Viewing entries tagged


Ruff Neck - Snoop (Levi Robinson)

20130905-112245.jpg Title: “Ruff Neck ” Image Size: 5” x 5” Framed Size: 10" x 10" Signed & Titled: Yes Number: 1/100 Original Painting: Sells for $150 on Bristol

If you've noticed I like to close the eyes of my characters. I think subliminally, this was something that I picked up from Ernie Barnes. As I've learned more about him, I heard and read him state that he closes the eyes as a symbolic gesture to demonstrate man's inability to see one another's humanity (I'm paraphrasing). For me...that's not it at all...and I've been doing this since before I can remember. The reason I do it is because I've always felt that we experience moments more deeply when we perceive them rather than see them. I've always felt like my characters appear to be completely engaged in whatever it is that they're doing in that space and in that moment in time. See with your mind not with your eyes...that's my new mantra.

And that's that.

To purchase visit my shop at The Colorful Life of Snoop.






Ernie Barnes: A Modern American Master

20130819-234001.jpgThis is head and shoulders my favorite artist. Several reasons besides the fact that he's a wizard at his craft. First, I grew up on his work. For those who are unfamiliar, this painting entitled "Sugar Shack" was the signature piece for the 1970's sitcom "Good Times." All of the paintings with the exception of the Jesus painting that appeared on the Evans' living room wall were Barnes pieces. There was nothing cooler than the episodes when JJ (Jimmie Walker) who was playing the role of a young aspiring artist in the Housing Projects of Chicago, would reveal a new piece. You can see Barnes' influence in a lot of the artwork of contemporary favorites like Charles Bibbs, Justin Bua, and Frank Morrison. Another reason he sits at the top of my list is that he and his daughter attended the same university that my wife and I did our undergraduate study... North Carolina Central University in Durham. This is my man! Love him too, or I'm coming to find you. Ha You can view more of his artwork at: