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 month 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.
All paintings are for sale.
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 live 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 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.