Being Thankful For A Great Opening Night

The artist and his awesome wife

The artist and his awesome wife

It was a rainy Saturday night in Edwardsville, Illinois. COVID-19 restrictions regarding indoor gatherings were in place. Odds were against a successful gallery show opening at Good Weather Gallery. Yet the show went on as scheduled and I am truly thankful for such a great opening.

Guests were entertained throughout the night by the music of Tom Blood, Jr.

Guests were entertained throughout the night by the music of Tom Blood, Jr.

The combination of Tom Jr. playing his music and getting to see 32 of my paintings on display in an awesome setting was fun. Having many long-time friends and supporters of my work show up made the evening even more special. Add in the fact that I sold two paintings the night of the show and another one the next morning online along with seven high gloss prints and one metallic print (all of which look quite awesome) made it an even more successful evening.

The show at Good Weather Gallery will be on display until January 9, 2021

The show at Good Weather Gallery will be on display until January 9, 2021

So what’s next? The show will remain on display through January 9th, 2021. Private showings of the work are available and it’s looking like I might do an artist talk sometime in mid-December as well as host a closing show on January 9th.

I’m grateful to the gallery owner, Brooke Piepert, for taking a flying leap of faith on my work. And I’m thankful that I’ve been able to continue to grow and improve as an artist. Special thanks to each one of you for following my journey.

If, by chance, you’d be interested in purchasing any of the 29 paintings that haven’t sold yet, or would like to buy any of the 32 images in the form of either a high gloss print or a semi-gloss print on metal which gives a spectacular sheen to the image, please visit Good Weather Gallery’s website or contact me direct. More info on prints will be coming soon!

In addition to creating advertising and marketing communications work by day, I also paint at night and have been fortunate to develop a world-wide following of the surrealistic art that I create. My recent show at Good Weather Gallery is yet another step on my artistic journey. If you would like to see more of my work, you can visit my online art gallery. You can also make purchases of my work of items like prints, iPhone covers and a variety of other items by visiting this site. Original artwork along with a variety of prints are available at this new site which supports local St. Louis artists and allows them to show their work at a variety of places throughout the metro area. Please visit!

An idea that demanded that I paint it

Gorilla at the Gate, 40" x 30", acrylic on canvas

Gorilla at the Gate, 40″ x 30″, acrylic on canvas

As I continue to develop as a painter, I have learned that I should listen to my subconscious, even if it’s not always clear exactly what it is telling me.

People sometimes wonder where I get my ideas as there is rarely any rhyme or reason to my subject matter. If an idea pops into my head, I’ll try and sketch it out – and if I like it enough, I then turn it into a painting.

With this ongoing coronavirus, there has been a lot of gloom and doom always in the news and often on my mind. Thoughts of my own mortality have drifted in – and drifted out.

Though I don’t know where this particular thought came from, the idea of a gorilla at a gate kept entering my mind. Not just once or twice. I’d wake up in the morning and there would be something nagging at me.

It was the gorilla.

Though I’ve never painted a gorilla before, I’ve always been fascinated by them, going back to my days as an animal show announcer at the St. Louis Zoo. Yes, I was the announcer for The Chimpanzee Show, The Elephant Show and The Sea Lion Show. It was great fun and I got to see a lot of these animals on a daily basis during my two summers of announcing the shows.

The Chimpanzee Show was held inside an arena that is no longer there. On the outside of the arena, there were orangutans, chimps and a great big gorilla called Rudy.

Rudy used to love to splash visitors from his wading pool. He would sit quietly next to it, waiting for a crowd to gather and then would saunter off a bit, only to take a running jump at the pool where he would then sweep his arm in and send a giant wave of water out towards the people.

There was knowledge in that gorilla. Perhaps that memory came to me as some sort of symbolic guard at heaven’s gate. (You’ll notice an ‘H’ at the top of the ironwork.)

“Have you been good enough to enter the Kingdom of Heaven?” his stare seems to say.

Certainly I hope that he will let me pass when my time comes.

We all have a day of reckoning awaiting us. And I’m certainly not trying to convey the thought that this is any semblance of what heaven is or what it means to me.

It’s merely an idea that I tried to paint.

My daughter thought the painting represented Harambe, the gorilla that was shot and killed after it grabbed and dragged a 3-year old boy that entered his domain.

That works.

It’s just a painting. How you view it is up to you.

So, what do you think?

In addition to creating advertising and marketing communications by day, I also paint at night. My paintings have now been sold on three different continents and I’m excited about an upcoming solo show at Good Weather Gallery that opens on November 21st and will be on display through January 9, 2021.

If you’re interested, you can order prints of my work on Artfully Walls. You can also order prints as well as get my artwork put onto a variety of items like iPhone covers, pillow throws, tote bags, greeting cards, coffee cups, shower curtains and a wide variety of other items by visiting my other website on Pixels. As if that weren’t enough, more items are now available on Vida on an even wider variety of items – from umbrellas to yoga mats, clothing and jewelry to household items. I also invite you to follow me on Instagram to see work in progress from start to finish!