What comes after Po-Po-Mo?


Happy 2015 To you, Happy Birthday To Me!

Without checking, I’m pretty sure that the last time I was here typing was a year ago, when I had a show at The Goodfoot. I wrote entries throughout my process of painting for that show. I’m here again, because it’s that time. Thursday Feb 26 is the opening for a 4 artist group show and I will be one of the featured creators. I’ve always loved showing at The Goodfoot and it’s been a key element in my last decade as an artist. For me, it exists as an environment and community, more than just a structure that has cool art shows, pool, pinball, craft beers, music concerts and amazing chicken strips. I wish that I’d been more consistant in my blogging entries, because there have been a lot of great shows happening there, and at other venues, that I experienced during 2014. But…I didn’t, so here we are starting fresh…sort of.

Here’s something new: I made a website for the series of volcanoes from last year (There will be more). This year, I finished 26 new pieces for The Goodfoot show. I put the final touches on them on my birthday, which was on Monday. It was a satisfying day.


That’s what the content is for my series that is opening at The Goodfoot. It’s really and extension of my inspiration from classic Japanese woodblock prints. I wanted to do more samurai last year and just didn’t have enough time. It’s all part of a bigger picture that I’ll get into later. For now, I’ll just start sharing some images.


Transferring small study with pen and ink into larger format brush and ink illustration.

Transferring small study with pen and ink into larger format brush and ink illustration.

Ink on Paper

Ink on Paper

Pen and Ink

Pen and Ink

Ronin Study Pen and Ink with Watercolor

Ronin Study
Pen and Ink with Watercolor


April Fools Day [no foolin!] Art Opening, Comic Book Style!

Art Opening    Something Special for Comics Month!

Date: Friday April First
Time: 6pm-Midnight
Venue: The Globe
Address: 2045 SE Belmont St.  Portland, Or   97214
Closes: April 28, 2011

Sci-Fi / Fantasy Paintings, and Comicbook Illustration Originals by Portland artists.

Matthew Clark (Original Comicbook Cover Art)
Alan Bennett (Original Comicbook Scratchboard Art)
John Gajowski (Original Paintings and Illustration)
Sam Arneson (Original Paintings and Illustration)

All artists are Portland Locals.

Matthew Clark has been working for DC comics exclusively for the past 5 years, where he has worked on many titles including Outsiders, Crime Bible: The Five Lessons of Blood, Final Crisis: Submit, Supergirl, and Tangent: Superman’s Reign. Matthew is currently working on the latest version of the Doom Patrol. Clark has worked for Marvel on such titles as Inhumans and War of Kings Saga, and on other titles such as Vampirella and Felon.

Alan Bennett is a motivated self starter and DIY comic artist and publisher. He maintains production of multiple indy titles such as Johnny Vega and Corpse Cop and is highly influenced by sci-fi movies of the fifties and sixties. Bennett uses non traditional methods in his comic illustration, storyboarding on post-its and using a wacom digital drawing tablet to produce color panels without linework. In a contrasting technique, Alan renders other books with scratchboard alone, pulling all of his imagery out of black surface. This technique has developed into stand-alone pieces and his gallery art shows.

John Gajowski is an Illustrator. He feels that all things must die!….and then come back to life! Rendering horror and doom is one of his specialties, often in ink and watercolor. You’ll also find his name on zombie comics, artistic interpretations of classic video games and homages to the original A-Team.

Sam Arneson is a painter of fantastic creatures and places, often merging the two in surreal living landscapes with a painterly realism. His narratives question the relationships between humans, animals and the earth, sometimes with a surreal twist. His imaginary places appear to be part of a bigger story, a movie, or pages from epic sci-fi or fantasy novels. He is also a live painter, muralist and cartoonist.

I’m the curator. I’ve curated inside Cadenza Academy (21st and Clinton) and Chance of Rain Cafe (on 32nd and Hawthorne). My immersion on the local art scene provides a great wealth or resources for artistic talent. My goal with The Globe art shows is to provide high quality themed exhibitions with hand selected artists in this beautiful space. The openings at The Globe will be an extension of the monthly motifs, I’ll be booking appropriate musicians for the events and adjusting the ambiance accordingly.

