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UPDATED DEC. 9

I make artwork out of found objects. My blog is below.

Learn more about me on the Intro page.

There's also a page about the new album by the Meat Puppets, and my artwork, shown above. The Gallery page has some examples of my scrap art through the years.

The Doodles page is a funky series from 2017.

Witches made to order and the Store has originals, t-shirts and posters for sale.

Contact me if you have any questions. Thanks!


Our Blog

An ongoing series of informational entries

New scrap art iBook available!

May 15, 2018

My first ebook, "Scrap Art Alphabet," is now available for download from iBooks. It's a quirky look at the alphabet with 46 illustrations made with found objects. Fun for all ages! See pages from the book and download it HERE.


Hackers destroyed my old site

May 16, 2018

Unfortunately, the site I've had for 8 years was destroyed by hackers to the point that my Web host refused entry. "Forbidden," it said. Thankfully, my wonderful daughter and her friend helped me recover the info while I hurriedly cobbled this together. It will take me a while to get everything back up to speed, but I hope it will be an improvement. Let me know what you think.

Scrap Art Alphabet posters | Store

May 17, 2018

NEW! If you've downloaded my ebook, "Scrap Art Alphabet," you know that the typeface and images lend themselves to a poster treatment. Any of these six versions would look awesome in a kid's room, den or bomb shelter.

16x20" – $20 each.

Not seeing a poster that you'd like? Lemme know and I'll design one.

May 22, 2018

During my last year as a newspaper features designer, I was very frustrated with the heavy production schedule and whenever I felt stressed out, I'd duck into a little room designated "Design Think Tank" and move these found objects around until a little story developed... they took under 15 minutes to assemble, they were totally disposable, they saved my sanity.

Parking lot scrap doodles

July 2, 2018

Recently, my computer hard drive shit the bed and while waiting for the repair shop to open, I found this handful of scraps in the parking lot. It always amazes me, the wonderful things at our feet, waiting to be discovered.

Video: On the hunt for cool stuff

July 3, 2018

George Arbogust, a local ecologist who promotes the creative recycling of found and discarded objects, made a short video back in May of my friend, Stephen Katz, and me looking for objects to turn into art at a Norfolk scrap yard. Check it out here.

Bix Beiderbecke poster & t-shirt | Store

Aug. 3, 2018

He only lived to be 28, but the legendary cornet player made a lasting impact on the jazz art form, especially in the way soloists improvise and create their own separate statements within the band. This scrap doodle is 6.5 x 8" and made of dug relics donated by my friends, Roy Bahls, Vicky Friedrichs.

Meat Puppets "Dusty Notes" | Order here

Dec. 11, 2018

I'm super thrilled to have my artwork adorn the new Meat Puppets album, "Dusty Notes," to be released March 8, 2019. My brother, Mark, and I grew up with Curt and Cris Kirkwood in Phoenix and we've followed the band's success. We've always been proud of them. We kept in touch. As luck would have it, drummer Derrick Bostrom found my artwork online through Curt, liked it and the next thing I knew, Curt was asking me to do some artwork for their new album. It's a dream come true for me. I remember conspiring with young Curt and working on art projects with him in the 4th grade. Amazing how life circles back around eventually. Order the new album. It's really terrific – soulful, poetic, universal, American music! Check out the "Meat Puppets" page to see the vinyl packaging.

Clearance sale | Store

March 17, 2019

My home studio is complete and I need to make room for future projects, which means everything in my collection is for sale at reduced prices. Please check out the Store page and let me know if anything interests you. I will be adding items in the coming weeks. Thank you!

"Buzz"

June 9, 2019

As the 50th anniversary of the moon landing approaches, I wanted to pay tribute to that incredible photo of Buzz Aldrin, taken by Neil Armstrong, with a few artistic liberties, of course. 3' x 4.5' - made of an old plastic TV frame, silver flute, military control panel, little blue marble and other found objects.

Goat

June 11, 2019


Mouse

June 11, 2019


Hog

June 11, 2019


Squirrel

June 11, 2019


Owl

June 11, 2019


Boy

June 11, 2019


Characters for a children's book

June 11, 2019

Here's a fun project I've been working on - a little fable about making mistakes, populated by creatures made out of dug relics and found objects. Here, the magpie, and below, her co-stars ...

Indian Chief

June 25, 2019

21x30" - Scrap art assemblage made of a roof turbine thingy, painted plywood sign fragment and a spoon. I had put this together facing the opposite direction - the plywood was blank - then, I turned it over and discovered what I missed! Always turn it over!

George Washington

July 4, 2019

Happy 4th! This was a commission several years ago, made of an old tennis racket, chair back, metal sign fragment and other unidentifiable found objects.

School Pageant

July 23, 2019

I've had this little child's Croc for a while and when I dumped out a large bin of plastic stuff onto my studio floor (I was searching for something in particular) inspiration hit me to put this doodle together.

Rush

July 24, 2019

Scrap art sculpture made of toothbrush, hay loft pulley, sling blade mounts, child's ironing board and other found objects. I carved the small, wooden hand with a Dremel. Oh, and it rolls...

