Winter Art Sale! Hand-pulled and hand colored screen print

IMG_3001Just in time for the holidaze, I am releasing a limited edition of hand pulled silkscreened prints of my ink painting "Exporting The Gnar".  Each print is on Arches Hot Pressed paper (14o lb, 100%cotton) and is sized at 18x24". I am hand tinting the prints with water color, so in a way each print is actually an original painting. If you prefer the black and white image without the color tint, that is available as well. Prints are $60 each (plus shipping). Please place orders through my "contact" page and leave your shipping address and if you have a preference for the color of the shipping container. I will respond with an email for payment options (preference is paypal). Get in your gift orders ASAP to ensure delivery for gift giving time!  

Clipperton Project Sets Sail

I recently posted a photo essay of a great adventure that I was lucky enough to take part in.  "The Clipperton Project" was a team of artists, scientists, and watermen/women from many different countries. We set sail from La Paz Mexico to sail over 1,000 miles south to the remote island called Clipperton Atoll. Read here for details on the voyage  on the website

Moein Show, Laguna Beach CA

MoeinShowI'll have some work hanging down in Laguna Beach til mid October, if you are in the Southern California area, please stop by.  Moein is by appointment only so please call the above number if you would like to view the work.  

Pangea Seed Show Honolulu HI

Arts_at_Marks_Event_Flyer_smallI'm happy to be a part of another Pangea Seed art show happening in Hawaii.  I made a custom frame for the painting I was asked to create for them, showing a selection of endangered sharks. The folks with Pangea Seed are planning on releasing a print of this work this fall, but the original is still available for sale, with much of the profit going to shark conservation. Below is the work, please contact Pangea Seed if interested in purchasing or stop by the show if you are on Oahu. MM (1)  
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Wavetank is finally done!

Animation For years I have had this crazy side-project to create a small wood and glass tank in which a person could create a tiny A-frame wave. It may not be perfect, but its still pretty fun to mess around with. 20130807_006320130807_0083 IMG_1729 The slope of the tank was built up by clamping dozens of cut pieces of ply wood, piece by piece until the length was made. Then I sanded for months until the angle and bottom contours I hoped for was finally accomplished. IMG_1761 IMG_2229 Testing, pre-legs20130807_0102 Along the backside of the tank is this wooden inlay that I made to simulate a cut-away of a volcanic island. IMG_1813 IMG_2254 IMG_2466 IMG_2481 IMG_2519
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Weird Season: Bristol Bay Fishing Report

RourkeEliWell it was a bit of a strange season for salmon fishermen in Bristol Bay this year.  For a variety of reasons, the run came early, which led to some good early June fishing for the crews that were wise enough to start during free week.  It is possible a number of fish made it upriver before the fish counters were even in place, but by July 4th  escapement goals were technically not being met in the Naknek river so they held us Kvichak river fishermen back for a full 6 days until it was met. For those of you that don't know the lingo, "escapement" is the number of fish that Alaska Fish and Game requires make it upriver to ensure healthy runs for the future. Escapement for the Kvichak was 2 million this year. img120 img119 By the time we were fishing again the drifters had cleaned up most of the bay of the remaining big groups of fish, so it was scratch fishing from then on out. But even with low catch numbers the season was sort of saved by a 50 cent per lb. price increase, the biggest increase in a long, long time. But hey "that's why they call it fishing" is something that people seem to say for no reason, so despite it all Graveyard was as lively as ever and many good times were had. netimg114 img111 photo (24) img118 A fisherman from a small village up the Kvichak brought a litter of puppies to Graveyard this year. Of course many of us were suckers and started feeding the little wandering warriors. img137 photo (21) photo (20) It seemed like I made a big mistake when I first got her, we were fishing long hours at the time and I had to try to keep her quiet while my crewmates were sleeping. But soon after they shut us down, so there was plenty of time for puppy attention pupp photo (19) Nakeen the pup came out fishing towards the end of the season, she fell in the bay and then I fell in trying to grab her. Here we are drying off in the 11pm sunset webchad I brought up some flash bulbs from the 50's that my grandfather had passed on to me, hooked it up to my 35 mm and gave it a shot during the few night tides we had. Unfortunately that damn puppy chewed the one part of the bulb box with the chart on it, so I was kinda winging it. I only had a handful of bulbs to try, but here are some of the results. img142 Tricky gauging distance on drifting boats at night. blured web1 I'll have to track down some more bulbs and give it a shot again next year, its fun blinding friends. img129 img122 img132At the very end of the season we made our annual exploration at hightide, this year returning to Nakeen, an abandoned cannery upriver, which I had not been to for a few years. Its the same place I got some old salmon boxes years ago, which then turned into paintings. Anyways, thanks for reading, time to get back to the studio life, technology, microwaves, and all that.