I’ve been drawing my whole life. My earliest memories are drawing and I’ve always had a passion for it. In my youth, newspaper strips and superhero comics were a major influence on me so I started out drawing comics. Robert Crumb was my inspiration. He was an underground artist from the 1970’s. Some people would consider him the father of the independent comics movement. He published Zap Comix in San Francisco in 1969. He and his wife sold art out of a baby carriage for 25 cents a copy. I was inspired by his idea of taking art directly to the street.
I didn’t go to college because I realized that if I went to college I’d be programmed into something that wasn't me. And even though I wavered, I knew deep down inside that that wasn’t the right path. I didn't want anyone else to teach me. I didn't want to be under the tutelage of someone else’s concept of what art was – I wanted to find out for myself. So I never went to college and that was that.
I grew up in Oklahoma but moved to New York City in 1984 to study art. When I got here I realized there was a whole world of art that I didn't know about. So I just started teaching myself – I went to as many museums as possible, absorbing culture and thoughts and ideas. I wanted to learn from a different and diverse array of art types.
So I guess you could say that I am self-taught, but the reality is that to be an artist you just have to work at it every day. I've always believed that. Virginia Woolf said, “If you can do two hours of work every day you can produce a lifetime of work.” I took that to heart. I work all day every day.
All of the eyes in my artwork (click on the comments section to view his art) are illuminations of the Seraphim – the mystical angel that guards the throne of God. In the medieval depictions they have a human head and flaming sword and six wings and eyes on their wings. But it was the eyes on their wings that always interested me because they depict the things in life that can't be seen, the unseen mystery of the world. You see this concept of the ‘unseen’ throughout history. In Hindu art. In Greek mythology with the 100-eyed giant Argus. It’s all related to the third eye – the invisible eye which provides perception beyond ordinary sight. So the idea was already there, I've just tapped into it.
My inspiration is to show the unseen world of the imagination through my art – it’s my interior projection of the external things I experience in life. Love. Alienation. People turning into machines and robots with all the rigidity of their daily life. The obsession people have with their smart phones. I paint things that exist in the real world but through the eyes of my imagination.
I love the thought of giving something to someone that they are not expecting but that they need. I love the amount of joy people get from my work. Some people walk by, smile and say, “You made my day.”
Art can really affect people. I know people buy my art because it gives them joy. And when they take it home and put it in their house, that every time they look at my art it will give them happiness. And it gives me a great amount of satisfaction to know that I am bringing joy into people’s lives on a daily basis.
Goose Chronicles Outtakes:
“Trust your love.”
“What is the hardest thing you’ve had to overcome?”
“The idea of being alone. We are all part of something bigger but sometimes we feel alone. It's about confronting your own despair and realizing that life is about living and the other things that tell you you're alone or that you're going to die one day – those things aren't important. What really matters is that you awaken to your being and are responsible for your being. What really matters is that you are present and live life in the moment and just be. And remember that you're never alone because you're always a part of the world and the world is a part of something bigger.”
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