The Globe is still within their first year of operation and the space has hosted several less successful restaurants but has maintained a reputation as a beautiful space for showing artwork, with a long main wall, high ceilings and loads of natural light through the front glass walls and glass roll up doors. The front bar area and stage area in the back, each have their own lounge alcoves with somewhat more intimate vibes. Their beer taps are carefully selected and rotate local micros (not the typical Oregon stuff, but real Portland beers made fresh!). Also, the food is exceptional; their pizza recently received a great review in Cheap Eats and the Lumpia is something special.

The Globe provides live music every night with no cover ever! The First Friday opening in April will feature a combination of analog and digital dj’s and live tunes from members of Eleven Eyes, Amadan, and Surrounded by Ninjas.


We are approaching the final two weeks of the current show at The Globe. It has been a hit and we held it over for another month. I have artwork up; however, I’m also the curator (isn’t that convenient?).  The other featured artists are Hans Fuson and David Walker. The opening night was super fun and you can check out Hans’ photos here.

I’ve been wanting to show Hans Fuson’s work for a while! He makes some amazing lightbox creations that merge various technologies. He utilizes old-school and contemporary sign-illumination techniques, such as internal and external neon and LED lights. The imagery is created with techniques ranging from hand painted and hand-cut vinyl to high-tech digital photo-transparencies.  Most of these fine art pieces are priced lower than a generic sign for your quickie mart, using the same technology (priced nicely). The glow from the neon and LED has such an impact, lighting the artwork from within and accenting every reflective surface in the room with subtle hints of color.

Thematically, Hans leans toward natural shapes and imagery. These digitally manipulated flowers, lit with electronics, and organic abstracts with Tron-like glow all suggest the merging of nature and technology.

I included circuit board artwork that was created for the Manor of Art at Milepost five, a couple Summers ago. These vinyl circuitry patterns are manipulated from actual circuit-board photos and reduced to vector art, mirrored and repeated. The effect is that they are possibly hand cut (actually cut by computer guided plotter) and hint at woodcuts, weavings, and woodgrain. Additional images of embryonic babies, wired into motherboards, suggest that maybe computers are learning how to be more human. Maybe humans are acting more like computers.

Tying it together, we have five paintings by David Walker. I like to call these Circuit-trees. They are exactly that, evergreens painted with the pattern of so many interwoven circuits and roots wired into the ground. These are the thematic link. Technology becoming Nature.

This show is hanging thru March, at The Globe (2045 SE Belmont, Portland, OR).

Crushed at the Goodfoot!

Art Show: Goodfoot. (Portland, OR)

Showing now through March.

I’m excited to have a featured show at the The Goodfoot. Curated by Jason Brown (and Chris Haberman), it is one of my favorite art venues in Portland. I’ve been a fan of the Goodfoot Lounge since they opened ten years ago, enjoying the live music in what some have called “Portland’s Livingroom”. The upstairs, however, is a few years newer, more spacious with high ceilings, and ample wall space. The reputation as “an artist hang-out” seems appropriate; it’s definitely one of my hot-spots.

This show features Adam Sheppard, Johnny Tragedy, Tripper Dungan, and Joel Barber (That’s Me). Although, our themes and styles vary, we all sure like to use color! My contributions include my “Interface(redux)” series, which was finished moments before the show opened, and a recent series that I call “Just Add Water“. It’s satisfying for me to show these two series together, as they represent abstractions of two elemental subject matters: landscape and the figure.

This is a paragraph from the artist statement for the show:

Joel’s work has often paired mechanical techniques and graphic design style with painterly texture, and natural material such as woodgrain. The influence of pop culture, graffiti art, and graphic design affect his interpretations of traditional landscape and figure. Visually, Barber dwells in the area where there is an oscillation between the paint on the surface and the image contained within.