Soap Carving

July 13, 2019

This sculpture, made of six pieces of found wood, was inspired by a soap carving my father made as a child of 8 or 9 back in the late 1930s.

E.T.

July 28, 2019

18"-tall freestanding assemblage made of flattened aerosol can, whiffle ball, softball core, sling blade, brass ice tongs, drift wood and other stuff. When I saw the aerosol can and the sling blade in perpendicular proximity, it reminded me of the wall-eyed alien.

Colin Kaepernick

July 30, 2019

22x34" – The ironing board fit perfectly inside the municipal trash can lid. The Little Tikes plastic bat is an exact replica of his nose. These portraits present themselves while I'm tinkering around and moving things together. 

Kitchen Witch

Aug. 6, 2019

This is my most recent commission – I create these hags to hang in your kitchen and protect you from mishap and injury. Each one is unique. This one is in the middle of her own "special" recipe, an incantation summoning up the souls of the damned.  See more examples here.

Step 4

Aug. 14, 2019

I traced the outline of the tin silhouette onto 3/8" plywood and cut it out with an electric saw. Next, I painted the hat area blue, added a green marble eye, pottery shard collar and toothpick teeth and glued-and-screwed the tin to the plywood and the plywood to the hitch. See the final piece, "Witch With a Hitch," here.

Step 3

Aug. 14, 2019

Once the tin sheet cured overnight, I used metal snips to cut out this retro witch silhouette . . .

Step 2

Aug. 14, 2019

I treated a large sheet of ceiling tin to arrest the rust and strengthen the metal. It's a product sold at most marine supply stores. It turns the brown rust color to a purple-black, which is fine for the silhouette I had in mind . . .

5 steps to make a witch: Step 1

Aug. 14, 2019

I found this beautiful, oak 19th-Century wagon hitch at a great salvage/antique store in Norfolk called, "Wood Fellas." This triggered an idea . . .

Rube Foster

Aug. 14, 2019

"Rube Foster, Father of Black Baseball," 34x34" – scrap art assemblage made of ceiling tin, wheel barrow handle, rubber ball, weathered plywood, license plate letters and a 1950s leather baseball glove. This started out as a generic old timer, but he looked like somebody. Sure enough, Rube Foster, who was a great pitcher, manager and entrepreneur of the Negro Leagues, presented himself as a dead ringer. I never know ahead of time how these things work out.

Lincoln, 1901

Sept. 18, 2019

34x27" – Scrap art assemblage of a post-mortem Lincoln inspired by the true account of the last living person to see Abraham Lincoln's face. Linwood Lindley was 13 years old on Sept. 26, 1901 when Lincoln's coffin was opened for the last time . . . read the story here.

Nice Doggy

Oct. 14, 2019

16x32" – This assemblage made of an ironing board, rakes and other found objects was accepted in the "Unconventional" exhibit at D'Art Center in Norfolk, featuring the work of scrap artists from over 30 states.

Creation

Oct. 14, 2019

24x24" – This parody of Michaelangelo's fresco, a self portrait, shows the artist and his source of inspiration - the natural beauty flitting all around us. This was entered in the juried exhibit at Dragonfly studios in Norfolk.

Cowboy and His Colt

Oct. 14, 2019

18x24" – Recently, a dear friend donated a bunch of old tools and other wonderments from a departed grandfather's work shed, including this very unusual hand saw. 

Beachcomber

Oct. 14, 2019

33x44" – This large assemblage is made completely of objects found on the Chesapeake Bay beach near Ft. Monroe and will be donated and auctioned at Hampton University Museum. The Seize the Bay Trash To Art Show, sponsored by the Hampton Waterways Restoration Project (HWRP) will raise money for Hampton University's Oyster Restoration program, supported by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Details to come soon.

Gingula

Oct. 14, 2019

16x27" – Halloween is upon us and I'm celebrating as I do every year - by making home decorations. Inspired by the weirdly painted driftwood, a redheaded vampire began to appear, which seems somehow very appropriate. I used a dustpan, goat mandible, paintbrush handle and decayed rubber ball.

Doughboy With Flamethrower

Oct. 17, 2019

33" tall assemblage made of Singer sewing machine treadle, old caulk gun, hinge, lightbulb cage, bread pan, auto clock, soap dish and other miscellaneous found objects. Inspired by the incredible documentary, "They Shall Not Grow Old." Check it out. Also, the 101st anniversary of the Armistice coming up on Nov. 11.

Ta-da!

Oct. 22, 2019

This assemblage is composed of a leather shoe upper found in a Suffolk creek, paintbrush, coat hook, wrench and other magical, found objects.

Don't give up

Oct. 28, 2019

During a recent visit to Athens, GA, I was given a beautiful wooden 5" square with the assignment to illustrate the idea of "Resilience" for a wonderful local art project. Here is my entry. Find out more at imaginationsquared.org.

Steer

Nov. 10, 2019

This freestanding assemblage is made of a 1936 Arizona license plate, various metal things, wooden tool handles and a typewriter key arm.

Television Indian

Dec. 9, 2019

3'x5'9" – Scrap art assemblage made of a television frame, roof fan, sign fragment and other found objects.