I paint hearts! My vision for Open Heart Canvas is to share my love with you and for us to share our passion for changing the world together. This world needs more love and it all starts from within our hearts. My paintings are a reflection of that and will brighten any space with vibrant loving light. Every painting is an original and no prints or reproductions will ever be made. Since I started Open Heart Canvas I have painted and shipped out over 100 original paintings. They are currently spreading love across the globe in multiple continents.
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-Heart of Flight-
Just finished my largest painting to date. The title was inspired by the Phoenix i see, wings spread, expanding light into the universe.
Today has been a good day. Just finished my largest commissioned piece to date (pictured below). Also shipped a painting off to New York this morning. Last year i had a dream that my heart paintings would spread light across the world. Seeing that dream progress and come to life has been the best thing ever. I really want to thank everyone that has supported me and joined me on this journey.
-Follow Your Light-
Acrylic on birchwood. Finished with an ArtResin® epoxy finish.
Im so excited to have just finished up my first paintings on birch wood with an ArtResin® epoxy finish. From start to finish its a couple week process for me to complete a painting with these mediums. Couldn't be more worth it! This thing really just glows. It has a very 3D holographic look to it. The vibrance, quality, and look to these is really just incredible. Definitely the most excited I've been about any art i have created. These must be seen in person.
16x20 Acrylic on Birch Wood with an Epoxy Finish
16 x 20 Acrylic on Canvas
-Eye Love You-
16x20 Acrylic on Canvas
Just Got back from my trip to Kauai. Feeling more inspired than ever right now. This is the first time ever that i have gotten back from a trip and have been more excited to take photos of my finished paintings that have dried than to look at all of my photos from my trip. I have been very inspired by the connection of our third eye and our heart. I spent a month living in an ashram over seas learning the ways of meditation and yoga through Sivananda's practices. This painting was inspired from my time there. I learned more and changed more personally for the best from that experience than any other experience of my life. During meditation we were told to focus on our third eye or our heart, whatever felt more natural to us. I naturally went to my third eye. Why is this? I don't know. I feel the two work in unison together, no way around it. Where would you naturally turn focus to?
16x20 Acrylic on Canvas
16x20 Acrylic on Canvas
Im going to have to say this is hands down my most favorite and to me most accomplished painting yet! Ive tried painting a similar painting like this many times but have always failed. Reasoning behind that? I mix the consistency of the paints myself and well theres not an exact science to it. Depending on the painting I'm doing or which way the winds blowing i will decide on how thick i mix them. Theres a fine line between that perfect flow of paint on the canvas and everything running off completely leaving a giant mess and nothing to show for it. Also this color palette! Definitely my favorite! Its also by far the most challenging to blend. You pretty much get one shot. When purples and yellows start mixing into each other to much you get a color that i wouldn't want on any of my paintings. It happens so easily and once it happens its over no going back. Ive been developing different breathing techniques over the past 5 years that i do all of my blending with. In fact the only time i ever use a paintbrush is when i sign my piece after it dries. While i am more developed and skilled at it than i have ever been its still very easy to overdue. In the end its what makes or breaks a lot of my paintings. I definitely hit a flow state on this one though and thats what i love the most. Just being in this zone, almost a meditative state. I'm not thinking about how i should be painting anymore its just happening. To me my best work always happens if i can hit that flow state. I feel that we all have such vibrant and alive spirits and finding what takes us to our own flow state lets them be free and shine brightly.
One of my favorite things about painting this way is a lot of what i see in the paintings after blending. Faces, animals, relatives, people kissing, you name it. While one could think its just the way the day breaks i feel theres often more to it. One of the most wild experiences i have ever had to this day really put things into perspective for me. Me and my awesome friends Kyle and Mars had planned to go on an outing with the Washington rock and mineral council. It was to celebrate her birthday. The day that she was born, the start of her life. We were to meet up with them at a location in the mountains and hike to an area that had beautiful jasper we would find in the hills. We took off super early in the morning and were stopped dead in our tracks on i5. There was a shootout and the freeway was shutdown. We ended up being able to take backroads around the incident. By the time we made it back on the freeway we were way behind schedule. We finally make it to the location and park next to all of the other cars there. From there it was a mile long hike up a gated dirt road to get to the location. Everyone else had already left there cars besides two other people that were gearing up to start there hike up the road. We got our stuff together and started hiking up the road to meet everyone. As we are hiking up one of the two people that had started hiking up right before us came sprinting down the hill screaming that there was an emergency and someone needed help. We took of running up the hill as fast as we could. We arrived to the other person giving someone CPR. I called 911 right away and me Kyle and the other guy that was already there took turns giving CPR until the paramedics showed up about 40 minutes later. We did everything we could to bring this guy back to life but he didn't make it. Its by far the closest i have been to death and to this day it was an experience that has brought me to appreciate life more than anything. The older gentleman was believed to have passed already before we had arrived. I honestly think it was getting close to his time and he wanted to go out doing what he loved. Well that night i decided to paint. I hadn't touched a canvas in months but something was really telling me to paint. I painted a heart. It was the first heart that i painted in the style that i do now and looking back it was the start of Open Heart Canvas. After i put my final breaths onto the canvas i sat there looking at the painting in disbelief. The mans face that we had tried to bring back to life was right there. Im not talking i could kind of see it, I'm talking it looked like a portrait of him. There is also what looks like a breath of life escaping from his mouth. The painting sits above my desk and it always reminds me of how precious this life is and always make think about spirit and something bigger than me.