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PART ONE – Higher Education Pre CSUMB

I’ve been painting my whole life. I never doubted I would go to college and there was never a doubt about what I would study. That’s more than many people get. Clarity can be essentially to moving forward with big decisions, but nothing can be that clear. My education was strange and a bit longer than most. In order to make my schedule work and to keep my GPA up I ended up withdrawling out of a few required classes that were flat out unfocused or just too basic. There were also the extra courses I took in biological sciences that I took just to learn from. All of this was what made it take 7 years for me to get my BA, though in reality I probably have taken more away from my major than most who have a basic master’s degree. I suppose I’ve planned on getting my MFA at some point, but until recently I had no obvious sense of what I would want to propose for a MFA project. 

I attended 5 different colleges. Three of them were junior colleges and the last two were California State Universities. When I transferred into the State system I was reluctant to take it very seriously. I was attending Fresno State University and the Art department had some fatal flaws in comparison to its football program. With so many students in a life drawing class that the few minutes I had to get from one class to that class always left me with a broken easle and nowhere to get my perspective on. The other studio class weirdness was that the materials list was less advanced than what the city college had where I had been painting for a couple years. Nevertheless, it was the theory and contemporary art history classes taught by Charles Gaines that made me leave FSU for the newset State University at that time. I learned so much from Mr Gains that I still go back through his readers and find myself recounting things from his classes. The odd part was finding out that he had been given the prestigious position of Dean of Fine Arts at Cal Arts and he stayed on to teach at Fresno State probably for tenure or retirement issues. I also later found out that I had gone to school with his son – I didn’t really know him, but it made things make sense.  What was sad was that at Cal Arts the courses he taught were full in the first ten minutes of registration. He taught these same courses at Fresno State, but the students were by and large opposed to them. Too much thought and emphasis on philosophy and psychology. To me, Charles Gains was giving us the answers to the big secrets in some strange codex of artists and their works. He also extended references to some very intense conceptual framework which for most students probably threatened the nice little bubbles that they had operated in. So in the end it was more of the fact that his two courses in my list of required classes were over with and I felt like there was nothing left but a downhill putter to graduation. One thing I learned was that whatever is new in art is probably where you want to be, so upon hearing that the closest shot to the ocean from where I was had converted the former fort ord into a University that offered 4 majors, art being one of them, I took a chance and went there with my wife who at the time was just transferring to the state system. 

To be continued. 


A new collection of work is coming down the pipe. Somewhat of a departure from the SNAKES AND EGGS Collage work I’ve been doing, these newer pieces are rooted in the ideas of writing, language, graffiti, and the postmodern practice of using a pre-existing image or material that carries a weight of signification that is altered or alters that which is applyied over it.

these are the first two in the series with many more completed and even more planned after that. Though they remain in a digital state, they were created with the intention to print.

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PHYSICAL GRAFFITI - California Garter Snake

California Garter Snake


Metaphysical Algebraic Copyright®


One for Monday … and the coming years

Meaning Lesson 101 - Fish and Water

a little subtle in suggestion, perhaps, but no less impactful in its lessons that teach us the meaning of fish.


contemporary painting that reveals mixed feelings or a dichotomy of emotions or opinions is normally on par with its level of importance. something – a problem or issue is being worked out through a formula that exists in the closed system of signs represented thin the two dimensional space. that which is signified of course lies outside the confines the closed space, and is inherently intangible given that no two ppl will see it for the same content. how close the content is among individuals within the audience that best indicates the coefficient of success.

‘success meaning that the canvas conveyed its story/message unhindered by confusing or distracting elements within the painting.
‘painting is being used as a general term for two dimensional picture-type information created to convey a story about something.

*”*nearly all exceptional art is inherently happy and sad, disgusting and beautiful, incredible and benign at the same time.

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I have been on some thing about hammerhead sharks for about a week or so now and still can’t break down the semiotic equation into understandable, relatable signs. Perhaps it’s their pre-historic shaped head that has had no need of evolving or maybe it’s the way they congregate in giant vortex swimming patterns in the pacific ocean for mating purposes .. or for more sublime purposes that have to do with the other reason I believe I have been drawn to them .. their use of the magnetic field of the planet for more than we should assume we know.

