“Croc” – Acrylics on Woodboard

September 3rd, 2013 in Japanese,Paintings

croc In an ongoing effort to take what-usually-are North American subjects (Like Crocodiles) and paint them with the distinct Japanese attitude. This next piece was done with acrylics on a wood board. It features the profile of the head and a lotus to the left. The mission was to capture an extreme intensity in the eyes that is often portrayed in Japanese styles.

“Afghan Buddha” One in a series – Acrylic on Canvas

June 3rd, 2013 in Japanese,Paintings


“Wisdom cannot be imparted. Wisdom that a wise man attempts to impart always sounds like foolishness to someone else … Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.”  -Siddhartha

“Peacock” Painting acrylics on canvas 28in x 18in

January 4th, 2013 in Japanese,Paintings

A Japanese style animal painting of a Peacock. This piece was done over the course of days but required weeks of brainstorming. Done with a wispy almost water-color like back drop. Look at the gallery below to see the steps I took in creating this painting:

“Feast” An Original Japanese Gore Style Acrylic Painting

September 6th, 2011 in Japanese,Paintings

An ode to the traditional gory japanese prints, this painting titled “Feast” features a severed man’s head with a crow feasting on it’s fine flesh. 24in x 18in on canvas stretched on a wooden frame. For sale @ Etsy $95.

“Swan” Painting

February 16th, 2010 in Japanese,Paintings

A very traditional styled acrylic painting of a Swan and flowers, finished with gold leaf.


September 10th, 2009 in Paintings

New painting called “Pride”, has been a while since I last painting but this is a good start to getting back in the game

Traditional American Pin-up

June 17th, 2009 in Flash,Paintings

new painting done in water color, my first of many to come. I plan to start doing paintings and offering them up for free over my blog as flash designs. Here is the first of many, the banner was left blank for that purpose.

“Raijin” The God of thunder and lightning

March 4th, 2009 in Japanese,Paintings

Raijin is a demon who is found in Japan’s religion of Shintoism. When Buddhism arrived in Japan, Raijin and Fuji (The God of Wind) was adopted as well as many other Shinto icons into Buddhism. Raijin bangs on a massive drum to form thunder.

“Solace” Buddha painting

March 4th, 2009 in Japanese,Paintings

This is a painting of a Buddha (Thai Buddha influenced) surrounded by three Lotus flowers, to represent the Buddha’s purity. I intended the buddha to be a statue more so than a person.

Shi-Jin’s Dragon 1 of 9

February 10th, 2009 in Japanese,Paintings

This is a painting of one of 9-Dragons Shi-Jin’s dragons. Okay let me explain if you’ve never read “Water Margin”, a classical Chinese Folktale from around the 16th century. In the story there is a character named Shi-Jin, also known as “Nine-Dragons Shi-Jin” because of the 9 dragons tattooed all over his body. I wanted to do 9 paintings of dragons in dedication of Shi-Jin and what those dragons within his body suit of tattoos would look like.

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