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Miami artist. Cartoonist at heart, painter by reputation. 
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Smoking Still-Lifes?

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"Moka Pot as Smoker"
 acrylic on canvas 36" x 24" (2024) 
These are the first two still-lifes I painted at the beginning of the year. I was pretty happy to be back in the studio because at the very end of 2023 I got the flu and didn't feel like painting much. These two pieces show a continuation of adding personality to coffee pots. For a reason I'm still developing I made the moka pot in the first painting and the second piece with the poka dot ceramic pot smoking cigars. Growing up all the older men around me smoked cigars, I think it just sort of stayed with me. People still smoke cigars, however back then, it was different. Growing up these guys smoked cigars like how people drink coffee everyday...it was all over the place. It was in the culture in a way that does not feel the same today. 
"Puff Puff, still-life"
 acrylic on canvas 36" x 24" (2024)