton skateboarding. After my first broken arm I have continued to skateboard and have broken a total of nine bones. I feel this piece is very personal to who I am and sums up the passion to do what you love.
Emiliano Zapata was one of Mexico’s most iconic Revolutionary leaders and also my Grandfather’s hero. He was a gunslinger who rode with Poncho Villa and formed the Liberation Army. Followers of Emiliano were known as “Zapatistas”. This is a portrait representing Zapata as a skeleton and depicts how he will live on through the ages in the stories that are told of him and the Mexican Revolutionaries.
Working Stiff represents the plight of the daily grind. It is a symbol of how skewed our priorities have become and how we sit for hours alive in a tomb. It is a humorous reminder of how much time we spend at work, school, or just living in our virtual world. This piece was commissioned by a friend who works extremely hard and long hours at a visual effects studio in Hollywood. Details in the painting have been personalized to his experiences.
The original painting was made with acrylic and enamel on birch and measures 18″x 24″and is placed in a custom built Mahogany frame. Although the original has sold there are still print options available.
Kamapua’a is the shapeshifting boar god in Hawaiian mythology. This piece references to him while taking a twist on the cultural significance to pig hunting in Hawaii and combining it with a hint of Day of the Dead imagery.He is the hunter of hunters and he wears skulls as trophies around his neck of all who have attempted to serve him for a Luau.
This work is painted on birch panel with acrylic and enamel and measures 10″x12″. It comes in a reclaimed wood frame that is decorated with beautifully carved designs bringing the total size to 15″x17″.
This is a still life that references to my birthday of November 2nd which is also the Mexican holiday of The Day of the Dead. The title means “skull with marigolds” and I view this piece as a birthday shrine or cake with candle.
Craneo con Cempasuchiles is painted with acrylic and enamel on a 4″x6″ birch panel in a ornate black wooden frame, measuring 8.5″x10″ in total.
There are many tales to be told by the sea; stories buried by time existing only in fragments. Sunken Head is one of those stories. A mystery of a merchant, pirate, or naval officer whose remnants are now becoming a part of the ocean floor.
Sunken Head is painted with acrylic and enamel on a 8″x10″canvas panel. The frame is custom made from Purple Heart wood which is native to tropical parts of Central and South America. It is one of the hardest woods in the world. With the frame, this work measures 11″x14″ in total.