People love to share their stories and every bride wants to have an engagement story to share. The heart behind this piece is finding that one special woman who you fall head over heels in love with, and giving her the gift of an amazing proposal story that every time she shares it she feels love and honored.
Some days can take a crazy turn and leave you asking at the end of the day, “How in the world did I end up here?”. One Mother’s Day, years ago I had one of those crazy days. Long story short, I ended up visiting the ER twice and having surgery 2 days later.
The heart of this piece is the feeling you get when you get to take care of the one you love. One of my favorite parts about being married is finding that special someone you love to take care of. My wife Chrysti takes amazing care of myself and our two sons. Every single day through her actions she always makes sure we feel loved. We are so blessed by her!
The heart of this piece is simply spending time together with the love of your life! One of my favorite ways to relax is cuddling on the couch with my wife Chrysti, drinking something some fun, talking and watching TV. And no matter where we are on the couch, we always have to be touching feet- there must be contact :)
I still remember my last first kiss with my amazing wife Chrysti. It was 1987 and the first time we went out on a “kind of” date. I was a senior and she was a junior at Air Academy high school. I couldn’t wait until the weekend to go out with her, so I asked if she wanted to go to “help night” at school on a school night. Help Nights were when students could meet up with teachers at the school library at night to get help on schoolwork. We spent hours that night talking and laughing and getting to know each other.
The story behind this piece is about where I’ve personally found tremendous joy in my life. Starting back in my teens, I discovered that I loved believing that anything was possible and going after my dreams in life. As I’ve gotten older, I can look back now and see how God has been leading me all through my life by planting dreams in my heart to go after. I REALLY come alive when I go after my dreams. It’s how I’m wired.
‘Superhero’ Every guy wants to be a superhero for his girl! This piece was inspired by that desire and based on a recent evening visiting art galleries. My wife and I, and our close friends Scott and Jenn, love visiting art galleries downtown on the first Friday night of each month to support local artists. It’s called “First Friday”.
The story behind ‘Perfect Pair’ is based off of the many times my beautiful wife asks me to help her pick out shoes before we go rushing out the door. Usually all the shoes are the same color and look almost identical to me. And even if the shoe I suggest is the “wrong shoe” it helps her narrow down her choices until she picks that one perfect pair.
‘Swept Away’ I believe every person’s heart desires to be swept away in the arms of the person they love. When I was animating for Disney, we had a swing dancing craze hit the studio where everyone was learning how to swing dance. My wife Chrysti and I had a lot of fun learning swing dancing with all our friends. Around the same time Disney had just finished building its latest cruise ship and was offering everyone in Disney Feature Animation some amazing discounts to try it out. So Chrysti and I, and several of our good friends, took an amazing cruise to the Bahamas.
“Treasured Memories” I have fond memories of growing up with these two, wood carved MCM cat statues, my mom had collected. I now own a set of Sexton cats and I love them! They look very similar to the cats in the painting. Whenever I see them now, they instantly transport me back to that little kid who fell in love with their design...
My newest painting in the Encounter Series is called ‘Liberty’. To me, the Statue of Liberty is an awesome reflection of God’s love and what He desires for us to experience in life! At times we all get oppressed. But I believe He came to give us liberty and freedom from all oppression. In my life I have experienced Him giving me freedom in so many areas! Freedom from pain, sickness, sadness, emotional wounds, insecurities, fear, hopelessness...
“Beautiful Chaos”. I don’t know you about you, but I am totally a creature of habit. I love routine! I thrive in it! I love the feeling of being in control of what’s happening in my life. I’m WAY more at peace and happy when my life is going exactly how I “planned it”. Right?!?! BUT... sometimes my life gets totally chaotic, out-of-control and messy! That’s what this painting is about. Sometimes life is like the shoes in this painting, getting turned around, flipped on their sides with tangled up laces in a swirl of out of control messiness!
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"Peace" If you’re needing peace today, my heart is that you get it! As I’ve been working on this scooter painting the one word I kept feeling repeat over and over again is “peace”. I’m not sure why a painting of a scooter made me think about this story, but I feel like I’m supposed to share it with you. Even though this all took place almost 25 years ago I remember it like it was yesterday.
