Art Knows No Bounds
I believe that I am not in the minority when I say that my career path has found me far from my area of study at the University of Richmond, VA as a studio art major, but not too far. I am currently self-employed as a healing arts practitioner, a pet care professional, a textile artist, and a carpenter. As "they" say, variety is the spice to life, and diversification of income is what has kept me afloat over the years.
The common thread here is basically that I enjoy spending time drawing from the right hemisphere. As long as I am exercising and expanding my creativity, I am a happy boy. I was recently approached by Paradise Helicopters on the Big Island of Hawai'i to remodel an old, boring trailer to create a modern industrial chic retail space. Above is what I pulled out of the right side of my brain, and had a blast doing it.
My favorite part of this project was the pièce de résistance, an epoxy river countertop. It was my first time working with epoxy in this way, and certainly won't be the last. Using a beautiful slab of Monkey Pod wood from a small local wood mill, Ecopoxy with blue pigment, and a string of LED lights, I created a striking show piece to really draw passers-by into the space.
Making something out of nothing is what keeps my flame burning! What keeps your fire lit?!
Dia de los Muertos
Original: 48" x 77" - $10,000
With Día de los Muertos right around the corner, I thought I would bring my Day of the Dead Collection out for show. Featured is the newest member to the collection, 'The Veil'! Remember, our loved ones are always close by, regardless of what form they exist in!
All pieces are still available for purchase, originals, prints, and stickers!
(Scuba original is sold) .
See the full collection HERE!
These are black and white acrylic paintings on handwoven canvas, woven on my Mayan style backstrap loom.
Contact me for details.
Alfie's eARThwork Textile Studio
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Vago y Siete
'Vago y Siete' is a piece inspired by Mexico. The title translates to 'Vagabond and Seven'. Vago refers to a good friend, Luis Amezcua, from Veracruz, MX who lives in Mahahual, MX, where he has his Dive & Adventure Tour Business. During our last visit to Quintana Roo in February 2018, Amy and I had some fascinating Scuba Dives along the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, where we had the pleasure of swimming with all kinds of beautiful fish, turtles, gigantic coral formations, and even nurse sharks...which is where the 'Siete' in the title comes from. Number 7 is the name of the 6'-7' nurse shark that lives near the Banco Chinchorro National Park. This beautiful creature swam with us almost the entire dive on Amy's birthday! It was one for the picture books, for sure!
Follow your passion, and Enjoy!
'All You Need is Love'
'All You Need is Love' is an acrylic black and white painting on a hand woven canvas. This colorful canvas is woven using a traditional Mayan back-strap loom and a rainbow of string. This is a portrayal of an excerpt from the piano sheet music to the classic Beatles' tune 'All You Need is Love'.
Learning to Let Go
Welcome to San Pedro La Laguna, Lago Atitlan, Guatemala. This is a favorite spot of Amy's and mine for practicing the art of letting go.
It is only with empty hands that we may receive the abundance of Pacha Mama.
Love and Gratitude,
This is a fun meditation I did once:
Close your eyes.
Feel your canvas in front of you.
Drop your instrument of choice to the surface;
and begin drawing, one continuous line, with eyes shut. Then open your eyes, and fill in the always amazing picture that was hiding beneath your empty canvas.
What do you see here? I would love to hear from you.
Love & Gratitude,
The Green Side of the Moon
I just submitted this fun piece for a local art contest! They are picking the winner on Halloween!
If you want to see the back side (PG-13), send me a message with your email, and I will give you a private viewing!
Love & Gratitude,
Time to Check In?!
A. Tait Duus
Son, brother, friend, student, lover, husband, artist, healer, spiritual warrior...