Family Portrait Series
War Bird refers to My Mother, Paula. She is a retired Major of the Utah National Guard. The original photo was her around the age of 4, holding two Easter baskets. I juxtaposed the pistols being drawn to refer to her military background as well as certain situations raising her boys. The owl/horse/swan combination behind her are power animals associated with wisdom, elegance, and power.
Bucket of Roses
Bucket of Roses is a custom framed mural of My Father, Gerry Sr. Seen here at Powell-a-Palooza Music Festival 2011, the mural depicts Gerry Sr. as a 10-year-old boy in his brand new outfit, ready to go to Disney Land. He is painted holding buckets of fecal matter with roses protruding to portray his masonry expertise as well as his ability to overcome life obstacles with a scent of freshness.
This is a rendition of My three older brothers. Adam, Ryan, and Andy. This photo was at Thousand Lakes Reservoir in Utah. There are small indications that reveal the personalities of each as well as the braided leather pattern that I associate with family and ancestry.
Gallenson's Gun Shop Mural
This mural is located on the Southwest corner of 200 South, 200 East in Salt Lake City, Utah on the East facing wall of Gallenson's Gun Shop. Inspired by the 100th anniversary of the 1911 handgun, I use the molecular impressionism technique to show the bursting sun in the background. The bursting sun represents our independence (bombs bursting in air), the land of the rising sun (Japan), and light in the midst of darkness. The 1911 handgun has been an influential weapon in nearly every war the United States has been involved in since its creation. There are Vietnam, WWI, WWII, and Korean War soldiers from each of the opposing sides represented in this mural as well as the A-1 1911 handgun itself.