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The Bone Yard

     Let me just start by saying that I am by no means a blogger, much less a writer. However, because many have asked about my recent skeleton pieces & the inspiration behind them I’ve decided to write it all down. If you were expecting a short explanation, I sincerely apologize.      Rewind about 3 years ago to my junior year of college. I was in Drawing II & our first assignment was to skillfully & accurately draw the human skeletal system. Naturally, I put off the assignment until the night before. My poor roommates at the time had to witness a lot of verbal frustration, tears & charcoal being smudged into our carpet. I truly got headaches drawing the ribs & vertebrates and seriously considered taking a 0 for the assignment. Even still, to this day those drawings are some of my favorite things that I’ve ever made. The late Tony Csavas was my professor at that point and unknown to me at the time, but he was to play a key role in my artistic life.      Funny enough, I only took two actual painting classes in college. I concentrated mostly in old school film photography, but in order to get all my credits for a Studio Art degree I had to take some painting classes. The spring semester of my junior year, Tony Csavas was now my painting professor. I already knew at this point that I had a pretty distinct style of my own & was finally not terrified of it or ashamed. Tony was a big reason for that. “There’s a lot of art that I hate, but I’m really glad that people are making it”. I’ve thought about those words of Tony’s a lot. Tony encouraged me and gave me confidence in my art...