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"Can you keep a secret? I’m trying to organize a prison break. I’m looking for, like, an accomplice. We have to first get out of this bar. Then the hotel, then the city, and then the country. Are you in or you out?"
Lost in Translation (2003)

A portrait on display at my cinema-inspired solo show MOMENTS, which opened June 7th at NYC's Bottleneck Gallery.

Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation is a very beautiful and subtle film, another one of my all-time favorites! I first saw it when I was in high school and it totally went over my head, but I saw it again a few years later and blew my mind! Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson are just spectacular, it's my favorite performance by Scarlett. Digital painting from references, Adobe Photoshop + Cintiq 21UX tablet.
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"The truth is… you’re the weak, and I’m the tyranny of evil men. But I’m trying, Ringo. I’m trying real hard to be the shepherd."
Pulp Fiction (1994)

A portrait on display at my cinema-inspired solo show MOMENTS, which opened June 7th at NYC's Bottleneck Gallery.

This is my favorite scene from Quentin Tarantino's classic Pulp Fiction - just so powerful! I love when his famous non-linear storylines come full circle. Digital painting from references sta.sh/029ab9b3bvkw, Adobe Photoshop + Cintiq 21UX tablet.
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"I’ll wait for you. 5:00 at the station. Every day. Until you come."
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

A portrait on display at my cinema-inspired solo show MOMENTS, which opened June 7th at NYC's Bottleneck Gallery.

Latika, from favorite scene from Slumdog Millionaire... when the tinkly music starts and she looks up and sees Jamal and smiles...! The flashback at the beginning really nails it too. Digital painting from references, Adobe Photoshop + Cintiq 21UX tablet.
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"The magician… takes the ordinary something and makes it into something extraordinary."
The Prestige (2006)

A portrait on display at my cinema-inspired solo show MOMENTS, which opened June 7th at NYC's Bottleneck Gallery. (It was last Friday! The rain was TORRENTIAL, but thank you to everyone who braved the tropical storm and showed up anyway!)

This was inspired by Tesla's lightbulbs in Nolan's The Prestige. Not a big or important scene but somehow I remembered it the most - it was just an ethereal moment. Painted with a Cintiq 21UX tablet in Adobe Photoshop. Reference: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pX-p7… Used a texture from =Sirius-sdz
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"No. I said... what kind of bird are you?"
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

A portrait on display at my cinema-inspired solo show MOMENTS, which opened June 7th at NYC's Bottleneck Gallery.

I stared at a ton of old-timey portrait-paintings (John Singer Sargent, Vermeer, etc) for inspiration to do this piece. I wanted to get a traditional media feel and do the best job possible with this lovely moment from Moonrise Kingdom (when Sam Shakusky first lays eyes on Suzy Bishop!) Digital painting from references, many many hours, Adobe Photoshop + Cintiq 21UX tablet.
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"There's a whole ocean of oil under our feet! No one can get at it except for me."
There Will Be Blood (2007)

A portrait on display at my cinema-inspired solo show MOMENTS, which opened June 7th at NYC's Bottleneck Gallery.

Inspired by the most memorable bit imo from There Will Be Blood (well, aside from the whole famous YOUR MILKSHAKE!!!! deal...) Such an intense moment, could practically feel the heat coming off the screen! In a dirth of "hurr look massive explosion" movie scenes I think this was one of most tense and dramatic. Digital painting in Adobe Photoshop + Cintiq 21UX tablet; one of the more atmospheric pieces that I did. This piece is part of a loose "fire trilogy" of sorts that I did within the theme of the show, I'll upload the other two pieces later on.
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"All those moments will be lost in time, like… tears… in rain. Time to die…"
Blade Runner (1982)

Another one of the closing piece from my solo show this summer, MOMENTS! Inspired by Roy Batty's beautiful final scene (partially unscripted by the actor, Rutger Hauer!) I think anyone who's seen the film will vividly recall this part... android feelings...

I nearly died working on this painting, it was so difficult, but I’m happy with how it finally turned out! Painted with references on a Cintiq 21UX tablet in Adobe Photoshop.
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"Death is the road to awe."
The Fountain (2006)

A closing piece for my solo show MOMENTS, which opened June 7th at NYC's Bottleneck Gallery and ended on June 28th! I had an awesome time doing this series and can finally start uploading everything here...

This painting was inspired by Darren Aronofsky's strange and massively ambitious effort The Fountain. The scenes involving the "spaceship" were some of the most spectacularly beautiful I'd ever seen (MANY of the scenes were stunning); IMO the film itself wasn't always successful on a conventional level (needed some work on the editing and the script), but I really appreciated the director's vision and ambition, and overall it's a moving study of grief and death. And the soundtrack (just like Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream) is out-of-this world gorgeous and memorable (listen to the song that inspired my title!)

Painted with references on a Cintiq 21UX tablet in Adobe Photoshop.
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"What happens if I don't?"
Let the Right One In (2008)

Sorry for the lack of updates recently! I've been really busy this summer... x_x; keep forgetting to update here...

Still slowly uploading all the pieces from my solo show MOMENTS! This piece was inspired by the great Swedish vampire film Låt den rätte komma in - it's my favorite scene (when she enters the house anyway... it was so sad and scary!) The child actors that played Eli and Oskar were really spectacular. I spent several months on and off on this painting, it was one of the first pieces I did in the series.

Painted with references on a Cintiq 21UX tablet in Adobe Photoshop.
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Phew, taking a break from uploading my solo show work! You're probably tired of those. So here's a rough portrait painting I did for fun and cleaned up recently. Sorry for the super ~darkness~ and ~drama~ of it all... I think I did this right after I watched pwnage episode 4 of the latest season of Game of Thrones!

An unrelated reminder since I keep getting asked: prints from my solo show are available here! Lots of stuff close to being sold out but not quite, so should be something for everyone still.

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