Paintings and Artwork

I Got That Kirby Krackle Beat!

“I Got That Kirby Krackle Beat!”

3″ x 9″ canvas, acrylic.

I first tried my hand at the Kirby Krackle for the piece “Vigil Comics Issue #14” (below) and had so much fun, I decided to make a piece centered entirely around playing with it some more.

The phrase “Kirby Krackle,” also known as “Kirby Dots” comes from famous comic artist Jack Kirby, who often used arrays of dots to denote great power or energy in a panel. The musical notes chosen are loosely based on themes from the Silver Surfer NES game, as the Surfer is one of the most iconic Kirby creations from Marvel.

“Reclaim the Sun”

2.5″ x 2.5″ on canvas, acrylic, mixed medium.

I do not begrudge
the deep its gold
Its treasure from ships
by waves undone
On such the sea
may keep its hold
But as for me
I reclaim the sun

There was a book that I read many times as a child, about a crocodile that stole the sun and a bear that took it back. I’m not sure how much of an influence that tale was on me while painting, but I knew when I first bought the octopus pendant that I wanted this piece to tell a story.

Spaceship Series

2.5″ x 2.5″ pieces on black canvas, acrylic.

Sawdust to Stardust

“Sawdust to Stardust”

Inspired by the title of the DeForest Kelley biography by Terry Lee Rioux and Kelley’s transition from Western films to the world of Star Trek. Cowboy’s shirt is of course, Starfleet science blue. Red neckerchief a reference to Kelley’s fashion sense in his later years. Star has six-points as a nod to the Star of David, an acknowledgement of the Jewish influence on Star Trek.

Red October Sky

“Red October Sky”

For this piece, I drew from both tropes within the science fiction genre and high school frustrations. In science fiction, it is common for starship battles to directly draw from submarine tactics. In high school, it was common for my question of “Have you seen The Hunt For Red October?” to be met with “That movie about the kids and the rocket (October Sky)?”

A Soft Movie For Your Dreams

“A Soft Movie For Your Dreams”

In the middle of a stressful week, Star Trek: The Motion Picture was a good movie to send me off to sleep. It was not because I found it dull. No, it felt more like a lullaby. The slower pace, the off-white and warm tones of the costumes and Enterprise interior, how gentle the characters were with each other. It was a soft and calming movie, exactly what I needed.

Dance With The Nebula

“Dance with the Nebula”

I had mixed paint for “A Soft Movie For Your Dreams” and had enough left over that I didn’t want to see go to waste. Said mixed paint was perfect for a nebula effect.

Faster Than Light

“Faster Than Light”

The Laws of Physics can’t catch me! FTL travel is such a staple of science fiction, and has been visualized in so many ways. The hyperspace of Star Wars, warp speed of Star Trek, slipspace of Halo. This is less a visualization of the effect and more a visualization of the idea. Don’t let light slow you down.


“Twin Suns Cast Long Shadows”

2.5″ x 2.5″ pieces on black canvas, acrylic.

Homage to Star Wars Rebels:, Season 3, Episode 19 “Twin Suns.” My favorite piece of Star Wars media to date. The choice of sun color corresponding to Obi-Wan and Maul was chosen as a nod to a now non-canon Tusken myth from the novel Kenobi:

“Brothers, [the suns] were, until the younger sun showed his true face to the tribe. It was a sin. The elder sun attempted to kill his brother, as was only proper.
But he failed.
Burning, and bleeding, the younger sun pursued his sibling across the sky. The wily old star fled for the hills and safety, but it was his fate never to rest again.” (p 15)

“Stars’ Reflection”
below, fireflies dance out the stars’ reflections above

2.5″ x 2.5″ magnet, acrylic.

“Movement of Dance”

2.5″ x 2.5″ on canvas, acrylic.

Vigil Comics

2.5″ x 2.5″ magnets, acrylic, capturing a single panel from an imaginary comic-book series.

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