Archive for April, 2008

Skateboard Mural – Oakton, VA

Monday, April 21st, 2008

Skateboard Mural

Most of the time when I paint a scene, I start with painting the background first. But not the case with this skater dude themed mural!… because the skaters were the main focus, I wanted to make sure that I captured their action and gave them an almost lifelike size. So I began this mural by sketching in the figures first.

Skateboard Mural- 
getting started

Skateboard Mural- getting started 2

Next, I began filling in the background- the sky blue.

Skateboard Mural- in the process of painting

And then the trees. Notice how the contrast already makes the figures pop off the wall?!…

Skateboard Mural- finishing the background

Next, I began adding details to the skateboarders. In case you’re wondering- I use actual pictures to help me in painting the characters as lifelike as possible. That’s why you see the sheets of paper taped to the wall. Often times, several different pictures are combined to creat the final image.

Skateboard Mural- in the process

Skateboard Mural- in the process

Lastly, the ramps and railings of the skateboard park were finished up.

Skateboard Mural- final

Skateboard Mural- final

Surfing U.S.A. Mural, Alexandria, VA

Sunday, April 20th, 2008


The only thing better than a story about surfing Penguins is watching the painting unfold before your eyes.







Hand-Painted Pizza Table Really Delivers

Sunday, April 20th, 2008


OK, so it started out as a bit of a joke, but this hilariously quirky piece of furniture is one of my recent favorite projects!… this entire project was completed on the tailgate of my truck. If you’ve ever seen my work truck, you’ll understand!….

It started out as an old bar table- about 24 inches in diameter. It needed to be primed first.


Next, the pizza ‘crust’ was painted on:


Then the sauce was added:


Next, just like a REAL pizza, after the sauce, comes the cheese:


And more cheese:


Next, ‘toppings’ such as pepperoni, mushrooms, and green peppers added more color and depth to the pizza.


Finally, a protective coating of polyurethane was applied to make the Pizza Table both fun and functional!