I’m really excited to share my latest painting in my gallery titled “One of a Kind” and the story behind it. I was six years old when my parents bought me my first pair of black Converse low top shoes. Even at six I remember thinking these are the most amazing shoes I had ever seen. I loved how the dark black canvas looked and made the white toe piece, white stitching and white laces really pop! I loved the painted black lines that wrapped around the soles of the shoe and how they even had little metal open circles for laces and ventilation. I loved the logo on the tongue with that iconic star! I wondered who created them so perfect!
This is a sketch of my newest piece called “Joy”. The story behind this piece is about where I’ve personally found the most joy in my life. Starting back in my teens, I discovered that I loved believing that anything was possible and going after my dreams in life. As I’ve gotten older, I can look back now and see how God has been leading me all through my life by planting dreams in my heart to go after. I REALLY come alive when I go after my dreams. It’s how I’m wired. But what really fills my heart with “Joy” is going after them with my best friend and wife, Chrysti!
SUPER excited to announce Scooter’s Mid Mod Shindig, a VIP art collecting event, happening June 13th in Denver, Colorado! It will be an extraordinary evening of art, food and storytelling and I’d love for you to join me! For more info and to request an invite head over to my events page!
Let’s be honest, sometimes $h*t gets real! Last week was the anniversary of the last brain surgery my youngest son, Titus had. He’s had 4 brain surgeries total. For my wife Chrysti and I, we can honestly say it’s been THE hardest thing we’ve walked through. There’s been pain, despair, hopelessness turned to hope and miracle after miracle.
Today, I’m super grateful. This last Friday I was so blown away by some amazing people that came out to the Art 111 Gallery, not just to view my art, but specifically to get a chance to talk to me. They were the nicest people and so encouraging and excited to meet me. I felt extremely humbled and had so much gratitude at how nice everyone was. It truly made my night and it made me feel very grateful to be doing what I’m doing.
This past weekend I took my family on a trip to South Dakota to visit Mount Rushmore and a few other sites. We stayed in Custer and I remembered hearing about the Bedrock City that was there when I was a kid.
I wanted to share my latest piece with you called "Nani ele' ele anu" (a.k.a. Pretty Black Cat) It's a 33x83" acrylic painting on stained Birch wood, float mounted in a 2" deep black wooden frame, and is available in the gallery now.
Just finished “Mister Peepers” an original acrylic painting on Birchwood. This one has some sentimental value for me. My senior year of high school I lived with my best friend Chris Weber and his AMAZING family in Colorado Springs. Growing up my family had 2 Siamese cats, but the Weber’s had lots of pets!
As I said in my last blog, I’ve had a hankering lately for doing some Colorado specific pieces. I finished off the holiday with 'Atomic Ski Bunny' and I love how it turned out. Before Thanksgiving I created a piece based on the iconic “Colorado Spaceship House”. Anyone who's ever driven up to the mountains on I-70 from Denver knows exactly where this house is. The Sculptured House, also known as the Sleeper House, is a distinctive elliptical curved house, built on Genesee Mountain in 1963 by architect Charles Deaton. It has been featured in many movies and television shows, but most notably in the 1973 Woody Allen sci-fi comedy movie “Sleeper”. It's always been a personal fav of mine!
I’ve had a hankering lately for doing some Colorado specific pieces. Living in Colorado Springs, and having grown up here for a large portion of my life, I’ve been totally inspired by the mountains, skiing, lodges and chalets, and the mountain lifestyle in general. So, I’ve begun working on a collection of pieces with those elements in mind, and of course with a retro, mid century twist.
This was my very first robot painting from eight years ago. Hard to believe it’s been that long. When I first started painting robots, for me, it was all about the size. I just wanted to see big robots on big canvas. I will always try to make them as wide and as tall as I can, but because of the materials I use I’m slightly limited. This robot is called “Lunch in The Big City” and is 2 ½ ft X 8 ft on MDF Panel Board. I use the MDF because of its completely smooth surface and it helps give me the look I want for the robots.
I have always loved robots! I remember when I was a little kid in the second grade, and we were moving from Colorado to Oklahoma and my parents told each of us kids that we could only take one toy with us on the car trip there. I chose to take my black Rotate-O-Matic Super Astronaut Robot. The whole torso spun around and it’s chest opened up with machine guns inside and they would light up and make cool shooting sounds. It was seriously the coolest toy ever! Man, I wish I still had it today. I guess that’s where my love of robots began and I still collect them today.
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