Paintings

Below is a small gallery of my paintings or visit The Groosh Wall by clicking here. The Groosh Wall is my feature gallery at 8080 Grand St., Dexter, Michigan.

1945 Romanée Conti
This bottle, at the time of painting, was the world record holder for most expensive bottle of wine to sell at auction, $558,000. Two bottles of only 600 produced by Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC) in 1945 were part of a Sotheby’s sale in New York in 2018.
Acrylic on canvas
2020

Porsche356
Porsche 356
Acrylic on canvas
2007
Sailing Off Into The World Acrylic on canvas 2013
Sailing Off Into The World
Acrylic on canvas
2013
Bulleit Rye Bourbon Acylic on canvas 2012
Bulleit Rye Whiskey
Acylic on canvas
2012
"Vs. Nature" Black White Red Series Acrylic on canvas 1997

Vs. Nature
When living in Laguna Beach in the late 90s, we were inundated with rain from El Niño. Laguna Canyon was closed for almost a week before and after mud slides. All the signs from nature were there, don’t build in these areas, don’t push development towards the shoreline, water and the ocean are relentless. “Vs. Nature” paints the picture of our incessant drive to compete against nature with a simple buoy warning us: Go back, you will eventually lose.
Black White Red Series
Acrylic on canvas
1997

Piano Acrylic on canvas 1996

Piano
When I first moved to Seattle in 1996 to join The Fremont Hemp Co., of which I was a partner, my friends picked me up from the airport and took me straight to Molly’s house for dinner. She was an incredible pianist. After a five course meal, we sat in her living room while she played Mozart, Beethoven and others. The picture window was reminiscent of the life I left behind, an advertising job at Jeep where my 26th floor window office looked out over the Southeast Michigan skyline. Fall was spectacular.
Acrylic on canvas
1996

Flowers Black White Red Series Acrylic on canvas 1997
Flowers
Black White Red Series
Acrylic on canvas
1997
Coastal Tree Acrylic on canvas 2012
Coastal Tree
Acrylic on canvas
2012
Fireworks Black White Red Series Acrylic on canvas 1996

Fireworks
The path came from another painting of mine called “Flowers”. It’s a tale of traveling through life looking at all the opportunities around us. This time, those opportunities explode for attention as we continue walking, searching, ignoring as we look for something more intriguing over the horizon.

This painting evolved out of my Black White Red Series. Picasso had a blue period so I thought, yeah, artists do that. I should focus on some specific colors. I chose Black and white in a nod to Ansel Adams because I dug his photography, plus a touch of red since you can’t add color to a traditional B&W photo. Red signifying, stop, danger, romance or some other pop of attention. Ok, so what, this one slipped a little with the yellow for the sunset.
Black White Red Series
Acrylic on canvas
1996

Candles Acrylic on canvas 1998


Candles
On the surface sure, they are candles. But they are laid out to remind of the conversation and the woman I was sitting across from that evening. We were sitting on the floor, she had her legs to the side as we got to know each other. The larger candle depicts the passion or flame between us.
Acrylic on canvas
1998

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Ships
Acrylic on canvas
1997
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Bulleit Apple
Acrylic on canvas
2013

 

Websites

Building websites after a career in marketing (see LinkedIn profile) was a natural progression. I started by using the Joomla! content management system for web development coupled with VirtueMart for shopping sites. As of 2010-ish, I prefer to use WordPress but have also built in Wix and GoDaddy. How can I help? 

I love to work with entrepreneurs, big or small companies regardless of a client’s budget by putting my marketing degree and passion into every project. My deep comprehension of branding, artistic expression and website construction/navigation is now second nature. Career experience in web building came from managing:

  • Kia Motors ground-up interactive kiosk redesign used nationwide 
  • Honda interactive dealership network and customer units
  • Subaru and Mercedes-Benz national dealer website programs

I’m easy to work with and build platforms on the owner’s web account which I set up if they don’t have one. That way the client owns everything, has 24/7 access and can give login credentials to anyone they deem fit to make changes. So essentially if I get hit by a bus, you can get along without me. 

  • If you want to handle your own maintenance and updates after I build you a website, I’ll teach you how to do it.
  • If you want to trade for my services instead of cash out of pocket, let me know what you got.
  • If you want me to craft a pitch deck and financial projections for your startup or develop turnaround, market and growth strategies, I can do that too.

Pictured below in no particular order, but newer ones are up top, are some past and present clients. Many images are linked to the live sites, the Way Back Machine or a “more info” page.



Erratic Ale needed a clean and simple website that they would ultimately manage. They built their business from scratch, they weren’t afraid to take on managing a website. After I built the site using their existing GoDaddy account and WordPress, they tweaked photos and text. The key to this project was locking down the site with an “Are you 21?” gateway.


8080 Grand Properties


Stephen Cramer and I partnered up when he needed a site to secure a supplier contract for racing parts soon after leasing his first shop. He struck out on his own and went from working in his garage to 1,500 sq ft. to 5,000 sq. ft in a few years time. He is now one of the premier Porsche and German auto mechanics in southeast Michigan. In exchange for my work, he fixed my car.

