Artist’s Statement

Beefcake, served with style!

My work centers on the two slightly overlapping circles of comics and painting. Two different worlds and aesthetics that appeal to me equally and provide ideal vehicles for what I want to express and bring into the world.

As for subject matter, whether comics or painting, the imagery of gay masculinity predominates. In other words, beefcake! To serve up the beefcake, I rely on representational styles and traditional media. Beyond the representational, is my desire for representation. Just as beyond the erotic, I want show the entirely of the gay experience as both individual and part of a big, messy, lovely, and endlessly amazing community.

Beneath the surface, underneath all that frosting on the beefcake, I also desire to bring passion, joy, and love into the world through my art. I want to make images and stories of big heart, of triumph, of the rising of the spirit’s sun after the long dark night.

For painting, I work mostly in the studio with oils, watercolor, and gouache. I draw from both life drawing and found photographic materials. The comics are more a blend of digital tools and traditional media. Digital tools play a huge role in the generation phase, leading to traditional media to produce the final art. Then, it’s back to the digital to prepare for reproduction and dissemination.

Among the many things that influence me, I give top billing to Tom of Finland, J.C. Leyendecker, and the whole boisterous genre of pulp covers of the mid- to late-20th century. Tom and J.C. define, for me, the essence of the visual language of gay masculinity. The pulp covers appeal to me for their vividness and unrestrained attempts to arrest your attention and not let go till you’ve made a purchase. They’re a fascinating blend of tight technique and wild expressivity that I aim for in my own work.