Bob at Young Park Lake, with "Magellan" floating in the water.
Here's an example of the types of stories that often accompany my comissions: "We were discussing the script and wondering where we were going to get a crate of penguins, a roach motel, and a mummy case. Then someone said: Call Diven!" That's a reputation I'm glad to have.
Unusual projects are such a regular part of my creative output that they no longer seem unusual to me. Whether it's envisioning a large site-specific mural or sculpture, or creating a highly-detailed theatrical prop, I enjoy bringing my combined talents to the challenge.
I'm not the typical artsy person who can imagine all sorts of things that cannot actually be built under any reasonable conditions. I'm a very practical artist, and know my talents well enough to design great things that can actually be done. This comes from years and years of being the one the fabricator of my own ideas: I build what I design.
So if you have a corner of your house just crying out for what-you-don't-know, let me have a look. Maybe we can do something fun there!
Hand-painted stove top.
I was already preparing a mural for installation in this builder's magnificent Showcase home when he gave me an additional assignment: create, with paint, an entire suite of kitchen appliances to fill the holes where the not-to-be-delivered-on-time real appliances would go. He had his carpenter cover the openings with furniture grade plywood, and I matched the look of the actual appliances on the spot just in time for the open house. I stopped by with the rest of the crowds that weekend, and stood for a moment, watching people NOT notice the appliances -- perhaps the best compliment for this kind of trick-of-the-eye painting!
Hand-painted double oven
Last years installation at Glenn Cutter Jewelers and Gallery in Las Cruces.
This years holiday sculptural installation at Glenn Cutter Jewelers and Gallery in Las Cruces was a giant, articulated soldier "ornament" reclining atop the stores main sign at the intersection of El Paseo and University Avenues in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He was made of painted wood, and is set to return next year with some new companions. A photo of the finished work is shown below.
Color concept sketch for this year's installation
The final installation of the Wooden Soldier
My friends C.C. and Barb put on a major Holloween event at their home, and I was able to help them turn some fresh white-plastic skulls into something a little more horrible. Used "dutching" paste, toilet paper, acrylic paints and crepe hair to doll up these two dead talking pirate skulls.
Brick door (detail)
Brick door (detail)
Magellan the Craftfaire Dragon
Punch and Judy
Stone Tiki God
Tiny Tim's Turkey
Cowgirl on the Street
Skin job -- front view
Skin job -- side view
Cutter Gallery Wooden Soldier
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