Thank you for stopping by my little world inside the internet. Rock & Jock embodies my passion that fuels my art. Ever since I was a little kid music was the thing that filled my soul.
While most people first hear Van Halen on the radio or on vinyl at a friends house, I heard them play at a neighbor's birthday party when I was 4 years old in 1976. That was it, the seed had been planted .....and two years later I got my first record player from my Grandma for Christmas. I would listen to music as I played with my toys & drew pictures.
I remember going to Fedco with my Grandmothers' on one of their many shopping trips and in their record department was Van Halen 1. I told them I had the money to buy it, my cousin Brett had it and so did the guys up the street from us. I preferred this over Star Wars figures!
As I got older my walls were filled with posters of bands and my favorite athletes. I used to spend hours drawing band logos & album covers. There was nothing like that feeling of getting home with a new LP, cassette or CD and opening it up, putting it on & looking at the artwork, photos, lyrics & liner notes while listening to the album.
There are those moments when a song connects you with the singer/band and their emotions echo yours. Since losing my dad as a child, heavy metal helped me release my anger that I couldn't talk about. Our Lady Peace's Naveed & 4 a.m. gave me acceptance & closure that I would have never expected otherwise. Van Halen's Dreams has always made me fell like I can reach for the stars. I can go on and on about what songs mean to me. That's why I title most of my artwork after a song or lyric.
I remember watching MTV's 120 minutes when they debut Fuel's Shimmer. That song reminder me of an ex-girlfriend who always seemed to find her way back into my life and always at wrong time. The next morning I drove to Tower Records to pick up Fuel's CD "Sunburn". That CD is one of my all time favorites & Shimmer is still one of my top 10 songs of all time.
Years later I painted a picture inspired about the song & how it affected me and it's on this blog. Music has a way to imprint itself in our lives & I hope my artwork does the same for people.