Artwork > Eye Tattooed America

As a child riding the street cars of Chicago in the summer with my mother, my eyes would seek out the bare arms of male riders with daggered-skulls, snake-entwined ladies, sinking ships, and scrolls announcing "Remember Pearl Harbor," "Guadalcanal," or "Death Before Dishonor." As a teenager, I tattooed myself (and others) using india ink and thread-wrapped needles.

Years later, those tattoos, and some acquired in the navy, would be covered up by Buddy McFall and Dale Grande, who worked from my new and much more sophisticated tattoo designs.

By 1993, when Ed Hardy put together a nation-wide tattoo exhibit at Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, of professional tattooists artists who also did fine art, I was included. That show was a catalysis for my work as a painter.

2017
Maiden and Sailor, undated
Acrylic on panel
30" x 14"
2015
U.S.S. Arizona (undated)
Acrylic on panel
2015
Untitled [undated]
Acrylic on panel
2015
Untitled [undated]
Acrylic on panel
2015
Untitled  [undated]
Acrylic on panel
2015
Table
Mixed media
30" x 15" x 28"
2015
(Tattooing sign)
Acrylic on panel
2015
(Tattoo sign)
Acrylic on panel
2015
(Tattoo painting)
acrylic on panel
2015
Tattoo painting
acrylic on panel
14 x 18
2015
Sex
Acrylic on panel
2015
Saipan
2015
Earth and Water
acrylic on panel
12" x 22"
1994
Ecce Homo
acrylic on panel
16" x 20"
1994
Lonely Ocean
acrylic and photo on panel
14" x 22"
1994
Figi Dreams
acrylic and photo on panel
16" x 20"
1993
Tattooed Nun
acrylic on panel
18" x 12"
1997
Jungle Girl
acrylic and photo on panel
16" x 20"
1993
Foot and Dagger
acrylic on panel
16" x 12"
1993
Arm and Snake
acrylic on panel
24" x 8"
1993
Martyr
acrylic on panel
16" x 20"
1993
The Devil is in the Handshake
acrylic on panel
10" x 18"
1993
Daggered-Head
acrylic on panel
18" x 10"
1993