‘Three: An Endless Story’

48″ x 36″

Acrylic on Canvas

A choice to be made among suitors?  A love triangle?  Or something perfectly innocent?  Oh, the drama!

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Art by Carlos Aleman

‘Thoughts and Dreams’

24″ x 24″

Mixed Media on Canvas

An allegorical painting of one character, lost in thought, and another, trancelike and liberated from the concerns for reality.

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‘Tyger Tyger Burning Bright’

48″ x 24″

Acrylic on Canvas

Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
—William Blake

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‘Eternal Board’

16″ x 20″

Acrylic on Canvas

The Samurai, every bit as spiritual and disciplined as a monk, speeds past the heat and cold to meet destiny.

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‘Texting the Dragon’

Diptych, 48″ x 24″

Acrylic on Canvas

The yin traveler, absorbed by her mobile device, somehow connects with the mythical symbol of yang.

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‘Return of Samurai Kitty’

30″ x 40″

Acrylic on Canvas

I did a painting called Samurai Kitty about ten years ago, so this one is a redux —something out of an Akira Kurosawa flick.

 

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‘Spyglass Hero’

48″ x 24″

Acrylic on Canvas

The ultimate act of observation, going straight to the prefrontal cortex—proof of mighty otaku awesomeness!

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‘Love, Hot as Lava’

16″ x 20″

Acrylic on Canvas

The Shōjo heroine leaps past lava, hot coals, and into the uncertainty of the forest, overtaken by the power of love.

 

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‘The Explorers’

48″ x 24″

Acrylic on Canvas

Inspired by Chinese landscape painting and Japanese mahō shōjo (magical girl) anime and manga.
The young protagonist nears a village with her feline friends.

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‘Little Red Ronin’

12″ x 24″

Acrylic on Canvas

The day this Onna-Bugeisha (a female samurai) became a ronin (a wandering samurai who had no lord or master).

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‘On the Edge’

30″ x 30″

Acrylic on Canvas

Despite my fear of heights, I’ve got to admit that some of my peak experiences were literally on top of mountains.
The anime protagonist surveys the chasm under the cherry blossoms, expressing this feeling of
being on top of the world and right up to the edge of life.

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‘Convergence’

48″ x 24″

Acrylic on Canvas

Inspired by Japanese anime, the yin and yang forces meet in an epic discovery to claim magical knowledge.

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‘Moonlight Lillies’

48″ x 24″

Acrylic on Canvas

The protagonist and her fur babies meditate upon the lilly pond.  I think I feel a children’s book coming.

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‘Hokusai: Dreams of Super Mecha’

24″ x 30″

Acrylic on Canvas

What can be a more convincing sign that you are in serious otaku mode than contemplating a glorious super mecha?

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‘Arrival of the Cosplayers’

48″ x 24″

Acrylic on Canvas

There’s a fine line between anime and cosplay, especially when silhouettes are involved.  (I like silhouettes.
They’re like reading a novel and using your imagination to visualize the characters)  These adventures have stopped to explore a bit.
Who knows what fun, mayhem, and epic excitement will ensue…

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‘The Stars are Waiting’

12″ x 36″

Acrylic on Canvas

The heroine has much on her mind, the night full of possibilities.

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‘Beyond Comicon’

48″ x 24″

Acrylic on Canvas

My longtime love of Chinese landscape painting and the type of people that one meets
at a comics and anime convention inspired this work on canvas.

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Art by Carlos Aleman

‘A Kaiju for You’

12″ x 24″

Acrylic on Canvas

Time freezes as the great kaiju is about to blast away with a heat ray and as his foot is about to pound the earth beneath.

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‘Primal Scream Therapy’

36″ x 36″

Mixed Media on Canvas

This is my attempt to capture the high-energy hijinks of Japanese anime,
combining the ancient with the contemporary.

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‘Lanterns’

48″ x 24″

Acrylic on Masonite

There are times when things start looking dark, but big beautiful lanterns appear to light the way.
Be grateful for all the things that keep you going. Hope, inspiration, and benevolence in a seemingly uncaring world do exist.
Some of our friends are angels in disguise. And some people that we will never meet have
nourished or healed our souls beyond what they’ll ever know. Thanks to all.

 

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‘Dreamy Vigilance’

18″ x 24″

Acrylic on Canvas

An onna-bugeisha, prepared for battle, unable to distinguish a dreamscape from reality.

 

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‘Temple of the Golden Pavilion’

48″ x 24″

Mixed Media on Canvas

This painting is a tribute to Kohei Horikoshi, Koyoharu Gotouge, and many other Japanese anime and manga artists.
I juxtaposed silhouettes with the Kinkaku-ji temple in Kyoto.

 

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‘Nunchuck Tom the Terminator’

16″ x 20″

Acrylic on Canvas

A fearsome fighter, Nunchuck Tom the Terminator seeks to end the villainous reign of a warrior clan with his unstoppable hands.

 

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‘Are They Like Us?’

30″ x 40″

Acrylic on Canvas

I used a mixture of acrylic brushstrokes and drips to create textures and forms and then try to imagine anime characters inhabiting the space.
The individuals are inspired by Kohei Horikoshi and the vocaloid, Hatsune Miku

 

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‘Lake Sonnet’

12″ x 36″

Acrylic on Canvas

A slightly theatrical and Art Nouveau depiction of an anime heroine, possibly reciting Shakespeare.

 

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‘The Other Side of Dystopia’

48″ x 24″

Acrylic on Canvas

A strange dream (say no more, say no more…).

 

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‘Broken Ladder’

40″ x 30″

Acrylic on Canvas

The ladder has just fallen away and is out of reach of our hero.  Will this be the last exploration to the heights of the world?
Or does such a sublime ascent forever conquer the depths?

 

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‘Almost Lonely, but Happy’

10″ x 20″

Mixed Media on Canvas

Mostly acrylic painting with black lines with alcohol-based markers.
I thought of a painting by Andrew Wyeth, Albert’s Son, in which the subject seemed remarkably lonely.

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