Thursday, September 25, 2014

Featured Piece: Dexed

Dexed: Acrylic on Canvas, 2010

12" x 16"

This is a piece that I painted during my active addiction to Dextromethorphan (also called DXM). For those who don't know, Dextromethorphan is a drug used in cough suppressants, which, when taken at high doses, produces a dissociative effect most similar to drugs such as Ketamine (Special K) and PCP. Without going into too much gory detail, it strongly distorts your perception of reality. Most DXM users take it recreationally, but when I began taking it at age 19, it set in motion a near-fatal spiral of addiction.

The painting includes an artistic rendering of a DXM molecule. The girl in the corner is me as I perceived myself during the high. I felt dirty and lost, but I could not stop, no matter how hard I tried. I fought for a long time, going back time and time again, overdosing and landing myself in the hospital no less than a dozen times over the next 7 years.

In 2010, I went to rehab, but relapsed over and over. Finally, I was able and willing to get the help I needed. I have been clean since February 12, 2013, and have no desire to return to that life. This painting is a reminder of all I endured, and the damage I caused to myself and everyone around me. I am grateful every day that I am clean. It is truly a miracle.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Gallery 1

Here is a list of Artwork that is finished and available as of the date of this blog post. For questions, comments, and inquiries, please contact me at

Anthurium (2008)

Babe at the Breast (2008)

Very Internet Narwhal (2014)

Bird of Paradise (2008)

Dare to Adore (2014)

Dexed (2010)

Chasing the Dragon (2010)

Grow (2014)

Huachuca Landscape (2008)

Huachuca Mountains (2008)

Jubilee (2013)

Lady Macabre (2013)

Lone Cherry Blossom (2009)

Lost (2009)

Lust in Primaries (2014)

Mountainside Escape (2010)

On the Rocks (2013)

Petalsplash (2009)

Rainbow Eucalyptus (2014)

Sage Moon Blood (2009)

She's Got Secrets (2009)

Sky's the Limit (2014)

Slivers of Souls (2010)

Steampunk Girls (2012)

Waterfalls (2009)