But that is what contemporary art essentially is .. the working of a content problem through paradigmatic and syntagmatic signs in a closed system (a canvas or virtual canvas) with illusory borders that indicate a framework for the set of variables in the equation…. that’s painting. At least that’s part of what painting should be.

this is our kitchen.

with hammerhead sharks.

Illuminati is Illuminotwhatyouthinkitis

how often have you seen or heard about the illuminati on social media sites, apps, or the www in general? chances are at least a few times, and depending on your age, politics, and general moral alignment you have at least wondered what reptiles have to do with this …


Well let’s see. It’s really all about the opposite of what ppl have come to envision. Even from its name .. The Enlightened .. we should refer to what that term means: truth, knowledge, the facts behind the bullshit, and even to know what the universe, life, and the singularity of all things is. We commonly associate the term enlightened with Buddhism and the western philosopher Emanuel Kant and his notions which are associated with the era of modernism. I cannot speak on Buddhism, tho I suggest that various eastern practices as such have a better grasp on the subject than any western ones do. As for modernism, one only need to realize there is a postmodern era which announces that there were problems with the formerly mentioned. But let’s stick with the origins of the Bavarian  Bund der Perfektibilisten which was an academic rooted group in 1776 that had issue with the domination of western religion in universities and did not see the appeal of the cost of freemasonry… So it’s pretty simple. Essentially separation of church from academics, since there is no sense in teaching facts alongside a book full of holes that offers no author and is pre-texted on the greatest mythical narrative of all.

But it’s not simple when controlling the masses is threatened by discounting a grand narrative that keeps things in acceptable order and justifies the punishment of those that step outside that order. The illuminati were perhaps an early form of what you would call humanists; where doing good and being good were not things that were learned from or defined by a religion, it’s book(s), or its leaders, who were often as hypocritical as the reptile’s tail is long.

so, as I digress into a possible unending work of fiction where the characters hold names like “Mason Jar” or “The Serpant Cleric” with supporting fictional roles are played out by the millions of Cephalopoda that rise to the surface of Monterey Bay from where they converge with DMT Popsicles and MNDA chromatophore skin cells, so beautiful that you weep a crusted barnacle of neon blue brain stem replacements from deep down – as deep as the Pavific Ocean goes, along side these squid whom illuminati all the dark way down with their bioluminescence combining into one great neon underwater highway under such intense pressure that the Christian and Muslim coloring book religions implode with a simple poke from a nautilus’ shell.


thats not really what all this #mlg and #mlgpro crap is about, but it’s more entertaining and possibly closer to non fiction.


have a deep ocean current,


Contemporary Art History – from minimalism to conceptualism in one digital app(lication.

lots of new things in production. spending less time posting to iG abd Vine and more time with static visual series work root in abstraction departur, where an initial painting or other 2D piece is reworked with digital tools for a linear progression into something that is more purely retinal and whose original source image is only evident with key framed pieces that show the transformation.

the first painting is titled DIGITAL ICARUS complete with a small narrative about flying too close to the iCloud, which causes data to rain from within and the loss of all in-app purchases causes social turmoil, famine, and boredom … a post-allegorical allegory for the digital age.


in a process that essentially squeezes the histogram and color palette of an image into a circular form, the form is then further pulled and stretched to its limits and beyond. 
in contemporary art history concerned with American Art post WWII we see a shift from n the various movements between the 1940s thru the 1970s that concerns itself with self-referential totalogies where abstraction sought to widdle down painting to its materials and nothing else … canvas & paint. Acrylic paint found an emergence in this time frame as the ability to apply paint directly to a surface without first priming it made the minimalist movement chirp. this of course did not stop as the move into conceptual art which brought with it a stripped down acceptance of what could be considered art, which at times had no concrete form (a moment in the history of art that suggested the division between artists and audience was often not one of respect). however we also saw work that was incredibly complex with its documentation of process becoming just as strong as the final product.

these pieces are perhaps more about the minimal transformation of pixels across one digital piece to another with many in between, without the need of much more than one single application within one single app(lication.