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May 15, 2014 5:21 pm

This painting is supposed to evoke the idea of an old rusted sign with bullet holes.  It shows a Palmetto tree, which is the state tree of South Carolina, along with a diamond plate background.  This is a small painting (8 x 10 inches) for a “small works show” here in South Carolina, to be submitted along with the Palmetto Moonshine 2 painting.  I enjoy trying to create faux finishes such as rusted metal.


heavy palmetal


April 26, 2014 10:26 am

This painting represents a collaboration between my son and I.  The painting is called “Providence” and it depicts a man who narrowly escapes death.  We do not know anything about this man except that he has some type of military patch on his shirt with a symbol and a Latin phrase that translated, tells us, “Do brave things and endure.”  Is this man on a mission?  I leave it to your imagination to fill in the blanks.  In the meantime, my son John is a songwriter and has written a song of the same name to go along with the painting.  Go to YouTube and type in “Dodds-Providence”, to hear the song.  The symbol on the patch is John’s logo.  The title of the painting and the song remind us our reliance on the providence of God as mentioned in the Book of Proverbs 16:9 – “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.”  And Proverbs 21:30, 31 – “There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord.  The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord.



April 8, 2014 10:18 am

This painting has been donated for a local fund raising event for the county cancer society.  It is entitled “Tree of Life”.  Within the tree is a subtle cross image with some light rays, thus evoking the crucifixion of Christ.  The side crosses symbolize the thieves on either side of him crucified at the same time.  Airbrushed on canvas, approximately 16 inches by 24 inches.


tree of life 1


February 26, 2014 9:59 pm

Roger Dean is a famous fantasy artist and designer.  He is well known for album covers from the 1970’s for groups such as Yes, Uriah Heep, Led Zeppelin, and others.  His art work is in the fantasy / science fiction realm, but it is characterized by a realistic and precise style that reflected his training.  I take a similar approach to my art and as such, feel a connection with the work done by Roger Dean.  I am also a fan of his from the Yes album covers, art work that I very much liked in my youth.  He is the designated Grand Master artist for the Expose’ 11th edition.  This is an annual book from Ballistic publishing in partnership with the digital graphics society that highlights digital art from the previous year.  In the 11th edition, Roger states that he feels that western culture suffered a major tragedy in the 1960’s when the art world disengaged itself from craftsmanship.  He states, “that tragedy is serious because art doesn’t exist without craftsmanship for two reasons.  Art is an expression of emotion and technique,” he explains.  “The Japanese say you train the body, and the body in turn trains the mind.  The old cliche’ that you can’t get a concert pianist without 10,000 hours of training is absolutely true of art.  If you dismiss the craftsmanship, you’re dismissing the training of the mind.  Then if you’re not training the mind, you’re missing the point.  What makes art?  You can have the aesthetic skills and the physical skills.  It’s when they are brought together.”  This is a point well made in my opinion.  It continues to amaze me the popularity of contemporary art that requires little to no craftsmanship.   I hope that perhaps my art can contribute to moving contemporary art back in the direction that Roger Dean exemplifies.


January 1, 2014 10:27 pm

The triptych is a painting divided into 3 parts.  These began in the Christian church in the middles ages.  Often, the middle panel was the largest and the triptych had hinges between the panels for folding and easy transport.  In modern art you will see this method employed in a variety of ways.  This painting is called “Carbon Footprints – a Triptych of Intelligent Design.”  The idea is to take a modern phrase, in this case ‘carbon footprint’, but apply it in a different way.  What we see is a variety of God’s creations all tied into the the pure carbon of diamonds, symbolizing their value.



November 20, 2013 11:10 pm

Paintings and photographic art tell stories, just like music, movies, and other endeavors under the big umbrella definition of art.  This image represents a photograph that has been digitally manipulated with a software program.  It is entitled “Scanning for Clowns Without Cell Phones.”  Maybe someday I will paint this image, but for now, it is presented to show how art can make a cultural statement relevant to its day.  One of the big news items for 2013 in the United States it the extensive monitoring of U. S. citizens by its government, to a level not realized by Americans.  This image is meant to provide a metaphorical comment on that situation.  Many people are not entertained by clowns, but are actually a little bit scared by them.  Clowns creep them out.  As such, in this image they symbolize any group of present or future citizens that are singled out as not being within the norm, and as such, are legitimate targets for intrusive high tech monitoring.  If they don’t carry a cell phone, how can we know where they are at any given moment?  Therefore we need to send out drone scanners to keep an eye on them.  Click on image to enlarge.




September 18, 2013 12:50 pm

ancientpath4This is a commission painting with my first attempt at volumetric light.  This is a term that refers to visible light rays in the image.  The painting is entitled “Seek the Ancient Path”.  It is a bit different than my usual style but was an opportunity to try to paint a waterfall, a stone arch walkway with moss, and the light pattern coming through the tree.  Click on painting to enlarge and see the whole image.




July 23, 2013 6:40 pm

This is my first opportunity to provide a piece of art for charity.  The painting is entitled, “Palmetto Sunshine” and will be donated along with the “Palmetto Moonshine” painting to a local charity for an art auction.  In the world of art marketing, there appears to be a debate as to how much donating a painting or other work of art will help the artist with exposure and possible future business.  Since I am providing two paintings with what I would label as more traditional subjects (compared to my science fiction style paintings), I wouldn’t anticipate that this will translate into any sales for the art on my website.  It’s sort of apples and oranges.  But it is fun to be able to contribute a skill to charity, so we will see how it goes.


palmetto sunshine (1)


July 1, 2013 3:01 pm

One way to look at and understand  my art is to read the book, “Wild at Heart”, by John Eldredge.  Here is a quote: “How come when men look at their hearts they don’t discover some thing valiant and dangerous, but instead find anger, lust, and fear?  Most of the time, I feel more fearful than I do fierce.  Why is that?  It was one hundred and fifty years ago that Thoreau wrote, ‘the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation’, and is seems nothing has changed.  As the line from Braveheart has it, ‘All men die; few men ever really live.’ ”  My art helps me explore and re-discover the traditional virtuous masculinity that our modern day has lost.  Of course I delve into other areas as well, but the dominant theme is a masculine style of art.  Pictured is a warrior shield that I painted several years ago.


warrior shield


May 22, 2013 8:13 pm

Sometimes a painting starts out in one direction and ends up going in another.  This painting was originally going to be red flames with a dragon silhouette and a steampunk mechanical theme at the base.  Near the beginning of the process, with one of my sons deciding to go into the military special forces, I did some quick thinking and changed to a Navy Seal tribute.  That meant blue flames and the Seal symbol of a frog skeleton holding a trident.  I had painted the metal base frame and was about to paint the mechanical theme when I switched to military rifle related images.  This will show up in my gallery shortly.  Instead of limited edition prints this painting will most likely be made available in a poster format.  Stay tuned for info to follow…

Navy Seal Tribute

Navy Seal Tribute


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