Many artists have to (though some choose to) operate under the tyranny of being pigeon holed into a certain style of work or subject matter. Homogeneity seems to be a guarantee of quality (which I grant works in many other industries but in art I question it, though I can appreciate the story telling aspect, as well as those seeking technical mastery. Though I propose different ideas of mastery beyond the purely technical.) It seems that to be dynamic isn't valued, non sequitur experimentation looked down upon as less than. We have to be consistent in what we show (or at least show a smooth progression from a to b) or chance the dreaded unfollow, people turning away from what we do because it's not consistently in line with branding. Rare is the artist who succeeds in being more than a one trick pony. I think that flies in the face of what it is to be an artist - creative, curious, willing to explore and expand your skill set and vision. I'm guilty of tailoring my visual output to just that purpose because it's become a survival mechanism, but in doing so I'm really doing a disservice to myself and anyone who appreciates art in a grander sense, removed from easily digestible sameness (though I'm not here to criticize artists who choose one way to create and love solely that, but I do offer them to blink twice if they feel society's manner of consuming art has boxed them in.) You don't get to see all the varied work I do as commissions because they may not fall perfectly in sync with my personal output. We are multi-talented and multi-faceted beings as creators and here's a small effort to correct that hyper branding that's all the rage. This commission was a real joy to paint because it's being gifted to a service member who is often deployed. Paintings like these may not fall into my normal repertoire but that doesn't mean they're any less worthy of being seen. So, here are a few shots of how it came together, and if you follow me on Instagram you may have caught my live video musing about my process, materials, and thoughts on decision making when painting. I'll try to open up and do more of these in the future, so if you're curious, you can find me here.

All of this is also to say - thank you. Thank you everyone who supports my career and approaches me with challenging commissions. There's nothing more thrilling than getting out of your comfort zone.