Be prepared to walk, as festival was most of the riverfront (the Scioto mile, COSI, both Main Street and Rich Street Bridges, all the way to 400 W Rich Street, etc).
I decided to come up with eye catching paintings called “My shadow series” that have a lot of history in these paintings that they don’t teach us in school.
All of them are oil paintings. People get confused that they are photos and I have retouched them. These are all hand made.
I like to show how beautiful we are and what we deal with as people. I love using colors and telling a story.
I disguise cultural issues through humor and images that we have ingrained in ourselves.
This years highlight for me was the Big local Arts Village. That was the location to see a local band performing live and to view the hands on demonstrations.
I do graphite pencil drawings. They are photo realistic.
I play with fire and I hit stuff with a hammer.
I want people to learn. This is a dying art form. Not many people are doing this anymore.
I have a 10 year rule. It takes me 4 years to get it right. Then, I do it for another 4 years, and then I’m sick of it. Then, I move onto something else. I have not ran out of decades yet.
I thought that it was an amazing thing that I could make an all wood drum. I ran with it. I stumbled upon some different ideas that weren’t out there like changing the drums a little bit that made them dynamic in another way.
The one eye is about introspection. It is about closing your eye to physical distractions of life and getting to know your true self outside of this vessel, outside of your body, race, sex, social standing and how much money you make.
I do like to paint women. I can get nice whimsical with their hair and their clothes. I could do men. I just find them a little boring.
Columbus Arts Festival… Art at its finest!