An old college friend called me in a pinch to build and launch a new website before their first annual Seattle wine tasting event. They only had a few weeks and they needed to switch hosting providers and there wasn’t any money. But they manage to pass along two cases of wine for my efforts. Yeah buddy.

This shopping portal for “Reconditioned Early Porsche Parts” was built in an effort to sell the inventory I had been collecting. I used dramatic photography to show off the quality of the parts. However in the end it became too much work to update this site and post on eBay and the forums. Those sites received way more traffic and had better sell through rates than my startup site. Highlight of the venture: Bob Lutz bought a carburetor part through my site.

Penni Jones is an author and friend who needed a little help cleaning up her blog in exchange for a whiskey and a smile. Who had two thumbs and an empty rocks glass? This guy.

This was a ground up, shopping portal build on a Joomla platform with secure credit card and PayPal checkout. It also included re-branding almost everything Will Pringle’s business touched: print ads, inventory photos, price lists, newsletters. We collaborated on everything as I took his well done marketing efforts and gave them a fresh coordinated, consistent presentation. The business ultimately went quiet with the recession of 2008.
My painting on display at the shop.

This home owners association website was run by a wonderful woman who passed away. They needed a “tech guy” so I donated my services to build a new site from the ground up including secure member only areas.

Jack Riddell and I met on the lawn at the Concorso Italiano through Aaron Robinson back in 2008. They needed a new website for their club. As a car guy, I couldn’t resist volunteering to help Lamborghini owners. While I’m still credited in the About Us on the current site, I did not build their latest version having left California in 2010.

Link to the website I built (and pictured above) with a simple yet elegant way to emphasize different models of Lamborghinis, turning the photo from B&W to color.

SkierQuest was founded in 2005 by two avid ski racers, Tony Blancato and Michael Kuhn. Their first website was HTML links, pics and text on a page. In 2009, I made the jump to bold imagery in a contrasting B&W layout, rotating image gallery plus online shopping. It helped solidify the company as a new real player in the market that is still in business today.

As a previous owner of a 1966 912 and a web guy, I thought it would be fun to build my own site dedicated to the marque. I called it the 912 Anthology. I tried to load it up with everything one would need to know about 912s: Racing, History, Tech Specs, Carburetor Overview plus the site would search for current “for sale” listings and news and display it with links.

 

Press Tribute Art Car

Please click here for all the details on my 1978 Porsche 928 Press Tribute Art Car created in 2012. It’s on my other website Groosh’s Garage which requires another click and jump to a new page.

The Groosh Wall at 8080

One of the last restored 1940s factories in downtown Dexter, Michigan has become the home for my artwork. Click here for more photos and details of the building as it went through restoration.

 

The Groosh Wall is an ongoing artwork display at 8080 Grand Street. Featured artwork will hang for a quarter or so, the first art rotation coincided with Erratic Ale’s opening in August 2020. They are our building neighbor. Each Wall will be memorialized here.

Do you see a painting you like? Would you like to buy it or commission me to paint one for you? Call or email me through this link today.

September 2020 – November 2020

Paintings from left to right:

Three Tree Hill – This painting is a continuation of the series Flowers which was inspired by my dating life before marriage. More on Flowers when it is displayed.

Circles – The constant draw of the earth’s resources are the riches.

Piano – When I first moved to Seattle in 1996 to join The Fremont Hemp Co., of which I was a partner, my friends picked me up from the airport and took me straight to Molly’s house for dinner. She was an incredible pianist. After a five course meal, we sat in her living room while she played Mozart, Beethoven and others. The picture window was reminiscent of the life I left behind, an advertising job at Jeep where my 26th floor window office looked out over the Southeast Michigan skyline. Fall was spectacular.

Black White Red
October 2019 – September 2020

Black White Red series began with thoughts back to Ansel Adams’ photography. You know the landscape photographer and environmentalist known for his black-and-white images of the American West. In my day, it was a rare college house that didn’t have a framed poster of his work adorning a hand-me-down couch or bedroom wall. His photography was beautiful.  

Fast forward to my painting in black and white, shades traditionally associated with old school photography, and then add something that Ansel didn’t or maybe even couldn’t. Add a touch of color – Red. Red being a symbol for warning, danger, stop, passion, love. Each one of these paintings tells a story and the key driver in that story is wrapped up in the color Red.

Paintings from left to right:

Vs. Nature – When living in Laguna Beach in the late 90s, we were inundated with rain from El Niño. Laguna Canyon was closed for almost a week before and after mud slides. All the signs from nature were there, don’t build in these areas, don’t push development towards the shoreline, water and the ocean are relentless. “Vs. Nature” paints the picture of our incessant drive to compete against nature with a simple buoy warning us: Go back, you will eventually lose.

Ships – The story of corporate greed at the expense of their employees and the environment they feed off. Companies get fat off the land. And like ships through the oceans they effortlessly plow their way through their surroundings, bleeding the world around them to further their bottom line. Take down that ship and three more are waiting in its wake to take its place.  

The Road – My highly regarded, soul enriching drives across the country through the mountains, plains and cities. All the while listening to music on the radio. 

Groosh’s Garage

I wrote a blog for 10 years at GrooshsGarage.com

To learn more about my car career, current and past project cars plus the parts I’ve restored along the way you can noodle through the above link.