A Celebration of Death

Yes, Death I said.

I was recently commissioned to do a Death Certificate for someone’s father. At first I thought it strange and morbid, but as the project progressed I decided that I thought this was a really cool idea, and a nice way to capture a deceased loved one in a painting. I was asked to paint in elements that her father loved; such as roses, books, a ’57 Chevy, water, and a skull & crossbones made with tools. I also had to include his two dogs; one of them being a hilariously overweight chihuahua. At first I had no idea where to start because of all the strange elements I had to make work together… and she requested that the style and theme of the piece as a whole should be dark, tribal, and masculine. As you may know, my work is not normally ANY of the above. But I must say this piece most certainly is, in a dude-biker-kind-of way, and I’m pretty damn proud of myself for trying on something new!

This piece was done with ink and silver gel pen, on hot press watercolor paper. The printed text is separate, printed on silver paper.




2 Responses to “A Celebration of Death”

  1. Dion Glisan Says:

    The frame is high gloss silver/metal. The matting is mostly black with a thin strip of pink inside…yes, I said pink. And I think it’s perfect, because he loved pink roses.

    I’ve taken pictures of it, which I should send, but I just don’t think the pictures do it justice. It’s beautiful. No one in my family knew I was asking you to do this; when I showed my Mom, she honestly was kind of offended. This is the geneologist who always wants records left, by the way. But once I explained it, she actually looked at it, and she really liked it. Phew!

    I’ve put the Deed up next to it, and we kind of laugh about how dissimilar they are. Now I keep wanting another…so I’m thinking. We’ll see.

  2. I’m do glad you like it Dion, and that your mom eventually has taken to it as well!

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