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This is the last week for the 40% OFF original art sale (ends Sunday Aug. 31st.). You can get in touch with me here or at for all inquiries. If you have been considering any pieces or looking for a unique gift check out the links below. Thanks to everybody for the continued support.
Index Main August Sale by benke33

Until the End of August (Aug. 31st, 2014) all original artwork (paintings and drawings) are available at studio pricing (40% off regular gallery and retail pricing). The below links list all works available (listed at sale pricing);
Lay-away and installment pricing is available for any piece over $300.00. 
If you have any questions or inquiries I can be reached here or at or
*Pricing and Sale ends August 31st, 2014.
July Free Commission Draw - Please ShareBlack Mask by benke33

In conjunction with the Cambridge Surreal Show going on I'm running a Free Commission Draw for the month on July. With the purchase of any original piece, commission, a print or related product you enter a draw to win one fully rendered graphite 11"x14" commission drawing (your choice of subject matter, value $3-400). You can get in touch with me here or at to order.
*one entry per purchase, contest runs July 1st - 31st.
Facebook Surreal by benke33

THE PARROT KNEW BUT WOULD NOT SAY Surreal Group Show - Cambridge Centre of the Arts June 26th-July 26th
I'm very pleased to announce I will be participating in a three person surreal exhibition at the Cambridge Centre of the Arts (Cambridge ON) along with Robin Crank and Sean Chappell. The show starts June 26th and runs through July 26th 2014. The opening reception is July 4th, 7-9 PM. I will have over a dozen pieces (new and existing) on display along with the fantastic work of both Sean and Robin. The venue's address is 60 Dickson Street, Cambridge ON. I will post more information as the event gets closer and I hope you get a chance to stop in.
As of late I have been focusing more of my time on illustration and portrait commissions as opposed to gallery painting. If you are in need of traditionally painted work (portraits, personal, book covers, concept and advertising material), please check out my gallery and drop me a line if interested. I am also licensing some of my past work so if you see something that fits your need please get in touch with me to discuss. I can be reached here or at:
For the month of December I am running an UP TO 50% OFF SALE on selected original paintings and artwork. For any gift purchases please order by Dec. 10th to ensure a Christmas postal delivery.  To view the listed items go to If you have any questions regarding the listed items or other works you can contact me here or at
Fall 2012 Studio Tour Sale and Draw, October 1-31, 2012
Starting October 1st and ending on October 31st, with every purchase of a print, original, or related product enter a draw to win a free original painting (artist selection, one entry per purchase). Selected original artwork will be at reduced prices October 27th-28th. The tour is in conjunction with the Kissing Bridge Trail Studio Tour featuring 17 Woolwich area artists. Come out to see and support our local art community.
For the Month of August 2012 (August 1st-31st), all pre-existing original artwork (paintings and drawings) are available at 30% OFF of their regularly listed price. To purchase or inquire about pricing or availability please contact me at
(Pricing does not include shipping and handling)
The month of October was leaning to the insane side but turned out great. The studio tour was excellent, lots of people through and some happy new collectors and customers. Now the Christmas commission rush starts haha. If you are looking for custom work (traditional portraits, cartoon or comics, still lifes, painting or graphite) drop me a line here or at I also have some new products based off my work for sale (prints, clothing, cards, calendars, iPhone cases) check out for a full listing over the next few days.
October 22nd-23rd, 10AM - 5PM
65 ASPEN, Elmira ON

All Original Artwork 33% OFF
All Prints 20% OFF
Selected pieces starting at $30.00
Prices in effect Oct. 17th-28th (pre/post show orders) and can be ordered through or

In co-operation with the Kissing Bridge Trail Studio Tour
Doing Going Going Doing... AGAIN :)
  • Listening to: Heart, Beth Orton
  • Reading: Green Lantern Hardcovers
  • Watching: Avatar LAB, Justice League
  • Playing: not quite yet
  • Eating: on a tighter budget
  • Drinking: anything with caffeine and too much of it.
If you are in the Kitchener ON area Sunday July 17th I will be participating in a group art and craftsman show at Bingeman's Park, Embassy Room between the hours of 10 AM to 4 PM. I will have originals and prints for sale as well as new work available. Partial proceeds are going to the Power of Hope Ontario foundation. If you get a chance stop in.
  • Listening to: NIN
  • Reading: a lot of Norman Rockwell books
  • Watching: smallville, cartoons
  • Playing: hopefully soon
  • Eating: on a budget
  • Drinking: anything with caffeine and too much of it.
Been a busy couple of months around here. Had a show locally about a month ago that went very well. In talks about having one in Baltimore, hopefully the details get ironed out and it happens. Also on my main site you can now purchase work directly, check it out ( Marketing, marketing, marketing... hopefully get some actual painting in. :) That's enough. :)
  • Listening to: NIN
  • Reading: a lot of Norman Rockwell books
  • Watching: smallville, cartoons
  • Playing: hopefully soon
  • Eating: on a budget
  • Drinking: anything with caffeine and too much of it. is now up and running. A few things to adjust and add (larger portfolio images in a couple of days) but the nuts and bolts are there.
  • Listening to: judas priest
  • Reading: the art spirit
  • Watching: still trying to figure out Lost
  • Playing: hopefully not my mind
  • Eating: whatever I can
  • Drinking: too much caffine
Going to be pursuing art full time from this point on. A little scary but pretty exciting too, a little faith does wonders. Work lined up for the next little while so things are looking up, fingers crossed and lots of hard work.
  • Listening to: NIN
  • Reading: the art spirit, sermon on the mount
  • Watching: no cable
  • Playing: hopefully not my mind
  • Eating: on a budget
  • Drinking: coffee at home... sweet
the work is starting to show some good progression, wish there was more time in the day, priorities getting shifted, sucks sometimes but cant do everything. Still getting in at least a couple quality hours nearly every day.
  • Listening to: fleetwood mac
  • Reading: no time
  • Watching: no time
  • Playing: with my schedule
  • Eating: much too healthy
  • Drinking: up the coffee
got three quarters into a piece and about three weeks in when I realized it was complete shite.... arghhh... oh well, started a new one this afternoon... seems to be going a lot smoother... quite fighting with them...
  • Listening to: jay-z and linkin park
  • Reading: Cassady X-Men run
  • Watching: UFC reruns
  • Playing: with the two brain cells I got left
  • Eating: crap... start clean again Monday
  • Drinking: off the caffine
Finally popped the cherry and decided to post something up, figured only way you learn anything is if you put some things out there. Just started painting and taking art seriously again in the last couple of months, been an art director for the last ten years and started to find the advertising work getting a little hollow, needed to get back to what I loved as a kid. The plan is to dedicate myself to this for a year and see where it ends up, little bit everyday. Try to focus more on the journey  and not worry about the outcome. Hell, might learn something along the way.
  • Listening to: the verve, oasis
  • Reading: when I can
  • Watching: intevention
  • Playing: with my mind
  • Drinking: way too much caffine