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I have loved to draw for as long as I can remember. Even as a kid I was fascinated by the darker side of life. Love to read books about ghosts and watching scary movies. One of my favorite pastimes was catching bugs. I play with them for a while and somehow I'd always end up killing them accidentally. So I grabbed their carcass grab my pencil and paper and use them as models for my art. Even as an adult there's nothing I find more fun than drawing spiders.
When I was in high school we live in the Midwest and there's acres of cows and horses or 20 acres surrounding my house. I get bored alot and journey through these big fields where I would find the bones of deceased cows. I'd gather them up in a wheelbarrow, tote them back to the house, where Id clean them up, wire them together and create some really cool sculptures, I guess you could call them. I'm not sure what my friends or family thought of me but I ended up with the nickname Bonedaddy, and it stuck.
Most of my favorite Art is what people would refer to as lowbrow art. Some of my favorite artists are guys like shag, mark ryden and lots of today's tattoo artists. I have a few tats myself, and like most inked people would say, but probably not done yet.
Not to criticize other art that out there, most of it bores me. Youve seen one you've see them all. I like to paint stuff that I would hang in my own house. How many landscapes with palm trees can you stomach before you vomit. Anyway, you get my point. My art is about the things I enjoy, sex, color, life as I see it with a taste of the macabre.
I guess I have my own style, influenced by the piles of comic books I collect and some of the artists whose work I enjoy. I am really excited about sharing my art with other people and the idea of seeing my paintings in the gallery still blows my mind. This is my first web site and the first time I have shared my paintings with other people. Not only do I hope you like them but even better if you buy my art because my daytime job sucks so bad I can't even share with you what I do.
A lot of people ask me if I have any formal art training. I guess I've been around art my whole life. My dad was an artist and so are my two Sisters. One of them is a graphic designer for some big company, the other was going to school at AI in Arizona for animation. The only real training I have had is helping or kind of assisting Michael Godard, the guy that paints the Olives. I owe him a lot because he is the main person who convinced me that I should do something more with my art. My dad collects his work and they have been friends for a long time. Both of them were a big help teaching me how to airbrush. My sisters are all really good painters and they taught me the ropes of using a brush.
My goal as an artist is pretty simple. I really don't care about becoming famous, I'd just like to make a living as a fulltime artist. Every painting I create, I strive to do my best.
One more thing, I owe a big thanks to my publisher,Todd Rubin, who now has the task of making my dream come true. Hope you enjoy my paintings.