I have loved to draw for as long as I can remember. Even as a kid, I was fascinated by the darker side of life. I love to read books about ghosts and watching scary movies. One of my favorite pastimes was catching bugs. I play with them for a while, and somehow, I’d always end up killing them accidentally. So, I grabbed their carcass grab my pencil and paper, and use them as models for my art. Even as an adult, there’s nothing I find more fun than drawing spiders.
When I was in high school, we lived in the Midwest, and there are acres of cows and horses or 20 acres surrounding my house. I got bored a lot and journeyed through these big fields where I would find the bones of deceased cows. I’d gather them up in a wheelbarrow, tote them back to the house, clean them up, wire them together, and create some cool sculptures. I’m not sure what my friends or family thought of me, but I ended up with the nickname Bonedaddy, and it stuck.
Most of my favorite art is what people would refer to as lowbrow art. Some of my favorite artists are guys like Shag, Mark Ryden, and lots of today’s tattoo artists. I have a few tats myself, and like most inked people would say, but probably not done yet.
My art is about the things I enjoy; life as I see it with a taste of the macabre. I guess I have my style, influenced by the piles of comic books I collect and some of the artists whose work I enjoy. I am excited about sharing my art with other people, and the idea of seeing my paintings in the gallery still blows my mind.
A lot of people ask me if I have any formal art training. I guess I’ve been around art my whole life. My dad was an artist, and so are my two Sisters. One of them is a graphic designer for some big company; the other was going to school at AI in Arizona for animation. The only real training I have had is helping or assisting Michael Godard, the guy that paints the Olives. I owe him a lot because he is the main person who convinced me that I should do something more with my art. My dad collects his work, and they have been friends for a long time. Both were a big help in teaching me how to airbrush. My sisters are all outstanding painters, and they taught me the ropes of using a brush.
My goal as an artist is pretty simple. I don’t care about becoming famous; I’d just like to make a living as a full-time artist. Every painting I create, I strive to do my best.
Call or visit our local galleries in Laguna and Irvine for more information about procuring some of Bonedaddy’s artwork.