the art

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My medium is digital art.

My art is mostly a mixture of fountain pen ink on 3×5 note cards. The result is scanned or photographed and digitally manipulated with free and open source tools like the pixel-pushing Gnu Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) or the vector-based workhorse Inkscape.

More recently I’ve been experimenting by using photographs rather than ink as a starting point. This has led me directly to GREYC’s Magic for Image Computing (G’MIC), an amazing plugin for GIMP, that allows further digital manipulation. I’m typically overlaying another photograph in this recent series and manipulating them to the point that their original state is obscured.

I also create graphics, outline and edit narratives, and structure stories to create meaningful (and beautiful) pitch decks, direct, no-bullshit presentations, and macro-level infographics to tell stories for non-profits, for profits, and FLOSS.


Meaning in art is left to the viewer.

That said―On a personal level

I create non-representational art in a fluid process that starts with no particular goal in mind. Typically these are vague ideas that are joined by some common, non-representational visual theme. As such, they tend to be released in collections―or sets―and are best experienced as such. Aesthetic considerations are the sole value here and those considerations are mine alone (i.e. you might not like them and that’s okay).

On a professional level

When a particular meaning is desired, I work to orient the elements toward that meaning. Extraneous elements proceed directly to the trash bin―a non-benevolent God murdering Isaac and telling Abraham about it later (and only if he asks). In general, I work best with large, amorphous stories that are hard to contextualize and explain. I then work to make them simple. The end state is that the presenter is a wizard and the meaning presented is a clear win.