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Fresh Coat | War Paint Series

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Fresh Coat is the newest piece in my War Paint series, exploring ideas of masculinity, strength, and courage. I'm really enjoying loosening up and being more expressive with these paintings. I start by just scraping paint across the canvas with a palette knife and then build the image from there. Here's a pic of this one in the early stages.
Fresh Coat measures 30" x 24." The original painting and prints are available through the Lyman-Eyer Gallery HERE.
Additional print sizes are available in my online store HERE.
Special thanks to Patrick Butler for modeling for this piece. 
I'm also excited to announce that the War Paint series will be featured in a two-person exhibition this summer at the Lyman-Eyer Gallery in Provincetown along with works by one of my favorite watercolorists, Kevin Peterson. The exhibit coincides with P-Town's Carnival, and the opening reception will be Friday, August 22. 
Here are some additional detail shots of Fresh Coat.

Brave Face | War Paint Series

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I'm back in the studio and painting with a vengeance! Here's the first piece in my new War Paint series -- an expressive exploration of strength, masculinity, and courage. I am inspired by the variety of ways in which people summon their inner strength to prepare for battle, and through this body of work, I hope to expand upon the notion of what "being tough" really means.
Brave Face is an oil painting on canvas that measure 24" x 30." The original painting and prints are available through the Lyman-Eyer Gallery HERE.

Additional print sizes are available in my online store HERE.

A big thank you to the fantastic models who were willing to get messy during the photo shoot for this series: Edwin Clark, Aaron Anderson, Brian Williams, and Patrick Butler!

Here are some detail images:







Our Journey on the C-Bus of Love: A Road-Trip for Equality

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Two days ago, I had the privilege of finally marrying the man I love. It was unlike anything I ever imagined the big day would be. For starters, my fantasy wedding never involved spending fourteen hours on a bus because my own state has yet to recognize same sex unions. But I also never dreamed I would get to share my wedding with twenty-four other inspiring couples - deeply committed to one another and the cause of marriage equality - or work with two of the most passionate and creative activists I've ever known, Joshua and Stephen Snyder-Hill, and their amazing MarriageEvolved team who went so far above and beyond that my head is still spinning. And in my wildest dreams, I never would have guessed that Dennis and I would venture all the way to our nation's capital, stand before the U.S. Supreme Court and vow our commitment to each other just days before they make a historic decision about the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, and spend the rest of the weekend celeb…

Noah's Gay Wedding Cruise: MarriageEvolved Edition

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Several years ago, I painted Noah's Gay Wedding Cruise to express my optimism about the marriage equality movement. I believed we were on the cusp of great progress, and I chose to symbolize our inevitable victory with my own version of the Noah's Ark story. I painted a grand ark/cruise ship filled with happy gay and lesbian animal couples and a few human guests too (like Ellen DeGeneres/Portia de Rossi, and Elton John/David Furnish). There are even some drowning sinners (such as Ann Coulter, Larry Craig, Sally Kern, and Fred Phelps)!

Fast-forward to now. Indeed we have come a long way! Twelve states have legalized gay marriage, and important decisions about DOMA and Proposition 8 are being considered by the Supreme Court. Unfortunately I still live in a state where I am not allowed to get married, but Dennis and I have decided to do it anyway. We are excited to be a part of a special initiative by the group MarriageEvolved called C-Bus of Love. Along with 24 other LGBT coupl…

ROYNATION Radio

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I'm going to be a guest on tonight's episode of Roynation Radio.

We'll be talking about growing up gay, coming out, art, pin-up boys, marriage equality, and more. You can tune in at 9:00 (Eastern) online HERE, and even call in to chat with us at (619) 768-7224.

Talk with you tonight!

Shy

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Sometimes when a city boy goes to the country, hilarity ensues. This illustration, the cover art for John Inman's novel Shy, gives the expression "down on the farm" a whole new meaning. Since this piece had all the elements of my Cheesecake Boys series - namely, a handsome pinup boy with his pants falling down - I thought it would make a great limited-edition print to add to my collection. So don't be shy...visit my online store here to purchase this down-home delight today!

Want to see how a novel cover is born? Here's a sneak peek at the process.



If you'd like to read more about my work as a cover artist and see additional behind-the-scenes pics, check out my Cover Artist Spotlight on the site Joyfully Jay.

You'll likely be seeing more of my cover illustrations pop up soon as print offerings. I have been a busy boy this year creating covers for a slew of novels by Dreamspinner Press. I freelanced for them for several years, but ever since becoming thei…