it's dark in here

Art ain't always light and bright. There are dark representations throughout. Whatever the theme: gritty, macabre, somber, disturbing, inappropriate or dark humor, whatever the reason, it obviously carries an appeal. Wander through this somewhat inky gallery. Just remember to turn the light on when you leave.

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The inspiration for this piece came after hearing the Billy Idol song of the same name. And I thought, 'how apropos for 2020'. Which will go down in history as the year noses and mouths became a mystery. This image, along with 5 others, is part of The Sketchie Beast's 2020 Vision Series featuring the ascerbic art of Covid.

EYES WITHOUT A FACE 
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FIGUREHEAD

Meet 'Figurehead'...my weathered romantic beauty who will guide you to safe harbor. Or drag you through the shoals, depending on your charted course. Figurehead uses 40+ texture and effects layers to give her a well- weathered look. Take the journey, she's waiting.

CLEANING HOUSE

This piece was inspired by something as mundane as cleaning out my closets and cupboards. Cleaning House can be interpreted one of two ways; sucking out the clutter of manipulated thought to prepare fertile ground for truth and beauty to thrive OR providing a clean space in which to house more crap. Let the beholder decide.   

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HOOKED

One of three pieces created for a Halloween series, Hooked is 35  layers of a dark little whimsy. The underwater hues and splashes of crimson are a quite fitting palette for this unfortunate sea creature who's been hooked in a most unfortunate manner, and where escaping the pull of dry land will prove to be a mite uncomfortable.

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MURDER WITHIN MURDER

From horror movies to music to art, October is a month made for dark themes, as long as one doesn't take them too seriously. And far be it from an artist born in October to pass up an opportunity. Such as this piece, the second feature of my Halloween series created especially for that October vibe.  

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PUGILISTIC TENDENCIES

This nocturnal urban creature and his pugilistic tendencies are symbolic of the fighting spirit, something very prevalent in today's society. It represents battle; for good or bad, choosing your battles, and being prepared to duke it out when battle presents itself. For this piece I added pencil-sketched details. A technique that's new to my developing repertoir.

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DEAD SNOW ZOMBIES

Despite the reign of the Nazi regime being quite repulsive, it's bizzarely kept alive through the decades. From best-selling books to movies, it's a dark dot on 20th century history that nightmares are made of. This piece was created from a screen shot of the movie 'Dead Snow Zombies'. If you thought Nazis were scary in their corporeal state, the flesh-eating undead ones are more so.  

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MONDAY NOIR

This piece is pure noir...a little edgy, a lot dark, the crying female pure pulp with her nose and mascara running freely. And since Monday is a day that’s universally disliked (recall the song I Don’t Like Mondays by the Boomtown Rats), it’s a day made for noir, and as with all noir, this piece is not for the socially sensitive. 

Monday Noir was featured in the Pop Culture & Trashy art exhibition hosted by ShockBoxx Gallery, Hermosa Beach CA / October - November 2021